I love trying new primers, although it’s always a big question about whether they’ll make my makeup last or not. The Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel is a primer released around 18 months ago, and I’m finally reviewing it.
Benefit is a hit and miss brand for me. I love the blushers and Gimme Brow but I’m not the biggest fan of Hoola Bronzer or the original Benefit Porefessional. I hate silicone based primers. This is actually a real shame as my pores need all the help they can get in terms of concealment. The gel version, unlike its sister primer, is more water based and easily melts into the skin. Perfect for oily areas of the face, this primer absorbs excess oil giving a matte finish, supposedly using diamond powder to create a soft focus on the face.
If your skin is particularly oily, I’m not saying that this will become your holy grail blotting product. In fact, you’ll probably still want to use a face powder if you having oily skin, just to ensure your skin remains matte all day. If blotting becomes part of your daily routine during the summer months, maybe treat yourself to this to reduce the time spent on blotting. If you have particularly oily skin or your face eats away at your foundation in no time at all, the Matte Rescue Gel can also be worn under primer for an extra prep layer. A two in one product, if you will.
The scent is lovely, and the gel-like formula is really cooling on the skin which is brilliant for warmer days. At £23.50 for the full size (50ml), it is a little more expensive than my favourite primer but it’s not ridiculously expensive as far as primers go. A little goes a long way with the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue, and it will definitely remain in your collection for a fair amount of time, even with daily use. And if you’re still not convinced, like most of Benefit’s best sellers, this is available in a miniature for £9.95 (or 3 for £25).
I did include this product in my recent empties post, and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting to know if I’d repurchase this or not then the answer is yes. I won’t be repurchasing anytime soon as I have so many primers in my stash, but if there was a decent deal on and I fancied a new primer then I would repurchase.
Have you tried this primer? Or do you tend to gravitate towards the silicone based primers, as opposed to those with a gel consistency?