Benefit recently launched the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder as a sister product to their ridiculously popular Benefit POREfessional Primer. I liked the primer and have been so pleased with their recent launches (Rockateur & Gimme Brow), that I decided to give this a try. I’ve been testing it out for a few weeks and here’s how it stacks up.
The packaging is pretty cute and innovative with the brush fitting into the bottom of the tube– it’s definitely a good one to throw in your bag for touch-ups on the go. The brush is really small and would do the job when you’re out and about, but it’s not something I would use otherwise.
So what is it exactly? It’s a loose-powder that claims to minimize pores and reduce shine. I’m holding onto the hope that one day I will come across a product that will truly minimize my pores, but unfortunately this doesn’t make any difference whatsoever. The only thing this powder really does is set your makeup and keep your skin matte for 4-5 hours before needing to be touched up.
Since my go-to product for that is usually the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, I decided to put them to the test. Basically I set one side of my face with the POREfessional, and set the other side of face with the Stay Matte for a few days. I wanted to make sure the results were accurate, so I even enlisted help when it was evaluation time. Honestly, neither one of us could see a discernible difference between the two sides. That’s Benefit’s $30 offering up against Rimmel’s $5 offering, and they perform exactly the same. The only thing the Benefit one does better, is that it’s easier to take on the go while the Rimmel’s packaging is cheaper and the lid doesn’t lock in place and could open up in your bag.
I love Benefit, but I definitely recommend saving your money on this and buying the Rimmel one instead. You’ll still get the job done and you’ll save $25 that you can use towards buying something else (the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes anyone?).
Have you tried this or the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder? What do you think?