REVIEW: Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

Newly released in the new year is the Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine loose powder. Described as an “ultralightweight powder that minimizes pores and reduces shine,” this powder allows the skin to sppear smooth and fresh-faced upon application. This shine-control powder is designed to instantly mattify the complexion, softly even the skin, and blur noticeable pores.

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Normally, I’m not a fan of powdering my skin; in fact, I only reserve powdering for the t-zone on most occasions. In my experience, using a powder to control oil has always been a mistake because powder and oil mixed together would leave a cakey mess on my skin. In my quest to control oil, only one powder has really proven to do just that — and, that’s the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation. It helps that it’s a powder foundation, so it’s nice to cut out an extra step.

The Benefit POREfessional Agent Zero Shine functions as a setting powder that has oil-controlling properties. For this reason, I rely on my usual base makeup — such as a BB cream, CC cream, or foundation (depending on my mood) before dusting on this powder. I dust the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine powder where I need it the most — around my nose, chin, and forehead. I also concentrate the powder in the inner cheek area, closest to the sides of the nose since that’s where my pores are most visible.

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The powder is impressive — even though it seems gimmicky. Simply put, it does exactly what it claims to do — control shine/oil and minimize pores. There’s no color correction or coverage, so don’t expect this product to be a powder foundation since it’s not. For shine/oil control, my skin looks fresh for up to 6 hrs before I need to blot and/or touch-up. I’ve used this powder as an all-over powder when I did some additional concealing (on bad skin days), and those delicate areas didn’t suffer from dryness at all; so, overall, I’d say that powder is useful for many reasons.

My one gripe is the horrendous packaging. While the twist up top is great for controlling the amount of product you want to dispense and it’s not as messy as traditional loose powders, it’s not ideal to pour the product into the teeny tiny cap. Not only does a regular brush not fit in there, but the brush that it comes with is too small. In general, I suppose if you were in a pinch (and, perhaps traveling), the screw top and a brush that releases from the bottom of the container is a nifty idea — however, for regular, every day use, it’s a total pain.

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Accompanied by the already popular POREfessional primer, the two can work well together — but I don’t think it’s entirely necessary to have both. I recommend this powder if oil control and pores are your main concerns, but if it’s heavy coverage you seek, a powder foundation may be a better option. Other popular oil/shine controlling powders are the MAC Blot Pressed Powder, the MAC Blot Loose Powder, and the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder. If I had to choose between the Benefit POREfessional primer and the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine powder, I’d choose the primer since it pairs well foundations. For a drugstore option, check out my post on the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder.

What are your thoughts on the new POREfessional Agent Zero Shine? For an informative YouTube video, watch Emily, from Beauty Broadcast Express, to see the product in action.

Product contains 0.24 oz.
Made in USA.
Retails for $30.00 USD.

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