This morning I woke up feeling like this…
…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.
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.
I use my fingers to apply a thin, sheer layer all over my face immediately after moisturizing, then buff it down with a kabuki brush to blend things out. After that, I pat another layer around my chin, cheeks and nose, which are the areas I usually need a little more help.
I definitely do think my skin looks more even when I’m done, and I swear my pores look smaller.
With casual, undressed skin like this, I like to stick to minimal makeup — under-eye concealer to hide my dark circles, a bit of MAC Brun Eye Shadow to build out my brows and a couple coats of mascara. Then, a blush with a hint of shimmer to keep things from looking too flat (here I’m wearing MAC Warm Soul) and a shiny nude lip gloss like Jouer Gloss in Blush.
I’m really quite fond of Big Easy. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, does photograph well, and I can build it up or sheer it out. An absolutely lovely face product for casual makeup days.
That said…I think the shade options for deeper skin tones are pretty lame. I wear the darkest of the six shades, 06 Deep Beige, and it’s really not that dark.
I sure hope Benefit expands the range to include some darker skin tones in the future.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Benefit counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (a solid ‘A’ if the shade range wasn’t so limited)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,