BB Cream Review: Benefit Big Easy and Rimmel Matte BB Cream

April 17, 2014

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I’m not a big fan of foundation as I hate the feeling of being smothered in a strange skin coloured butter, so I’m always on the hunt for a light base which can smooth my skin but doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. This has led me to BB creams – Benefits Big Easy and Rimmels Matte BB Cream.

Benefit Big Easy – Liquid to Powder in Fair

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This is a light formula which has a high SPF in it – 35+ which makes it slightly gloopy when you first apply it. It claims to moisturize, control shine and provide light to medium coverage.

Pros:

  • The coverage looked light and natural on most of my skin and can be applied with fingers which is my preference as it meant no fussing about with brushes – a must if you only manage to roll out of bed 5 minutes before having to leave for work.
  • My skin looked smoother and it covered several red patches and lessened the amount of concealer I had to use.
  • It felt nice to put on, blended easily and I didn’t have to use a huge amount to get the coverage I wanted.
  • Even though it had a high SPF it didn’t feel heavy or greasy at all which was very nice – a lot of high SPF do make me feel a bit like a grease mark.
  • It lasted throughout the day.

Cons:

  • I had a slight dry patch under my nose as I have had a cold recently – this really accentuated the dry patch and made it look terrible – flaky and patchy and no blending could help! I ended up having to take it off in these areas. I would not recommend this if you have dry skin.
  • It is more expensive than I would usually pay for a BB cream – £23 in duty free.
  • The benefit sales person said it’s best used by mixing it with Porefessional – which I thought was a bit of a pain as I was hoping using a BB cream would skip the need for primer – plus this would add another £23 to the already stretched budget! I did find that the BB cream did look nicer on the skin when combined with this.

Overall:

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3.5/5

I did enjoy this BB cream -I like that it has such a high SPF as it means I could take my moisturizer out of my routine if I was having a busy day and it did feel nice on my skin. However, the dry skin issue and the price brought this down slightly.

Rimmel Mattifying BB Cream in Light

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This claims to do all the 9 benefits of BB cream but minimize pores and provide a matte finish to your look. It contains SPF 15. It came out smooth and glossy when applying. I got the mini size of this in one of my recent YouBeauty Discovery Boxes.

Pros:

  • This had a slightly heavier feel but provided good coverage, I had just flown 24 hours and almost looked like I had managed to get some sleep! Slightly more coverage than the Big Easy so would be good if you have any pigmentation problems.
  • It was able to be built up the areas I needed by adding more product and sat on the skin nicely without feeling cakey.
  • It provided a matte finish which I do prefer so did not feel shiny.
  • It lasted longer than the Big Easy – providing more coverage throughout the day.
  • It is a good price at less than 10 pounds – which anyone who is watching the pennies will appreciate!

Cons:

  • It only seems to come in two shades – light and medium. I can get away with the light but it is slightly too dark as you can see on the picture above – I think this will be better in the summer when I have a slight (very slight) tan.
  • It didn’t blend as well – possibly because it is slightly heavier and I think it would be best applied with brushes rather than fingers.
  • It has less SPF in it – 15, this would be fine in English winters but would definitely need to be topped up if you were in Aus/NZ or in the English summer.

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Overall:

4/5

I actually preferred this to the Benefit one which I did not think I would! It gives a good amount of coverage without being a foundation and my skin felt silky with it on. I think I will try it out again in the summer and if it matches my skin tone better, I will buy the full size bottle.

Have you tried either of these BB creams? Do you have another favourite? Let me know!

JC xx

 

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