porefessional reviewYou know that trove of products hailed by the entire beauty community as the Holy Grail of put-on-your-face items? The ones everybody and their mother is obsessed with, can’t live without, etc. etc. You get my drift. And then there’s the particular problem that arises when you give a member of said Holy Grail of products a go and just can’t seem to make it work, and you spend months and months wondering what you’re doing wrong; is it the way you’re applying it, your uneven skin… And finally you’re resigned to think that there has to be some sort of issue on your end if the rest of the world is in love with it. *Cue sad violin melody.* Alas, Benefit’s POREfessional presents such an enigma in my beauty stash. I’ve been trying to get into this for a few months now since picking it up, and I’ve finally decided: it doesn’t work for me. I know, I know, all this sounds blasphemous at best, but before you throw me in blogosphere prison for treason, allow me to explain. While I do wholeheartedly agree that it does an excellent job at filling in pores and reducing their appearance (its main claim to fame), I just can’t get over how this leaves my skin; chalky, powdery, and a little dry on application. While it does smooth over everything before foundation, it leaves dry patches significantly more visible and doesn’t do much for a longer-lasting base. If you have more combination skin, I’d say you’d enjoy this more simply to keep shine at bay as you shouldn’t have much of a problem with it feeling particularly drying if you’ve got an oilier complexion, but dry skins, beware. I realize it’s only meant to do the job of blurring pores (which it does remarkably well), but if I’m going to go the extra mile to slap on a primer in the morning, it needs to do some extra work to keep my face happy throughout the day.

Have you ever tried Benefit’s POREfessional primer?



  1. This is probably the first time I’ve seen a not-rave review on this product! It’s definitely great to hear an alternative perspective. I have put off buying this as it retails for $50 here and I was worried that it just wouldn’t be as amazing as everyone says.

    • Glad to hear it; I feel like a lot of HG products have such a cult following that we always feel compelled to dish out whatever the price tag says regardless of its actual performance. Thanks for reading, love your blog! xx

  2. That sucks that this didn’t work out for you! I don’t have very large pores, but where I do have pores, I tend to have more dry patches so I think this is a bit of a no-go for me!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. I never used to love this product, I was completely at a loss with why everyone loved it. But this year I love it. Especially over my oily tzone. Maybe this just isn’t for you, hopefully you can find another great primer instead :) Great review to see a different take on this! :)

    • I think so too, I’ve been testing out the Laura Mercier hydrating primer lately and it’s been doing wonders so far, hopefully I’ve found the one! Thanks love :)

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