As you may be aware Benefit Porefessional is one of, if not Benefit's best selling product so any product boasting similar technology will forever grasp my attention. Enter the newly launched Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot - a solid balm that promises to conveniently and instantly create matte skin; being part of the Porefessional line Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot also aims to blur the appearance of enlarged pores. A clever little matte skin creating gadget wouldn't you agree?
I would somewhat deem Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot as the solid version of Benefit Porefessional - I wouldn't use it as my only method of oil control but there is no denying it works. The idea is that you apply your make-up and setting powder much as you typically would and rely on Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot to eradicate any shine throughout the day, as and when needed. To use you simply glide the balm over any excess oil and watch it instantly mattify the skin. It relies on new and fairly innovative technology that is exclusive to the product - invisible blotting spheres which can keep the skin shine free for up to 6 hours even after application.
I won't pretend that Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot is not without its faults - you can certainly feel it on the skin. I hasten to add it isn't overly heavy nor uncomfortable to wear but weightless it is not - it feels a lot like a silicone based primer on the skin. The main problem I have experienced is that it somewhat removes and encourages any make-up on your face to slide around and in some instances lift off the face completely. After a few uses my Licence to Blot stick is a little orange around the edges - I'll save you the real time visual. However it does work, a quick slick and oil disappears as well as any open pores appearing somewhat softened. Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot is ideal if you don't want to cart around a powder compact of any type; despite being a little heavier in texture than I personally enjoy it is not prone to caking and for those who want extra oil control you can, should you wish apply powder on top. I would debate the six hour wear time - I have tested this on three separate occasions and with my rather oily skin it was closer to three hours.
All in all Benefit Licence to Blot is great for on the go and undeniably innovative, if you are a fan of quick and easy oil busting products this is for you. A great extension of the already impressive Benefit Porefessional range.
Benefit Porefessional Licence to Blot £15.50/4.3g via Benefit - link
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