This is my first review for makeupAlley although I visit frequently before making any related purchases. I felt compelled to write a review for this product because I really like it and it is one of those rare products that has actually made a big difference to the way I feel about myself.
Firstly, I purchased this when I began to notice that the pores on my nose were enlarged. I was getting black heads and generally bad skin on my T-zone - could have been because I just came off the pill, not sure. Anyway, originally I really didn't like this product. I was either using it as a primer just on my T-zone or just dabbing it onto my T-zone over make-up and I felt that it was messy and just clashed with my foundation/concealer (I use a very pale Bobbi Brown - possibly 2nd to lightest)
However, one day I ended up having an impromptu makeover at the Benefit counter when I asked about their new mascara. The lady working there removed all of my makeup and applied Porefessional all over my face. She then applied blusher and mascara. My skin looked great and she hadn't used any foundation or concealer.
From then on I started to experiment with this product and now I simply adore it. What I do is apply suncream (which I wear everyday on my face), which is pretty oily. Then I apply the Porefessional all over my face. Sometimes I will apply a bit of foundation on my chin and a little concealer, but on my T-zone I wear nothing but this product. My skin has never looked better. I can't believe how much I like this product. It doesn't look like you are wearing make-up. I have been getting compliments on my complexion recently and it is no coincidence. I actually think my skin is looking better make-up free too because this product is oil free and I guess your skin can breath under it.
Basically, I can't recommend highly enough. I used to lug my whole make-up bag along with me on a night out/in the day, whereas these days I literally just take blotting papers and the Porefessional. I ordered mine off ebay in multiple tester sizes, so the tiny tube will fit in even the smallest of bags.
This works really well to eliminate pores/shine from my nose and forehead. I like that you can use it as a spot treatment and that you don't have to use it all over the face where it may be unnessary. I have tried it as a primer before foundation, but I wouldn't use it for that again. It really is to use for areas that produce a lot of oil and for pores are visible.
It does make my pores look smaller. Thirty dollars for a small tube.
UPDATE: This leave my skin looking oily throughout the day
I put this product onto my t-zone and it immediately blurs my pores! It also makes my skin feel super smooth! The only thing stopping me from repurchasing it when I run out is the price :/
ok product...i've only used it for a couple of days
I have used Dr. Brandt Pores No More for several years. When mine recently ran out I went looking for a new primer. I always loved PnM, but at 50 dollars per tube, I thought it was too much. The SA at sephora showed me this product, since the main ingredients, purpose, and texture are very similar to PnM, and while you get a bit less of the product with Porefessional, it's about 15 dollars cheaper. I gave it a try and I love it! It hides pores better than Dr. Brandt, I think, and it mattifies well, too. I feel like i have to use a little bit more of this product, perhaps, so I'm not exactly sure how long it will last given that the tube is smaller. I wish they offered a bigger tube of it, because with daily use it will probably run out quickly. It's a keeper and definitely worth trying if you like Pores no More. This one seems to have more of an emphasis on perfecting and being a makeup, whereas PnM is represented as skin care (since it has tea tree oil in it), but if you use good skin care and exfoliate, the silicone in here shouldn't be an issue.
Got this in a sample set from sephora. Absolutely LOVE this! Was a bit skeptical about how it claimed to fill pores because I am acne-prone and don't want anything clogging my pores. Even though I don't have visible pores, this made my skin so smooth and so much easier to apply my face makeup. My only con about this product is that it is silicone based which I usually try to avoid but overall I love how it feels on my skin. Definitely purchasing the full size!
I'm by no means an expert in primers. SA got me to buy this, I have no idea how she managed to do it, because usually I have no interest in primers. I do have large pores though. After this was sitting around for a few weeks not being used I gave it a try and really disliked it. I used to much. The thing is you have to use a teeny tiny amount for your whole face (just like some reviewers mentioned before). Then it will smooth out your pores and also mattifies nicely. If you use to much, your foundation will go on streaky and glide off after a while.
Overall I quite like it, but I'm not sure if it breaks me out or not. Sometimes I think it does, so I don't use it every day. Overall an OK product, but I could live without it. Like most benefit products I think it's overhyped.
I have huge pores due to my very oily skin, and this helps to conceal them pretty effectively. The key is not to use this under liquid foundation but over it, then set it with powder. It can even be blended onto powder, it may be patchy and uneven at first but upon blending it and setting with powder, it will turn out fine.
As my skin is super oily my pores will show again after a few hours but this is remarkable considering I am the oiliest person I know. Also a little goes a long way, so despite this being an expensive product it is worth it as it should last for some time.
Edit: After six months of usage, it broke me out seriously. I apply this on my t-zone, and my t-zone had lots of clogged pores that become pimples, or worse, cysts. After this I tried Clinique's primer, thinking it would be different, but the same outbreak. I realised I am too sensitive to silicone, which are heavily present in primers. I have stopped using primers now.
I don't really notice much of a difference when I use this. My foundation might look just a slight bit smoother over it, but it's not enough of a difference to really notice.
I'm also pretty sure that this product is the cause of the breakout that I had within a few days of starting to use it.