For someone who never used to give Benefit Cosmetics the time of day (I had one bad experience many moons ago which pretty put me off for life) over the last year or so I have become a complete and utter convert. I use numerous products from this brand on a daily basis, many products of which have become total staples in my personal make-up bag, ones that I cannot live without.
Today I wanted to discuss The PORE Fessional range, originally it was made up of two members the face primer and the mattifying powder. Newly launched The PORE Fessional License To Blot is the latest member of the team.
Before I delve into discussing the most recent innovation from Benefit, I will tell you a little about the predecessors. PORE Fessional, a face primer that has been in my professional make-up kit for years. For those of you who have combination or oily skin, you will love this as it is completely oil free and smooths over all your pores and fine lines, perfectly prepping the skin for a long lasting base. You can even use a little over the top of make-up to take down any shine, a really versatile primer. I have converted both of my sisters and my mum into using this.
The PORE Fessional Agent Zero Shine is, according to the Benefit Cosmetics website, the UK’s No.1 Selling Powder. In terms of packaging this has to be the most uniquely designed facial powder for taking down shine I have ever seen. If you untwist the bottom end, out pops your mini brush for application, and then you just tap the required powder into the lid and away you go. This really does take down shine and unlike the usual tubs of powder you get, there is very minimal mess. Great for throwing in your hand bag!
Now onto the star of the show, our new product The Pore Fessional License to Blot! I love the concept and especially love the packaging. Designed for oily to combination skin, this little triangular shaped stick is for blotting and mattifying shine. I have trialed this whilst wearing no make-up and wearing make-up so I could see how best the product would work. If like me, even on a no make-up day, you suffer from an oily t-zone this bad boy is your perfect companion. Run the stick down your nose and it instantly takes away that pesky shine. However, when you are wearing make-up, I find it much more hygienic to apply the stick to your finger tip and then apply to the areas where you wish to take down shine. If you use the stick directly the make-up underneath transfers onto the stick itself, and if you are not careful it will disturb your base underneath.
Use all three of these products to completely take control of your shine, using the primer first, followed by the blotting stick, finishing off with the powder. Personally, it is not essential to own all three products, but I would highly recommend at least one of them if you like a matte finish.
What are your favourite Benefit Cosmetics products?