Despite reportedly being the UK's number one selling premium primer and counting the likes of Rhianna as fans, I'd never tried Benefit The Porefessional before so I was intrigued to see whether it lived up to the hype.
Presented in a bright tube with Benefit's signature fun and vintage style branding, it's both appealing to the eye and functional. As the image above shows, the primer itself is tinted, although I couldn't notice this once I'd applied it to my skin- perhaps it goes some way to softening the appearance of imperfections but it by no means offers any coverage (and it doesn't claim to). Described as a "pore minimising balm", I'd say its more of a lightweight gel. It has quite a strong fragrance but it's not offensive.
As I applied The Porefessional to my skin, I immediately began to worry as it felt smooth and velvety in the way that only a silicone-laden product can and it turned out that I was right to be concerned (a quick check of the ingredients list confirmed my fears). My sensitive skin reacted badly to this and I suffered a breakout. Of course, everyone is different and this may well work for you. I was impressed in that it works effectively as a makeup base and I found that my foundation lasted the entire day.
Although a little goes a long way, at £23.50 for just 22ml, I feel that it's overpriced.
Personally, I didn't get on with this and wouldn't repurchase it. Whilst those with oily skin would probably like The Porefessional, there are cheaper alternatives out there which offer the same benefits and are better value for money.