This newly released spin-off product from Benefit Cosmetics, “The POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine” is a loose powder that you brush over make up to reduce shine and smooth the look of pores.
It comes in this quirky orange-toned cylinder packaging and you screw off the top to reveal where the powder dispenses from, similar to talc packaging (but way more fancy, of course!).
Benefit POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine | Review
The idea is to twist the top and tap the powder in to the lid, then use the brush that is included to roll it around the lid and sweep over your skin. This product comes with a brush, which is hidden and can be twisted off the other end of the cylinder tube (clever!).
I think it’s a unique twist on the bog standard compact but it can be quite fiddly to handle when you’re in a hurry! Just don’t rush it or you might end up spilling powder everywhere!
I really like powders like this and I use them all the time, on nights out and especially on days when I’m getting photographs taken for an outfit post or a photo shoot because it gives a matte and flawless look.
I prefer this over dewy skin, especially on nights out (sweaty clubs!) I don’t like my face shiny regardless to whether it looks like a “healthy glow” or not. It’s easier to achieve a more natural look with a translucent powder than a full coverage foundation powder, which can be cakey or uneven.
As a comparison, I was currently using on Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder
which is a pressed powder but works in a similar way to POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine. The price of the Rimmel one is obviously a lot cheaper (£3.99) and it works great, but it’s not as longer lasting as the one by Benefit. I feel that the Benefit one stays put for a few hours more before I have to re-apply.
It isn’t a cakey finish but like with all powders, it can cling on to dry flakey patches so it might not be the best option for those with dry skin.
I use this on “good skin days” when my face is behaving itself and the powder becomes the perfect finishing touch! The POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine comes in one colour because it’s a transparent, lightweight powder with an invisible finish.
Benefit POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine retails at £23.50.