Sample Sunday – Benefit Porefessional VS L’Oreal Pore Vanisher Beauty Review

My pores… they are a hot mess. Yes, I am diligent with pore tightening masks and cleansers but we all need an everyday quick pore minimizer pick me up before our make-up ritual.

I had a L’Oreal Pore Vanisher sample that I had taken out of a magazine and I also had the Benefit Porefessional from one of my monthly Topbox beauty box deliveries. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare a specialty and a drug store pore minimizer together.

L'Oreal Pore Vanisher and Benefit's The Porefessional Ribbet collage


I tried both of these pore minimizers at the same time – the Pore Vanisher on one half of my face and The Porefessional on the other half. It was a great way to do a quick comparison with and without make-up.

L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher – 14oz for $24.99

  • texture of the pore vanisher is creamy and goes onto the skin more like a facial cream – love this texture
  • pore minimizing coverage – applied on my nose and cheeks – good results with full coverage of my pores
  • after make-up application (foundation and blush) I could see that some of my foundation was hung up in some of the pores on my cheeks. I worked at a little more blending and all was good.

The Porefessional – .75oz for $37.00

  • texture of the Porefessional is a little more like a putty. The balm has a stickier feel when applying – it kinda reminds me of ‘spackle’ for your face.
  • pore minimizing coverage – applied on my nose and cheeks – was very good.  The Porefessional does a great job of filling in my ginormous pores on nose.
  • after make-up application (foundation and blush) the finish is flawless. My nose and cheek pores are fully covered and the make-up that was applied looks perfect with no serious touch up necessary.

My Pore Minimizer Preference?

Hmmm that’s a tough one as they both work equally as well but I think the Porefessional gets the slighter edge after the make-up application. I think that if you have larger pesky pores the Porefessional is a touch more effective in the coverage – I definitely would keep the Porefessional on hand for a night out where heavier foundation application is required.  Even though I am not a fan of the stickier texture of the Porefessional – it really gets the job done and I can appreciate that!

The Pore Vanisher is a great daytime pore minimizer for those of us with both the smaller and larger pore issues. I really loved the smooth texture and cream like application of the Pore Vanisher.  I think for my everyday use, the reasonable price point, and the good results, I think the L’Oreal Pore Vanisher will do me just fine.


Sample Sunday – Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Primer Beauty Review

This Sunday my lashes are reaping the rewards of my sample obsession.  No, this is not a mascara Sample Sunday…this is an eyelash primer Sample Sunday.  Who would have thought – pretty up your lashes before applying your favorite mascara?  I was intrigued….

Tarte MultiplEYE is a lash primer that increases the appearance of lash volume and length.  I have never thought to prime my lashes before applying mascara as I had thought that my mascara does all the work already so why spend the extra money on a primer that supposedly does what my mascara does.  So I, Mrs. ‘Skeptical’ Modern Mom, applied the primer with a hint of “I’m sure this doesn’t work”.

The lash primer is applied just like mascara and is white in color as it coats the lashes.  The applicator brush is fantastic – shaped so you can apply the primer accurately on all your little lashes that like to ‘escape’ the initial brush on of the primer.  After I was done applying the primer I took a good look.  Hmmm…looks like I just applied mascara…except my lashes are white instead of black!  I could tell that my lashes did ‘look’ fuller and the primer really helped to keep my lashes separated and not clumped together – these are both things that I value when I apply anything to my eyelashes so I was feeling optimistic.

I decided to try out 2 mascara’s on my primed eyelashes to see if the primer worked well with both my favorite brands of mascara.  On one eye I used Dior Show mascara and on the other eye I used Tarte Gifted mascara.  I use the Dior Show mascara more for evening wear and the Tarte mascara is my daytime favorites.  After applying on both eyes I loved what I saw – especially with the Dior Show.  Sometimes I find the Dior Show can be a little clumpy if not applied carefully and the primer allowed the Dior Show to work it’s mascara magic and not clump.  Plus my lashes looked extra full and long with the application of both the primer and the mascara.  The Tarte mascara looks naturally great without the primer for daytime so I could easily go without priming during the day but with that being said, the primer does add a little extra volume and length and helps with clumping lashes so I would be easily persuaded to use the primer each day.

You don’t have to twist my mascara wand.  Tarte has won my heart with their MultiplEYE lash primer.

multipleye collage