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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional

What it is: A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores. What it does: Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything! What else you need to know: The oil-free formula contains vitamin E, which is known to protect skin from free radicals.
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Questions & Answers for Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional

Question
this vs SmashBox Photo finish
Which one is better, Benefit's Porefessional or SmashBox Photo finish?
I want to hide large pores around my nose and cheek area.
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
on The POREfessional
13 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use both! :) I love Smashbox for an all over coverage, but in places where my pores seem more visible (my nose, in between my eye brows, and my chin) I use porefessional. Both products are great and are even better when used together.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
cc8807
(Michigan)
answer 2
I do not love primers but I definitely prefer this to Smashbox products. It is hard to describe but Smashbox primer sort of pills on my face. The primer plus my foundation roll off in little balls if I touch my face at all during the day.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
demora
(Lindsay, ON)
answer 3
Smashbox photofinish is WAY better
answered 10 months ago
Halli5
answer 4
The primer you need depends on the makeup you want to put over it. If you're using a sticky, fast-drying makeup like Smashbox Studio Skin, the slick Smashbox primer is best. The sticky makeup slides on nicely over the super-slick Smashbox primers. If, however, you're using a slick makeup like MUFE HD or Nars Sheer Glow, the Benefit Porefessional would be better. It helps the slick foundation adhere to the skin. It won't streak and leave thin spots with Porefessional primer. I find that I get better coverage with this primer.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
CGSinVA
(Southwest Virginia)
answer 5
I've used both. I like the Benefit better. My smashbox is wonderful but clogs my pores and makes me oily within an hour. This one leaves me "matte" for longer.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
pmccall
(Aspen, CO)
answer 6
Although both uses Dimethicone, the Pore-fessional does not feel like it's blocking my pores. The smashbox feels much thicker and my skin can not breathe. I have normal/combo skin and i do not have to reapply during the day.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mbjunkie
(Natick, MA)
answer 7
Smashbox cant hold a candle to this product.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
calitransplant
(Portland, OR)
answer 8
Benefit does help minimize pores. I reapply thru out the day to keep it looking smooth.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(San Diego CA)
answer 9
POREFESSIONAL! SmashBox Photo finish left me needing to reapply a lot during the day! This one does not. Of course if you have super large pores you might need to. But this one covers better I have found and leaves you looking flawless. SmashBox left me needing more makeup over the top :(
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
beehivebarbie
(WEST COAST)
answer 10
I have tried both and find this is a better product. It will also last you longer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
iloveeyes
(Columbus, Ohio)
answer 11
I like this SO much better than Smashbox. I think the tint helps
answered 4 years ago
Amy22681
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 12
I like the feel of this better than Smashbox's primers. It's thicker and more velvety, and it definitely smoothes out my nose better!
answered 4 years ago
dollabillz
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 13
I have used both - use the POREfessional. Smashbox's is a great over-all primer, but the POREfessional is much better at concealing large pores.
answered 4 years ago
aburrill
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
Is there perfume scent to this?
Im allergic to any cosmetics that have a fragrance or perfume scent in it. Does the ingredients say anything about a fragrance in it? Even if its the very last ingredient on the list, I will break out with hives on my face.
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
cwotani
(Miami, FL)
on The POREfessional
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Whenever I use it, i detect a faint lemon smell, but nothing too strong!
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
The label says there is fragrance in it- it's the 15th ingredient on the list.
answered 3 years ago
labstaph
(New England)
answer 3
I am easily bothered by ANY fragrance in a face product but I apply this close to my eyes & there is no effect so you should be good.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
random
(Santa Cruz, CA)
answer 4
I have not noticed any scent, there is certainly no perfume smell.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
steeviebrat
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I smell nothing, but I don't know what the label says. I would be very surprised if it has any fragrance, though.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
crazy15ninja
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
Yes, fragrance is listed toward the end of the ingredient list. It's probably fairly mild (because the product doesn't seem to have any smell to it), but if your skin is sensitive, perhaps try a small sample before buying a whole tube.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
nikiva
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 7
I don't think it does. It has no smell to it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ange2572
answer 8
There is little bit of a fragrance, but it's a clean smell (to me at least) and I don't really notice it.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
bearowl08
(Denver, Colorado)
answer 9
No Scent!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
beehivebarbie
(WEST COAST)
Question
Does this product also help to remove pores?
asked 1 year ago
mandy345
on The POREfessional
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can't "remove" your pores - it helps make them less visible.
answered 6 months ago
Niicole12
(Detroit, MI)
answer 2
You cant remove pores, babe. It can help minimize the appearance of pores, giving the illusion of smaller, more youthful pores, but no, it is physically impossible to "remove pores".
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 3
No, most definitely not. That would be a job for a dermatologist. But, this product covers them beautifully.
answered 8 months ago
ashleighrose
(walla walla, washington)
answer 4
You can't "remove" pores, just minimize their appearance. Pores are necessary in order for our skin to breath.
answered 11 months ago
gabriellai
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 5
REMOVE pores? No. Minimize the look of them? Yes. I don't think anything can actually remove your pores...
answered 11 months ago
melinamazing
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
Um, you can't "remove" pores with any product.
If you're asking, "does it make your pores appear smaller?"
this has a debatable answer.
My sister who has really oily skin said YES.
I, who has dry/combo say NO, It didn't AT ALL.
answered 11 months ago
sanderella93
answer 7
No.
answered 1 year ago
alexabell
(Corona, CA)
answer 8
I don't think a product exists that removes pore, I does however make them invisible and takes that shine away for most part of the day for oily skin. I'm a big fan!
answered 1 year ago
Norcali
(Riverbank, CA)
answer 9
There's no such thing as removing your pores. If you mean reduce pore size, then no it doesn't reduce the size of your pores. Instead it helps make them "appear" smaller in size which allows makeup to look more flawless and less cakey. If you need help with pore size, try using a serum in your skincare routine.
answered 1 year ago
SammyjBill
(Fall River, MA)
Question
I have used The POREfessional on my eyelids with good results. Your thoughts?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
designerb
(Arlington, VT)
on The POREfessional
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I do not recommend this at all for an eye primer, it has chemicals in it that can irritate your eyes
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
giorgiosboo
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
Hmm! I've never thought to use this as a lid primer before you said something! I just tried it and it worked pretty well! I wouldn't recommend using it on eyes because that is not it's purpose, and could potentially sting your eyes. I recommend a real eye primer such as the Urban decay primer potion or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 3
I use Urban Decay eyeshadow primer. Like the PoreFessional product, I won't put on eyeshadow without this UD eyeshadow primer..what a difference! Save the PoreFessional for your face.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
RachaelNP
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 4
I actually use it on my eyelids too. I ran out of eyeshadow primer so used a bit of Porefessional. It worked fine for me.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
crystalmarie
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
If your eyelids are at all greasy, I don't think it would help much. You're probably a lot better off getting a primer.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Emria
(Sacramento, CA)
answer 6
I would recommend using a specifically made primer for your eyes... Like, Lorac's Eye Primer (which rocks!!)
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Allen, TX)
answer 7
Me too! Works good for smoothing tiny lines.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Dobrjane
(Bozeman, MT)
answer 8
Me too! I think it's a great eyelid primer if you don't have any other options. I will say my go to is still Urban Decay eyelid primer however if you are in a pinch or have a limited amount of space in your makeup bag, I definitely would recommend it to serve as double duty as both a face primer and for your eyes.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
mjr353
(Austin, Texas)
Question
what size is it? it looks soo small in stores!
I see this atsephora all the time! but it looks soo small that i never buy it,..is there a bigger size?

the porefessional
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
andjaneth
(houston tx)
on The POREfessional
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
The sell the jumbo version online!
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
0.75 fl.oz or 22 ml
answered 10 months ago
Halli5
answer 3
It seems small but it's not like a moisturizer. A very little amount goes a long way. You use such a tiny amount a tube of this lasts a really long time. Believe me, I am cheap, but this is worth it.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
SiameseDream
(Tahlequah, OK)
answer 4
The tube is small, but I've found that a little goes a long way. One tube lasts me three or four months and I wear it every day.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
kmmapley
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 5
It's about the size of a lip gloss squeeze bottle, but a little goes a long way!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Sayynicole
(Los Angeles,CA)
answer 6
No, the tube-size that you're seeing is the largest (and only) size they sell. It isn't really meant as an overall primer, but more of a spot-primer. Still, it's pretty expensive for the price, and in my opinion, just not worth it.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
ameliayo
(Memphis, TN)
answer 7
The normal size will last a long time as you do not need to use a lot for covering up pores. A thin layer is needed, especially if you are using other makeup.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phyre
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 8
I ordered this online and as far as I know the only size that was available was the 0.75 fl oz. It is a small tube but you don't need to use a lot of the product to get the best results. Actually, I found that when I used the product all over my face, it dried my skin out. I only use a pea sized amount on my forehead, nose and cheeks. It's an amazing product! It really makes a big difference in helping with my foundation application.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
BeasClay25
Question
will it work with BE foundation?
i have oily/combination skin & the BE primer broke me out (or i think it did..i stopped using it because i thought it was the problem, but i'm going to try it again possibly) and i tried the sephora anti shine primer, and my makeup came right off it.
will this work well with BE foundation & not make me oily? i really loved the feel of the BE prime time, is this similar? or can u recommend another primer?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
roxy481
(Los Angeles, CA)
on The POREfessional
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes! i use it with bareminerals, and it works really well.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
roxy481
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
Another thing I don't know much about the BE foundation but if its liquid I wouldn't use a primer I would use a moisterizer instead. Primers tend to seperate liquid foundation. If your using a powder then primer is ok like bare minerals. That primer works best for me plus it has vitamins in it. My makeup last forever with make up forever finishing powder glide it over the foundation of your choice and its sure to stay in place, doesnt make you oily and your foundation stays on your face doesnt smear or run
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
missysfavorrite
(NJ)
answer 3
I would go with dr. Brandts "pores no more". it is a bit more expensive,but if you work out the amt of the product and price,it's only about $5 more. and you only need a very small amount. Worth every penny!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
answer 4
I have oily skin that is prone to breakouts as well and just started using Benefit's the Porefessional as my primer. it works wonders and my skin stays matte all day long, even in the summer. Hope this helps in ur search.
answered 3 years ago
hotma
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
Try the Benefit Pore Minimizer...even if you've tried their Dr. Feelgood (which broke me out...as did Smashbox, MUFU, Laura Mercier, etc.
answered 3 years ago
wenidog
(scottsdale, AZ)
answer 6
Would recommend Boscia's primer that Sephora carries over Benefit Pore-fessional if BE made you breakout. Ask a Sephora representative to make you an in-store sample to see if Pore-fessional or Boscia's primer would work for you!
answered 3 years ago
mmmore
(PHX, AZ)
answer 7
This primer doesn't leave my skin oily at all. I don't use this as an all-over primer though; I only use this on the areas I am concerned with pore size (parts of my cheeks, forehead, nose). I still use an all-over primer.

I really love Mally's Poreless Prep Primer in Glow or Illamasqua's Matt Primer as an all-over face primer.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
Question
Should this be used before or after foundation primer?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
klr623
(washington, DC)
on The POREfessional
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Considering the root word is "prime" and prime means before, it is common knowledge that one would use it BEFORE foundation.
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
The product has instructions that say you can use it under makeup or over. You may even find that you won't use a primer if you are going to use the porefessional.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
sephoragirl12
(ny)
answer 3
I use it both ways. Under foundation or over, it doesn't seem to make a difference. It's not "cakey" and it goes on nicely.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
suzyb1
(Salisbury MA)
answer 4
I would use it instead of a foundation primer however if you still want to put it on I would put the pore minimizer on first.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
sarahfrench
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 5
I found that I can use it in place of primer... but if I was going to use both, I'd use it UNDER my primer! Hope you love it as much as I do!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
lauren101086
(Beaumont, TX)
answer 6
before
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
aimz78
(New york, NY)
answer 7
I've tried it both ways, and it seems to work better if you use it after. I don't put it on my entire face, just on and around my nose and any other areas where my pores are noticeable.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
instg8r
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
is this to be used as a makeup primer or in addition to a primer?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
moljen
(chicago, il)
on The POREfessional
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is a makeup primer. If you used it with another primer, your face would be come cakey.
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
This works as a primer which is used before putting on foundation . If you have good skin yourself, after using it, you no longer need to put on foundation coz you will see yourself's magic change after using this primer. I wear it daily with no other make up, it gives me a natural and neat look. When i go party, i put this on before foundation, it lasts long hours and keep my makeup fresh ! Very good to use.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
tinasephora
(ann arbor, MI)
answer 3
no, i use it as a primer and then just apply my foundation on top of it.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
katiebatie
(San Francisco)
answer 4
Used as a primer.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
swaggoner
answer 5
Primer first and then POREfessional.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
iluvsephor
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 6
I've used mine with and without a primer and I find my makeup stays on longer if I apply a primer ( I use MUFE HD Microperfecting Primer) underneath The POREfessional. Hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ladykamille
(Cookeville,TN)
answer 7
as a primer
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
hbryantlee
(Tustin, CA)
Question
How long do I have to wait for it to dry before I apply foundation?
also how long do I have to wait for my moisturizer to soak in before applying this?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
shalom
on The POREfessional
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I usually wait 30 seconds to a minute for this to dry! It is really fast absorbing!
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
For best results, I suggest letting your moisturizer dry for about 3-5 minutes before applying this product to prevent any "smudging".
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
jeremylately
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 3
They say "only seconds," but I normally wait about 20-30 seconds. Works just fine after that!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
swaggoner
answer 4
I use my proactive line, after the medicine, I apply my moisturizer, as soon as that dries about a minute, I apply the benefit primer...allowy that to dry for a minute or so and proceed with foundation.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
lovemakeup33
(Oakdale, ca)
answer 5
Right away. Once you apply the POREfessional, it dries right away.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
iluvsephor
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 6
The texture of the product is very silky; not wet, so you really do not have to wait for it to dry before applying foundation. If applying a light moisturizer, I would think you could apply this product immediately after, however if it is a heavy, or creamy mositurizer, I might wait long enough for it to soak into your skin before applying the product.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ktnsmtn
(Montgomery, AL)
answer 7
I think it works best if you let your moisturizer dry a little bit but I use a moisturizer and a sunscreen moisturizer so that could be why? I apply my foundation immediately after. I don't wait on that count and it seems to do just fine.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
sandracox511
(Grinnell, IA)
Question
Is this the primer for me?
Im in search of a new primer. I love benefit products, and i have had a sample of this one, but ive never used it for extended periods of time. What i really want is something to give my makeup staying power. how long does this last/make your makeup last? is it work the price? if not what other primers would you recommend for combination/teenage skin?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
skateykate
on The POREfessional
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hey! I'm a teenager too, and this primer works wonders! I have semi dry skin, and it works for me. I also tried it out on my cousin who the super oily skin, and it worked for her too! I would recommend this product to you in a heartbeat!
answered 7 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
For you because you are new to the product I would recommend that you try a smaller travel size to make sure you're not wasting money on a product that you might not agree with. This product is good for oily skin just like yours, but might require to be touched up depending on how much oil you produce in a day. :)
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
JamieKathleen
(Canada, AB)
answer 3
Yes, this really works well as a primer. I am a 17 year old with mostly normal skin but it can get oily in the summer and dry in the winter and this primer can handle both of them, in my opinion. :)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
fleebob434
(Waco, Texas)
answer 4
I would suggest smash box's primer :) I also have teenage/oily skin so I can completely relate.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
beautybunhead
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I wouldn't recommend this for you--it adds maybe half an hour of stay. Try a BB creme?
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Emria
(Sacramento, CA)
answer 6
Not meant to be used as a primer... I use bare essentials prime time face primer and I also use their eyelid primer too. If your looking for something to make your makeup last a long time use urban decay all nighter setting spray. They have sprays for normal, oily, or dry skin... And they work great!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
kd006
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 7
I have found that this product really reduces the appearance of pores and if you use it all over your face it does make your skin look a lot smoother but as for "staying power" to get your make up to last longer...no it doesn't do that...it has not made any difference, for me, in that respect! But I do love this product and will continue to buy it ..so far I have used the generous sample I got from Sephora plus I have purchased it 2 times since! I wont go with out it under my makeup!!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
vtpj
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
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