I hope you ladies haven't passed out with shock by seeing my blog pop up on your reading list. I have been without internet for a week and it has been pretty darn difficult. Yes entirely First World Problems but it's hard when you've become so use to it. I have wifi for today so I am getting my blog on!
Today's Sunday Sample is Benefit Porefessional primer. I have been tempted by the full size of this for so long after hearing rave reviews about it. I have enlarged pores on my nose and after trying a bit on while in Debenhams I was left feeling fairly impressed by the results and wanting more. However, as with most things, the £23.50 for 22ml price tag soon put me off.
As you can see I have a 7.5ml sample of this and thanks to Glamour magazine (July edition I believe) I have lots of back ups which will see me through the foreseeable future. Not only do I have a few back ups, you only need the teeniest amount of product so despite using this sample for a few months now (granted I don't wear it often) I have barely scratched the surface.
The product comes out as a pinky beige colour but when rubbed in to the skin it completely disappears making it suitable for all skin tones I believe. I only apply it on my nose and chin as they are the problem areas and it immediately leaves a smooth silky feel to the skin whilst also feeling matte and somewhat powdery. As I have dry skin, a description like that would have left me worrying but provided I've moisturised, it isn't too much of an issue. In fact I believe it's this mattifying effect that helps to leave pores looking slightly minimised.
Now my pet peeve with Porefessional reviews when I was originally looking into buying it was the lack of Before & After photos. I wanted to see for myself whether it worked. Now I've started blogging I see exactly why people were reluctant to post such close up photos of what can be a very self conscious thing. I deliberated about adding these photos but then as with most reviews, it felt too incomplete without it. For all those that think I have perfect skin - thank you but these photos are proof that all you need is close up photos to dispel that theory.
The Before photo has lashings of moisturiser hence the almost oily appearance and in the After photo you can see my nose looks matte and that's why I believe the pores look slightly minimised. Nothing miraculous but a subtle difference. During the summer when I'm not wearing foundation I think if I pop a bit of this on my nose area, despite perspiring my pores won't look as visible.
SummarySo I don't think it's a miracle product and when I tested the NARS pore refining primer in Selfridges I remember thinking it works a bit better than this and at only 50p more (I can't find the product size). This isn't a product I can't live without yet and I don't see me repurchasing for the full price when my samples finish but I might look into other pore refining alternatives. Having said that, it does make a subtle difference in minimising the appearance of my pores and I will continue using the samples I have.
What primer do you use?
Till next time...Toodles! :)