February 10, 2016

No one ever admits it, but everyday makeup is hard. For starters, nailing your base canvas (ie. your face) alone is a tricky situation – with the tropical climate humidity, we don’t exactly recommend rocking the dewy-skinned look. After all, you don’t want anyone to confuse the intentional shine on your face for an oily complexion, right? But while it’s equally difficult to stay matte in a sweat-prone climate, it isn’t entirely impossible either. Enter Benefit’s new POREfessional Matte Rescue – a water-based, invisible-finish mattifying gel that overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil. We love it, because 1) it’s water-based, which instantly means it’s more lightweight and cooler on the skin, so you get the matte finish without all the heavy product build; and 2) it contains diamond powder known to create a soft-focus, pore-blurring effect. And to top it all off – it’s Benefit, which always means beaut packaging.

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It’s an extra step to the everyday routine, but worth it seeing as it reduces shine and pore visibility. But for even more precious pore care, give the Instant Wipeout super-cleaning pore masks a try – these dual-sided masks clean out and smooth the look of pores around your T-zone (read: nose, forehead, and chin). The main pore ingredient used for pore clarifying is a little funky tbh (mushroom extract…?) but for a clear, matte face, we’ll close an eye. Or both.


Main image: Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy NARS

Benefit the POREfessional Matte Rescue, $49; 8-pack Instant Wipeout masks, $56, available at all Benefit outlets.