Sunday, 16 February 2014

Pores? What Pores?

I thought I would give you all a review of one of Benefit's best-selling products and its newer sister product. After reading many reviews regarding the POREfessional primer I put off buying it for ages as I never thought a primer could make a  massive difference to my application of foundation or the longevity of my base makeup. I'd never really been sold on the need for a primer as I felt it was an unnecessary purchase to make as the results aren't always clearly visible. However, a couple of weeks ago I decided enough was enough and I had to see what all the fuss was about and I picked up the sister product along with it - the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine loose powder.

The primer (in its full size version) comes in a 22ml tube. It claims to reduce the visibility of pores instantly and give a much smoother surface to apply makeup on to. It's a very lightweight and silky balm that can be used as a primer underneath makeup or on top of an already applied face of makeup to touch up any oil-prone areas. It helps makeup stay put preventing oily skin taking over and ruining all of your hard work! It is made using an oil-free formula and also contains Vitamin E to be kind to sensitive skin. 

I am really impressed with this product. I have found that it could actually be worn on its own if your skin is in good condition. I was slightly intimidated at first as it comes out with a beige colour. However, this is still flattering on all skin tones and actually a provides a slight bit of coverage as well. I have combination skin and I always get an oily t-zone and have to top my face up with powder after a few hours. If I introduce the POREfessional primer to my face for the day I don't have to go back in with more powder after a few hours and the longevity is great as my foundation manages to stay put. It can also be applied only to troublesome areas so there is no need to use it all over your face.

Unfortunately this product comes in at £24.50 which can be quite expensive for a product that some of you would probably wish to use on a daily basis. I would say that it is worth investing in though if you are prone to oily skin with large pores and you would like your makeup to last a lot longer throughout the day.

Whilst picking this up I figured I should try the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine loose powder as well to see how well they work together. This is an 'invisible' powder that claims to help shrink the look of pores and minimise any shine. It is advertised as mattifying and pore perfecting with an invisible finish that is still ultra lightweight. It comes with 7g worth of powder with it's own brush as it's designed to be used quickly and on the go.

I have to say I am also satisfied with the results of this product as well as the POREfessional primer. Once applied, any shine had been eliminated from my t-zone whilst remaining invisible and avoiding making me look too powdery or cakey. It is also very lightweight so it cannot be felt on the skin. Regarding the longevity, I still needed to top up after a few hours but the shine was still reduced compared to normal for me. The packaging is very handy in my opinion. It is conveniently designed so that it can be popped into your bag and used for touch ups throughout the day as it comes with a brush that screws in the bottom. 

However, as this is a loose powder the design of the packaging means that it can be quite messy and product could be wasted as the powder is to be tipped out into the lid. The brush that comes with the product also isn't great, it's fine for using it for convenience when you're out and about but when at home I much prefer to use my own brush for a nicer finish. Again, the price isn't too pocket-friendly like the primer. It can be purchased for £23.50 which is a little steep in my opinion. If this was a drug store product I would be impressed but it just doesn't seem like a premium product and so I will most likely not repurchase.

Have you tried either of these products? Are there any primers or powders you recommend?

14 comments :

  1. Great review xo

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  2. I really want to try the porefessional primer, I got a sample of it and really do love it. Great review x

    daisy-drops

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    1. As I said it is definitely worth investing in! Thank you very much Lauren! :D x

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  3. I've tried the primer and it really does make a difference, it just gives your skin a whole different texture, I'd say it would be definitely worth the price if there was a little more product xo
    Other Infinities xo

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    1. I completely agree, I would love to use it on a daily basis but I feel as if I should make it last! xx

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  4. Thank you for this! I've been debating whether or not to buy it!

    Katie (http://enkephalins.blogspot.co.uk)

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    1. It's great! It's surprising how much of a difference it makes. x

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  6. It looks so nice! I need to try it :)

    http://glassow.com

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  7. I have this primer but I do want to try the powder as well. The primer is my holy grail for primers at the moment!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I agree, it works wonders! The powder is worth a try I would say as well. x

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