26 May 2014

Review: Benefit Big Easy

I purchased the Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy in March (read here) along with a few other goodies, subsequently blowing my fortnightly allowance in one shop. I was attracted to Big Easy, as it claims to balance moisture and control oil. Oil control is what I look for in foundations and moisturizers, as it is something that I battle with everyday (especially when I wear makeup). I was also attracted to the whole "liquid to powder" finish, as I thought it sounded interesting and not many foundations have that finish.

Starting with the packaging, I don't mind foundations that come in a squeezy tube, like Big Easy. It's hygienic (unlike foundations that come in a jar), you can control the amount of product you want to use, and it's lightweight and portable, making it ideal for travelling.

Big Easy is thicker in consistency compared to other foundations I've been using lately (such as the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation - review here), but it's super easy to blend. I only ever use my fingers to blend foundations, as it saves me from having to wash an extra brush. Therefore, I can't comment on how well it is to blend using a brush.

Big Easy 03 Light/Medium blended out - powdery finish can be seen on the far right
Out of the six shades, I chose the shade 03 Light/Medium, as I tend to lean between "light" and "medium" for most foundations. However, this shade is slightly too light for me but it's nothing a bit of bronzer can't fix. If you have trouble finding a foundation because you're super fair, you may be able to find a shade that is suitable, as it seems like the shades run a bit lighter than other foundations on the market.

The formulation is pretty amazing for those with oily skin, thanks to the powder finish. I still dust loose powder over the top out of habit. However, I managed to stop myself once and I didn't get too shiny for the length of time I had my makeup on for, which was about 5 hours (bearing in mind I just sat on my bum for those 5 hours, and temperature was comfortable - i.e. not too hot and not too cold). Furthermore, it looks natural on the skin and it's lightweight.

The powder finish comes with a price. It most likely will not suit those with drier skin, as it will cling to dry patches and accentuate them. So it's important to moisturize properly prior to using this. Also, this foundation has the tendency to accentuate pores, so using a good primer (such as the Benefit Porefessional) is essential if you have large pores.

Coverage is superb. I tried to portray this by using scribbling pencil eyeliner on my skin to represent pigmentation and scars, and a red cheek/lip stain to represent redness and discolouration. As you can see on the right picture above, that it covers the marks up rather well.

Overall, I think this foundation is amazing, especially for those with oily and fair skin. There are a few downsides to this foundation but it's nothing that makes it a deal breaker for me. I just wish I picked up the next shade up.

Have you tried Benefit Big Easy? What are your thoughts?


  1. looks really good, though I'm one of those you mentioned with large pores so not ideal for me, even with a decent primer I still have to be careful.

  2. Even though it sounds not too bad I think theres just too many things to be cautious of - like it accentuating your pores and dry skin. I have combination skin which means I have 2 skin types to cater for which is really annoying when this product is only catered for the one! btw +1 on using foundation with hands to avoid washing brushes hehe

    ♥ M&L twoplicates

  3. Ohh this sounds alright. I've read mixed reviews, but I know what your skin is like haha so I get a better idea of how it works! I mostly sit on my bum haha so this would be perfect for me! xx

  4. This sounds good for probably not for my dry skin. Coverage looks great :)

  5. This product does sound really amazing, and relatively unique! I would love to try it but I think it's a bit too expensive for me right now!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  6. I was tempted to get this a while ago, but the price stopped me. But my skin seems to be the same as yours so I'll have to give it a go. :) x

  7. Been tempted with this one for a while but its got quite mixed reviews hasnt it? Glad your getting on with it