I like to do my homework and research about beauty products before I actually spend my hard-earned money on them. I am more adventurous in getting products which are generally safe to try out. Lipsticks are one of them. But for foundation or BB/CC cream, I like to know if they work for my oily combo skin.
Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder Foundation(buy here)
Benefit has its version of BB cream/foundation released earlier and I have always been a big fan of Benefit products. I would say this is one beauty brand that I have tried most of their products and love them.
This product is not cheap, CAD $46 so I decided to try a small sample size from Sephora's perks a couple of months back and the little tube actually last me more than 15+ uses.
I haven't read any beauty reviews on this product so I have an unbiased opinion when I test out the product. I have the shade light/medium and the texture is quite creamy and easy to blend out. As I love lighter foundation, this one impresses me. It is a breeze to apply and my skin does not get oily throughout the day which is very important for me, especially in the summer. The coverage is quite light so if you like a full coverage, this one definitely is not for you.
This foundation is a liquid to powder formula. When you first apply, it is creamy and it sets quickly to a powder finish. If you like dewy finish, this one may not be for you. But in my daily makeup routine, I apply the L'oreal Lumi primer which gives you a dewy, luminous effect. So when I use this foundation, it is not as matte as I thought it would be.
I actually enjoy this foundation so much that I decided to get the full-sized one. Only then, I decided to read reviews on this and am shocked to hear the reviews are so mixed. Some say it is horrible as it leaves the skin so oily mid-day and these are from ladies with dry skin. Some say it is so matte-looking that it makes your skin so dull and lifeless. Some say it is an overpriced BB cream which is nothing more than your typical tinted moisturizer. Others say it is easy to apply and lasting power is awesome.
I am so glad that I got this new foundation in my collection. Beside my other holy grail, Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation, the Benefit Big Easy is the one I grab the most. If I read all the reviews before I try this, I would have never bought this. So after this little "experiment", I have decided that some products work for some people and even though our skin types may be similar, you really don't know if it is going to work if you haven't tried them yourself.
Would you totally rely on reviews before you try out new products? Or would you have enough faith in the particular beauty brand that you would try it no matter what?