There’s a new Spy Gal in town and she’s got the License To Blot. Alongside The POREfessional and Agent Zero Shine, the spy gals are ready to combat shine, eradicate oil and minimise pores in an instant. License To Blot is the newest addition to the POREfessional family and I have been very excited about this product since I spotted it on the shelves in Sephora, and I have been waiting patiently for its launch into the UK. Not only is the post about License To Blot, but it also includes the rest of the collection as they are new products to me and shockingly, I have never used more than a sample of The POREfessional. I hold my oily face down in shame!
The original Spy Gal; The POREfessional is a silicone based primer designed to be worn under foundation and to give the illusion of smaller pores. Back when The POREfessional launched, I tried a small sample but at that time I didn’t really like how primers felt on my skin especially with the silicone texture. Over the years, my thoughts on primers haven’t really changed until I discovered my holy grail primer from Hourglass. Since then, I have been a bit more open minded in trying different products and I’m so glad that I have given The POREfessional a second chance. I apply after moisturising and smooth a small amount over my skin, focussing on my cheeks, nose and chin. The POREfessional gives the appearance of a soft focus lens on the skin, and although pores don’t disappear, they look smaller and smoother and my foundation sits beautifully on top. Whilst busy at work, I usually get very oily patches on my forehead, cheeks and chin yet unlike other primers, the POREfessional seems to control the oil rather than leaving me with a build up of oily puddles like other primers do. I’ve been using The POREfessional solely for work and I am absolutely in love with it and its performance throughout my working day.
As a jet setting air hostess, I need to top my makeup up frequently throughout the day – it’s all about the glamour you know. I’ve traded in my Chanel pressed powder for the Benefit Agent Zero Shine. I don’t usually wear a powder over the top of foundation except when I’m working and need to mattify my look throughout the day. Agent Zero Shine is a great handbag addition as the cleverly thoughtout packaging ensures you have a brush and a way of applying the loose powder with next to no mess. The lid can be used as a tray to drop a small amount of powder in, whilst the cleverly concealed brush is just the right size to dust the powder on your face. It is translucent in colour and disappears onto the skin, meaning it is suitable for all skin tones and it completely mattifies without leaving skin looking cakey. In fact, it’s almost invisible except for a smooth, silky finish that you can feel at the touch.
Finally, the one we have been waiting for and one that I am very impressed with. The POREfessional License to Blot is not only a steal at £15.50 when it is released this month, but it is rivalling my holy grail YSL Touché Eclat Blur Perfector which retails at £31. It’s an invisible balm which when applied to the skin, it blurs and smooths out any imperfections whilst the invisible blotting spheres soak up any oiliness. It’s perfect for midday touch ups and can take a made up face from day to night with a simple blot. I prefer to use the balm on my finger then apply to my face as it does pick up some of my existing make up and leave dirty marks on the blot stick. It works in the same way as the YSL Blur Perfector in that it can be used under or over foundation, or simply on a bare face to give the illusion of soft focussed skin. The packaging is designed in such a way that it can be used straight from the tube and the angled precision means that you can get into hard to reach areas, such as around the nose and under eye. You can feel the product on your skin, but in most parts it is practically weightless and doesn’t leave a film or feel that your skin is clogged up.
Considering this is the first time that I have had chance to experience the full collection of The POREfessional and I am more than impressed, especially with License To Blot. Bravo, Benefit! You have done it again. The POREfect Trio is available to buy now.
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