The new Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector, $38
This morning I woke up feeling like this…
What the wha?!
…because of this.
Yup, just call me TBK (Two Beer Karen), LOL!
We took that out-of-town friend of El Hub’s who stayed with us last night to a local brewery here in Novato called Moylan’s, where I “sampled” some of their Pomegranate Wheat, and since I hardly ever drink, I did not feel exceptional this morning.
I intended to do a full face o’ warpaint today, but when I sat down in front of my makeup mirror, my arms felt like lead weights… My body was like, “Oh, hell naw, hookah. We’re doing minimalist makeup today.”
So, out came my tube of Big Easy, a new BB cream from Benefit.
Dude! This stuff is boss. I’m not usually a big BB cream fan, either, mostly because I rarely feel like they provide enough coverage for me.
It has a lightweight liquid-to-powder formula…
But Big Easy evens out my skin tone and blurs my pores without leaving my skin looking overly “done,” if you know what I mean, and the natural-looking, velvety matte finish is my favorite thing about it.
More quick and dirrrrty deets…
- The oil-free liquid-to-powder formula is non-comedogenic.
- It’s available in six shades. I wear the darkest one available, which is 06 Deep Beige.
- The colors seem to be flexible with regard to working with your skin tone.
- Contains broad-spectrum SPF 35.
It has an interesting texture — kind of slippery like many face primers (it does contain silicones), and it glides across my skin easily, buffing and blending with very little resistance.
The matte finish looks very flat on my combination dry/oily skin — no shine whatsoever — and I can even skip setting it with a powder, which is nice. It stays matte, too, as the day wears on, and controls oil like a champ.
I do find that Big Easy will settle into my pores and get a little streaky on my drier spots (like my cheeks) if I don’t moisturize immediately beforehand, almost like the product skips a bit on those dry patches. Benefit suggests applying it after moisturizer, and I can see why. It glides across my skin more smoothly when it’s thoroughly moisturized.
Three of the six Benefit Big Easy shades, from the left — 02 Light, 04 Medium and 06 Deep Beige — on my NC42 skin
02 Light, 04 Medium and 06 Deep Beige on NW25 skin