Benefit know how to create an amazing giftset, and their newest release; the Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set £29.50 is no exception. Described as being ‘instant POREfection’, this kit contains all three of Benefit’s POREfessional secret weapons as well as a couple of handbag essentials and a tips and tricks booklet inside an handy, compact box. The Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set contains five miniature products in total, and each one is formulated to help achieve a POREfect complexion.
The first product inside the Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set is a 7.5ml sample of the Benefit POREfessional Pro Balm (worth £8.35), which is one of my favourite primers. It’s a skin coloured balm which works to minimise the pores, with a translucent pore coverage and oil-free formula.
It’s such a good primer and really does help to minimise pores and improve the longevity of my makeup, and it’s also one of Benefit’s bestselling products so I’m really pleased they chose to include it within this set.
Next up is a 1.4g sample of the Benefit The POREfessional License to Blot (worth £5.04), which is one of Benefit’s newest releases and I reviewed it in full here. In a nutshell, it’s an instant oil-blotting stick which minimises pores and mattifies shine, and this sample size is ideal for throwing in your handbag for on the go touch-up’s.
The next product in the set, is an exclusive and one that is yet to be released; Benefit Shy Beam (worth £6) 4ml, which is described as being a matte highlighter. Shy Beam is a peachy pink shade which doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter particles. The bottle contains a little brush, just like High Beam which can be used to apply Shy Beam to the cheekbones and browbones.
I have tried Shy Beam in a multitude of ways, but I have to be honest.. I don’t notice any difference to my skin once I’ve blended it in? It doesn’t add anything to my skin, and you cannot see it whatsoever so I don’t know if I’m too pale or what, but it seems a little pointless in all honesty which is a shame as it sounded great in principal.
Then we have an 8g sample of the Benefit Dr. Feelgood Complexion Balm (worth £7.83) which is a product I’ve never tried before. Benefit’s Dr. Feelgood Velvety Complexion Balm contains Vitamin C to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and is described as being perfect for mid-day touch ups.
You apply the balm with the sponge included in the tin, to press the balm onto the skin before or on top of makeup. It’s an handy product to own, but I can’t help but feel that it’s exactly the same product as the License to Blot but in a tin form as they both do the exact same job.
The very last product within the Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set is a 1.5g sample of the Benefit Agent Zero Shine Powder (worth £5.03), which comes with a small brush although the brush isn’t the best in all fairness. Agent Zero Shine is described as being an invisible-finish PRO powder helps shrink the look of pores and minimise shine – but the full size version has a much better brush located within the base so don’t let this little one in this kit put you off the full size version.
I really like this powder, and own the full size which I’ll review in full soon but it’s so handy for mattifying any shiny patches and it doesn’t leave your makeup looking cakey and horrible which I love.
Overall, I think this is a great kit as it allows you to try miniatures of all of the products inside – almost like a try before you buy the full sizes, with the sample sizes being worth £32.25 but obviously you cannot purchase the products individually. I really like the kit as a whole, and the sample sizes are all ideal for carrying in your makeup bag for touch ups.
The Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set can be purchased for £29.50 from Cult Beauty.