POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a loose powder that comes in this baby powder-like plastic case. 😆 Honestly, I’m not into Benefit’s packaging art, so I didn’t really pay attention to the brand.
The brush is quite handy and I like it’s unobstrusively placed at the base. It doesn’t take additional space in my handbag or vanity kit. But I stopped using it eventually because its bristles are prickly.
To use: Twist off built-in brush from base. Then tap powder into lid and dip brush. Sweep on moisturized skin or over makeup to instantly mattify your complexion.
- The powder is not translucent, but beige-yellow. I can’t think of the right color name. Anyway, it’s not an issue because it’s better than a powder that claims to be translucent when it gives a white cast instead.
- I used this on its own when I stayed overnight in a hotel and forgot my foundation. By itself, it actually kept my face matte longer than 3 hours and my skin tone looked even.
- When I used it to set my makeup as well as mattify my supposedly matte foundation, it kept my face shine-free for more or less .
- It works better for touch-ups as it keeps my nose, in particular, shine-free for more than four hours. But it doesn’t beat this cheap powder.
- Reduces the appearance of pores on the areas or sides near my nose.
- Doesn’t cling on to dry areas.
(I forgot the price, but will update once I find out again.)
Overall, I’m disappointed with this powder because it doesn’t really keep my face matte for hours; especially for its price when a cheaper one can do it better. But that’s not going to prevent me from using it. I use it on days I know I can have time to retouch. Also, it just occurred to me, I can include this in my in-flight essentials instead of decanted foundation. And all these time I’ve been worrying what to bring in my carry-on. 😆