Having large visible pores on my face I am always looking for ways to smooth them over and ultimately hide them from sight. The best primers for this job are the silicone-based ones with Benefit’s Porefessional being at the top of my list for a while now. Excitingly it would seem that there is a new kid on the block from a brand that is becoming easier to get hold of here in the UK, Make Up For Ever. It promises to do the same thing, but does it match up? Let’s see…
Benefit The Porefessional Pro Balm Primer
This has been my go-to pore-disguising primer for years. Its reassuringly thick silicony formula is great when applied to the areas in need, for me these are my forehead and either side of my nose. I never apply it to my whole face though as my make up tends to sit like a mask when I do that. It looks slightly tinted when you squeeze it out of the tube but no colour is visible when you pat it into your face. Purchase: UK – 22ml is £24.50; USA/Int – 22ml is $31.
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer
I received this recently in a Love Me Beauty subscription box and couldn’t wait to slap it on my face. As I squeezed it out of the tube onto my hand I was sure I had seen this primer somewhere before! And indeed I had, in the form of the Benefit Porefessional primer…now this was confusing! The Make Up For Ever primer is the same colour, has the same silicony feel and basically gives the exact same results. The only difference I could see was that when swatched on my hand the Make Up For Ever one looked ever so slightly more glossy than the Benefit one, although when patted onto the skin it is impossible to differentiate. Purchase: UK – 15ml is £13 and 30ml is £24; USA/Int – 15ml is $17 and 30ml is $37.
I love them both as they are, in my opinion, almost identical products. Considering that there is such little difference between the two products I would go for the 30ml Make Up For Ever primer purely as it’s better value for money than the 22ml Benefit one. If you are a die-hard Benefit fan then by sticking with the Porefessional primer you are not missing out at all.
Have you any experience with these primers? Are there any other pore-disguising primers that you think I should try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.