Whenever Benefit announce a new product, the buzz around whatever that new product may be is constant and full of questions, excitement, anticipation. New products from Benefit very quickly sell out; an extremely popular brand all over the world. So imagine a new product, which is a partner in crime to one of Benefit's best selling products; POREfessional. Now that's something to get excited about! For those of you new to POREfessional you can read my full review ('5 Mini Benefit Reviews'), but it's basically a fantastic velvety soft, balm based primer which works to smooth and perfect the skin, creating the illusion of flawless, pore-disguised skin. Joining POREfessional is the new, innovative The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine (Look Fantastic*, £23.50 - Pre-order now - To be released 26/12/13). I was kindly sent an Agent Zero Shine (along with a super scrumptious biscuit that looked exactly like the product - see this Instagram picture!) a week ago now, and I've used it every single day since, so I can give you all a thorough review on this new, yet to be launched Benefit beauty.
The use of powders is usually to set your makeup or to control and reduce the appearance of shine. Some powders will also work to disguise the appearance of pores, by creating a more perfected layer above. Powders of this kind can come in pressed powder form or loose; I find pressed powders better for an all over finish whereas loose powders I find to be more beneficial when used to set and touch up my t-zone and under eye area. Powders, for someone with oily skin like myself, are absolute miracle-workers and must-have everyday products, so the news of Agent Zero Shine had me really excited! I'm always on the hunt for the 'perfect powder'. Could this be it?
So what exactly is Agent Zero Shine? A combination of the pore minimising powers of the POREfessional balm primer teamed with a light-weight, translucent powder; Agent Zero Shine. Cased within a super handy all-in-one powder brush dispenser (a fairly decent size, too), you have the product which has a twist open-close mechanism, a lid which doubles up as a powder dish and a handy expandable brush which is housed in the bottom of the packaging, with a screw-off format. It's all super compact, but with a substantial amount of product and size to make the fairy regular Benefit price range of £23.50 a fair price to pay. I think having the brush in the bottom and a lid which doubles up in its uses, makes the packaging perfect for travelling, on the go touch ups and general fuss-free, every day use. I've also washed the brush, once, with my weekly brush wash, curious to see whether it would hold up. I ensured to be gentle when washing the brush, with my trusty Dr Bronner Soap; it's absolutely fine so totally suitable for washing as you would any other brush. That, I like. If the brush was difficult to clean it would soon be rendered useless.
As the powder is translucent, this is going to be great for a variety of skin tones. It's incredibly easy to use, fabulously compact and comes with a brush which is as soft as it is handy. Application is super easy; simply tap your desired amount of product into the up-turned lid 'powder dish', swirl your brush around and apply to your desired areas. I tend to use this the most on my t-zone, both to set my makeup as well as touch ups during the day. It's great at setting my makeup and creating the illusion of a flawless base, but when used to touch up during the day if I'm looking a little shiny, it has the incredible ability to make my makeup look fresh, as if it has just been applied. I've worn this powder for five days now, usually a couple of days at most is enough to tell me whether a powder will work with my naturally oily, and now also dehydrated, skin. For the past five days when I have set my makeup with Agent Zero Shine I have been left oil-free longer than almost all of the powders in my collection (just one beats it to the top spot!) It works brilliantly with my skin, it really does leave such a lovely finish and I think this might be a keeper - moving my less-than-impressive powders out of the way. It's the only powder in my handbag when I leave the house, and the only powder I see myself reaching for, for quite a long time... Another impressive product, Benefit. One to stick on your wish list? Definitely!
Buy Benefit Agent Zero Shine at LookFantastic, £23.50.
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