BENEFIT COSMETICS // The Porefessional NEW Agent Zero Shine Powder ReviewTuesday, April 15, 2014
I've now had this for a number of month, I actually brought it way back in December when it first got released and have been using it on and off since then, until the past few weeks when I have been reaching for it nearly everyday. I think at first I wasn't sure how to get along with it and the packaging seemed a little gimmicky but I got past all that and the actual powder works very well and I've come to love it.
This powder claims to be mattifying, pore perfecting, invisible finish and lightweight - it has lived up to each claim (but some more than others). A little background - I have pretty oily skin, it gets especially oily during the day around my nose and cheeks predominately so I need to set down any foundation to help prolong the wear and keep me looking matte, this powder had promised these things and it delivered. Generally I use the Benefit Porefessional Primer before hand (my go-to!) and they are aimed to work in conjunction with each other, but you obviously don't have to - you will still get the same results without the primer.
The packaging for this powder is very unique; I am so used to big pans that I can really swirl a big brush in to then douse my face in powder, but this is a little different. It is very slim, with a brush that unscrews from the bottom and the top lid acts as a dispenser for the powder that comes out of a sifter. The brush is very small and also very soft and fluffy, so it allows targeted powdering, but not to great if you want to dust your whole face in a hurry. The sifter lid dispenses quite large clumps of the powder but I find swirling the little brush in the lid then disperses it evenly on the brush.
The powder itself is definitely lightweight and as promised, invisible on the skin. I target it on my nose across the cheeks and up onto the forehead and this powder keeps me shine free for a number of hours. I think it was almost 5 or so hours at work until I noticed a little oiliness around the creases of my nose, which is really impressive for me. The beauty with this product and I think one of the stand out things about it, is you can use it to touch up on the go. It is the ultimate handbag essential - it is super compact and having the brush included makes it even more so. As for pore-perfecting goes, using it with the Porefessional is recommended (a primer that fills in and blurs the pores) but I do notice that this just seems to glide over them, and does in way make them seem a little more reduced, to some extent it does even out the skin surface a bit.
At first, this product did seem a bit gimmicky and a bit fiddly to use, but now that I have been using it a lot more I have realised how great the powder is and how perfect this is for on-the-go touch ups, making it the perfect handbag, travel bag item to carry with you.
You can buy this from the Benefit website for USD $30 here - they have free international shipping with orders over USD $125, or it is a flat $13.95 to NZ or from a counter at the Auckland Airport and Smith & Caughey's.
Have you given this powder a go? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments.