Benefit Cosmetics is a brand that I’m really invested in. There are a lot of products from them that are holy grails and things that I can’t replace. One type of product that I haven’t tried much from Benefit however is foundations. Today’s is interesting for me because I’ll be giving you my opinion on the new Benefit Porefessional Minimizing Makeup*.
Shade #2 | Shade #3
WHAT IS IT
The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup is the latest release from Benefit Cosmetics, in the POREfessional range. If you’re someone that is new to this range or Benefit as a whole, anything POREfessional is based to help combat pores and is supposidly more suited to people that want their makeup to be quite matte.
You might notice that the word foundation isn’t in this product’s name. Well, that’s because Benefit also suggests this product for spot concealing. Me personally, I use it as the Pore Minimizing Makeup Foundation. It comes in 5 shades and retails for $51AUD.
This is what Benefit has to say about this product. It’s a “weightless long-wear makeup. The ultra-thin formula covers imperfections without settling into pores or clogging them. It visibly smooths & minizming pores. Instantly mattifies AND controls excess surface oil for 8 hours”
The packaging of this product is quite cute. I love how closely aligned it is to the overall Porefessional range and it makes complete sense. It reminds me a lot of the Agent Zero Shine packaging. You twist the bottom, and it reveals a custom pore-blurring sponge. The main cylinder of product has a press button on the back, and when you press it, some of the foundation is released. Moving towards the top, the tip is of course where the product dispenses from. To use this product, a lot of shaking is suggested before hand.
The formula is as described.But also very runny. If you’re someone who is quite clumsy, definitely be careful this one. I also think that the press button on the back is a disaster waiting to happen if you pop it in your makeup bag and something hits the press button.
MY SKIN AND THE SHADES I HAVE
A bit of backstory incase you’re stumbling across my blog straight from the Interwebs and have never been here before. I’m someone who struggles with hormonal and cystic acne. My skin type is extremely oily and I have quite an olive complexion.
I received two shades of this foundation. There’s 2 which actually looks darker than 3 and it’s very warm. Then there’s 3, which is probably a much better match for me. However, number 3 isn’t completely perfect and I do have to do a bit of mixing. In winter, 3 could be a perfect match though because my colour does dull down a lot.
HOW I USE IT AND MY THOUGHTS
To use this foundation, I firstly shake it up. Personally, I don’t like the sponge that much, so I don’t opt for it. I end up pressing the product out and dot it onto my face. I then use my dampened Real Techniques Beauty sponge and press it into my skin.
It feels very lightweight and comfortable on my skin. It doesn’t really feel like anything is there and it doesn’t transfer very much. It makes my skin look very close to flawless. I can still see my skin and imperfections underneath. But, there’s definitely a blurring effect and something almost velvet about the formula.
With my skin type, I can get around 3 hours of wear before the oils come through. But, keep in mind that I am EXTREMELY oily and this is something very normal for me. I always bring Agent Zero Shine with me and I only need to use the smallest amount of that powder on my t-zone. I’m then fine again for quite a few hours, which is great.
Overall, I really like this foundation. I feel pretty comfortable saying that people with dry or normal skin types shouldn’t have any trouble. If you’re someone with very oily skin and you don’t like blotting or using powder on the go, you might not enjoy the shine that comes through.
Have you had your eye on the Benefit Porefessional Minimizing Makeup?
What’s your favourite Benefit product?
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