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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

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 Face Primer

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 5 years ago
Anonymous
on The POREfessional Face Primer
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 1 year, 5 months 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 1 year, 5 months ago
demora
(Lindsay, ON)
answer 3
Smashbox photofinish is WAY better
answered 1 year, 11 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 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 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 4 years, 3 months ago
mbjunkie
(Natick, MA)
answer 7
Smashbox cant hold a candle to this product.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
calitransplant
(Portland, OR)
answer 8
Benefit does help minimize pores. I reapply thru out the day to keep it looking smooth.
answered 4 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 4 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 4 years, 11 months ago
iloveeyes
(Columbus, Ohio)
answer 11
I like this SO much better than Smashbox. I think the tint helps
answered 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
cwotani
(Miami, FL)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Whenever I use it, i detect a faint lemon smell, but nothing too strong!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
The label says there is fragrance in it- it's the 15th ingredient on the list.
answered 4 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 4 years, 9 months ago
random
(Santa Cruz, CA)
answer 4
I have not noticed any scent, there is certainly no perfume smell.
answered 4 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 4 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 4 years, 10 months ago
nikiva
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 7
I don't think it does. It has no smell to it.
answered 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 months ago
bearowl08
(Denver, Colorado)
answer 9
No Scent!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
beehivebarbie
(WEST COAST)
Question
Does this product also help to remove pores?
asked 2 years ago
mandy345
on The POREfessional Face Primer
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can't "remove" your pores - it helps make them less visible.
answered 1 year, 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 1 year, 8 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 1 year, 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 1 year, 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 1 year, 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 1 year, 11 months ago
sanderella93
answer 7
No.
answered 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
SammyjBill
(Fall River, MA)
Question
I have really oily skin, and i get occasional breakouts would this be a product i should try? Also do you apply before foundation?
Do you need a foundation to go over it? Im not sure on what this product is.. because its tinted?
asked 5 years ago
Anonymous
(keller, Texas)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
8 answers
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answer 1
I have really bad acne scarred and prone skin. I break out easily and match it with my huge pores, oh vey. I have tried every single primer for my face and nothing compares to this. Love it Love it Love It. It fills in my pores nicely and feels light. I haven't had any breakout from this but remember, even the most sensitive makeup can cause you to break out if you leave it on or sleep with it (guilty). Us girls with bad skin really have to look into our cleansing routine.

Its best used after moisturizer and before foundation but throughout the day if you need a touch up, you can dab some on and more touch up foundation. Or you can just wear it by itself if the tint matches your skin tone. Hope this helps!
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
TattedWanderer
(Alpharetta, GA)
answer 2
Believe everyone has answered your question. I love the product. Did see a difference in diffusing pores. I wore it one day and when I took my makeup off that same night I noticed a couple red bumps on the areas where I applied the product. I only applied it where my pores were most visible. So unfortunate. I have combination skin with oily T zone. I do have sensitive skin. This product did not agree with me.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
boww
answer 3
Although it is slightly tinted, I still need a foundation. I use Bare Escentuals foundation and this works great under that. Haven't had any problems with breakouts or clogging of pores.
answered 5 years ago
designerboyer
(Hemet, CA)
answer 4
i add mine after my tinted moisterizer
answered 5 years ago
1faceprimer
(Bremerton, WA)
answer 5
It's VERY lightly tinted... not enough to even really call it "tinted". I use it like a primer, so I use it under foundation. However if you don't normally use a foundation, you could absolutely use it alone. It will make your skin appear smoother, with smaller pores, and more matte. Hope this helps.
answered 5 years ago
smurray
(North Bay, CA)
answer 6
This product has a very tiny amount of tint. It really doesn't impact the product much. It is designed to be worn under your foundation. It does really improve the look of your skin, however, even without foundation. It substantially reduces the look of pores and even hides mild to moderate acne scars. It just fills these areas in and is not a foundation or heavy product whatsoever. It is weightless. I have oily skin and I would say that it helps control the oil. I don't think it impacts breakouts one way or the other.
answered 5 years ago
trish2
(Blacksburg, VA)
answer 7
It comes out looking tinted but it doesnt really deposit much color once blended in so its best to use with a foundation. It works for my oily skin by taking away the shine and creating a more matte finish. I use it under my make up (and over my primer as i only use a tiny bit of this on my t zone as opposed to my whole face). It can also be worn over make up if you neet to re touch. It really does make the skin more flawless by reducing the pores/
answered 5 years ago
00kat00
(Canada)
answer 8
It's translucent, but it may or may not show up on darker skin tones. I have a medium skin tone, and it disappears really well into the skin. Of course moisturize your skin lightly before putting it on or give your face a good scrub for a nice even skin application. Flaky skin outline may be seen if you look up close, depending on how well you cleaned your skin.

For the break outs, I hear ya, 'cause I was worried about that but for me it didn't irritate my skin. As for foundation, it can be used under and over by the product box, I haven't used it with foundation yet as it does a fair job and minimizing shine thus the minimizing of pore appearance.

Hope that helps.
answered 5 years ago
noir21
(Seattle, WA)
Question
I have used The POREfessional on my eyelids with good results. Your thoughts?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
designerb
(Arlington, VT)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
8 answers
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answer 1
I do not recommend this at all for an eye primer, it has chemicals in it that can irritate your eyes
answered 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 8 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Allen, TX)
answer 7
Me too! Works good for smoothing tiny lines.
answered 2 years, 9 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 3 months ago
andjaneth
(houston tx)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
The sell the jumbo version online!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
SarahBryson
(Delaware)
answer 2
0.75 fl.oz or 22 ml
answered 1 year, 11 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 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 2 years, 3 months ago
BeasClay25
Question
Compare to Too Faced Primed and Poreless
I love the way Primed and Poreless smooths my complexion. I love the velvet finish. BUT, as a primer used to help makeup last, it's not so great. Does this smooth and cover as well as P&P? Does it help makeup last longer also?
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
bethny
(florence, sc)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
primed and poreless was horrible! it really depends on your skin type- i have oily skin, and while the porefessional controlled most of the oil, to a point where i could get away without using blotting papers, primed and poreless made my skin 10 times oiler, and i ended up blotting all day. i used it for 3 days, then returned it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
roxy481
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
this does last pretty good and coverage over pores but if you have sensitive skin it will brake you out. this product shocked me since im one of those people who never brake out due to good genes but this made me brake out the worst i ever been
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
beautyvenus
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I also used Too Faced P&P, and though that does help minimize pores, and i loved the velvety finish too- i had the same problem with my makeup not lasting over it all day. and when i switched to The POREfessional by Benefit, my makeup lasts all day, and my pores are minimized, and it goes on silky and smooth. it's the best of both worlds. :)
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
ilovejuicy
(san diego, CA)
answer 4
I totally agree w/ u on the primed and poreless. And yes, I think Porefessional does a way better job keeping the makeup on.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
calitransplant
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
yes, I think it does help my make up last longer. I have also started using an eye lid primer by laura Gellar that I Love.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
rad38
(San Diego)
answer 6
This is a balm, and I do not believe it's function is to be a makeup primer. I put on the Porefessional and them follow up with the Lorac primer. The porefessional does have a nice, smooth finish and does cover well. But a primer it is not.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
steeviebrat
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 7
The Porefessional is very similar to Primed and Poreless. They both have a similar feel when applied. I don't find that the porefessional is really a great primer. The advantage to using the porefessional is that you only need to use it on problem areas so you can use a primer underneath it without feeling like you are using too much product. I personally prefer Primed and Poreless because it does a better job reducing my cheek pores.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
jmoxcey
(South Portland, ME)
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 4 years, 1 month ago
roxy481
(Los Angeles, CA)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes! i use it with bareminerals, and it works really well.
answered 3 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 3 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 4 years 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years, 1 month ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
Question
Should this be used before or after foundation primer?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
klr623
(washington, DC)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
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 1 year, 8 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years, 10 months ago
lauren101086
(Beaumont, TX)
answer 6
before
answered 3 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 3 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 3 years, 8 months ago
moljen
(chicago, il)
on The POREfessional Face Primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is a makeup primer. If you used it with another primer, your face would be come cakey.
answered 1 year, 8 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 3 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 3 years, 7 months ago
katiebatie
(San Francisco)
answer 4
Used as a primer.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
swaggoner
answer 5
Primer first and then POREfessional.
answered 3 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 3 years, 8 months ago
ladykamille
(Cookeville,TN)
answer 7
as a primer
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
hbryantlee
(Tustin, CA)
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