Benefit POREprofessional Pro Balm
It’s been a busy, busy week at work and with physio for my bum ankle; I finally have time to sit down and write a review 🙂
I’ve been on a Benefit kick recently and I’ve had time to try out some of their star products; this Balm was a complete surprise and godsend during this humid weather. Housed in a travel-friendly plastic squeeze tube, the packaging is cute and iconic of the Benefit brand; the product itself is a gummy light brown-nude paste that spreads easily with just using one’s fingers. The Balm’s main function is to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and interestingly enough, it can be used under or over makeup.
Upon application, I noticed that the balm has a silicone-smooth consistency that melts into the skin and leaves behind a smooth surface that is almost powdery — not dry — to the touch. For my combination-dry skin, I only used this balm on my T-zone and nose area; I would like to note here that this balm is not as good in the oil-control department because…that’s not its department LOL 😀 It’s meant to smooth over pores and lines to give you a flawless canvas; if you’re looking for oil control, it’d be better if you layered a mattifying base with this Balm to get the effect that you need to keep the oil at bay 🙂 However, since this is quite silicone-heavy, please do go get a swatch at your local Benefit counter first — or even better yet, a sample tube — before taking the plunge 🙂 I completely lucked out though, and my sensitive, combination-dry skin didn’t break out or anything 🙂
Personally, I like to use a bit of my mattifying base before adding a tiny amount of the Balm on my t-zone, nose and the small immediate surrounding area where my pores are the most obvious before I apply my foundation; my complexion looks HD smooth, mattified yet hydrated; in addition, this Balm definitely helps to minimise the appearance of those huge pores, while creating a smoother canvas for me to work on! As a side note, I don’t particularly like to use it for touch-ups because I feel that the Balm tends to slide off and cause weird smudges on my skin, especially if I’m getting sweaty and oily in hot and humid weather.
All in all, I’m glad that I picked this Balm up from Benefit and I will be reviewing their other star products very soon <3