Review: Benefit Porefessional Box-Set

I told you last year, in this post, that I wanted to try out the Porefessional Box-Set from Benefit. It’s been a while, but I did end up getting last year and somehow totally forgot to write a review on it. It’s never late, though, right? Here are my thoughts:

The box has 5 sample products: The porefessional primer, the Porefessional License to blot, the shy beam, the Dr. Feelgood balm and the Porefessional Agent Zero Shine (with a brush as well). 

Porefessional Benefit

Porefessional Primer: according to Benefit’s site – “Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup.” I already knew the primer and personally like it, even though I don’t think it’s as over the top as everyone makes it be.

Dr. Feelgood Balm: what Benefit says – “Mattify shine with our invisible balm that leaves skin feeling silky soft. This makeup artist fave can be worn alone, under or on top of makeup. Contains vitamins A, C & E to help smooth away the appearance of fine lines.” I have to say I don’t actually feel like it does what it says, I didn’t feel any difference in my makeup, but I also don’t really have shiny skin. I also didn’t feel any difference in my fine line.

Porefessional Benefit

License to blog: Here’s what Benefit has to say about it – “This instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres mattifies shine for up to six hours after application.“. In all honestly I think it’s supposed to be the same product as the Dr. Feelgood Balm. Which is why I don’t understand why it is in the same box-set. I didn’t see any mattifying effect, however I did feel that it made my makeup “waterproof” – in the sense that I would sweat and the makeup still stayed on, so that’s a BIG plus! (It was very hot when I first tested it).

Agent Zero Shine control: Benefit says the following – “Our shine-control powder joins you in your top-secret mission for smoother-than-smooth skin.“. Again, I didn’t feel any shine-control. But I did feel what I mentioned above, that my makeup would stay put when I was sweating a lot. I would get small “bubbles” on my upper lip and when I would wipe it away, the makeup would still stay put. 

Shy Beam: I couldn’t find any description in Benefit’s site, but I suppose it’s the same idea as the “Posie-Tint” and so on. It’s supposed to be liquid highlighter and it does have a gorgeous colour. However I don’t see any highlighting of my skin, probably because I’m so pale.

All in all I find the box-set would be better for someone with oily skin, since most of the products are meant to mattify skin. However, I do feel the primer is good also for normal to dry skin, since I always have the feeling that it leaves my skin smooth. 

Have you guys tried these products? Let me know!



  1. 2. March 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh das ist ja eine tolle Box – den Porefessional hab ich selber schon öfters verwendet und auch Shy Beam find ich super – den Rest der Produkte kenne ich ehrlich gesagt gar nicht..

    Alles Liebe, Katii

    • Rosie Waldherr
      3. May 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Der Porefessional ist nicht schlecht, aber der Shy Beam hat bei mir wirklich nichts gemacht 🙁 vielleicht weil ich so hell bin?

  2. 2. March 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I didn’t really like the primer as I didn’t feel like it did anything for my skin which is disappointing as Benefit generally have great products but I guess you can’t always bring great products to the market!


    Layla xx

    • Rosie Waldherr
      3. May 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Or maybe it didn’t work for your skin…I think it’s supposed to be for dry skin and then the “matt” version for oily skin, but I don’t feel a difference between both versions..

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