I was recently invited along to Benefit’s gorgeous boutique on South William Street to get the lowdown on their latest releases and I was lucky enough to receive the latest addition to The POREfessional line, Agent Zero Shine. Straight off the bat, I was excited. My one issue with The POREfessional was that it left me shiny halfway through the day and this product obviously sought to rectify that problem. The products were designed to go hand-in-hand and I was delighted that I had finally picked up The POREfessional only a few weeks beforehand so I could really see them in action together. Agent Zero Shine is described as a shine-vanishing pro powder.
The sifter then twists to reveal the product and I can assure you that this does a great job at not over-dispensing product. In fact, I feel you need a good few shakes to get a decent amount out. At least there is no waste! My bugbear about this packaging is that you cannot see how much you have left!
The bottom of the tub also twists off to reveal a powder brush. While I usually despise any brush that comes with a product, this is what I have been using every time I apply this product and it does a fine job. While not the softest brush in the world, it does work and is definitely handy for on the go.
In the photo, you may be able to see at the base of the bristles that there is a divide in the plastic. That is because a section of it lifts up to cover the brush hairs, presumably to make reinserting the brush into the base of the tube easier. However, it only covers the bottom half of the brush so I did find I had to try to reinsert it a few times as the bristles kept splaying and getting caught when I tried to close it.
Benefit’s Mark demonstrated how to use this product for us and he tapped the powder on to his hand before applying it to the face. It is so lightweight, however, that I found it was prone to simply falling straight off the back of my hand and getting everywhere. I would definitely recommend tapping it into the lid instead!
The powder is really finely-milled and lightweight which is usually a good sign. Although it looks slightly yellow in colour when first dispensed, it goes on the skin translucently and even on my pale skin, no colour shows up at all.
While I always used to be obsessed with a full matte face, I have recently been embracing just a dusting of powder over my nose, forehead and chin which is how it is advised to use this. Because it is so light, it goes on the skin invisibly which is always preferable to a cakey look. I did take before and after photos but there is actually no visible difference between them so I won’t post them. It did take away shine but my foundation was demi-matte anyway so I wasn’t full-on, shiny-beacon to begin with.
However, as the day progressed, that soon changed. It was only an hour or two into my work day that I realised just how shiny I was! Embarrassingly so. I felt like my makeup looked like it had been on for hours and was at the end of its day. As I don’t suffer from grease-ball face with my current foundation routine, I didn’t even have a powder with me to touch up with so had to complete my day like that. I tried this powder several more times (with a backup powder in my bag) but had the same issues every time.
I had really high hopes for this product, hoping that this combined with The POREfessional would be my new skin dream team but sadly, it didn’t work out. If this powder doesn’t prevent shine as it is supposed to, I really see no upsides or silver linings to it. It is pointless and at €33.50 (for a measly 7 GRAMS!), a complete waste of money. If you think I seem harsh, take a peek at the Debenhams website where it has a one-and-a-half star rating and I have read several other reviews of this that were less than flattering. I just think this is a bit of a dud.
What do you think? Have you given this a go yet? Do you want to? What is your favourite mattifying powder?