Review – Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue & Instant Wipeout Masks

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel Instant Wipeout Masks Review

If you’re a fan of the original POREfessional Makeup Face Primer from Benefit Cosmetics, then I’m pretty sure you were very excited to hear 2 new products were being added to the POREfessional range.  These new Benefit offerings were created for oily-skinned gals, and both promise to control shine and take care of those pesky little pores.

If I remember correctly, the first product I ever used from Benefit Cosmetics was their famous POREfessional makeup primer.  And I think it was one of the first primers on the market that helped with the appearance of enlarged pores and / or fine lines & wrinkles.  I’m a Benefan – I love their Roller Lash Mascara, Hoola Bronzer, Girl Meets Pearl Illuminator, and countless other offerings from the brand.

As with most things in life, a brand can’t always get it right.  Sometimes they launch a product that is a huge hit, and other times they launch something that is a bit of a miss.  Unfortunately these new additions left me feeling rather disappointed.

I have combination skin, which means I have an oily T-zone and a dehydrated cheek area.  During the hot Summer months, blotting is an unavoidable part of my day.  And during the cold Winter months, my oily T-zone starts to calm down a bit and I have normal to dehydrated skin.  Enlarged pores are the bane of my existence, and I’ve come to accept the fact that they will always be there.  Technically speaking there isn’t much you can do about enlarged pores – you can make them ‘appear’ smaller buy using a pore-filling primer, but you can’t physically shrink them.

When I posted this Instagram photo I mentioned that I would test the POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel & Instant Wipeout Masks for at least 2 or 3 weeks before writing up my review.  It is now 4 weeks later, and so I have a good idea of what I like and what I don’t like about each product.  Please bear in mind – we all have different skin types, expectations, and experiences.  The below products have received some rave reviews from other bloggers, but they unfortunately just didn’t work that well for me personally.

You know I always keep it open and honest here on the blog, even when a product is a PR sample that was sent to me for review.  I would never, ever recommend that you spend your hard-earned money on a product that I don’t feel 100% happy with.  That said, these products might work wonderfully for you.

Ok, so let’s take a look at the 2 new additions to the POREfessional product lineup:

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel Review


According to Benefit, the POREfessional Matte Rescue mattifying gel is your secret weapon against pores, it absorbs oil and instantly minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores .  Many people think this is a makeup primer, but actually it’s the last step in your skincare routine – almost like a primer for your primer.  So cleanse and moisturise as normal, and then apply Matte Rescue to ‘soften’ pores & mattify the skin.

This gel-based moisturiser-primer-hybrid feels extremely lightweight on the skin and sets quickly to a shine-controlling matte finish.  Matte Rescue is a water-based gel, so not only does it make oily skin feel fresh and clean, but it also hydrates the skin ever so slightly.  Usually mattifying skin care products leave my skin feeling tight and stripped of essential oils, but this one actually makes my skin feel softer and smoother with a natural matte finish.

The gel itself is a baby blue shade, but it doesn’t transfer any type of blue tint to the skin – instead it becomes clear soon as it’s rubbed into the skin.  A pea-sized amount goes a very long way (the mattifying effect is instant) and so this 50ml tube should last you for quite some time.  For interest sake, a full-size POREfessional Face Primer contains 22ml of product – so Matte Rescue is more than double the size.

Unlike the other ‘blur’ primers / moisturisers on the market, this POREfessional product doesn’t have a thick silicone texture that temporarily fills in enlarged pores.  What I like about it is that it actually sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top of it like other pore-filling primers.  Matte Rescue contains diamond powder (fancy, right?), which is supposed to create a soft-focus effect on the skin.  It definitely does absorb existing excess surface oil, but I don’t find it blurs or ‘softens’ my pores at all.

Even though I have an oily T-zone, I also tend to have dry patches on my upper forehead that like to hang around for most of the year.  I’ve tried exfoliating, and acid toning but it’s unfortunately something that I have to live with.  My dermatologist recommended cortisone cream, but it’s only a temporary solution and I’m not that keen on cortisone.  I’m happy to report my dry patches were no worse than normal when I used this mattifier, and I suspect it’s because it provides a bit of hydration since it is water-based.

The million dollar question is: Does it control oil throughout the day?  Even though the mattifying effect of this gel is instantaneous (it’s quite impressive actually), after testing it for more than 4 weeks with various foundations and primers on top, I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference in the long run.  I’ve worn Matte Rescue on hot days, rainy days, cooler days, busy days when I’m out & about, and I honestly can’t say this product kept me shine-free for longer than usual.  For example: When I apply my makeup at 8h00 in the morning, I usually have to blot my T-zone around the 14h00 mark (sooner if it’s a particularly hot day).  When I used Matte Rescue, my skin / finished makeup look did appear to be more mattified initially, but I still had to blot around the 14h00 mark.

Benefit recommends applying the original POREfessional Face Primer over the gel to ensure the skin is truly pore-free and prepped for your foundation.  I decided to test this, so I used it with various primers, and without.  The result?  With a pore-filling primer my pores did look smaller (but that’s what they’re supposed to do), and my skin smoother but I didn’t find my makeup stayed shine-free for longer than usual.

Admittedly Matte Rescue hasn’t eliminated my need to blot completely (especially on a hot & humid day) but when used alone (without a primer) it did prevent my makeup from sliding around throughout the day.  Do I think it’s necessary to purchase this product if you already own a mattifying primer that does a decent job of controlling oil?  Nope – after adding this mattifier as an additional step to my skincare routine, I didn’t really notice my oil build-up was controlled for a longer period of time – especially when compared to my original POREfessional Face Primer, or any other primer for that matter.

Benefit The POREfessional Instant Wipeout Mask Review


We all know clogged pores around the nose, forehead, and chin can lead to breakouts and enlarged pores.  According to Benefit, the POREfessional Instant Wipeout Masks exfoliate & clarify the skin, removes impurities, and tighten pores.

The POREfessional Instant Wipeout sheet masks come in an adorable little briefcase.  The briefcase contains 8 sheet masks which can be used across the nose & cheeks, or on the forehead / chin to treat congested pores.  Unlike other sheet masks, this one comes with a little turquoise button you need to press to release the pore-clarifying liquid into the sheet, this activates the mask.

As much as I love pretty packaging and innovative designs, it’s the actual product inside that needs to be top notch.  The Instant Wipeout Masks contain mushroom extract (known to help clear pores) and have a strong menthol smell.  Each mask is made of a textured fabric to help exfoliate the skin.

Benefit The POREfessional Instant Wipeout Masks Review

So you pop the pod to drench the sheet mask, and then peel the packaging apart to remove the ready-to-use mask.  It’s not a full face mask, but rather a type of long strip mask that can either be placed across the nose & cheek area or across the forehead.  My pore-rific problem area is across my nose and cheeks (not so much my forehead or chin) so the shape of the actual sheet mask is ideal.

I’ve only used 1 of the sheet masks so far, and I don’t see myself using the rest of them unfortunately.  The very first time I used the Instant Wipeout Mask I wasn’t able to keep it on for the recommended 10 minutes.  I don’t have sensitive skin at the moment but this mask stung like nothing I’ve ever experienced before – almost like an intense cold burning sensation.  As soon as I applied the mask across my nose area, my eyes started watering – the sheet mask has quite a strong scent (menthol) and I think the ‘vapour’ started irritating my eyes.  I left it on for as long as I could (I think I lasted for about 7 minutes) but the discomfort was too much for me, and I then removed it.  I had a look at my pores and didn’t really notice a difference to be honest, but my skin was a bit inflamed.  I rinsed my face, and fortunately the redness didn’t last that long.  I have a relatively high pain threshold, and I’m not going to lie – this product was painful.  Perhaps I have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients?  Not sure…  I’ll get Neal to use it tonight and will add his experience to this blog post.  He has very oily skin, and so his pores are quite large.  But he does have sensitive eyes, though, so we’ll see.

Benefit Cosmetics products are sold at Benefit counters in selected Edgars and Red Square stores (for a list of the stores, click here).  Alternatively you can also buy some of their products in the Red Square online store.

I really wanted to like these 2 new products from Benefit Cosmetics, but unfortunately they just didn’t work out for me.  Have you tried them?  What are your thoughts?

I often wonder if, instead of dedicating a full blog post to a ‘negative’ review, I should perhaps just not feature the products that don’t work out for me at all.  But then I think of the people who might be wondering if a certain product is worth it – and if I don’t feature the products that left me feeling disappointed, then noone will ever know that said product might not work for them either.  I have no idea of that even makes any sense…  What do you think?



  1. Naadiya
    3 May 2016 / 12:17

    Thank you so much for your honesty about the mask I was at Red square yesterday debating as to whether I should get the mask set or not. I settled for the mini kit with the mini Porefessional, Matt Rescue and a mask. I’m lucky enough to to never have one of the benefit ladies there when I’m in store so this review was rather helpful in terms of not purchasing an expensive set of masks that may be problematic. I for one am totally dependent on reviews when it comes to purchasing expensive face products or makeup. I love the fact that you shared the pros and cons instead of totally dismissing the product.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:56

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, Naadiya. 🙂 I’m exactly the same – whenever I’m thinking about purchasing a product, I always do some research online first. And I tend to stick to reading reviews from bloggers that I know (not personally) – I don’t have a lot of time to read different blogs, so the bloggers that I do follow, are ones I know will tell it like it is. 😉 So, I agree – I also 100% rely on unbiased reviews…whether they’re positive or negative.

  2. lindsay
    3 May 2016 / 12:22

    Loved your indepth reviews, Luzanne. Definitely keep doing any type of review..whether its positive or negative. I know I speak for a lot of your readers when I say this is why we keep coming back to your blog, and why we trust your judgement so much. Because we know you actually test the products, and you tell us what you like and dislike about the products..instead of just copying and pasting a press release like some other bloggers.

    Keep up the great work!!

    Linds XO

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:57

      Thank you, Lindsay. 🙂 I’ll definitely keep doing these types of reviews then. xo

  3. Kelly
    3 May 2016 / 12:28

    Thanks for this post Luzanne!! I’m definitely going with you posting your negative reviews! I was actually thinking of purchasing this product, but after your lengthy and in depth review, I don’t think I will. I also have the same skin type as you, oily T zone and my face can be sensitive at times. These products are expensive so I’m glad I didn’t splurge. Like I’ve said before, I really do trust your reviews and I wait on your product reviews. I’m sure all of your readers feel the same 🙂 So to me, no matter how many times I read other reviews or watch youtube vids from other bloggers, you’re still the only one I trust and wait for. Thanks for all the time you spend on giving us the best and most honest reviews out there 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:59

      You’re welcome, Kelly. 🙂 R400 is a lot of money, and I feel it’s only right to mention what I didn’t like about each product to help my readers make an informed decision.

      You just made my day with your kind comment – thank you so much, Kelly. ♥

  4. Olwethu B
    3 May 2016 / 12:31

    Luv your honesty, especially since these are expensive products. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:08

      Thank you, Olwethu. 🙂

  5. Merissa
    3 May 2016 / 12:39

    AAARRRGGGHHH!!!! I should have waited for your review!!! I bought the Matte Rescue gel a while ago after reading a review from another blogger. Actually it wasn’t a review, it was more like a generic ‘here is a new product from Benefit’ blog post. That’ll teach me, I should always wait for your reviews because I feel like it was a waste of R400!!! Its so much money for something that doesn’t do much. I agree with you 100%, I use a mattifying primer anyway and I can’t say for certain my skin looks oil-free for longer. The feeling of disappointment is real.

    Thank you for always being a trustworthy blogger, Luzanne. I’m with Naadiya, I like that you listed both the pros and cons of each product. 😀

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:09

      Ah no, I’m so sorry to hear that. You’re right – R400 is so much money…

      My pleassure, Merissa – thank you for checking in on the blog. 🙂

  6. Anina
    3 May 2016 / 12:51

    Ai, en ek was so opgewonde ook toe ek van hierdie twee produkte hoor….

    Hmm….wel, ek sal maar by die primer hou en hierdie n skip gee.

    Lekker dag, L!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:10

      Hi, Anina! Dis so lekker om jou naam in my comments te sien! 😉

  7. Iris Fourie
    3 May 2016 / 12:54

    Very helpful review, thank you Luzanne. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:10

      You’re welcome, Iris. And thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. 🙂

  8. Porchia
    3 May 2016 / 13:30

    You should most def keep doing both positive and negative reviews. Like you said, how will we know if a product is worth the money otherwise. I enjoy reading any type of review, as long as it’s detailed and honest. But I never have to worry about either of those things with you.

    I have the same skin type as you, so I think I’ll give these a miss.

    Thanx, Luzanne

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:11

      Thank you for the feedback, Porchia – I really appreciate it. 🙂

  9. melissa
    3 May 2016 / 14:49

    Hi Luzanne

    i think your reviews help alot of ladies out there , i personally am really dependent on you reviews seeing that im new to make up- and even going to the stores i ask many question but still have little notes in my book that i carry with me at all times. Dont let negative comments effect your reviews they are really best ****** i also feel seeing that there are different products with different prices one needs to at least be educated I APPRECIATE YOUR BLOG POST and i THANK YOU

    i have not even reach many products but i love reading about all of them 🙂

    lotsa love

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:12

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind comment, Melissa. I am so happy to hear my blog posts are helping you! xo

  10. Simone Cameron
    3 May 2016 / 15:04

    Always keeping it real Luzanne!! It’s why we always come back to your blog. I’m a big benefit fan, and was really wanting to get these wipes, BUT I thought they were really expensive and I needed to know that somebody I trusted would either recommend it or not. I did see one fabulous review for it, but I really couldn’t spend that money based on 1 review.

    I was going to say perhaps try it on your chin away from your eyes, but it irritated your skin, so that’s a no go. Would be interested to hear what Neal’s experience is.

    A primer for your primer? lol.

    Off topic, I’d love to know your about fave winter foundations. I’m using the l’oreal infallible matt foundation and LOVE it, but like your skin, mine borders on dehydrated in winter…it’s already changing, so wanted to know which foundations to try now. Before your blog I thought if you had one foundation that was it. ha ha…oh how naive I was…… Like buying foundation in winter and wondering why you look so horrific when using the same foundation in summer…..

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:47

      Thank you, Simone. 😉 It works out to R50 per mask – and it’s not even a full face sheet mask. That’s essspensiiiive!

      Neal tested the masks so far, and I’ve also asked him to test the Matte Rescue for me as well. He keeps forgetting to apply the gel after his moisturiser in the mornings, so I’ll update the blog post once I have his ‘review’. 😉 I’ll have to remind him tomorrow morning (maybe a whack over the head will help?). 😀

      I’ll be sure to do a blog post like that soon – great idea. I’ve been loving the L’Oreal 24H Matte foundation these past few months, but I won’t be able to use it in Winter (it’s way too matte / drying). Bahahahaha!!!! ONE foundation!!?? Please gurl… 😉

  11. 3 May 2016 / 15:52

    Such a great post Luzanne. I think it is great to do a full post on products that didn’t work for you. Giving reasons why and explaining that it although it didn’t work for you it might work for your readers. Honesty is definitely key. Some might not like this type of post but I think it is a great idea. It could even get the brands to start fixing some of the problems, instead of just having great reviews. xx

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:48

      Thank you, Shalane. 🙂 I appreciate your feedback so much. I hope you have a lovely week! xo

  12. Estee
    3 May 2016 / 17:07

    Loved the review, I was contemplating buying the sheet masks but I don’t think I will. I have extremely sensitive skin, and think that it will most definitely cause irritation. Thank you for your honesty, really appreciate it. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:51

      Oh no, definitely give it a skip if you have sensitive skin. I wouldn’t want you to have a reaction or anything like that…

      You’re welcome, Estee – I’m glad this blog post helped you in a way.

  13. Caryn
    3 May 2016 / 17:50

    Brilliant review, keep ’em coming! 😀

    • Caryn
      3 May 2016 / 17:51

      Oh, and P.S. You should definitely keep doing mixed reviews. x

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:51

      Thank you, Caryn – I definitely will. 🙂

  14. Bonang M
    3 May 2016 / 17:53

    I had the same experience as you, I thought I’d invest in a mattifying gel because I have very oily skin. But I was so sad when I saw the Matte Rescue does nothing to control oil. 🙁

    Agree, it does look very matte at first but it’s almost as if my skin looks more oily in the afternoon?!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:53

      Ah no, that’s so disappointing… 🙁

  15. Yolandi Wilken
    3 May 2016 / 19:32

    Great review, thanx Luzanne.


    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:53

      You’re welcome, Yolandi. 🙂 xo

  16. Una
    4 May 2016 / 08:39

    Thank you for the honest review, you should definitely keep doing them. We have similar skin types, so I probably won’t be picking these up.

    I had high hopes for the Gel Matte… 🙁

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:54

      I will – thank you for the feedback, Una. 🙂 You’re definitely better off just using a mattifying primer as-is.

  17. 4 May 2016 / 09:09

    So glad I read this post – I have horribly sensitive skin, and was seriously going to buy these masks this weekend. Now I’ll stick with what I know rather!


    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:56

      Shew, I think you definitely would have had some type of reaction. Neal tested it this past weekend (he still has to test the Matte Rescue) and he also said it isn’t the most pleasant feeling. And his skin is like crocodile skin… 😉 xo

  18. Nthombi K
    4 May 2016 / 12:01

    Its a pity these didnt work for your skin type, but I’m glad you pointed out what you liked and didn’t like about both products.

    Loving your reviews, Luzanne! Theyre really helpful. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:56

      My pleasure, Nthombi – so happy to hear you enjoyed reading my blog post. 🙂

  19. R Fourie
    4 May 2016 / 19:54

    Thanks for your review – I am not into Benefit. I received a free sample of The Pro Balm (?) – not even tried it yet.

    Ek het dieselfde vel met n oily t-zone en die dehydrated cheeks with enlarge pores. Deel gerus al jou “geheime” – oggend / aand roetine.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 18:59

      You’re welcome, Reonette. 😀 You should try it (I think you might be referring to the Porefessional Primer), I really like it. Might just turn you into a Bene-convert. 😉

      Oeg…is dit nie so weird hoe ‘n mens se vel olierig EN dehydrated kan wees op een gesig nie?! Ek wil partykeer vir my vel vra om sy mind op te maak! 😉 Ek wil bitter graag ‘n ‘skincare routine’ blog post (of video) doen een of ander tyd – die produkte wat ek op die oomblik gebruik is wonderlik!

  20. Melissa ❀
    5 May 2016 / 08:28

    Baie dankie vir die review, Luzanne. Jy het my ‘n paar Rand gespaar, ek was oppad om die maskers te koop maar aangesien ek ‘n baie sensitiewe vel het, dink ek ek sal eerder iets anders van Benefit koop. Jy rave oor hulle primer, so ek gaan dit eerder kry. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 19:00

      Dis ‘n groot plesier, Melissa. 😀 Ek is 99,9% seker jy sal mal wees oor die POREfessional Primer. 😉

  21. Luzanne
    9 May 2016 / 19:04

    BEST comment I have received in a very long time!!!! Thank you so, so much for your skin words and amazing compliments. It is comments like this one that encourage me to keep going, pushing forward, and making even more of an effort with my blog posts.

    You are 100% correct – not ALL products can work for ALL people, ALL the time. And I think it’s Important to share disappointing experiences too.

    Again, thank you so very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. You have just made my week…month…year! 😀

    *BIG smile*

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