I rarely even try the beauty samples I receive, let alone have them become part of the exclusive list of products I classify as “can’t live without.” So when I opened the tiny bottle of The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics, expectations were not just low, they were non-existent.

It promises to quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put. OK, great, sign me up. Oh, but it was so much more! Like magic, my skin suddenly looked perfectly smooth and even. Too good to be true, I thought – give it a few hours and this alchemy will fade. Not the case. After hours at the office, I met a girlfriend for drinks and she immediately asked me if I got a facial. “Your skin is glowing,” she proclaimed. Score one for the Face Primer… I’m hooked!

Apply this lightweight balm alone under or over makeup. It’s translucent, oil-free, complements all skin tones and helps makeup stay put. And there’s an added bonus: it contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals. Bring on the luminous skin for the holidays…

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