Benefit; a brand we all rave about and love, however, is their latest release, really worth the hype?
'The POREfessional License to Blot*' is one of many oil blotting products on the market, so what makes this one different? Benefit claim "This instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres mattifies shine for up to 6 hours after application.* The specially designed triangular tip targets shiny zones...the sides of your nose, forehead and chin.Oil has finally met its matte!"
First of all I want to say, after reading this, I was a little disappointed the sample doesn't have the triangular tip, as this seems to be one of it's selling points. However, I'm not going to moan as let's face it, everybody loves a free sample! So thank you Benefit.
If you have read my blog before, or watched my Youtube, you will know in the Summer I suffer from extremely oily skin, so I was really excited to give this a try.
Starting with packaging, The POREfessional License to Blot comes in a neon yellow box, with a picture of a detective on. I really like this, as Benefit have really played with the theme here; especially with the License to Blot stamp. On the reverse side of the box, is all the information you need to know about the product. I love how Benefit put little summaries of their products on the packaging, as it allows everyone to get the best use from it.
Inside the box is the product itself, and boy oh boy do I love the packaging. The POREfessional comes in a neon yellow and pale pink tube, which at first glances looks like a short and stumpy lip balm. Again the name is printed on the bottom of the product, which I love, After removing the lid, all you have to do is, twist the base and Bob's your uncle, the product is ready to use.
To use the stick, (is that even the right word to describe it?) you need to apply short, swift strokes to the oily areas; for me this is my t-zone and my chin. At first I was a little unsure if I should then use my fingers to rub it in, or if I should just leave it, however after applying a small amount, I decided to leave it.
To test this I have used it before applying my make up, to see the difference, and after a few hours of wearing make up, to see how it works after application.
To start, I followed my usual skin care routine; washing my face, cleansing and moisturising with a variant of creams, lotions and potions. I then waited ten minutes, so my skin returned to it's oily self, and whipped this bad boy out. I applied the light strokes as suggested, and honestly could not believe the results I saw. After a few minutes, the oiliness on my nose, chin, and forehead had vanished. To get some real results, I decided to have a no make up day, so I could see how the product works alone. Benefit state the product mattifies all oiliness upto six hours after application. I don't know how to say this, but....Benefit, you're wrong. This actually lasted upto eight hours for me, before I started to see some oil!
Now, like many females (and some males) I like to wear make up on a daily basis, which can be an issue for someone with oily skin, as chances are, my foundation slides right off; meaning I was really excited to give this a try. Like before, I followed my usual skin care routine, and applied this on my oily patches. I then followed my usual make up routine, so I was ready for the day ahead. After applying my make up, I noticed there was not as much shine as usual, which was a good start. I then powered through my day, checking myself out in the mirror every hour or so. I'm not vein...It was for review purposes. Honestly. After four hours, I started to notice a little bit of a shine, which could be described as a dewy appearance. For someone with oily skin, this was not really an issue. I decided to whack my License to Blot out and applied a little bit more over the areas which needed it.
Now, I've tried many products which claim they can be used over make up, and they usually end up smudging my make up, or not working. However, this was certainly not the case for Benefit, as my make up still looked fab, whilst the oily shine slowly disappeared.
Overall, I am really pleased with The POREfessional License to Blot stick, and I would defiantly recommend it to people with oily skin. The product literally feels like a lip balm, which is funny to apply to your face! It almost feels wrong haha. I also love how it does not dry out your skin, like most oil removing products do. The blotting stick costs £15.50 which is a little hefty for people like me, who prefer the high street prices, however it really is a case of you get what you pay for.
I will defiantly consider replacing my sample, when it runs out, however, I have a feeling this will last me most of the summer!
Have you tried The POREfessional License to Blot stick(?)? What do you think of it? Worth the hype? Or do you dislike it? Comment below as I would love to hear from you!
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*This item was a PR Sample/ Gift.