REVIEW: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Erasing Primer

image of Maybelline Baby Skin applicator

image of the Maybelline Baby Skin formula
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser – £7.99 (Online or in store at Boots, in store at Superdrug)

When I first heard about Maybelline Baby Skin I was intrigued to say the least. Having seen other beauty bloggers going mad for it and claim it was a decent dupe for my beloved Benefit Porefessional at a much lower price (£7.99 compared to £24.50) my sights were set on giving it a go – despite not being overly keen on the name…

It took a while for me to hunt down as the first day I was shopping after the launch it was sold out pretty much everywhere – in total I tried three Superdrug stores and four Boots – but when I ventured back in to town the next day to return something the stocks had been miraculously replenished so I could get my mitts on it! (Maybelline is also on buy one get one half price in Boots right now if anyone’s interested)

The Baby Skin packaging is not dissimilar to the cult favourite Baby Lips with the pastel blue packaging and pink font. I was quite surprised to see the size of it as it was considerably smaller than I was expecting – I was tempted to pick up two but decided to try it out first. Upon researching I’ve discovered that it actually holds the exact same amount of product as a tube of Porefessional so I’m not overly bothered by the size.

Maybelline claim that Baby Skin provides a “smooth, pore-less finish” in a second and I have to say that I agree. The formula itself dispenses as a clear gel which can be applied as either a base or over make up. I personally prefer to use this as a base because I don’t like to wear a lot of foundation on a daily basis and I feel like this improves the appearance of my skin. I was expecting a slightly creamier, coloured formula much like Benefit’s Porefessional however in comparison the two apply very similarly.

I feel like Baby Skin creates a lovely matte base with a slightly velvet finish, it blurs my imperfections and just makes my skin feel (and look) a lot smoother. With the Porefessional I feel like I use a lot more product when applying however I only need a very small amount of Baby Skin. I definitely think that it’s nearly the exact same as the Porefessional and (as much as I adore Benefit’s offering) coming in at at a considerably lower price it’s definitely taken the place as my go-to primer.

Have you tried Baby Skin? How do you feel about it?