September’s Birchbox featured two huge beauty brands: Laura Mercier and Benefit Cosmetics. Although I love to discover new brands and innovative products new to the market, nothing brightens up my day more than peeking into one of my beloved monthly beauty boxes to find a Benefit sample peering up at me. It’s like finding gold! Benefit is simply one of my favourite high-end beauty brands. I love everything about their products; the packaging, the marketing, the results, the pigmentation… basically I have never tried a Benefit product I haven’t liked. This month I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the newest addition to the POREfessional family: License to Blot. Would this be another winning product or an over-hyped disappointment?
License to Blot is an ‘instant oil-blotting stick’ that contains tiny invisible blotting spheres that claim to mattify shine for up to 6 hours after application. As someone with combination skin (dry cheeks and oily t-zone) I was intrigued. I’m not aware of any similar products on the market, if you know of any please feel free to share these in the comment section below. Inside the packaging is hidden some really impressive statistics: 100% saw continuous mattifying action, 97% said it helps minimise the look of pores and 100% said it is effective at absorbing surface oil. As someone constantly battling with their ridiculously shiny nose, this may be the product I’ve been waiting for.
To apply you lightly blot the stick over any oily areas in short, swift strokes. I tend to concentrate it around my nose, chin and forehead. The colourless balm, which is suitable for all skin tones, instantly gets to work blurring the appearance of pores and leaving behind a soft, matte, seamless finish to the skin. I was a little sceptical about Licence to Blot at first but I have once again fallen head-over-heels. The stick not only mattifies any unsightly shine in an instant, but also reduces the size of the craters I call pores on my nose. I only got about 2-3 hours out of my first use before I needed to touch-up which is less than Benefit promises, however, the application is so quick and easy this really isn’t an issue. I’m so glad I received a sample as I don’t think I would have invested in such an unusual product before trying it first. The full sized version contains a triangular shaped stick which is perfect for applying the balm into tricky areas such as around the nose.
The POREfessional: Licence to Blot retails for £15.50/4.3g.