Battle of the Primers: Hangover vs. POREfessional

Posted in Beauty
on February 15, 2016


For the last year, I’ve been wearing the POREfessional from Benefit Cosmetics, which you can purchase from Sephora for $31. I do love everything about this primer, including the smell, texture, ease of application and its durability throughout the day. A little product goes a long way, and I’ve had this product long enough to prove it.

Back in December, I knew it would be time soon to purchase a new primer. I have read and watched so many wonderful reviews from the Too Faced Hangover Face Primer, which costs $32 from Sephora.

After trying and experimenting with both products, I decided to do a “Battle of the Primers” to show the positives and negatives between both brands.

First, although the difference between the primer is $1, you have 1.35 oz of product in the Too Faced primer verses the Benefit primer, which only has .75 oz. For me, that’s a huge indication of what primer I would continue to repurchase. If I’m buying a product, I want to make sure I am getting my money’s worth of the product. So, knowing there is more product in the Hangover is one point toward Too Faced.

Now, I am a person that strongly considered reviews because they’re typically a great indicator of what the product will be like. The Benefit POREfessional primer had 3,822 reviews whereas the Too Faced Hangover primer had 515 reviews. So when I saw that Benefit’s was 4.2/5 stars verses Too Faced’s 4.1/5, I knew they were incredibly close in terms of quality.

So, now it’s time to get into the big questions I’m sure you want answered:

Which primer is better for minimizing pores?

Benefit’s POREfessional. This is the one primer I swear by in order to minimize your pores and create a clean canvas for your makeup to last all day long. If your biggest problem area is your pores, I would definitely recommend Benefit’s primer over Too Faced.

Which primer is more lightweight?

Too Faced Hangover. If you only need a thin layer of primer in order to apply your face makeup flawlessly, I would recommend the Hangover primer to you. It’s also best if you struggle with dry patches on your skin in winter, this is a great primer that won’t dry out your skin, and has a lightweight formula.

Which primer evens out your skin the best?

Benefit’s POREfessional. There might be some people who disagree with me, but I think Benefit’s formula works the best to even out any imperfections in order to create a fresh canvas to apply your makeup on. You will definitely prefer Benefit’s primer over Too Faced.

Which primer has a better texture?

Benefit’s POREfessional. This was such a close comparison, but I prefer the silky, smooth texture from Benefit’s formula much more than the formula from Too Faced. Again, I believe both primers have great texture for easy application, but Benefit’s is better because of the smoothness.


Who won this battle?

Benefit’s POREfessional primer. Although there is less product in the bottle, a little goes a long way. Overall, the positives of this product strongly outweigh the negatives. Although I love Too Faced’s primer as well, I think I will continue to repurchase Benefit’s primer.

Have you tried one of these primers before? Which one do you like more? What other primers should I try out next? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Sheri Little

    I’ve never used a primer, but you make POREfessional sound so great I may have to order some!

    • Benefit’s formula is great–especially if you haven’t ever used a primer before. You’ll fall in love and you’ll never turn back! Thanks so much for your comment, Sheri!

  • Liz

    I love benefit!! I’ve found that their products are always so great! I’ve never tried using primer.. but now I might have to πŸ™‚

    • You definitely won’t regret picking it up for yourself. Just treat yourself–it will be worth adding it to your makeup routine.

  • Caroline Murphy

    I have only used one primer, it’s the smashbox and I wasn’t a fan. I think I need to revisit this and give the benefit a try. My makeup doesn’t always lay through out the day, now I know why!

    • Yes! Primer is such an underrated product when taking about your makeup routine! It allows for a great base to lay all your makeup on, so that it go on easily and last well throughout the day. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Jessica Ree

    I have used the POREfessional primer and it is a good one! Haven’t used the Too Faced one yet… it’s on my list! I am currently loving the Smashbox Color Correcting.

  • Jessica Ree

    I have used the POREfessional primer and it is a good one! The Too Faced is next on the list!

    • I am obsessed with the POREfessional! It always leaves my skin looking flawless when I apply makeup! I still recommend trying the Hangover if you haven’t done so yet; it might become your new favorite.

  • Abby

    I love reading your makeup reviews. I’ve never used primer, but you make it sound like something I should look into. I think Too Faced would be the one for me.

    • Let me know what you think of it if you do end up purchasing it! Thanks so much for your kind comment, Abby! I truly appreciate it πŸ™‚

  • She Flourishes

    Thanks for posting this! I recently bought High Beam and Hula from Benefit and have been on the lookout for a good primer!

    • You’ll love it if you’re already loving your other products from Benefit! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only dipped my toe into primers recently. I purchased a cheapie and found that I liked the smoothing result. I’m going to upgrade soon, and thanks to you, I’ll know what brand to get. πŸ™‚

    • Don’t be embarassed at all! It’s completely fine that you’re just getting into primers! However, now I’m sure you’re hooked on them, and now you’ll never wear makeup without it. Thank you for your comment!

  • I love Porefessional!
    I’ve never tried the other but it looks like I made the correct choice with Benefit’s product.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Definitely stay with POREfessional if you know that you love it. I don’t hate the Hangover primer–but there were more negatives than positives compared to Benefit’s primer. Thanks for your comment, Jenny!

  • Feer Vega

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been looking for a primer and now i’m definitely going to get the POREfessional! x

  • This is a great review! I love how detailed you got. I’ve tried the POREfessional and I liked it, but even though you don’t need to use a lot of product, I still felt like it was too small an amount for the price, so I eventually stopped. I’d like to try Hangover sometime, but right now I’m using a MAC primer and it works well.

    • I hear amazing things about the primer from MAC as well! I honestly feel like Benefit’s formula is perfect for my skin, so it’s my go-to pick! Thanks so much for your comment.

  • Awesome review! I haven’t tried either of these, but I’ve been wanting to try the Benefit POREfessional primer. So I may have to pick it up this week! πŸ™‚ thanks for the recommendations!

    • Of course! I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading it! If you do pick up the POREfessional, make sure to let me know what you think of it!

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  • I love how you did this post! I love the PORE sessional and I will probably always have one on hand!

    • Thanks, Courtney! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it!

  • Awesome review – I have had my eye on these two for sometime and was leaning towards the POREfessional. Thanks for recommendation.

    • Of course! So glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Love these! I’ve been trying to find a primer that I like for about a year now and I’ve finally settled on Mary Kay’s… but I’m still not totally sold, I’ll have to try the POREfessional next πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • Of course! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it! I promise that you’ll love the POREfessional once you try it! It’s a must-have product I keep on hand!

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