Benefit The POREfessional: License To Blot is a product with a great concept. It is a convenient, instant mattifying stick that can be applied under or over makeup to keep your face matte for up to 6 hours. Well, being a girl who has oily T-zone, this just sounds like it was made for me!
I have a mini version to share with you today. It is a simple, yellow-themed, retractable twist-up stick with a super adorable packaging design Benefit is known for. The product itself is scent-free and has a typical mattifying balm-like texture. It goes on translucent on the skin and leaves no residue behind.
To use, simply twist up the product and apply directly on bare skin or over makeup particularly on the areas where you want to get rid of shine using short, swift strokes.
When applied on bare skin, it offers a slightly smooth, satin-matte finish though it doesn't seem to help my foundation application blend easier/smoother in any way. The added benefit is that it seems to blur the appearance of pores just slightly. It does not cover redness or skin imperfections, nor does it claim to do so. When I applied it in the morning, my skin didn't get shiny until 1-2 P.M., so the 6-hour shine-free claim is true for me. One thing to note if you intend to apply it on bare skin is to make sure your skin is properly moisturized prior to application or it will accentuate dryness.
When applied over makeup or when used to touch up during the day, that's when everything goes all wrong. Firstly, the balm texture is not “slick” enough to glide on the skin; you'll have to press it down a little to blot the oil off and there's no way you can avoid ruining your makeup. Every time I try this, I always end up smudging my foundation coverage. Secondly, it seems to “ball up” my makeup, too, and leaves me with splotchy finish in the process. The final straw is probably when the pristine tip gets all kind of dirty from the makeup that you just wipe it off with. I recommend swiping the tip gently on a piece of tissue after every use to get rid of the transferred makeup and to keep the product sanitary for next use.
Another thing I think worth mentioning is that you will need to use quite a bit of product per application to achieve a matte appearance. And I can't imagine how quickly you'll go through it if you have super oily skin!
Below is a Before and After shot where I applied The POREfessional: License To Blot on bare skin. The difference is barely noticeable but if you look closely, the skin on the right is slightly more matte and pores are less noticeable.
(I do not have arm swatches since it pretty much goes on clear on the skin.)
In the end, I think this product performs better on bare skin. It keeps my face matte as promised but it doesn't perform any better (or even as good as) than my other mattifying primers. It doesn't prolong the wear of my makeup in any way and I would not recommend using it over makeup at all for the reasons stated above. I think you're better off using blotting sheets which are much cheaper, more discreet, and most importantly, more sanitary.
The concept around the product is neat, and while it does what it claims to do (except the over-makeup application part), I just don't see it as a necessity. I prefer my primer in liquid form and I prefer blotting sheets to touch up during the day. In short, I just can't see this product fitting anywhere in my routine, even if I try!
Have you tried it? If so, what has your experience been like? Do you have any extra tips on using this product?