Benefit Cosmetics first launched their POREfessional line way back with great aplomb and everyone was raving over their Porefessional Balm and Agent Zero Shine (both shown above from left to right). Thus, when they gave word of their new release, License to Blot (extreme right), everyone was waiting in great anticipation.
I was one of the first few to see, touch, and try the upcoming release (at that time) at a Benefit event and I was so blown away. I remember that, when I was told I would be sent one later on, I was totally cheering inside haha! It just looked so revolutionary.
Here's a close up of the product that I took. What it is is an instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres that mattifies shine for up to 6 HOURS after application. The triangular body is pretty ergonomic because the tip really goes into hard to reach corners around the nose, whilst the entire shape in general is great for sweeping outwards from the corner of the eyes our to the cheeks.
Benefit ran an instrumental test on 10 panelists and 100% saw continuous mattifying action, 97% said that their pores looked minimalized and 100% said it really absorbed excess surface oil.
You can use it by patting over your face, though sliding it over is a lot more effective (speaking personally).
Another awesome thing about the design is that there's a twist-up, or rather roll up, function at the bottom so you can always stow your product back before capping it.
Here is the before and after. My face doesn't get THAT oily because I'm in an air conditioned room most of the time, so my face isn't that oily either; still, I decided to zoom in on the nose because it's the oiliest part of my face. Though the change isn't DRAMATIC (darn dry skin!), you can still definitely see that whatever shine was on my nose was immediately dulled down in the after photo.
For my whole face, I simply swipe this all over and watch my skin mattify before my eyes. It's pretty darn cool. I originally tried patting this on but I find that doesn't have as great an effect as sweeping. The product goes on smoothly and has a really great finish.
As shown in the before/after, License to Blot works: there's no doubt about it. I mean I applied it at about 2.30pm after lunch and my face stayed oil-free up to even 10pm. My skin tends to be on the drier side, so maybe that's why the product lasted longer, but I mean it still kept my face looking hydrated and not flat out parched. Also, due to it not being TOTALLY matte like face powders, my face also looked glowy instead of oily. That's a definite yay especially when we are in a climate which makes it possible to look dewy for a whole 5 seconds only.
However, here's where my complaints come in too.
- My skin felt a little waxy after usage.. which I was worried would cause break outs.. which I never got BUT instead I got those now-and-then itchy bumps that came up whenever I used this product. Could it have just been me? I'm not sure, but I guess those with hyper-sensitive skin may not really suit this.
- I've heard people mention that it's not the most hygienic option to a blotter because it's dirty from the first time you use it.. and not many are comfortable with the idea of "piling" dirt with each use. Oil blotting papers seem the cleaner choice since you discard after each use. There is a way to counter that though by simply using it BEFORE your makeup as a mattifying primer instead of the balm so it always goes on clean skin. It's personal preference, really.
I hope this post has been useful, but feel free to put more questions below if you'd like!
Disclaimer: This product has been sponsored for my consideration, but all views and opinions discussed here, as always, remain honest and unbiased.