Friday, August 15, 2014

COMPARISON: Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence vs Benefit Porefessional

Hi everyone!

Today's post is going to be a little different! I do use primers every time I wear BB Cream or foundation, since I want my base to last longer than it would, and also minimise my pores and make application smoother in general. After finally finishing up my Smashbox Photofinish Primer, I wanted to try something a little more breathable and less like a film on the skin but still as effective. I ended up getting two primers, and using both for different purposes. I do love both of these products and I wanted to share with you a comparison post between the Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer and the Benefit Porefessional!

Before the comparison proper, I wanted to share my criteria for what I want in a primer. First, a primer should create a smoother canvas for my BB cream or foundation because I do not like the look of streaky make-up (who does?). Second is that it can minimise the appearance of pores, since I do have visible ones (to me anyway) on my nose that get emphasised further without the use of a primer. I do have dry skin and hate it when face products settle into my pores and emphasise dry patches. Lastly, I want it to help my makeup last longer while not making me look too oily.

The first primer is the Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence. I have a review of it here, so I won't go into too much detail. I use this primer for my BB creams mostly, as I find it perfect for everyday since it is more affordable than most primers but just as effective. It goes really well under my Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream (review here) which I use everyday for uni. 

Once squeezed from the tube, you can see it has a slight light flesh tone to it, but it turns translucent when it is spread. It does have silicone in it (though definitely not as much as the Smashbox Primer) so while it does smoothen out my skin, it is also quite moisturizing as my face never gets dry patches from it and doesn't feel tight. It is also very lightweight which I like. Unlike most primers I've tried, this does not dry matte; instead, it has a satin finish that makes make-up look more natural. 

With this I find that my BB Cream lasts for about 6-7 hours without looking greasy, which is a pretty decent working time for the primer. I've tested this in both air conditioned and non-airconditioned situations, and it has performed similarly, with the makeup lasting a bit longer and looking less dewy in air con. I like this especially in cold weather as it is an extra layer of moisture for my skin.

One tube contains 20mL of product, and I purchased it for 11 000₩, which is equivalent to around $11 or P495. It can also be purchased for P589 (last time I checked) at most Etude House stores, though I honestly do not see it available often, which is a shame. It's a very good product for those who do not want a matte look to their primer and especially for those who have normal to dry skin (like I do).

The next product is the Benefit Porefessional, easily one of the best and most well-known primers (if not the best) in the market. I bought this primarily for foundation, so I use this mostly for special occasions (parties, presentations) or for days when I want to look a little more put together. 

Once squeezed out from the tube, the product appears more skin tone coloured than the primer essence, but is also translucent when spread. It feels like it has more silicone but is still lightweight and breathable for my skin which I really appreciate. It has a matte finish to it which would be great for people with combination to oily skin, but even with dry skin it works just as well. 

As it does have more silicone, it gives a much smoother surfaces and makes foundation glide on easily. I also find that it minimises the appearance of pores much more, and makes my foundation last longer than it would without it. 

I should also mention that unlike the Etude Primer, the Porefessional is oil-free, which definitely makes it more ideal for people with oilier skin or for those with sensitive skin. 

One tube contains 22mL of product, which is 2mL more than the previous primer. I purchased it for 50 SGD as a set along with a small sample of the Benefit Fakeup Concealer. It sells for P1700 in Rustans and stand alone Benefit stores, and is $31 in the US. This is much more expensive than the Etude Primer, but is more readily available which is definitely a plus. This primer is more ideal for those with oily to combination skin, though I think it works just fine on my dry skin. 

All in all I do think they're both very good primers. The Etude one could be a cheaper dupe for the Porefessional, but gives much more moisture and less of a matte finish. So if you want to try something hydrating but still does all of what a primer should for much less, then I would recommend the Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer. For a more long lasting, smoothening,  matte finish, and you have some money to spare however, I would go with the Benefit Porefessional.

I hope this post was helpful in a way! Do let me know what you think: if you want me to do more comparison posts in the future, or if you have any primers that you would like to compare, or if you don't use primers at all!

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  1. Thank you for this comparison - how comprehensive and in-depth! :) Keep blogging, Pauline!

  2. Hi Pauline,
    Thanks for sharing this detailed review! :D
    ~Pauline @ Benefit makeup Philippines