Benefit’s POREfessional is one of my all-time favourite products. As someone with big, dark pores, I jumped at the chance to test its pore-minimising claims; at first I was sceptical, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It blurs my pores cleverly while giving my skin a silky texture and a subtle tint that means I don’t even feel like I need to wear foundation on my clearer-skinned days. I’ve replenished my stores of it a few times now, but at £24.50 for a bottle, I can’t afford to keep doing so, even if it does last ages!
So, when I read this post on All Things Lacquer about W7’s dupe Porefection, I knew I had to try it out for myself. Even if it’s not for me, £4.95 isn’t a lot to spare if there’s a chance I could save five times that amount!
The packaging of the two products is very different, as you can see above. POREfessional’s packaging is no doubt more expensive looking, and ties in with the Benefit’s retro/vintage vibe. Porefection’s bottle is plainer and lacks the matte-effect of POREfessional’s materials, but the effect of the simple design is quite clean and sophisticated, and overall I think I prefer it.
Another difference between the two products is the amount you get in each bottle. POREfessional offers 22ml, whereas Porefection only offers 16ml. However, in the longer run of things, the huge price difference makes up for that.
The actual primer liquids are very similar. POREfessional’s consistency is smooth and creamy when squeezed directly from the bottle, while Porefection’s is a little lumpier; Porefection also spreads a bit more thinly, which I think is a good thing as you use less of the product; however, if you prefer a heavier coverage you might have to use more than you would when using POREfessional.
However, the colour of the product is so close to being exactly the same, a difference so small you barely notice it when applied, and Porefection emulates POREfessional’s recognisable scent perfectly.
In terms of priming effects, I’ve always liked the feeling of POREfessional on my face, but now, in comparison to Porefection, it feels a bit cakey and greasy, even when using the tiniest blob on product sparingly on small areas of my face. I also find that when using POREfessional, I have to apply powder throughout the day to combat shine, but when wearing Porefection today under a full face of make-up, I stayed matte for hours and didn’t need to apply powder once.
The cherry on top of this splendid primer cake was spotting this little detail on the back of the bottle:
I’m currently educating myself about different brands in my efforts to make my beauty routine completely cruelty-free, so it was really good to know for future reference that W7 are a big thumbs-up in that department.
Have you tried Porefection or W7’s other products before? What’s your favourite primer? Let me know in the comment section!