I recently had the pleasure of testing out the new Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. Now I don't know about you but I've been seeing this product everywhere over the blog and YouTube community. I normally wouldn't jump onto the bandwagon, unless I know that it is worth buying, but after seeing countless reviews comparing Baby Skin or the Benefit POREfessional, I knew I needed to give it a go. Now I'm not sure whether this has been released (or will ever be released) here in Australia,which I was pretty bummed about, but I was however very fortunate to have been given this by a friend who recently traveled overseas.
So let's find out whether this drugstore primer really does compare to (my holy grail primer) POREfessional.
As some of you may know, Benefit's POREfessional has been a staple of my makeup collection for quite some time now. I've featured it in countless empties posts (as I like to slather it on my face everyday) and I'm thoroughly impressed with it's pore erasing goodness. Not only does it temporarily erase my pores, it also makes my foundation stay on for longer and my complexion appear less oily. If there was anything (and I'm finding it quite difficult) that I could fault about this product would be the price. POREfessional retails for a wooping $53 here in Australia, which is absolutely absurd but because I do love it so much I'm willing to pay the steep price.
Introducing the Maybelline Baby Skin. When I heard there was a product that was comparable to the POREfessional but only a faction of the price - I was thrilled. I love when drugstore brands bring out products that are dupes for their high-end counterparts. Now the only question left is - is this an actual dupe?
In my honest opinion, as much as I hoped it would be, the answer is no.
Before I get into the comparison, here are some facts about Baby Skin:
- Blurs the look of pores, without clogging them.
- Transparent gel formula, goes on clear.
- Smoothes & refines skin's appearance
- Non-comedogenic & fragrance free
I would also like to mention that I like to apply this product with my hands only my t-zone area, like I usually would with the POREfessional.
The Maybelline Baby Skin not only looks different (POREfessional is flesh toned whereas the Baby Skin is clear) but also has a different effect on my oily/combination skin type. The main differences I found, is that Baby Skin is unable to keep the oiliness at bay and certainly does not make my makeup last any longer. If anything, it seems as though this product is only useful for miminising pores.
After a couple hours of wear, I could already see oil appear on my t-zone area where as when using POREfessional I would only see oil at the end of the day. Similarly with keeping the foundation in place. Every time I applied Baby Skin my foundation ended up being quite patchy by the end of the day with my t-zone area being completely foundation free and other areas still in tact.
As I mentioned before, the only positive note I can say about this product is that it did minimise my pores and made it easier to apply foundation as it provided a smooth canvas. Oh and the packaging is insanely cute also.
Another factor I have noticed with the Baby Skin is that it kind of has a oily texture but does dry with a silicone like finish. Therefore it's important to wait a few seconds before whacking on your foundation. However, when I use the POREfessional, I dive straight into the foundation straight away.
I do want to mention though that this may be only be the case for oily skin types, as it could work extremely well for normal/dry skin types as you wouldn't be hassled with the oily skin factor. Now, I do want to clarify that the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser has not claimed to be a primer, it only claims to erase pores, which it does successfully achieve. However, this post has been constructed to compare the Baby Skin to the POREfessional.
Now that has been said, I can safely suggest that you should buy the Maybelline Baby Skin if you're looking for an inexpensive ($7USD) pore eraser. However, if you want a pore eraser and a primer in one, definitely opt for POREfessional.
What are your opinions on Baby Skin?