My 30s came with a few cool perks — wisdom, Tabs and El Hub — that have helped offset the drawbacks of getting older, but there’s one area of aging I’m still trying to offset: my pores. Compared to how they looked in my 20s, THEY’RE HUGE! They’re like Olympic swimming pools within which people could host a swim meet.
To some sad degree, it just comes with the territory. Over time, pores enlarge. Accumulated sun damage, other environmental factors and the natural aging process itself all weaken the support structures around them.
The lightweight, oil-free primer is designed to minimize the appearance of those behemoth pores when it’s either worn as a primer beneath makeup, where it creates a smooth canvas for foundation and powder, and/or applied on top of your face paint throughout the day, where it softens the skin with a matte finish.
The Porefessional joins That Gal as the second primer in Benefit’s permanent line, but where That Gal brightens skin with a subtle pink sheen, The Porefessional smooths skin, softening its texture.
If you have medium to dark skin, you’re probably painfully aware of how some primers can leave a dreadful white cast. The Porefessional doesn’t (at least not on my NC35 skin)! Despite its light tint, it appears fully translucent once applied, and the lazy beast in me loves how easily it blends (no caking, yay!).
Oh, sensitive noses might want to brace themselves before giving it a sniff as the lemony floral fragrance comes on strong. I like it, but scents are personal, right? You just never know.
The product does contain silicones, so if you like Smashbox Photofinish Primer and/or Tarte Clean Slate, you’ll probably love how The Porefessional feels on your skin. The Porefessional has that trademark silky, lotion-like texture you get with a lot of products that contain silicone. As a general rule, I don’t mind silicones in my beauty products, but I’m not too crazy about them here — if they’re what makes the product feel as heavy as it does, like there’s a layer of something sitting on top of my skin.
Be that as it may, the larger question (pun intended) is, “How well does The Porefessional pummel pores into submission?”
The Porefessional un-blended (left) and blended (right).
Well, it makes a very subtle difference on me. That’s not to say it’s undetectable, though. The Porefessional does seem to soften the look of my pores, but it doesn’t completely make them disappear (drat!).
I wore it last weekend, hoping my BFFs (who usually notice *everything*) would comment on it and tell me how smooth my skin looked, but no one said a word…
That prompted me to be a little shy with the photographs for this post, too. I’m not usually shy about posting pics…but I just couldn’t deal with it this time, having the entire internet see macro pictures of my enlarged pores! — hence the lack of face shots in this post. Sorry!
I dunno… Maybe my pores are just TOO BIG and past the point of no return for The Porefessional. I have friends who adore the product, so you may have better luck than me. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like Benefit The Porefessional if…
- You want to softly mellow out the look of large pores
- You try, and find you like the scent
- You like the silky texture of products that contain silicones
- You’re comfortable spending about $30
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,