28 April 2012

Review: Benefit Porefessionally Pretty Set

I'd like to start this post by apologising for my very long absence! I was at home over the Easter holidays and then when I came back to uni I had an essay to work on, so blogging took a bit of a back seat. I'm sure you're happy to see me back though...

Just before the Easter break I got the marks for my dissertation back and didn't do as well as I hoped. I was so disappointed and upset, so I ordered myself some make up to cheer myself up. At the time, Boots were running a promotion where you got a free Benefit gift if you ordered 2 Benefit products. I ordered the Bad Gal Lash mascara and the Porefessionally Pretty Set, which I'm going to review now.

I chose the set because I wanted to try the Porefessional Primer anyway, and for the same price (£23.50) you got a full-size primer, a small pot of Erase Paste and a small tube of Girl Meets Pearl highlighter.
I really liked the packaging of the set- the colours were really nice and everything was well-presented.

 When I took the Porefessional out of the box, the first thing I noticed was the size of the tube. Or lack thereof. At quite a hefty £23.50 on its own there really wasn't much there and I started to regret spending so much money on such a small amount.

 The Porefesional comes out a light brown colour, but you can't see it once you apply it to your face. It made my skin feel that lovely smooth way that primers do, which I liked. However, in all honesty I just thought the product itself was a bit rubbish. I didn't feel that it left my pores minimised or my skin looking better, and I really don't think it helped my make-up last at all. I used quite a small amount initially (partly because, at that price, I want to make it last!) but have gradually increased how much I've been using and have seen no real difference. I'm really quite disappointed in this, especially due to how much I paid for it and I wouldn't buy it again.

 Fortunately, the Girl Meets Pearl highlighter was much better! I dabbed a tiny bit on my cupid's bow and the inside of my eyes and could really see the difference- I looked wide-awake and had a nice glow.
I went to my hairdresser that day and she commented in how nice my skin looked so I really like this product. I don't know if I would purchase it again full-size, but a little goes a long way so the tube I have right now should last a while.

The small pot of Erase Paste in the set comes in the medium shade. I'm not 100% sure if the shade is right for me but using a tiny amount helps to ensure it blends in well. It's a really heavy-duty paste which blends easily, though I find it quite matte on my skin.

The smell is quite strong which is a slight drawback but the product works really well. Again, I'm not sure if I'd buy it again; at the minute I don't think I would as the price is quite steep for what the product is.

Overall, I was quite disappointed with the set. The Porefessional just wasn't worth the money and has failed to live up to the hype. Girl Meets Pearl is a great product which did redeem the kit slightly, and I did get a free brightening primer tube as well, but I wouldn't buy Porefessional again.

Have any of you tried the Porefessional? What did you think of it? What primer do you recommend I could use instead?

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