I’ve said it before, but Benefit really do have the best PR and marketing teams especially when it comes to new releases. They have the ability to create so much buzz and excitement around every new release, and their newest release is no exception. The Benefit POREfessional License to Blot is a instant oil-blotting stick as well as being a pore minimiser and retails for £17. License to Blot has been released as part of the Benefit POREfessional line up, alongside the POREfessional Pore Minimising Primer and POREfessional Agent Zero Shine.
The Benefit Porefessional License to Blot is said to contain tiny invisible blotting spheres which work to mattify any shine for upto six hours after application. The triangular tip of the stick has been designed to target shiny zones precisely like the sides of the nose, forehead and chin without disturbing your makeup. The statistics from Benefit’s trials are very impressive.. 100% saw continuous mattifying action, 97% said it helps minimize the look of pores and 100% said it absorbs excess surface oil.
The Benefit POREfessional License to Blot is packaged within an handy, compact, pyramid shaped tube with a wheel on the base to move the stick up or down. The stick itself is white in colour but it imparts absolutely no colour onto the skin whatsoever, and is completely invisible so it’d suit all skintones. Now seeing as I suffer from dry skin, oiliness isn’t something I struggle with.. however, I do struggle with shine as I use a lot of nourishing, intensive moisturisers and oils which can leave my skin looking shiny so I was intrigued to see if the License to Blot could minimise that shine.
Benefit recommend applying the Benefit Porefessional License to Blot in a blotting or patting motion which stops it from disturbing your makeup. I really appreciate the angular design of the stick as you can apply it to small areas as well as larges ones, and it genuinely does mattify any shine with a couple of pats of the stick just like a blotting paper would. It’s important to use a light hand when using the stick as it can build up and look a little noticeable, but you could use your finger and rub the top of the stick and then use your finger to blend it in for a more seamless and even finish. I really have been wowed by its mattifying powers, and although I can’t agree that it provides upto six hours of mattifying, it definitely does the job for three or four at a push.
Although the Benefit Porefessional License to Blot is obviously mainly targeted at blotting shine, I’ve been more impressed by how it blurs my pores. Its balm like consistency really does make my skin look flawless; even more so than the original Benefit POREfessional, and I find myself applying a light layer over the top of my foundation before my powder to ensure my pores are as minimised as possible. I think this is a fantastic little product, and £15.50 is a great price considering the other two products in the POREfessional line are £23.50 and it’s so effective at combatting shine and minimising my pores.
The Benefit POREfessional License to Blot is available to purchase from Cult Beauty.