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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