The other week I was casually walking through my local Myer beauty hall when for whatever reason I headed over the Benefit counter. I’m not sure what caught my eye as I’m not normally drawn to the brand. I think the last time I bought a Benefit product was probably 5-10 years ago – a very long time ago indeed. Anyway, I must have been feeling a little whimsical because several minutes later I walked away with a few goodies. Here’s what I picked up and what I thought …
First up we have Agent Zero Shine – an all in one anti-shine powder system. Each shaker style unit contains 7gm/0.24 oz of product and costs $44 AUD. At first I thought it would be a little fiddly to use but in practice it was a cinch. The powder and brush are both attached to the unit and are accessible via the twist open function (that also locks the product into place). The packaging is quite novel but there’s nothing new here when you think about it. If anything it’s missing a mirror (like you’d get with a compact) so it seems Benefit has just reinvented the wheels here. Still it’s fun and a little novel, if that’s your thing.
Supposedly Agent Zero Shine compliments the hugely popular POREfessional primer (although it can be used alone too). I’m not familiar with POREfessional primer, but I’ve heard that my Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer is comparable (plus it’s a lot cheaper). Benefit claims the powder will mattify the skin, perfect pores, keep shine at bay and provide an invisible finish. Overall I agree with most of these claims however there was one claim that I thought was misleading, and it’s a biggie. Agent zero shine, is only ‘temporarily’ agent zero shine – you still need to touch up whenever shine returns. Call me naive but I thought zero shine meant zero shine, and not ‘zero shine but you’ll need to touch up throughout the day’. I’m really not a fan of misleading product claims especially when they’re used in the product name. Lesson learned – always read the fine print my friends. Before I digress, don’t get me wrong. This is a lovely powder that I enjoy using but if it’s not ‘zero shine’, it’s not really unique in any way. If I’m honest I doubt it will top my compact and/or blotting sheets but I will continue to use it nevertheless. I think it’s a product you really need to pair with a pore refining primer in order to experience the full benefits. Overall a nice product but not as ‘magical’ as I thought.
In addition to Agent Zero Shine I also picked up Gimme Brow. As some of you know from my previous brow post I tend to use a pencil for my brows so I was really curious to see how this gel-hybrid would fair. Gimme Brow claims to be water resistant, buildable and long wearing and I’m going to agree on all three points. It retails for $32 AUD which is a little steep, but if you’re going to treat yourself, this is a great product. I picked up the shade light/medium – a soft but not too warm brown that happens to be a great match for my brows. The product is also available in medium/deep for darker brows.
The wand is small and reminds me of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. On inspection, I don’t see any fibers but supposedly they’re there. Application is quick and easy – much like using any brow gel. I simply stroked the product on (focusing on my sparse areas – tip and arch) and hey presto, beautiful full brows. My tip for building volume is to use the tip of the brush and go back and forth to add further volume and colour.
I love this product and so do my brows. Gimme Brow does what it claims to do and I think it would really benefit those of you with thin brows especially if you’re trying to grow them out. In addition to the products I purchased, I also received this cute makeup bag and sample size bottle of Benetint as a gift with purchase. I love samples and I’ve gotta say I usually only purchase products when it’s gift time. This is my way of showing a little self restraint when I’m feeling impulsive (but I want it now scenario) and it seems to work for me.
Overall I’m happy with both of my purchases, with Gimme Brow being my favourite of the two. Have you tried either of these products before?
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