I am always on the lookout for a more affordable drugstore dupe of my beloved POREfessional from Benefit Cosmetics. Having been disappointed in the past with Maybelline’s Baby Skin and slightly underwhelmed with Loreal’s Infallible Matte Base, I turned to NYX and used my Boots Advantage Card points online to pick up a tube of their Pore Filler Primer (20ml/£11).
Although it states clearly on the website that the tube contains only 20ml, I didn’t really pay attention to this information and was a little disappointed at how empty the bottle felt as soon as I unpackaged it. However, to compare, POREfessional cost more than double (£24.50) and contains only 2ml more so it’s still incredibly affordable… if it lives up to the hype.
The lightweight balm is very similar to Benefit’s formula although it’s texture isn’t as smooth and it has a subtle peach tint to it. The silky balm blends into the skin seamlessly giving an almost mattifying powder-like finish. It gets to work blurring the more noticeable pores on my nose and creates a smooth and even base which is perfect for applying my foundation. I tend to concentrate the balm on my more oily areas where my makeup tends to ‘slide off’ i.e. my chin, nose and forehead. The oil-free and talc-free formula (which also includes vitamin E) doesn’t dry out my skin or make it anymore greasy; it contains the perfect balance that doesn’t irritate my sensitive combination skin.
I adore the smooth finish of the primer and how it helps my foundation apply and sit more evenly, however, it doesn’t keep my makeup in place for as long as POREfessional. Throughout the day I find myself reaching for my trusty NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder or Rimmel Translucent Powder to help reclaim that flawless matte base I achieved earlier that morning. As I sit at work those pesky pores that I worked so hard to minimize start to slowly poke through the surface once more and my nose returns to it’s former shiny self.
There are many similarities between Pore Filler and POREfessional: the silky texture of the balm, the way it blends into a mattifying base and blurs pores, but Porefessional definitely wins in terms of longevity; it’s staying power is just far superior in my opinion. If you are looking for a more affordable, cruelty-free alternative to Porefessional and don’t mind topping up throughout the day or investing in a few ‘back-up’ products then Pore Filler may work for you however, I can’t see myself repurchasing this and, unfortunately, my quest for a drugstore POREfessional dupe continues on.