The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup
The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup has an ultra-lightweight formula that promises to control excess oil for up to eight hours and blur pores at the same time. We sure wish it did just that, but unfortunately there are some significant issues that hold this product back.
We first have to point out that Benefit calls this "face makeup" to "target problem areas" rather than referring to it as a traditional foundation, which is a bit confusing because it does indeed function like a foundation. It has a liquid texture that is watery enough to slip through your fingers, which is why you need to disperse it into the built-in sponge. The sponge also helps the watery coverage blend more cohesively, but the tricky part is that the sponge is small, so it takes extra effort to get the product applied evenly over your entire face. And you have to work swiftly because the formula sets rather quickly. None of this is easy.
Now on to the big question: Does it blur pores? Unfortunately, the answer is only minimally…if at all. On the plus side, the light coverage helps skin look more uniform overall, but we didn't notice significant results in the pore department.
Benefit also over-exaggerates about the matte finish being powerful enough to hold back shine for eight hours. If you have oily skin, you can expect your surface oil to peek back through a few hours into wear if not sooner. If you have dry skin, don't even try it—this formula won't be moisturizing enough for you.
Shade-wise, it's tricky to find a good match. The handful of colors tend to skew a tad orangey and the lightest shade is downright chalky looking. Worse, the formula is fragranced enough to potentially irritate skin (see More Info).
As with most of the other POREfessional line products, The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup just isn't worth it.
- Lightweight coverage helps skin look more uniform and doesn't feel occlusive.
- Not the easiest to blend evenly.
- Doesn't blur pores or hold back shine as well as it promises to.
- Tricky to find a flattering shade (most skew orange).
- Potentially irritating fragrance in the formula.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
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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