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8 Sep 2013


I detest the consistency of silicone primers. There is just something about their smoothness that sets me on edge and they become the tactile equivalent of nails down a blackboard.

It's all a bit of a double standard though because FACE Atelier foundation and Giorgio Armani Luminous silk are perfect fine. They may be infused with silicones but somehow I accept and deal without complaint. Give me the likes of Smashbox Photofinish primer however and it's a difference story - the consistently literally make me shiver in discomfort.

It's very strange then to admit that I like Benefit's The Pore Professional. The consistency is all silicones and once spread on the face gives it that un-nerving uber-smooth and even finish, filling in fine lines and pores.

I got this a couple of days after I wrote the glowing review of Chanel's primer. Yes, the little moan I had about the packaging and the fact that I couldn't tell how much was remaining within the bottle came true the day after I posted - it was in fact all gone.

I went from a luxurious smelling cream to a non-smelling tinted paste type consistency. This was partly due to so many of your recommendations and I have to say you were right - it works really well.

I use this in one of two ways:

1) Applying it on my T-zone in the morning as the base before makeup. This seems to help control my mega-nose pores from emerging prematurely. Longevity wise we are talking 5-6 hours.

2) Applying it on the same area in the afternoon. This is actually my favourite way of using it. I apply a little amount on my T-zone at that 5pm mark when makeup seems to have faded from view. I do this instead of slapping on more base. It gives a soft matte smooth finish and to the eye, makes it look like you have makeup on your skin. .

I have read that my positive reaction to this product is not the norm - some of you hate it because it causes break outs and effectively blocks pores. I have my fingers firmly crossed that it won't do the same to me...I really hope these are not famous last words but... I am loving it so far.  All I need to do is get over my #siliconeshivers and then maybe it would be a great-slash-perfect product :)

Have you tried this? Am I the only weirdo out there with a dislike of that consistency?


  1. I get on really well with this product!


  2. Must try this, heard so many great things about it xx

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  3. I really enjoyed this primer! My skin seems to absorb all make-up within a matter of hours! But this ensured that it stayed in tact for up to 4 (miracle for me)!

    Sarah :) http://sarah-warnes.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. I really enjoyed this primer! My skin seems to absorb all make-up within a matter of hours! But this ensured that it stayed in tact for up to 4 (miracle for me)!

    Sarah :) http://sarah-warnes.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. I really want to try this. It sounds really good.


  6. Would love to try it. Sounds like a great product.

  7. I totally cringe when I put on Smashbox primer! But I can't argue with how well it works. Benefit's primer is one of my favorites too!! xo Kelly chicnstylishblog.blogspot.com/

  8. I bought this primer about a month ago and although I've only used it a few times, I feel like I haven't been convinced one way or the other yet. I guess I was hoping for a miracle product!!!

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  10. I love it!! along with the MUFE HD primer :)


    Style and Paper

  11. I loved the Porefessional and am yet to find another primer as good, although the Chanel one does sound tempting!

  12. I didn't really rate this one as it made me break out :(
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  13. I need something for my pores-badly!!;)


  14. i get the same feeling with silicone heavy products too.. which is exactly why i've never been one to try silicone based primers like this one. kudos to you for venturing out to try this - it's always an exciting feeling to discover something you love out of the blue! :)

    rachel x

  15. Not the hugest fan of this product I find it clings on to my dry patches. Recently I got a sample of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I've really been enjoying it. If you hate that silicone rubbery feel you might want to try that out! :)
    great post!

  16. I tried this on my skin and I just HATED the feeling!!! And also you could see it on my skin, maybe because of my darker skintone, but it just didn't appeal to me... hopefully they do a darker version of this and sort something out about the feeling, because the packaging is uber nice and I'd love to give it another go due to people raving about it!!
    Melanie xox


  17. I love this product! It feels a bit weird at first but once you get used to it, it's such a lovely primer:)xx

  18. I've tried this product but I don't think it does anything for my skin....it feels soft when I apply it but nothing else, I don't really see a difference on how my makeup looks either...I just like the smell of it haha!

    Layla xx


  19. I see a lot of Youtubers use this as well. Sounds cool. I think I'll give it a shot.

    Maggie A
    Love Mavin

  20. I'm on the fence about whether I like this or not at the moment. Thankfully it doesn't break me out and I'm definitely going to give your suggestion applying later in the day when things start to get a bit oily!

    Victoria FlorenceandMary.com

  21. I tried this but wasn't impressed, so switched to Cliniques Pore Refiner which is AMAZING!!!! Love the little story about your silicone shivers ;)
    Have a wonderful week Laura xoxo

  22. I've used this primer before and thought it was great! I have quite oily skin so it stopped my T-zone becoming shiny throughout the day.

    she goes wear


  23. I received a sample of it and was so scared to use this at first for fear of clogging my pores. I got over it and now love it for my nose area which tends to get oily very quickly. Love the feeling of this when it first goes on. You know, that silicone silky feeling.. haha xo

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  24. such an excellent review, thank you!

  25. Laura! Been following your blog for a while, but never commented until now...because...I feel exactly the same way about silicone primers!!! I just could NOT figure out why I didn't like them..it is the consistency! ick!!!

  26. Hi Laura,

    I have combination skin, like yourself, and I bought Porefessional to use on m t-zone. It wasn't until after I started to use the product that I noticed my skin got very horrible. I now have very bad breakouts TONS of blackheads and now cystic acne on my forehead where I apply the most Porefessional. While it does its job, it made my skin horrible. I only "just" used up the bottle and with some serious acne cream and lack of Porefessional product, I am noticing a HUGE difference in my acne situation. Hope this doesn't happen to everyone.

  27. i bought the porefessional a while back now as my pores are the biggest problem with my skin and i thought that the produce would help both in making them appear much less smaller whilst wearing make up and help in reducing their size in the long term. however, i now know it is simply for make up purposes but i still love it! i agree that the texture is very strange but i didn't know it was due to the silicones in it. i personally love the velvety feel you get when it's applied to the skin and the outcome is just wonderful for me! my pores look so much smaller and my skin a whole lot smoother! i'm glad you like it too laura!


  28. I have to admit it just a great job of mattifying and so far I've not had any problems from breakouts - though I should hope not for the price paid for it!

    There is a bargain version for a fiver from no17 - it has a similar finish and does the job pretty well too - despite the shivery silicone feel!

    I would love it if you stopped by my blog! www.fioccobianco.blogspot.co.uk

  29. Never tried this one before, but my current love is Garnier 5 sec Perfect Blur. It does work really, really, really well, without leaving my skin greasy and congested. Very light texture, and is a cheap alternative as well, especially if you use primer only now and then.

  30. I've been looking for a good primer, and this one has definitely caught my eye! Maybe I'll try it out next time I'm in Sephora!

  31. I have this and it's great I like it a lotttt


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