December 3, 2013

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

Your mission if you choose to accept is to try the new Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine ($30) when it launches in January for the Spring 2014 season. Benefit extends it’s popular POREfessional Primer formula to a new loose shine control powder that keeps shiny skin at bay while blurring the appearance of pores.

Take a peek oily skin girls!

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Benefit Agent Zero Shine

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a new invisible shine control powder that mattifies skin and helps smooth the appearance of pores. Mind you shine batting transparent powders aren’t new to Benefit as Matterial Girl was one of my fav loose powders for literally ages!

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine comes in a 0.24 oz shaker style jar (it’s like seasoning for your face!) Open it up to reveal a sifter that sports three larger holes and a small twist will open up the jar so you can shake a small bit of the powder into the lid for application. On the bottom of the barrel you’ll find a buffing brush which fits perfectly into the lid to buff powder onto the brush. At first I thought the packaging was a tad strange perhaps a bit bulky but the more I used it the more I realized how easy it was to use! A small bit of the powder sprinkled into the lid allows for really quickie touch ups on the go. And you wouldn’t think so at first but this packaging makes for really easy travel if you prefer to travel with loose powder versus pressed!

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I decided to use it during a work out because that’s when my forehead and t-zone tend to shine. I have drier skin in the colder weather and a bit of shine in the Summer around my forehead and t-zone. I don’t have visible pores on my face but do have ones on my nose. This does an excellent job blurring the appearance of the pores on my nose and just generally perfecting my makeup and give a clean, airbrushed appearance to finish up my makeup. In regards to shine it kept my forehead and t-zone shine free for a 60 minute treadmill workout without a hiccup. It’ll likely do well with minimal shiny areas but not heavy duty oily skin. Combined with the POREfessional Primer you’ll likely be able to produce a really nice solid base for your makeup so skin looks smoother and pores will look smaller! I also used in while I was away for some of Thanksgiving (warmer environment at the time) and it held shine at bay for a solid five hours around my forehead.

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Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Swatches

I also began using it to set my concealer as well since the powder is soft and silky and doesn’t cling to drier areas plus it allows my concealer to wear longer.

If you have a bit of shine that pops up around your t-zone this is likely a great way to curb it for a few hours and just to generally perfect skin. I like it although I dislike how small amount I get for the price….! A little more would be nice but the packaging and the powder are A+!

Good stuff.

I’m going to throw a Muse Approved on this one.

Shine doesn’t stand a chance against this special agent and neither do your pores!

It’ll be available this January from Benefit Cosmetics.


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Agata

    That sounds like a great product. I am not sure how easy the application would be because I am generally not a big fan of loose powders but come January I will definitely give it a try!

  • Shelby

    My sister works at Sephora and they got this a couple weeks ago, it’s exciting knowing about a product before anyone else. :3

  • Donna

    Now this is exciting news! I love The Porefessional and this looks like a great powder to complement it!

  • Galaxia

    I’m always on the lookout for a good shine buster. “seasoning for your face” lol!! Interesting packaging and I’m excited to try out another Benefit item!

  • Jessica

    This looks fantastic! I definitely need a setting powder/touch up powder in the warmer months… and this looks amazing. I love the packaging and how it comes with a built-in brush! Perfect for touch ups and traveling. I like loose powder over pressed, because I think it looks more natural and less “powdery”… thanks for your review and head’s up! I’m excited for this.

    • the Muse

      hey jessica it’s a really great powder 😀 think you’ll like it, my pleasure 😀

  • Claudia

    It’s currently available on the HSN website and you can get $5 off with coupon code HOLIDAYBEAUTY5 plus it ships free.

  • Jess

    Do you think this powder is drying? My skin is often a terrible combination of (mildly) oily and (very) dry at the same time (sometimes even in the same spots), so I’m always curious if powders that otherwise look amazing will catch on dry patches.

    • the Muse

      no Jess it was actually ok for me as I have dry skin and I buffed a good bit into my face and it didn’t cling to dry areas or make itself known on my drier skin, it looked great over Porefessional Primer 🙂

  • Cj

    I bought a new product by maybelline, baby skin pore eraser, I thought it was gonna be a benefit dupe, but it’s just a clear silicone primer 🙁

    • the Muse

      yeah, I reviewed it a while ago when it launched in Japan…! I saw it was released in the US but didn’t yet see it at drugstores.

  • Cj

    Also my 10 day old ipad mini retina screen shattered in my hands yesterday. Lovely week I’m having lol

      • Cj

        I woke up, got my ipad, noticed a small crack in the corner, took it out the smart case to get a better look, and Boom. Shattered. Even got a piece of glass stuck in my finger 🙁

          • Cj

            Yeah I got lucky, the girl was able to get me it replaced for free. Instead of having to pay $200

          • Cj

            Oh god now I broke my bed. WHAT IS GOING ON! two of the wooden slats just cracked >.> MUSE DID YOU PUT VOODOO ON ME?!

          • the Muse

            hmm what were you doing on that bed to make it break!? ;-D hehe! Hubby you got issues. I’ll come over, cross my arms, wrinkle my nose, and it’ll be fixed promise!

          • Cj

            Oh god that did sound naughty rofl. Nothing tho I just sat on it… Well maybe hopped on it… But still 🙁 I think I’m cursed lol.

          • the Muse

            did you sit on it or hop on it? and with whom did you hop? 😀 lol! My poor baby…ipads, beds, don’t go outside today I’m scared for you! 😀

  • Misty

    That seasoning for your face line tickled me. It conjured Marla Gibb’s accent commercial in my mind for reasons unknown. 😉

  • diane

    hi my friend!!! this looks great. my skin has been getting shiny mid day grrr..i’m going to give this a try. i currently have a benefit wishlist with this now, the lillipop tint, rockateur blush and stay flawless primer =)

    • the Muse

      dude benefit is so addicting 🙂 don’t get caught in the trap hahaha 😀 It really is rather awesome, so rare I like loose powder but I enjoyed this!

  • CatG

    I had no idea about this! Sounds cool, though I’m not a fan of the packaging and how little product it is. I will have to hear more reviews before I check it out for buying.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    Hmmm, I’m a little weary. I heard a little bit about this product from someone who works for benefit, but they didn’t go into detail about the formula of the product. I’m a little disappointed to find out that this is a powder. I wonder how much it’s actually going to help hid my humongous pores D; Still excited and can’t wait to try this product out though, thanks for the sneaky peek! <3

    • the Muse

      for some reason I thought it was going to be a stick or something!? it’s actually really nice though! my pleasure chica!

  • Iris

    I prefer powder to liquid, so I like how this looks. This product seems like it’d be good for my skin, especially in the summer.

  • Angelique

    I just purchased this product should be here in 2 weeks can’t wait to try