Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional: License To Blot

Benefit’s new product seems gimmicky and I was doubtful at first; however, as a Benefit fan I couldn’t resist. The Porefessional: License To Blot is an unlikely product to pop up on my radar, and rightfully so, since I’m not a fan of this product at all. As an “instant oil-blotting stick for a mattified complexion,” I was initially thinking that this would’ve been great for the upcoming spring and summer months. However, I’m sorely disappointed by this and I don’t recommend this product at all.



Benefit describes this product as an “instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres [that] mattifies shine for up to six hours after application.” Based on the product description, it sounds like it would be great for anyone with oily skin or a troublesome t-zone, I know. However, it’s an odd product that doesn’t do even a little bit of mattifying. In addition, the “specially designed triangular tip” may have been great for the sides of your nose, but for the forehead and chin, it was hard to cover all the areas since they’re both a wider, flatter surface. Other than that, the design and the packaging is really compact and thin, which makes it easy for on-the-go application; and, could be an item that would fit easily into your purse or makeup bag. However, since the product didn’t do much for me, it’s not going to be something that I’ll be taking around anyway.


I applied this product in place of a face primer, after my skincare routine, and before my makeup application. It feels a lot like slippery chapstick, so it glides on the skin pretty smoothly. However, it just stayed there on my skin without really absorbing all the way and the more I tried to swipe on the product, the more it would ball up and peel off a bit. I felt that it was taking what I had applied underneath it with it as it balled up, so that concerned me a bit. I also tried to apply this after makeup on top of my foundation (before powdering) to see if that would make a different. It made it worse by balling up and taking off my foundation that I had just applied. The tip of the product basically became the color of my foundation, and it was really annoying trying to figure out if I was going to re-apply my foundation in the areas I felt it had rubbed off.

Even when the product was applied, it didn’t necessarily control my oil or help my skin look any better as the oil broke through. My skin reacted the same, like it does everyday, with the occasional blotting that I have to do. Additionally, it also didn’t really mattify my skin either since no matter what I did the balmly texture didn’t realyl absorb or sink into my skin. I didn’t like this product, even though in theory, it sounded like a product that I could really benefit from. I don’t recommend this and I would suggest a blotting powder instead for some decent oil-control.

Retails for $20.00 USD.