Thursday, 2 March 2017

POREFESSIONAL DUPE? | MAYBELLINE BABY SKIN INSTANT PORE ERASER PRIMER REVIEW


Primer tends to be hit and miss for most people, the only primer I had ever really tried is the Benefit Porefessional (£23.40) which costs a pretty penny let me tell you, so I thought okay I like pore-filling, smoothing primers. They tend to be my go-to and I scoured the aisles of Superdrug and Boots and came across the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer (£8). At a fraction of the price I was hoping to find a dupe for the Porefessional, Maybelline claims the Instant Pore Eraser will not only fill in your pores leaving your skin smooth, silky and baby soft but also blurs the skin and leaves a matte finish. For reference, I have oily combination skin, specifically an oily T zone and dry areas around the lower region of my face i.e. around the mouth and along my jaw.

INGREDIENTS: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Heptanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Prunus Cerasus Extract / Bitter Cherry Extract. May Contain: CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 77492 / Iron Oxides.


I have been using this primer for the entirety of 2017 and in my humble opinion it does make my skin look smoother. This primer isn't anything fancy and its effect is largely due to the silicone in this primer. The tube packaging makes it easy to dispense and apply, you only need very little and the actual formula is gel-like and slippery. Slightly greasy-feeling actually which can be off-putting to anyone who has oily skin (like me!), but the way I use it is to apply a very tiny amount - about half a pea - and pat into the areas around my nose where my pores are most visible. I then set that lightly with a loose powder and go in with my foundation. I do believe it blurs the appearance of my skin and reduces the visibility of my pores. I have worn this alone and feel perfectly confident in it. 


It's not a miracle worker and it doesn't erase your pores completely but it does make a noticeable difference. It doesn't leave a matte finish to the skin nor does it increase the wear of my makeup from my experience. I don't use it on my nose or forehead where I get very oily as I think the texture is too slick and would have a detrimental effect on my makeup. Overall, for smoothing and blurring the skin I do like it. Do I think it is better than Benefit's Porefessional? No, but for the price it is a good alternative if your main concern is the appearance of your pores. I hope you found this review helpful. Please share your favourite primers below, I have only tried a few so would enjoy some suggestions. Thank you for reading, hope you are having a wonderful week. Take care. 

PROS
  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Blurs the skin
  • Smoothing effect, great base for makeup application
  • Good for dry to normal skin types 
  • Can be worn alone 
CONS
  • Doesn't help makeup last longer 
  • Silicone-based primer, has a slippery texture which might be too greasy for oily-very oily skin
  • Shouldn't be used on very oily areas of the face unless you set it with powder first
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What primers are you a fan of?

Love 
Kiran


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44 comments

  1. Great review! I want a product to blur my pores and minimise the look of them and also soften my skin. I don't use a primer every day, I always forget to use one but I know my skin needs it so bad since I have visible (huge) pores!Added to my wishlist x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  2. I've used this primer before and it works pretty decent - I actually just repurchased it


    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. I am glad I am not the only one who likes it! Xx

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  3. I've never tried this before
    I have oily T-zone so I always on the market for mattifying primer
    not so much on the blurring pores

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape

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    1. I wouldn't say it is very mattifying but I prefer to just set with powder rather than use a mattifying primer, thank you for commenting x

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  4. I agree, this primer is okay, but the Porefessional really is much better!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. Yeah it's definitely not as slick and I like that the Porefessional has some colour to it xxx

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  5. I personally don't like silicone primers so would probably give this a miss. Great, detailed review! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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    1. They're not for everybody, thank you for reading! Xx

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  6. I have seen really mixed reviews on this primer so I never bother trying it. I love Hourglass Veil Mineral primer the most, I find myself reaching for it a lot.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Really? Have you tried the NYX Angel Veil, do you think they are comparable. I have heard from several YouTubers that they are identical xxx

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  7. I haven't tried this primer before, I hated the Maybelline Baby Lips so even though it has nothing to do with those the name puts me off! It's been ages since I used Porefessional but I did like it so this sounds like a good option if you're on a budget!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I haven't tried Baby Lips haha, the marketing completely put me off that range tbh, thank you for reading xxx

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  8. If you want something for your pore try Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer it's the best!

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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    1. Ooh I will! Thank you for your recommendation xxx

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  9. I tried this and really didn't get along with it. The slippery texture was off putting and you're right...it didn't do much for makeup longevity either xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. I know but for me it definitely helps the texture and pores on my skin, I don't mind the cons so much xxx

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  10. Great review of the primer, always trying new primers as I trust that your makeup will last more than 8 hours on a busy working day!

    xo,
    I AM YASMIN

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  11. Yes I think for the price if it does the one thing you need it to do, reduce or smooth how your pores look then it is worth it.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. Agreed, although we would all love a cheap primer that does it all xxx

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  12. I don't have oily skin, so that dupe would be good for me. The prices are so different, and leaving skin smooth, that is great - good price and good product! I like Maybelline, and I have Porefessional, but I seldom use primers, but I would like to try this Baby Skin primer! Hope you have a lovely weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thank you, I did! I quite like this primer, it's not too heavy and you really only need the tiniest amount which is awesome considering how affordable it is xxx

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  13. I'm glad you like it. It's good that it comes in tube.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  14. This looks amazing! Great post <3

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx | http://wwwtheperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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  15. Great review, love how you list Pros and Cons as most people are just advertising the product! I have quite dry skin so maybe this will work for me.
    Kate || www.katerattley.com

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    1. Brands never pay attention to me haha so I feel like that gives me free reign to speak my mind xxx

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  16. I love the Porefessional so a dupe would be great! I find with primers like this less is more!

    www.thinkingofmakeup.com

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    1. Absolutely, less is definitely more with this one. I also wouldn't apply it everywhere on the skin x

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  17. I have tried out different primers on my face. after reading your review will give this one a try. Following a skin treatment from Cosmedocs.com I surely want to keep my skin in glowing condition with smooth texture.

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  18. I love using primers and this sounds great and really affordable too!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  19. Good old POREfessional. I use this too. From reading this post it doesn't look like I'll be trading it in any time soon either! Great comparison. : ) xxxx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  20. This was a really great honest review! I love how you listed the pros and cons. Not everyone skin is the same :) Loved this post x http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/03/how-bazaar-street-style-accessories.html

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  21. I've been seeing this product all over my local drugstores! Seems like something I would enjoy, definitely purchasing one next time I see it in stores xx

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

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  22. Sound like a great product!

    Xx,

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