{ Review } New to Benefit POREfessional

Never a brand to do things by halves, Benefit launches not one, but two weapons in the fight against problem pores.

Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue

Benefit POREfessional Invisible-Finish Mattifying Gel, R395

What they say: Matte rescue instantly minimizes pore appearance. The lightweight, water-based gel overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. Skin feels smooth and refreshed. Contains diamond powder known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect.

What I say: Ok, so I can’t really attest to its mattifying properties, as I don’t really have anything to mattify.

BUT, what I can tell you is that the instant-blurring and perfecting properties are everything they say they are and more. It evens out the complexion, leaving you with a face that looks like it’s been filtered!

It’s recommended that you apply this under a primer, but that is definitely only for girls with super oily skin, as I found this worked well as a primer. Also, who on earth has time to faff with two layers of product before you even get to foundation? Definitely not me!

Benefit Porefessional Mask

Benefit POREfessional Instant Wipe Out Masks, R395 for 8 masks.

What they say: This superhero-strength, dual-sided face mask cleans out AND smooths out the look of pores around your nose, forehead and chin. 3…2…1…WIPEOUT! The specially textured fabric woven from cottony fibers helps exfoliate & remove pore impurities. Contains mushroom extract known to clarify pores.

What I say: Well, the packaging will definitely catch your eye. The box they come in looks like a spy’s suitcase, and the masks are individually wrapped in futuristic pouches that require you to pop a plastic bubble before you open to release the active ingredients.

The formula contains a mushroom extract that sloughs dirt and grime out of your pores, making them look instantly smaller and less visible.

Now even though I have dry skin, I do suffer with blackhead and large pores on my nose, so this was where I tested the masks (although you can use them wherever you need them). It did make a difference, but because my skin is on the drier side, I did find the skin around my nose getting quite dry a few days afterwards. This probably has something to do with the menthol in the formula.

So while I’m impressed with the results, I would probably not repurchase them, and rather stick to regular nose strips. But those of you with oily skin will, ahem, benefit greatly from them.