New to Benefit’s POREfessional range of primers is License to Blot. I’ve not tried any of Benefit’s primers so this was a first for me.
Talking about primers generally, I’m not a big user of them, I buy them because I should use them, but in reality, they sit in my make up drawer unused.
The POREfessional: License to Blot is wind up stick format primer, designed for instant oil blotting but which promises up to 6 hours of shine prevention.
I’ve only got a little a trial size which is cylindrical but the full size product is actually a clever triangular shape, ideal for getting into nooks and crannies, such as around nostrils.
To use, I personally find it best to use in conjunction with a traditional primer. Once you’ve got your make up in place you can pop this on over your foundation, then take it with you out and about for on the go touch ups where necessary.
I’ve found it a bit hit and miss in all honesty, it doesn’t work at all over a couple of my foundations, it lifts the foundation, smears it around a bit, it works well over my Clarins Everlasting Foundation but not at all over my Urban Decay Naked Foundation.
In terms of working well, it does keep my oil at bay, but that said I’m not terribly oily, but it does keep me matte.
I would tentatively recommend this but ideally you need to try it over your foundation first before purchasing, but if you don’t wear foundation at all it’d probably be great. There is a knack to applying over foundation, and Benefit recommend short, swift strokes and I agree that works best.
To be honest, it’s not ideal, its not much use to many, but if you can make it work, its worth having in your kit but realistically that won’t be many of us! Its a shame as the format, the twist up stick, is great for the handbag.
RRP is £15.50 and you can buy from Benefit Counters and Online.
*Item received free of charge for review purposes.