Being a girl with dry skin I am always aiming for a healthy radiant glow but I am well aware that my girls with more normal to oily skin are all about that matte life. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to rock a fully matte look on occasion but I knew I needed to up my game and get someone else on my side who could help me test out the true abilities of matte products.
So I enlisted my closest oily skin friend, Heather, to be my guinea pig and now I have a much better understanding of how mattifying products truly work. The first product I wanted to review and share with you is from the new extension to the Benefit Cosmetics’ POREfessional range.
The POREfessional primer is a firm favourite of mine for days when I want a smooth, velvety canvas and I knew Heather already loved it too but how does this new addition add up to the test?
The new POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel (1.6oz) retails for $36 CAD/$28 USD and comes in a stellar silver metallic tube with a modern version of the POREfessional Spy front and centre It has a very James Bond, Inspector Gadget vibe to it and I personally love it!
The Matte Rescue Gel is a lightweight, water based gel that is meant to be used along side a primer (the POREfessional primer) – like a partner in crime if you will. This gel is applied after moisturizer and before primer to prep your skin for any upcoming makeup.
The blue tinted gel will sink into your skin instantly reducing shine, filling in pores and absorbing excess surface oil. It features diamond powder which is known for its soft focus blurring effect to minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The result is an invisible mattifying effect that looks natural and like your very own skin but improved.
The lightweight gel texture feels cooling and refreshing as the silicone helps it glides over the skin smoothly. The water based formula gives it the ability to hydrate lightly without producing more oil or shine and it doesn’t dry out the skin whatsoever.
How To Use
The Matte Rescue Gel is meant to be used after moisturizer and before primer so once you have prepped your skin apply the gel in smooth strokes pushing it into the skin and then pat your chosen primer over the top.
The patting motion will ensure the products work together rather then disrupting each other. Once set, the combination leaves pores and fine lines minimized and shine reduced. Your makeup will glide on smoothly and the finished product will be a flawless, airbrushed finish.
Does It Pass The Test?
Absolutely! Both Heather and I tested it thoroughly and we both gave it the thumbs up! It fulfilled every promise it made and it worked for both of us. It mattified my skin and left me with a velvety soft complexion that wasn’t dry or unnatural. It kept Heather’s skin matte all day long and kept oil from peeking through throughout the day. She loved the finish it gave her and felt like she didn’t need to touch up nearly as much.
The Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel is available at Sephora, Ulta, Beauty Boutique and Benefit Boutiques.