Friday, March 14, 2014

Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
Happy Friday everyone, so glad the weekdays are almost over! Today I have a new product from Benefit Cosmetics called The Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter (I also see it listed as The Big Easy Liquid to Powder SPF 35 Foundation on Sephora). To read more about this product and see how well it works, click......

What it claims to do:
-Provide light to medium coverage
-Moisturize skin & control oil
-Smooth and even out skin texture
-Improve overall skin appearance
-Protects skin from UV damage (has SPF 35)

The Big Easy dispenses from a squeeze tube containing 35ml of the product. The tube design is uber cute and the silver cap has fancy looking scalloped edges. 

Upon application, The Big Easy feels very creamy and blends easily. The product does set very quickly to a powder texture, although there is enough time to blend the product evenly. It has a matte finish that feels incredibly lightweight. It blurred pores quite well; it almost feels like The Big Easy has Benefit's Porefessional built into its formula. The one thing I didn't like though, was that the product was not very moisturizing and when it sets to a powder like finish, it accentuated the dryness around my mouth and jaw (I have combination skin).

The Big Easy provides light coverage that's buildable, but it will not conceal very dark spots or acne scars. The color "Light" is perfect for light skin (for reference, I am NC20); it may look a bit yellowish in the swatch photo below but when well blended the product looks neutral

The product wears very well and really does keep the skin look shine-free longer compared to other foundation/BB creams I have tried. I didn't notice any oxidization.
The Big Easy in "Light"; unblended (left), semi-blended (right)

Wearing moderate amount of The Big Easy in "Light" (no setting powder; no photoshop); I was in a bit of hurry when
I applied the product, so there was some unblended product on my forehead. Ooops.
-Very lightweight
-Controlled shine/oil for around three to four hours (when worn alone without a setting powder)
-Buildable coverage
-Blurs pores and fine lines
-Does not oxidize
-Provides sun protection

-Not moisturizing, accentuates dry patches/flakiness
-Does not cover blemishes or very dark spots

Price & Availability:
The Big Easy is available in six shades and it is sold for $38 USD or $48 CAD at Sephora or Benefit online.

I really like this product and I would highly recommend it to those with normal to oily skin looking for a BB/CC cream or foundation that provides light to medium coverage. For those with combination or dry skin, make sure that you put on a very good moisturizer before applying The Big Easy as the product itself was not very moisturizing.

So what do you guys think? Have you spotted this at your local Sephora? Will you be giving it a try? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

Do you like my new review format? I am trying something different so those who don't like reading long paragraphs and just want the key features of a product can easily find what they are looking for. Any input from you is appreciated! :)