June 29, 2016

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Benefit Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel ($28) is a new invisible mattifying gel that helps to minimize the appears of pores while absorbing excess oil.

Show of hands, who thought about Urban Decay Deslick in a Tube upon seeing this!? I know I did! Far be it for this dry skin girl to love on a product that mattifies skin but I really loved Deslick in a Tube. It was one of Urban Decay’s crowning jewels (aside from Primer Potion before they went and changed the formula that is).

I feel Deslick in a Tube was around for like a season and disappeared. Why!? It was a transparent gel that absorb in a snap and instantly sucked up excess moisture without drying out skin. I experience a bit of shine and oil in the humid, warmer weather and this stuff made my skin look amazing. No shine, no oil, just smooth, even perfection. Plus I didn’t have to deal with a silicone formula that made me itchy. Sadly, it is long since gone but upon seeing Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel I instantly hoped that it would be a great replacement to that long gone formula.

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel

Benefit Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel comes housed in a 1.60 oz squeeze tube. Compared to the original POREfessional Primer it’s a lot bigger and a little cheaper as POREfessional is $31 and 0.75 oz in size. However, depending how you think about it, it’s actually a little more expensive since I would suggest using both products! I’ll tell you why in a second.

This is formulated to minimize pores as well as absorb oil. I love the formula. It absorbs easily and even lightly hydrates skin during the initial application. It does have a light citrus-y fragrance so, just a heads up for sensitive users. Sadly, aside from the light hydration it doesn’t do much else. I can’t say I suddenly felt like all my shine was gone nor did I feel as the day progressed that this absorb excess oil and shine. I purposed held up testing it and using it for the until the weather warmed up. I’ve had the product since February but my skin was drier at the time and I knew I wouldn’t be able to review it properly. Fast forward to June and the warm, humid weather is upon us now which would make for an ideal setting for this formula. But sadly, I tested it over the course of a two week period in a variety of weather situations and I didn’t feel like it absorbed oil at all or eliminated shine. Of course, it does rely on a good deal of alcohol to produce the mattifying effect but unfortunately, it wasn’t doing much for me and could potentially cause irritation for sensitive users.

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel swatches

As for producing a burring effect? Well, I don’t have visible pores on my face! I do have them on my nose which is where I tested this and didn’t feel like it blurred pores at all. The instructions even tell you to pat a little of the original POREfessional after application for a smoother finish. Typically I like the way a primer smooths my skin but I didn’t really feel like this did that at all. If you visible pores I have my doubts it’ll conceal those.

Sadly, Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel was disappointing. I wouldn’t say it provided a little light moisture and aided my foundation in applying more easily but aside from that it didn’t do much else. I really had hopes this would be a lot like Deslick in a Tube but that was not happening!

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel is available now at Sephora.com.

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel6

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kimmwc03

    I’ll pass on this since my skin is combination. Thanks for the review.

    Deslick in a Tube was a great product. UD should bring that back. I remember that purple packaging very well; and the deslick powder they had was good too.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t get why they axed it. Sucks! You’re most welcome 🙂

  • Sjofna

    Oh, when I saw this I immediately hoped it would be like the Deslick in a Tube. I actually still have a bottle that I use. I’m usually really good about getting rid of old cosmetics past their expiration, but I just can’t part with that one. Why did Urban Decay have to discontinue it?!?!

  • Kitten

    Ugh, so sad. I was LITERALLY going to email you today looking for a product like this and when I saw the review I was like ‘YES! She be readin’ my mind!’, but stinks that it’s such a bust. Anything out there that DOES work….since UD’s has long been discontinued? 🙁

    • Isabella Muse

      aww sorry to disappointment kitten! Unfortunately, I have yet to come across anything like urban decay’s formula :*(

  • Maggie

    Good afternoon Muse – thanks for the wonderful review as always! Do you happen to know of anything that you’d compare Deslick in a tube to that’s available now? I tried First Aid Beauty’s Mattifying gel and it was ok, but definitely not a repurchase 🙁 I can’t believe tubed Deslick was out in 2010…I feel so old! 😛

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Maggie! My pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing, nothing, nothing compares to Deslick! such a sad day when UD axed it. I have yet to experience a product like it unfortunately 🙁 If anything pops up I’ll def post about it but up until now I can’t rightly say I’ve found a replacement! Sadness!

      • Maggie

        Gah, I should have known better than to get my hopes up – Thanks for always looking out for us!! 😛

  • Nikole

    Thank you Muse as always — I would definitely have been tempted to buy this product for the remainder of the summer as I have huge gaping pores around my nose and my nose is an oil slick. Thanks for saving me the $, maybe I’ll spend it on July 4 sales instead. (Have yet to find a really good pore-hiding and mattifying product).

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure Nikole! Honestly, for larger pores a creamier, velvety silicone primer is the way to go! Or try Mally’s Face Defender I swear by that stuff to conceal nose pores 😀

  • Nichol

    I continue to struggle with this stuff. It does instantly mattify and absorb oil for me, but then it’s way too drying on my sensitive/combo skin. A couple hours into the wear of my foundation (usually Born This Way) and all the accoutrements on top, it looks too dry and a little cakey. I’ve tried it with a clean face and various moisturizers, with no moisturizers and a sort of oily morning face, paired with other foundations, and it’s always the same – great at first and then too dry and disappointing before I’ve even made it to lunch. I had such high hopes for this as my summer primer, too! Sad face.

    • Isabella Muse

      You’re lucky! I felt like it lightly hydrated but not much else! At least it mattified a little for you!

  • Bonnie

    Dang it! I would def have had to try this as even in my 50s I get shiny before day’s end. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Tiff

    I used to work at Sephora and when my tzone turged into an oily mess i would always reach for the tester of secret mattifying gel from Laura Mercier. I don’t know if they still make it but Korres had a similar product in their pomegranate line. Right now I’m using the pore minimizing primer from smashbox (punpleasant tube) to touch up with throughout the day.

    Love the blog! I hope one of those works to replace your beloved =)

  • Astha

    I was not a huge fan of the old porefessional by benefit but I so wanted to like this one. But guess Benefit still needs to try hard for a better formula. Thank you for saving my money! 🙂