Thursday, 21 May 2015

Benefit's The Porefessional License To Blot (Review)

porefessional from benefit cosmetics

Benefit's The Porefessional License To Blot


You’re probably going to hear a lot about the new Benefit product, The POREfessional License To Blot*. In the next few weeks, it's going to crop up on beauty blogs, in magazines and social media. I actually saw a sneak peak of License To Blot on some beauty blogs and YouTube at the beginning of the year - I think Australia and the US released it in February. Anyway, I’ve been keen for this to launch in the UK so that I could check it out in person. 

The POREfessional License To Blot is an translucent, colourless, instant oil blotting stick which I find quite an interesting concept. I already really like Benefit's The POREfessional range and the Agent Zero Shine powder has been part of my make-up routine since it launched last year so I’m always keen to learn about new additions.

Porefessional license to blot

Upon first impressions, the packaging is nice and bright. I don’t think it’s everyones cup of tea but as I’ve said before, I love Benefit’s packaging, it’s quirky and eye-catching, and always stands out in amongst my huge stash of make-up!

The License To Blot is in triangular prism shape and twists upwards, not too dissimilar to a glue stick… But rest assured that the texture of License To Blog blotting stick is definitely nothing like glue! It’s an extremely smooth texture which glides on to skin with a matt finish. I think the fact that it’s in a stick form makes it easy and convenient to ‘blot on the spot’ (as it says on the packaging) and on the go. 

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It’s suppose to work like blotting sheets which are hugely popular in the Far East but not so much in the UK. Even though it is formulated with tiny invisible blotting spheres, I don’t think that it doesn’t truly blots in the sense that it removes oil by soaking or absorbing it but by applying the odourless balm stick over areas of skin in which are prone to oil, it mattifies and gets rid of shine.

For most, the effected areas would be the T-Zone, chin and maybe the side of your nose, and the triangular shape of the stick is designed to get in the nook and cranny. The results are similar to Agent Zero Shine except you get a completely matte finish rather than a powdery matte. 

Benefit says that you can apply License To Blot over make-up and some people have said that it doesn't shift or spoil your make-up, but when I tried this, it smudge my foundation a little bit so I would use this under make base and foundation but on top of my primer so that it stays put for a few hours. Perhaps I need to try it by patting it on to skin instead of gliding it over.

The POREfessional License To Blot launches in June and retails for £15.50 at Benefit beauty counters and online.

porefessional products from benefit

Please check out my other Benefit POREfessional reviews:

The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine
The POREfessional Primer


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10 comments

  1. Something like this would definitely lift my foundation off, I get extremely oily in the T-Zone area, but it sounds like an interesting product and worth a try underneath my makeup! x

    Just Little Things

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  2. Love the concept of this! I'm a big fan of the original Porefessional, so this one sounds interesting x

    Always, Alice

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  3. This is a really intriguing concept! I'd love to give it a try one day :D

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  4. As much as I love porefessional, I can't see myself buying this because I'd rather just dab a bit of powder on my nose xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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  5. Hmm, interesting concept. I'd be curious to try the blotting stick, but more so still need to get on that Porefessional bandwagon!!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  6. I think you're right, I would definitely pat/dab this if going over makeup as otherwise it's just gonna smear your makeup around surely? Especially if like me you get a shiny face.

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  7. I still think blotting sheets will work better as they rarely mess up your make up... For now I'll stick to my trusty sheets!

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  8. I use blotting paper but I'm intrigued by the idea of this. Might just give it a go.

    Laura x

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  9. I love the Porefessional, the original product, can't wait to try the other ones :)

    Ana, A Policromia
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  10. I'm not sure about the sound of this. To be honest if it's going to mess with your makeup when applying over the top them it seems a little pointless as otherwise it would be a primer to apply beforehand, the same as Porefessional. I'd be interested in giving it a try, as I do suffer from an oily chin that shifts my makeup around, but I wouldn't want to pay £15 for it (although I'm actually surprised it's that reasonably priced for Benefit) x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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