I find that as I am getting older, my pores are becoming more visible – and I hate it. I have heard that this is a somewhat common problem for women, so at least I know I am not alone in the struggle.  Today’s post is for those, who like me are struggling with HUGE pores. Let’s say Goodbye PORES with my Benefit the POREfessional review.

I have been using the Benefit the POREfessional Primer for about 2 years now. I would place it in my Top 5 Primers. Not only is it great for disguising my pores; but it’s super lightweight so it feels as though you aren’t wearing anything at all, which I love. I must make it clear that the POREfessional product range will not prevent pores or permanently reduce the appearance of them; however it will aid in making them appear smaller at the time of using the product(s).

I have stated my thoughts on each of the individual products below, however I love to use all in conjunction with each other.


Benefit the POREfessional Primer

As mentioned above, this is a favourite of mine. It is lightweight & feels silky smooth on my skin. the POREfessional primer is a pro-balm with an oil-free formula that compliments both oily & dry skin types. The consistency is silicone-like & while it looks beige, it applies translucent. I dab this product into my skin as opposed to rubbing. I find that it does also even out my complexion & reduce redness around my nose.

Price: R445 (full size) / R165 (mini)


Benefit the POREfessional Matte Rescue

According to Benefit, this mattifying gel will blur pores; give an invisible finish; & mattify your face by absorbing oil. The gel is blue in colour, but does not apply blue to your face. I use this product over my moisturiser & under my POREfessional primer before applying my foundation. I do not recommend using this product as a primer. Even though it does mattify your face instantly, I find that without a primer between matte rescue gel & your foundation, it simply does not sit well on the skin. My skin is normal, so I find that it lasts at least 6 hours on my face. However, if you have oily skin it may be different for you.

Price: R445 (full size)


Benefit the POREfessional Instant Wipeout Masks

This sheet mask promises to clean out your pores on nose & the apples of your cheeks by removing impurities, & also to tighten the pores so they appear smaller. Great right? I think so. And the packaging is super cute as all Benefit packaging is. The Instant Wipeout Masks come in a pack of 8, which works out to about R55 per mask.  I was a little confused about how to use this at first, but quickly figured it out. The turquoise button on each pack contains a liquid. When you press on that button, it spreads the liquid to the sheet mask, so when you open the packet the sheet has the liquid on it. I use the sheet mask on my nose & apples of my cheeks.

I think this product works fairly well. It really does tighten up the pores after using it. I like to use this the day before (most likely in the evening before bed) I have a photoshoot or event to attend. I have read online that it stung when some people used it. But honestly, keeping it on for 10 minutes was a breeze for me. If anything, I didn’t like the menthol smell of the product, but I generally don’t like products with scents so that may just be me.

Price: R445 (pack of 8 masks)

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For me, this trio works well. As mentioned, I used the POREfessional primer for 2 years before trying out the matte rescue or the instant wipeout masks. And I find that using these products with each other works quite nicely. However, as always what works for me may not work for you, & these products are not cheap. While I was inserting links to the Red Square online store, I did find that these 3 products are actually available in a mini trio pack. If you aren’t sure about purchasing all 3 of these (over R1200 for all 3), but you do want to try them out; I suggest you check out the POREfessional Pores Away Kit. It retails for R285 which is much cheaper that over R1200.



Hope you’ve enjoyed this review. Leave a comment below if you’ve tried it out or if you want to try it out.