Friday, 17 January 2014


After reading so many great reviews of Benefit the Porefessional Agent Zero Shine Powder, I immediately added it to my gigantic little mental wishlist. So I was incredibly happy to find out a couple weeks ago that I'd won one in a giveaway, and a couple days later it was mine! I've mostly seen nothing but great things about this powder, but I'm still a little undecided.

The powder aspect of it is wonderful; it mattes the skin well, and I feel lasts a little longer than my usual powder (Rimmel's Stay Matte), which you would expect considering the large difference in price. I don't think I need much of a touch up with this, although if you did, it's the perfect size for popping in your handbag or using for travel. But really, I'm afraid, that's where my love for this stops.

The biggest thing I'm really not a fan of is the brush. It's far too dense for me, and results in a cakey application. I can't really buff the powder in either; I only really use a mattifying powder around my problem skin areas, so just my chin, but with it being so dense I felt like the brush was quite irritating on my blemishes being so compact and quite hard. I'm also not too sure why it's been marketed as in the Porefessional range, as I really didn't notice any difference in my pores.  That said, I have used it with my normal powder brush just by tapping a tiny amount out onto the brush, which worked great.

Overall, I just think if I had paid full price for this I'd be disappointed. At £23.50 I'd expect something a lot better than my normal powder (which is around £4!), but the only real positive I see from this is that it's great for travelling, although doesn't make a huge difference when I need my usual brush anyway. Unfortunately, it's just not a winner for me. Have you tried this? What did you think?

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  1. I have to admit I'm not the hugest Benefit fan, I tend to think they are a little overpriced and their are better alternatives available. The only thing I do really like is their primer from this range :) xx

    Ps. I'm having a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to enter :)

  2. Hmm, I think this has the potential to be quite nice but have heard the same as you've said about the brush; too dense and leaves a cakey finish. I am a huge fan of the Rimmel offering, so I'll be sitcking with that!

    Loved this review :)

    Eve x
    Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

    1. I would do too, there definitely isn't an almost £20 difference in the quality!

      Thanks :) xo

  3. Ooh I've not seen this one before, it sounds promising but it's a shame it isn't quite as good as expected. The packaging looks really unique!

    Jennie xo |

  4. I had a feeling that all of the hype this product was getting was just that: hype. Shame it didn't work out for you Catherine but at least you got it for free!!


  5. I've heard such mixed reviews on this but after what you've said about it irritating blemishes, I think I'll have to give it a miss! x

    1. It's just the brush that's irritating really, but that's one of the biggest selling points I feel!

  6. I am tempted by this, but the price does put me off a little. I have seen some mixed reviews. I might pop in to my local counter & get them to put it on me to see how well it lasts


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