BB Cream Review: Benefit Big Easy and Rimmel Matte BB Cream
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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!
- 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.
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!