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.

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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.

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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.

Summer Makeup: How to Make Your Makeup Last

Applying makeup during the summer time can be tricky since the weather is so hot and humid. More importantly, it’s more annoying when you’ve spent all this time making your makeup look good and then it melts off your face, lol. There are certain products I rely on to really “lock in” the makeup before heading out the door, and I think it’s worth investing an additional five minutes to do this as a pre-caution. If these items aren’t year-round products for you, consider the travel-size ones that you can find at Sephora. Of course, these tips on helping your makeup last aren’t limited to summer months only — I think you can apply these tips no matter what the occasion/season may be.

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Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Described to be a “weightless setting spray that helps makeup stay put, control oil, and deflect surface shine,” this spray is a great final step option for after you’ve applied all your makeup. I really can’t say that this product alone controls oil, but it does a great job with keeping your makeup on your face even in humid, hot weather. Allegedly, “high-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow, and blush from smudging, sliding, or fading,” and it’s a decent preventative measure to take when trying to lock in your makeup. As my final step, I spray this product all over my skin and let it absorb — and, it seems to keep my skin comfortable and less messy throughout the day. I get the travel-size version of this spray and it lasts forever.

Benefit The POREfessional
I feature this primer time and time again, but it really deserves all the praises. As a “balm that minimizes the appearance of pores,” this primer is smooth and silky as it plugs in pores and glosses over imperfections and discolorations on the skin. I find that my makeup sits better for longer on the skin, and oil-control is decent but not magical. I notice a difference when I don’t use this primer — and, that’s saying a lot since I don’t like most primers to begin with — I notice my makeup slipping around my nose and chin area. Benefit is good about including this primer in their gift sets and sell it separately in a travel-size version if you want to try it out.

Benefit Benetint
Tints are best for summer months because they’re so low-maintenance. It’s so long-lasting you don’t have to worry about it; and, it’s so easy to apply so it’s not fussy either. I’m a fan of all the tints by Benefit, but I like Benetint the best since it’s so versatile as a rose color. The rose-tinted cheek and lip stain is multi-functional since you can apply it as a stain for the lips and cheeks. I mean really… it’s “the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle [and is] kiss-proof and smudge-proof.” Sometimes I will layer on some brush over this, but on its own, it does perfectly fine.

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
I don’t normally like to powder, but it’s a requirement for me in the hot summer months. I also think that having a good setting powder on hand is key in allowing your makeup to last. The Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder is “a silky, lightweight finishing powder that softens the appearance of fine lines and pores.” It’s easy to dust a little on without changing the color or appearance of your base makeup; and, it really locks in my makeup even as the oil breaks through through the day. This powder was “created specifically for HD technology,” and is a “talc-free professional touch-up powder [that] is perfect for use throughout the day to reduce shine and slightly mattify skin.” An added bonus is that “it adds a soft-focus, naturally radiant effect to blur imperfections, such as fine lines and pores, while remaining completely invisible to even the most magnified HD lens.” Pictured here is another travel-size version.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow
I don’t like eyeshadow primers, and often, I don’t find that I need them. However, when I really need my eye makeup to remain intact, I prefer to use the Long-Wear Cream Shadows as a base. Described as a “velvety-smooth cream formula that goes on easily and lasts all day without creasing or smearing,” this is the perfect first-step before applying eyeshadow. My favorite is the shade “Bone” because it’s a “soft matte off-white” that is perfect for evening out the tone of your eyelids and really making shadows stick. It’s soft and creamy and dries down nicely without looking cakey or stiff on the skin. Shadows are still blendable, so that’s a bonus as well. On lazy days, I apply this alone with no shadow just to perk up my lids a bit — and, it’s great how it makes you looks so awake and alive.

If you want, check out my other summer-related posts here: Face of the Day: Summer Glow and Oil Control and Current Summertime Glow. For more information about Summertime Essentials, check out my post that features a great summer foundation — the Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation.

3 Primers for 3 Different Occasions

If you remember me hating primers in the past, it’s because I had various issues with them in general — either they didn’t do anything, made my makeup worse/oily, or my skin had a reaction to them. After dabbling in some “primer experiments,” I’ve come to the conclusion that I have three favorites and they all serve different purposes. For this reason, I really believe that not all primers are created equal; and, I have yet to find one that does everything.

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1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
This primer is a good overall primer, but it’s best at helping your makeup look great throughout the day. I wouldn’t say that it’s helps to prolong makeup wear, but it helps it look nicer as the day goes on and as oil begins to naturally break through. It’s light in texture and is undetectable once blended. Worn alone — this product is great too. However, this primer is white in color and can be a problem for those with darker skin tones. Without proper blending, I’ve noticed white streaks even on myself.

2. Benefit’s Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer
If you’re looking for a primer that’s specifically designed to help with your makeup’s lasting power, this is the one to go with. It’s also very easy to use since you can just swipe the product on your face and that’s it. It helps your foundation/base makeup really stick to your skin and helps it last all day. I’ve also noticed I can lengthen my blush’s wear time by swiping this along my cheeks. However, it doesn’t do much for redness, pores, lines and discolorations on your face.

3. Benefit’s The POREfessional
This particular primer is great for concealing lines and pores because it’s great at smoothing everything out and evening the texture of your skin. This is a tremendous help for when you wake up and your skin is irritated or on the verge of sprouting a few pimples. Sometimes I’ll wear this just on the areas where my pores are visible because this really helps to make them appear smaller. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help with helping your makeup last and helping your makeup look good as the day wears on. The product is slippery and I feel like after a few hours, it just slips right off the face. I like to wear this under powder foundation more than liquid.

Primers are optional and not everyone sees them to be a necessary step in their makeup routine. I like to use them only when I need to — that’s pretty much why I have three that I like — one for each concern I have. I haven’t found one that does it all, but I suppose it’s good to have some options. So, if you have to pick one, decide which concerns are really important for you and go from there; however, I have personally found that many good foundations these days have a built-in primer (plus coverage).

3 Mini Benefit Reviews: ‘That Gal’ Brightening Face Primer, Girl Meets Pearl, The POREfessional

I’ve got major commitment issues when it comes to face primers or any type of makeup “base.” This is for various reasons — but, often, it’s because the primer does absolutely nothing or it affects the makeup application process (such as peeling or balling up on my face) and I just get irritated. I’ve been collecting Benefit sample sizes from different holiday packages or from the check-out aisle at Sephora, and I thought it would be better for me to try out the samples of their face primers before purchasing any of them.

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1. Benefit’s ‘That Gal’ Brightening Face Primer is “a silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter.” Supposedly, it’s supposed to prime your skin or be worn alone “for clear complexion radiance.” It’s also suggested to re-apply to “re-brighten throughout the day.” I would say out of the 3, this is my least favorite. Although it smells nice and does apply smoothly, it didn’t actually make me look radiant or bright. Even as a priming agent, my makeup wore on just like it usually does and this product made me more oily in the t-zone.

For now, I’m mixing it in with foundation since there’s some pearlescent qualities to the product. It doesn’t really do much and I won’t be purchasing the full size.

2. Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl is “a soft, golden pink, liquid-pearl highlighter.” This product claims to provide a “delectable glow” that is natural, “fancy,” and acts as a “golden-pink liquid pearl luminizer.” The “sheer, light-reflecting formula in a fresh, raspberry scent glides on smoothly for a breathtakingly radiant complexion. Wear it alone for a youthful dewy glow, or over makeup for lustrous “pearlessence.”

This product also contains moisturizing skincare benefits, such as “sesame seed oil and skin-soothing raspberry, chamomile, and sweet almond seed extract to improve skin firmness and smoothness.”

This is my favorite out of the three and is NOT a primer. I love highlighters and it’s difficult to find a good liquid one that doesn’t get cakey or isn’t too glittery/shimmery. The pink tint this product has brightens the skin without disturbing the foundation you’ve already placed onto your skin. It blends in perfectly with my pink blush and appears very natural and healthy. Sometimes I mix it in with my foundation or BB cream when I’m feeling fancy and it makes my skin glow (but not too much). I’d like to purchase the full size in the future once I get through some other highlighting/illuminating products I have.

3. Benefit’s The POREfessional primer is “a PRO balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.” This primer “minimizes the appearance of pores” and wrinkles/lines, and the “silky, lightweight balm” helps to achieve “translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin.” It’s oil-free so I feel much happier with that idea since this will be worn under my makeup. I like this primer and the way that it feels on my skin. I think it helps various formulas of foundation and BB creams glide on better, but it doesn’t necessarily make my makeup last any longer than it usually does. The silky texture is like butter and it disappears upon contact. This is great for pore coverage, so I like to use it along my cheeks, nose, and chin since that’s where my pores ore most visible. The consistency of this product is balm-like but is very light and smooth.

I’m considering purchasing a full size of this because it acts like a “plug” for your pores without clogging them. Hooray!