The POREfessional bills itself as a “pro balm” to make pores disappear and give your face a smoother appearance and matte finish. Following the instructions insert, you’re directed to apply POREfessional after a moisturizer, and reapply as needed to absorb oil and minimize pores as they “come out of hiding.” The moisturizer step is a potential mistake because if you have enlarged pores and oily skin, applying most traditional moisturizers will almost certainly exaggerate both issues. If you have oily skin and large pores with dry, flaky patches, you want to use a lightweight, gel-type moisturizer for smoothing without a creamy or slick finish.
Looking at the ingredients, The POREfessional is almost entirely silicone blends and film-forming agents, with a token amount of vitamin E. Like similar silicone-based mattifiers, the POREfessional goes on dry, silky and initially shine-free. However, the fragrance is nothing short of intense, and it made reapplication (a necessity if you have oily skin, because this won’t hold back shine for long) a challenge because you definitely don't want to be inhaling this all day.
This mattifier’s ability to minimize pores is overstated at best, and the benefit of the beautifully smooth, matte feel upon application won’t surpass the powerfully strong fragrance (it really lingers). You can find similar silicone-based products that deliver on their claims, and are fragrance-free.
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores! Apply this silky, lightweight balm for translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin. Pores...now you see 'em, now you don't! Complements all skin tones.
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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