Shiny Skin Be Gone? New From Benefit: The Porefessional License To Blot

Long-lasting, non-shiny makeup can be a tricky thing to master, but Benefit are making it their mission to ensure it’s a very real possibility. Following the launch of the best selling primer in the UK and the follow-up ‘Zero Shine‘ powder, The Porefessional franchise is expanding even further with the introduction of a new innovative product that’s designed to slip into your bag. The Porefessional ‘License To Blot’ is an oil-blotting stick that features ‘tiny invisible blotting spheres’ to mattify shine and remove oiliness instantly; according to Benefit, the result stays put for up to six hours, targeting shiny t-zones to help your makeup look refreshed when you’re on the go. After this has been teased across social media channels for the last couple of months (and became the most requested product from my Periscope audience!) it’s no doubt there’s a huge amount of anticipation surrounding it’s launch in a couple of weeks. So how does it actually stand up?

The specially designed triangular tip targets shiny zones for precision when you need it most – it easily coats the sides of
your nose, forehead and chin without overloading skin with product. The texture is quite lightweight and definitely mattifying, removing all visible shininess instantaneously for a much more even result – however, you can feel it sitting on the surface of skin. Although it is pretty invisible, it’s not completely undetectable; if you’re not one for heavy makeup then you definitely won’t be a fan of this.

I’ve found it’s best applied mid-afternoon when your makeup starts to move about, helping to mattify shiny areas while working to ‘re-set’ makeup. A little dabbing with your index finger helps to delicately buff the product into skin and mix it with makeup for a more flawless finish; as it does tend to lift away a little of my base, it is important to ‘re-work’ your foundation into place. If you’re not a fan of powder, or the often cakey finish of re-applying translucent powder throughout the day isn’t your thing, then ‘License To Blot’ definitely provides a good alternative. It takes some getting used to (you can also apply it under foundation to those areas you know will get a little oily come mid-afternoon,) but it’s definitely innovative and does the job.

Although the ‘six hour’ claim is a little overzealous, ‘License To Blot’ does provide a couple of hours relief and is a great handbag product to take you from day to night with ease. It’s definitely not going to be for everybody and isn’t the kind of thing you’ll probably reach for daily, but it’s a good temporary problem solver that will no doubt be incredibly popular with the oily t-zoned among us. At £15.50 it offers quite good value for a huge stick of product (especially compared to the ‘Zero Shine‘ price point of £23.50 which is a bit crazy considering the small amount of powder actually provided,) and ensures it’s a justifiable purchase rather than an indulgent one. It’s not the most exciting thing to hit Benefit stores this year, but it’s certainly interesting.

Are you excited about this new launch from Benefit? Will you be picking up ‘License To Blot’?

The Porefessional License To Blot launches this June, priced £15.50.

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  1. Sara Fleming
    May 23, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    I've heard so much about this already, it sounds like a great little product!

  2. Lauraloo
    May 23, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Oh my word this sounds amazing. I use blotting paper but I find it difficult to find in shops. This looks like a far more amazing alternative.

    • Hayley Carr
      May 24, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      I love blotting paper too – but it's so hard to get hold of now! This acts in the same kind of way.

  3. Annabel B
    May 23, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    I'm not sure this would be right for my skin, but its intriguing for sure. Might be tempted to try in during the summer!Annabel ♥Mascara & Maltesers

  4. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 / 7:44 am

    I just don't know what I think about this product, i think its one of those ones that I need to test out before I can really say how I feel. Gorgeous post and blog hun CharlotteSamantha //

    • Hayley Carr
      May 24, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks Charlotte! And I agree – it's an either love or hate product, so well worth having a test in store. (Or buying a mini which is part of a kit!)

  5. Laura Hadley
    May 24, 2015 / 10:35 am

    I'm definitely intrigued to try this product, although I do wear heavy makeup some days which could be an issue.Laura |

  6. Stephanie
    May 24, 2015 / 11:34 am

    This product is so interesting! I can't wait to try it out!Stephanie xxxx

  7. Laura Black
    May 24, 2015 / 11:42 am

    This sounds like a great product, although it would definitely be one to use when you are wearing heavier makeup rather than a natural look, if like you say, you can tell you're wearing it. xxHere's my blog – Blog With Laura

    • Hayley Carr
      May 24, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Yeah definitely not one for 'natural' days in my opinion; but fab to take you from day to night!

  8. Catherine Sayer
    May 24, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Really interesting product – Benefit are always being so innovative with their launches! x

  9. Betty Leopard
    May 24, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I definitely have oil issues, but I've been so disappointed by more than one Benefit product lately that I'm sceptical if this would do the job or be worth the price.

    • Hayley Carr
      May 24, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      A lot of their products are fab, but a few are totally naff. It's worth going into store and getting them to use on you/ask for a sample. The majority are totally down to personal preference!

  10. beautyqueenuk
    May 24, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I'm intrigued enough that I want to try it x

  11. Vanessa Bernadette
    May 24, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I'm definitely intrigued by this product. I would probably use this before I applied my foundation and then take it out with me in case there is a need for a top up. I am going to consider getting this product now- great review!Best wishes,Vanessa

    • Hayley Carr
      May 24, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Let me know how you get on Vanessa!

  12. Angela Kate Webster
    May 24, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Oh my gosh! I need this product in my life. Between the brows is my problem area. This is perfect!

  13. Courtney Williamson
    May 26, 2015 / 9:41 am

    This is such a peculiar product that i've heard loads about, but it sounds quite good & useful. – // x

  14. Lolly
    May 26, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I am 1000% buying this! I can't wait to get my hands on it, thank you for the awesome review!

  15. Kirsty
    May 31, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    This is the kind of thing I really need, but it looks like it might just be a stick of solid silicone and my skin breaks out from nearly all products containing silicone :(. I've just looked at the ingredients and it is basically a stick of silicone, wax, shea butter and nylon-12 (whatever that is!). I might have to give it a miss but it does sound like it actually works! x

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