child-free Saturday, I nipped into Boots to get some more cotton wool pads and I noticed that the tiny Poynton branch had a sample tube of the Garnier Perfect Blur Primer to try. I love anything beauty-related, so I was there, swatching away, while Stephen looked on bemused. As soon as I squirted a small blob onto my hand I knew I'd found something special. So I grabbed a packet and rushed to the till and home to investigate further.
Why? Because it reminded me so much of The Porefessional by Benefit.
It is, hands down, the best primer I've used and it converted me into using a primer, because I'd never been that impressed until I watched Porefessional fill in the pores on my nose and even out my skin.
It makes any foundation or base application a dream and I feel like it prolongs the wear too.
But still - £24.50?
Porefessional is a tan colour, which blends into the skin, so isn't a worry at all. The Perfect Blur is a white shade, which also blends easily.
In terms of texture, you can see here that Porefessional is slightly smoother and more paste-like, but both have that smoothing effect and feel, at least for me, identical on the skin. I can barely tell the difference and my pores are visbly reduced.
Porefessional does have a smell, which I quite like, but Perfect Blur seems to be fragrance-free, which is good news for sensitive skins. Perfect Blur is also marketed to be a primer for older skin, which fills in lines and wrinkles, as well as pores, which I can vouch for as I tested on the grooves in my hands as well as around my eyes, which are slowly starting to age with lack of sleep!
Overall, I would definitely repurchase both of these again, but I think, for me, I'm a Perfect Blur gal. Why spend twice the money, when you could buy a bottle of wine and a nail varnish with the difference? If you've been tempted by The Porefessional, but you are put off by the price, I'd definitely give this a go.
You can buy Perfect Blur and The Porefessional from Boots. Let me know if you've tried it!