12 April 2014

Benefit Big Easy, worth investing?

Benefit Big Easy
Another base has hit the beauty scene, receiving rave reviews with a buzz that's quite electric! Unsurprisingly, it's Benefit at the center of this new base must-have, whose campaigns and products always prove to be fun, interactive and with the usual gorgeous stand-out Benefit packaging. Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector (FeelUnique, 35ml, £27.50) comes in a nicely designed tube, available in 6 shades; Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Beige, Deep Beige. Promising to be better than any BB cream, Big Easy does more than your usual base. With ingredients known to soothe and comfort the skin as well as protecting against free radicals, Big Easy balances moisture levels in the skin whilst controlling sebum production. As a base it works to conceal and even out skin tone, creating the look of a healthy, happy complexion. It's oil-free, non-comedogenic, contains a broad spectrum SPF35 and self adjusts to your skins exact shade. It sounds good, right? 

The formula is extremely light-weight. A small amount of product can look like too little, but once applied and blended into the skin, a little goes a long way. Benefit recommend applying with your fingers, but I much prefer brushes for bases and have turned to my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (although to build up, I'll pat the product in with my fingers) Of the six shades available, I've been trying Light/Medium*, Medium* and Beige*. When swatching, Light/Medium and Medium look almost identical, with only a visible shade difference seen with Beige. For me the two lighter shades are very wearable. A touch too light but a quick swish of bronzer and I'm set to go. Beige is usually the shade I go for in bases, finding it the closest match to my skin tone, but unfortunately Big Easy Beige is a touch too orange toned for me. On the skin the light-weight formula feels more light-weight than any base I've tried, so light in fact it feel as if you have nothing on the skin. A liquid-to-powder formula, the finish on the skin is soft and almost like velvet and the finish is light to medium, although a touch too on the sheer side for me. Big Easy is a nice product, but it's a base I would only turn to on a good skin day, and a really good one at that. For me, it doesn't conceal and perfect enough and when worn all day, I find after 5 hours it oxidises quite a lot and I am distinctly more orange toned than before, on all three shades. Although Big Easy hasn't blown me away, it's a good quick fix/staying in base, or something that does the job for a quick run to the shops.

What do you think to Big Easy?


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15 comments

  1. This has been very helpful thank you! xo

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  2. Thanks for this post. It's a shame that it oxidises xx

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  3. I've been considering it, but I think I'll steer clear now, thanks for the honest review :) x
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  4. Great review - thank you! I hate bases that oxidize. I had a small sample of this and found the finish very strange. Also it clung to dry patches on my nose. Anyway, I need fuller coverage for my blemish-prone skin. www.twinkleboots.ca

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  5. A great, honest review, thank you! I suffer from dry skin, so the fact that it's designed to control moisture just isn't for me.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

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  6. Sounds like it could be nice for summer time when you want something lighter, but I think I'll give it a pass for now!

    xxx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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  7. I really did consider it for a long time, but I just find it's easier to trust a good ol' foundation and take skin care on the side.
    Benefit sure know how to market themself though, hahah! Their campaigns and marketing is just mind blowingly well executed!

    Kat B - Katience

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  8. Sounds good for a good skin day, but I feel like cheaper products give the same results!

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  9. Doubt it will be light enough for me. O well. Maybe I will get a sample.

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    xx

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  10. Thanks for the review, I don't really reckon much to Benefit's products anymore, I find they're all hype. The only things I like are the blushers!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

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  11. I'm glad I've read this, I've been seriously considering getting Big Easy after reading all the rave reviews and thought it'd be amazing for my oily skin. I'm super pale, though, so oxidation is a big problem for me! Thanks for sharing :)

    Jess xo

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  12. You are so right about the oxidizing bit - I had my makeup done last week by Benefit, and they used this. By mid-afternoon I couldn't figure out what was happening, it looked as though I'd tried to contour my whole face and it had gone terribly wrong.

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  13. Would have loved to see it on your skin! Haven't had the chance to try this as it hasn't hit Aussie shores! xx

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  14. how would you compare it to the cheaper ones? I love benefit, but you comment that its an ok one to go to? Its a lot to spend on a BB Cream when theres so many cheaper ones? Id love to try it, but being pale, im always hesitant! Would love your view?
    Thanks!
    Claire
    xx
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