Following the massive success of the Benefit POREfessional Primer, Benefit have released even more products as part of the ‘POREfessional’ range including the POREfessional Instant Wipeout Masks which I reviewed back in April. Alongside the Wipeout Masks, they also introduced the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel which is described as being an invisible-finish mattifying gel which comes in a large 50ml tube for £23.50.
I have very dry skin which is also dehydrated, but I am also blemish prone (I know, I’m very lucky) so my skin really is the definition of being combination, but thankfully I don’t struggle with oil as such, however I do get quite shiny as I use intensive moisturisers to keep my skin hydrated so I had high hopes that this gel would help combat that shine.
Matte rescue instantly minimizes pore appearance. The lightweight, water-based gel overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. Skin feels smooth and refreshed. Contains diamond powder known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect..
92% said it mattifies shine instantly.
92% said skin feels clean, refreshed.
89% said it absorbs excess surface oil instantly.
Application wise, Benefit recommend applying the POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel to cleansed skin to instantly absorb oil prior to applying your POREfessional Primer, which you should ‘pat’ into the skin for a super smooth finish. The consistency of the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel is exactly like the name; a gel which applies into the skin easily almost like a serum and it begins to mattify almost instantly as you massage it into your skin.
It really does feel like a skincare product rather than a makeup product, but I’ve found that you have to be careful not to apply too much as it very easily begins to ball up when it comes to applying my primer and foundation if I’ve applied too much.
The Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel has a lovely, fresh scent which feels soothing on the skin and it does definitely mattify my skin which I hope my photo’s show above, as it mattifies and really does have a subtle blurring effect to the skin so you could get away with wearing this alone on a no-makeup day if you wanted to slightly perfect your skin.
I followed Benefit’s directions and patted POREfessional over the top of the gel, but I’ve found that they’re a very drying duo for my skin, so I have to use one or the other but I imagine they’d be ideal when used together should you have oily skin.
I’m not the ideal candidate for this product as my issue is with shine rather than oil, but as far as reducing shine goes, it’s very effective but I do prefer the mattifying and priming effects of POREfessional Primer so I would rather use the primer as it’s more effective for my dry skin so I’m going to pass this onto a friend with oily skin, as I feel she might appreciate it more than I do especially in the warmer weather.