NYX Pore Filler vs. Benefit POREfessional

nyx pore filler vs benefit porefessional

I have really large pores which are most times so difficult to camouflage with makeup which is why I am always on the lookout for anything that claims to help make pores less noticeable. While I have been using Benefit POREfessional for almost a year now on and off, I only recently got NYX Pore Filler to compare. So here is my NYX Pore Filler vs Benefit POREfessional comparison.

Benefit POREfessional Dupe?

I actually didn’t realize that NYX Pore Filler was a possible dupe to Benefit the POREfessional until I started trying out the former. As I was applying it, I said to myself “you know, this is quite similar to the Benefit primer.” So I pulled out the Benefit primer and compared the products and sure enough they are quite similar in look and feel although the Benefit primer comes out of the tube and looks a little smoother than the NYX Primer.

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Benefit, left; NYX, right

As you can see from the above, the NYX product does not look quite as smooth out of the tube but upon application they look very, very similar.

Both can be used as a base, worn alone or applied over makeup.

NYX Pore Filler vs Benefit POREfessional


NYX Pore Filler claims;

nyx pore primernyx primer

Benefit the POREfessional claims;

A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.

Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything!


The full size NYX Pore Filler costs about $13.99 (0.67 fl. oz or 20 ml) whereas the full size Benefit the POREfessional costs $31 (0.75fl. oz) or $42 for the jumbo size(1.5 fl. oz). However, since I wasn’t ready to commit to $31 or $42 for a primer especially if I wasn’t sure that it would work, I purchased the trial size for $10 (0.25 fl. oz or 7.5ml)


The ingredients are quite similar.

NYX Pore Filler ingredients;

nyx pore filler review

Benefit POREfessional ingedients;

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.


The colors are also quite similar out of the tube which is a slight beige color but as you spread the Benefit POREfessional, it still retains most of its color unlike the NYX Pore filler but they both do disappear into the skin and leave no color on the skin as the primers are absorbed. So don’t worry about the color especially if you are dark-skinned. It will disappear.

pore minimizing primer

NYX, top; Benefit, bottoms

Pores No More?

Not quite. I applied one primer on one half of my face and the other primer on the other half of my face in order to compare performance.

They both pretty much produce the same results which is that they do minimize the look of pores a little bit for me. If you have small pores, your pores will probably disappear if you use either of these products but with my large pores, there was some minimization but they did not disappear completely.

I apply these primers in circular motions in order to “push” the product into the pores. They are not meant to physically shrink your pores but just to fill them so that they are less noticeable and many people use various techniques to do this including using their fingers to push the product into the pores. I use a small brush and use circular motions over my large pores.

If I need to apply more product, I can with both primers without any problems unlike some other pore minimizing primers that I have used before.

Though you do push them into your pores, they are not designed to clog your pores and will be removed with proper cleansing. Since using both, I haven’t noticed any increase in breakouts or other skin issues.

Oil Control

None of these products claim to control shine so if I use them alone and continue with my makeup, with my oily/combination skin, I can expect oil to start breaking through within an hour and of course once the oil breaks through any pore minimizing benefits are completely eliminated as the oil combines with the primer and makeup and it is back to square one for me. They both do initially apply matte on the skin and leave a great base for applying foundation.

This is why I like to use these two primers on top of my Milk of Magnesia (MOM) which is the most effective product I have found to control oil for me. I then only use these primers only on the areas with large pores (my cheeks). Using them in conjunction with MOM actually produces better pore minimizing results that last longer that if I use them alone.

NYX actually has a separate primer for oil control which is called the NYX Shine Control for about the same price as the pore minimizing primer. So for me with both oily skin and large pores I would have to buy both and use both but since MOM has done the best job of controlling shine for me even when compared with many other shine control primers, I don’t feel the need to get this other NYX primer. It would be great if it combined shine control with pore minimizing though.


They both produce similar results and therefore I think that the NYX Pore Filler is the prefect dupe for the Benefit POREfessional. It definitely makes sense to get this especially if you are concerned about price.

The only reason I would repurchase the Benefit POREfessional is that I really like it as a base for foundation although it doesn’t do such as great job at oil control for me. I would definitely only get the trial size because you only need a small amount and it will last for a very long time.

As far as pore minimizing, I wish they produced better results for me with my large pores. So if you have large pores, you may want to continue experimenting with other primers that claim to minimize pores. If you have small to medium sized pores, you may get better results. When used with MOM, they definitely produce better results for me so I will continue to use them.

So there you have it. There is my NYX Pore Filler vs Benefit POREfessional comparision. Both are really good primers so either one would be a good purchase.

Get the NYX PORE Filler at Ulta and the trial size, full size or jumbo size Benefit the POREfessional at Sephora.

6 thoughts on “NYX Pore Filler vs. Benefit POREfessional

  1. Maria H says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m concerned about the price but I was afraid that the Nyx primer couldn’t compare to Benefits, thank you for comparing and trying both out! I’m buying Nyx primer. Be well and have a nice day!

  2. Erika says:

    I am so glad I found your review! I’m always so skeptical about trying new products especially expensive ones. Thank you so much for writing this and trying theses products side by side. I also have large pores and I feel like most of the products I’ve tried that are supposed to minimize pores are designed for people with average size pores who spend too much time obsessing about a problem they don’t actually have; it’s frustrating. Oh, and Milk of Magnesia is liquid gold!

  3. Janet says:

    Just found this review. Thank you! How do you apply Milk of Magnesia? After moisturizer/sunscreen? With what tool? How much?

    • Lydia says:

      I use MOM just like a primer which is after my normal skin care products (serum, moisturizer/sunscreen). I usually use my fingers to apply but you can certainly use a sponge and I’m usually heavy handed with it especially on my t-zone but how much or how little you use is up to you. It still works whether you apply a little or a lot (but not too much) and once it dries, you will usually end up with white patches but foundation usually covers them up. Hope that helps.

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