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Benefit

The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer

0.75 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Benefit’s dry-skin version of its best-selling blurring primer, The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer, is a good option; however, one flub keeps it from getting our caveat-free seal of approval.

Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, this creamy primer has a slight pinky-beige color that melts into skin once it’s applied. True to its claims, it has an instant blurring effect on pores, making them appear smaller (it also softens the look of fine lines).

While this claims to be hydrating – and is certainly much more moisturizing than its sister product – it’s not a richly hydrating product, meaning that if your skin is drier than the normal to dry range, you’ll likely need a separate moisturizer. Still, this is true for most primers, not to mention during the day you’d want to follow this with a moisturizer rated SPF 30 or greater.

When it comes to making makeup last longer, this extends the wear time of foundation by a couple of hours, and provides a smooth, seamless canvas that makes application easier. As far as ingredients go, there isn’t a lot here beyond hydrating and smoothing options, though Benefit makes no skin care claims.

The only drawback is that this contains fragrance and the fragrance ingredient limonene. Although the scent isn’t overpowering (you can smell it when first applied, but it fades quickly), fragrance still puts skin at risk for irritation.

That said, this is a very good blurring primer for normal to slightly dry skin, and, depending on your skin type, you may find this hydrating enough.

Pros:
  • Creamy primer blurs pores and fine lines.
  • Creamy primer blurs pores and fine lines. Lightly hydrating formula is comfortable on normal to dry skin.
  • Provides a smooth canvas for foundation and makes it last a couple of hours longer.
Cons:
  • Includes fragrance and a fragrance ingredient, which put skin at risk for irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Defeat pores AND dryness in one step with Benefit's NEW The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer! This silky-smooth, hydrating face primer instantly moisturizes & refreshes skin, helps makeup stay put and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. It has the same oil-free, lightweight feel & pore-minimizing power as the original The POREfessional PLUS 12-hour* hydration for normal to dry skin. Visible pores and dry skin don’t stand a chance!

Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Diglycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isoceteth-10, Polysorbate 60, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT, Alumina, Magnesium Oxide, Tocopherol. [+/-: Ci 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

Benefit At-A-Glance

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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