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Got Pores? Meet the POREfessional!

Posted on 02 Feb 2011 at 4:55pm

Hi Beauties!!

Today I want to share my latest beauty find: The POREfessional!

If you’re like me and have noticeable pores (who doesn’t, right?!) then you’ve probably yet to find the perfect product to hide them.

Well, I FINALLY picked up The POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics after eyeing it for several weeks. It’s a balm/primer which claims to quickly minimize pores.

I’m a fan of Benefit’s products, but I have to say I was definitely skeptical of this one.  I’ve tried so many products, primers and cover ups that claim to minimize pores, but none have really done the trick.  I figured this would be another product that would end up in my “junk drawer” of cosmetics.  But, I’m such a sucker for bright packaging and fun names that I just had to grab it!

Here’s what it looks like. Cute right?

This is what Benefit says about their product: “The POREfessional quickly minimizes the appearance of pores. Apply this silky, lightweight balm to achieve translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin. Pores…now you see ‘em, now you don’t!”

Ok, so it doesn’t really say a lot. – Which is another reason why I was skeptical.  But curiosity always gets the best of me and I’ve GOT to find out if there really is such a product that can diminish pores! So, next thing you know I’m forking over 30 bucks for less than an ounce of product ($28 at Sephora)

When I get the package, I’m excited to see it says I can apply it under or over makeup.  Great! I LOVE products I can take on the go for quick fixes! My main objective though is to use it as a primer under makeup to even out skin tone and hopefully fill in my pores.

I usually use Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer.  I’ve tried many and keep returning to Smashbox because it really does give the most flawless look – It fills in fine lines and evens skin tone, BUT has never quite been able to fill in all my pores. So, I’m hoping this POREfessional can replace my beloved Smashbox Primer.

So, when I open the POREfessional package I was happy to see this cute instruction booklet. Honestly, I don’t think you need instructions for primer; but I just LOVE pretty drawings. Makes me happy.

Here is the instruction sheet:

The balm/primer comes out a bit tinted and is definitely silicon based, which worries me a little because I have sensitive skin. But it doesn’t worry me enough to abort my mission!

So, I follow the pretty instructions only on one side of my face to see if there’s a difference.  It feels great and glides on like silk. It actually looks and feels quite similar to Smashbox’s tinted primer.

I wait a few minutes to see if my sensitive skin will have a bad reaction, but it doesn’t — YAY!! SO….. when I look back in the mirror – WOW! Where are my pores?!?!

No kidding. This balm actually covered/filled in my little pores so perfectly that I couldn’t even find them!! (and I’m an expert at spotting my pores!) It created perfectly smooth, pore-free looking skin.

I actually didn’t even need to continue with foundation! But I did just to finish out my experiment. I also applied Smashbox primer and my normal foundation to the other side of the face and I hate to say it but the POREfessional really blew Smashbox away in the “pore-filling” department sorry Smashbox)!

*The only thing that didn’t impress me tremendously about The POREfessional was it’s staying power. I did notice a couple pores peeking out later in the day. But luckily, I had The POREfessional in my purse for a quick touch up.

So, my conclusion: Although I still don’t have Leighton Meeston’s flawless skin, at least I can fake it with my new favorite primer: The POREfessional. LOVE it!!

Pores…now you see ‘em, now you don’t! Thank you POREfessional!

Peace, Love, and Sexiness!

Angie O

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