Review: Benefit Porefessional

Time for my first product review! In this post I will review the Benefit Porefessional sample I received from Sample Room.

First let me refresh you on what sample I am talking about.

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This tiny tube contains a lot of power, I tell you. Benefit Porefessional is basically a face primer, meant to go under makeup to even out the pores and make them appear smaller. The product looks like this out of the tube.

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The box of the sample reminds you to first moisturize before applying the product. After moisturizing, apply the product on the problem areas where the pores are. In my case, my pores are concentrated on the cheeks right below the eyes and on the bridge of the nose. Here is the problem area I am talking about. (Face moisturized already) Notice the big pores on the nose.

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Here is where only the Benefit Porefessional is applied. There is a distinct reduction in the appearance of pore size.

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Finally here is where the rest of the makeup is applied over the Benefit Porefessional. Note that there is a distinct reduction in the appearance of pore size.

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It feels great on the skin. It doesn’t make me feel that I have anything heavy on my face, and in addition the product turns very powdery upon application. I can definitely see this becoming part of my routine, especially since I am very conscious of my pores. The price is a little steep though, at Php1600 for the full size (22 ml).

Unboxing my first sample from SampleRoom

One of the recent interesting things going around the beauty blogging sphere is this thing called Sample Room. It’s a site where you get to try beauty products through free samples. The mechanism here is very simple: upon signing up you are given 100 points with which you can claim samples for certain amounts of points each. You pay a minimal amount for shipping, then you receive your sample straight at your home. You try out this sample, then go back to Sample Room, write a review for the product you tried, then you get your points back! As a bonus, you get extra points for writing a review! The aim of course is to make Sample Room a review hub for beauty products.

I signed up shortly after Sample Room went live. Unfortunately there must have been hundreds of other girls who are waiting for that moment, and I ran out of samples to try in the first round of samples. Fortunately, a few days later Sample Room restocked and I was able to score a Benefit Porefessional sample. It was a breeze to go through the check out process. Unfortunately, I chose GCash as a method of payment, which meant I had to pay an extra Php20 on top of the Php100 delivery fee all because I paid through a GCash outlet. Perhaps I will try to use GCash through my phone instead next time. Or use Paypal.

On to the actual unboxing!

I ordered and paid last December 7, and the package arrived December 10! They are pretty fast! It came wrapped in the blue XSEND envelope, and inside is a brown paper bag with the Sample Room sticker seal.

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Inside is the Porefessional sample, which came in a very attractive box.

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Opening it up, I finally see the tiny tube of Porefessional nestled inside, with nice illustrations on how to apply it.

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Here’s the actual tube alone.

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To show you how tiny this tube is, I put it beside a standard gel pen. It is after all just a sample.

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There you have it! I will have a separate post for the review of the product itself.

Unboxing the November BDJBox

So, I caved in and bought myself a subscription to BDJBox. I checked the other available beauty box subscriptions, and based on the reviews of their respective October boxes I decided that BDJBox offers the best value for money.

So first, where do you sign up for this service? Here is where to sign up as well as find more information regarding the brands and subscription terms. I signed up about two weeks ago through a pay service called DragonPay, in which you essentially go to the bank of your choosing (among the possible options) and pay the monthly fee. The important thing to note here is that you have to go back online to submit proof of your payment on the same day that you pay, to make sure that your payment is valid and your box will not be delayed.

On to the unboxing! Make sure to click on the images for a larger view.

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This box arrived yesterday promptly, a day after the BDJ team announced that they were shipping the boxes. I assume it’s the same size box they sent for the October shipment.

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Here’s what greets you when you open the box. The theme for November is “Take Me With You”, which I take to mean that this box is travel themed. Sure enough, opening up the box reveals a bunch of travel-sized products. Before I go any further, let me just say how amazed I am at just how packed this box is. It’s incredible.

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Again, here’s a shot of the greeting card, plus five stickers that say “I make things beautiful”. Pretty awesome and inspirational.

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This is what you’ll see when you open up the box. You can see how amazingly jampacked it is, and the products are almost popping out of the box! After I took pictures of the products inside, I tried fitting them all back in and believe me, it’s not at all easy. Let’s move on to the contents of the box.

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Left to right: 2 25 g. samplers of L’Occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap, 5 ml sampler of L’Oreal Men Expert Energetic Multi-action 8 Cleanser, 50 ml full sized Physiogel Hypoallergenic Intensive Cream, and 20 ml Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream

This is what smells so good! The L’Occitane soaps really smells delicious, I can’t wait to try it out. The latter two are the biggest products in the box.

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Clockwise from the left: 2 sampler packs of Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream, 1 sampler tube of Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Cream, 2 sampler tubes of Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, 1 pack full sized Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes, 1 sampler tube Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume, and 1 sampler tube Dentiste Plus White Vitamin C and Xylitol Toothpaste

I am especially interested in trying out those Shiseido samplers. The Dentiste toothpaste smelled really nice too, I am looking forward to trying those out.

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Finally, the last product is the Nippon Cleansing Sponge (lower right), here shown with the vouchers and discount cards. The vouchers listed in the greeting card are 1. L’Oreal Professionel inoa Hair Color and X-tenso Moisturist vouchers redeemable at Azta Urban Salon 2. Strip Upper Lip Waxing voucher 3. Shiseido FREE product sample, quick facial and 15% discount vouchers and 4. L’Occitane 10% OFF voucher

I have to say, this is a really generous box and I definitely do not regret subscribing. I got all these for just Php480!