BENEFIT COSMETICS – THE POREFESSIONAL FACE PRIMER

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THE BENEFIT COSMETICS – THE POREFESSIONAL FACE PRIMER REVIEW

Price: $39 | $50 CAD
Size: 0.75 oz | 1.5 oz

This product has been a staple favourite of mine for years and I was surprised to see that I had not done a review on it yet, so here it is!


PACKAGING

The primer comes in a basic style plastic tube with a place cap – so nothing special. Looks wise I do not hate the look but I do not love it – I do prefer that it come a little more ‘classy’ looking as it is a high end make up product and it does not look the best on my makeup table – however I cannot complain that much as this is what benefit products simply are designed like and it is part of their branding. Otherwise there is not much to say as the product comes out easily and the size of the product is great in general and for travelling.


PRODUCT

Just to start I would like to mention again that I do not mind silicone based products and this product is definitely silicone based. The product has been my all time favourite for a number of reasons first, is the fact that the base is tinted which helps to blur small imperfections even before I put on foundation which keeps me from pilling on product just to cover up small things. Second, is its lightweight texture – the product applies smoothly and thinly you barely feel it on your skin which is great if you are going for a heavy look as layers and layers of makeup become uncomfortable after a while. Third, is the mattify-ing effect it has which helps to control oil on my face throughout the day. I find that when I use this product under my makeup I do not find the need to touch up or blot my face throughout the day. Lastly, I find it works well to smooth out my skin creating a smooth surface for makeup. It is extremely important to have a smooth and hydrated surface of skin before putting on makeup because this will help make your application look flawless and natural. As for its claim to minimize pores I would say it works if your pores are still relatively small and not a big issue – I found that for my mother (who has larger pores) it did not have as much of an effect so it is not a miracle worker. Also as it is a silicone based product some may find that the product will break them out as silicone creates a barrier on your skin that will keep in moisture (which is good) but will also keep in sebum and bacteria (causing breakouts). Personally, I love the finish that silicone products give me so I use them carefully by taking extra precaution to cleanse my face thoroughly and applying my full skin care routine first before applying the primer. Also I try to keep the layer of primer thin in hopes to allow a little breathing room for my skin. The last con would be the smell – it is a little on the stronger side and is not the most pleasant thing to smell but it did not bother me too much and went away after a while.


OVERALL

This primer is definitely a debatable product and I recommend you test it out on your skin before purchasing as I am aware that some skin types may react to silicone based products (ie. Irritation or breakout). Another con would be its smell that is on the stronger side and may deter you from enjoying the product. However, the pros would be that the product is tinted helping you blur small imperfections, it also creates a smooth surface for your makeup to sit on. As for its ability to lengthen the wear of your makeup I did not see that it did much more than any other primer so all roughly the same level in this category.

– SL.


 

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TARTE – CLEAN SLATE PORELESS 12 HOUR PERFECTING PRIMER

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TARTE – Clean Slate Poreless Primer
Price: $40 CAD
Size: 1 oz

The Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer is one of the 2 main primers that Tarte has created. It was created to ‘mattify’ the look of skin and refine pores. They also claim to include a patented product named ‘T5 Super Fruit Complex’ which is mainly an ingredient that is loaded with antioxidants which are known to restore skin.


PACKAGING 

The primer comes in a tube with a sleek bamboo twist off cap that keeps in theme with other Tarte products. Personally I feel that the green and white leaf design may have been unnecessary but that is just aesthetics. Overall this packaging makes the primer travel friendly and keeps the product from being over exposed to external environments. This means that the product stays relatively sanitary in comparison to products that come in a pot design.


PRODUCT

The primer claims to be pore refining, waterproof, and line filling. It comes in a creamy form that feels like it would be silicon based but I am not completely sure. The consistency is on the thicker end but smoothes out really well without any fallout which I have found with some other primers. I would not categorize this primer as a light weight one however; it does feel light on the skin when compared to thick primers that are similar in consistency. Personally, I found that this primer worked well for me and I did not mind having a thicker layer between my skincare products and my makeup. On that note, I usually opt for this primer on heavier makeup days because I  prefer a tinted primer for daily use, to avoid using foundation on the full face. I have tried to test the products against their claims and I will go through each individually. I would not say that this does a lot regarding pore refining (reducing the size of your pores) but it does help a little by creating a smoother layer over larger pores therefore minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. As for being waterproof I found that it did well against sweat and a little bit of moisture however do not expect it to last through a dip in the pool. Lastly, the primer helped to fill the lines well helping the foundation application look smoother however it is works best with finer lines and does little for deeper wrinkles. With this said even with continuous use I did not feel that it did much to restore my skin as it claims to it mainly masks the appearance of imperfections.


OVERALL

I personally found that this product worked well for makeup application that was thicker and it held up for a good portion of the day. However, I have tested the product on my mother, who has larger pores and deeper lines in combination with oily skin, and have found that this product did not work as well for her as it did for me. I would recommend this product to those who have dry – normal skin types and fine lines. It does not feel overly heavy on the skin or sticky to the touch however I would prefer it to be slightly tinted.

– SL.


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NARS – PRO-PRIME

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NARS – Pro-Prime
Price: $32 CAD
Size: 0.05 Oz

The Nars Pro-Prime is a primer/ make up base that works to target lines and pores. It is extremely light weight and comes in a travel friendly packaging.


PACKAGING

The first thought I had regarding the packaging of this product was the small size and amount. In relation to its price, you do not get very much product as it comes in a solid form that sits in a retractable stick. But with the size aside it is designed very efficiently making it great for travelling or throwing into your purse. In addition the appearance of the product is very simple and clean, the signature look of Nars products. Overall, though the size is small the packaging is compact and the cap closes well with a reassuring click, making it optimal for travelling.


PRODUCT

The Nars Pro-Prime is slightly different from many other primers on the market as it comes in a solid form, much like the consistency of a solid perfume or lip balm. Personally, I feel this format is both positive and negative. The positive point would be that over application or excess product is highly unlikely in comparison to primers that come in a creamy or liquid consistency. However, the negative point would be that you will be unaware of the amount you have used and therefore unsure of whether you may want to apply more or stop there. As for the feeling and functionality of the product personally I feel it works for light to medium level lines and pores. It works well to blur and fill out extremely fine lines or pores but may not work as well for deeper ones. The feeling was also good as it felt barely there and extremely light on my skin with no sign of stickiness. On a side note I would I am not 100% sure but it feels as though it is silicone based and those who do not like a silicone based product will not enjoy this primer.


OVERALL

I personally had a good experience with the Nars Pro-Prime as it worked to blur highly minor issues like extremely fine lines and pores. The product is relatively easy to use and application is rather quick. It also feels light weight and non sticky on the skin, in addition it does not have an overwhelming fragrance. I would recommend this product if you have small line and pore issues however, keep in mind that it is not a ‘cure’ and will not fix the problems it will only momentarily cover them up.

– SL.


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TARTE – BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Price: $42.00 CAD/$12.00 CAD
Size: 1 oz/ 0.5oz
Product at SEPHORA

PACKAGING
The BB Tinted Treatment has 2 different sizes. There is the regular and the travel size, the packaging for both are similar except for the caps. Both come in a matte tube with a simple design, due to its matte packaging I did find that it was easily dirtied but can also be easily cleaned. As for the caps the regular size comes with a bamboo cap giving it a sleek look in comparison to the more regular plastic cap that come with the travel size. As for usage, I did not find any difficulty or complications in retrieving product; however since it is a tube I will not be able to get all 100% of the product out. Overall, I love the look and functionality of the packaging and find it a suitable size for travels.

PRODUCT
This was definitely one of those products that I knew I had to have after I swatched it. It has a very smooth and velvety texture to it that smoothes and blends into the skin beautifully and easily. The coverage is a light – medium coverage which I find is great for a natural look and sets to a matte finish that I did not find drying. Also a lot of product is not needed to cover the whole face and it feels smooth and velvety on the skin. As for longevity, it lasts throughout a full day of traveling in the sun without feeling greasy and setting into my fine lines. I must also note that it contains SPF 30 yet does not have the greasy and oily feeling many product have when they contain SPF. As for colour availability the regular size comes in 5 shades and the travel size only comes in 2 which I find is plenty for a BB product. For my skin tone I use the light shade and use the medium shade in the contours of my face and it blends in quite seamlessly. As for negatives I did not feel it was much of a treatment, I found that it did little for my skin however I find it is more of a tinted primer or a matte foundation. Also I find the prices a little confusing as the travel size is exactly 1/2 of the full size yet it costs less than half of the regular size. Overall, I really recommend this product for summer time or when you are on vacation, it feels great on the skin all day and looks natural in photos. Also since it is such a great texture and sets matte there is no need for setting powder which allows you to bring and wear less product on travels.

– SL.

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