Product Review: Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer

by Gio

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Name: That Gal
Brand: Benefit
Size: 11ml
Price: $29.00

From Benefit’s website:
Our silky pink primer takes your complexion from dull to darling! Simply blend it on for the look of brighter, smoother skin. Contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & chamomile to soothe skin.

What I liked:
– provides a radiant glow when used alone or on top of foundation
– helps even out the skintone a bit
– longlasting
– silky texture, blends easily

What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t work well when used under foundation
– not suitable for very oily skin

That Gal is such a tease! She hooks you in with promises of beautifully glowing skin. But does she deliver? Only when she feels like it. Do what she wants, and she’ll take your tired complexion from dull to darling. But hide her under a layer of foundation, and she’ll sulk so much, she’ll just refuse to glow.

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That totally defeats the purpose of a primer, doesn’t it? But then That Gal, despite its claims, is not a primer. It does nothing when used as a base. It doesn’t brighten your face, and doesn’t even make your foundation last longer. It does help even out the skintone and hide very small imperfections, but only a little bit.

So, what is it? A highlighter. The pink shade is infused with light-reflective particles that catch the light and give your complexion a subtle glow, but only when used alone or on top of foundation. Applying a primer all over foundation is just too weird for me. I prefer to just dab a little on the areas that are naturally hit by sunlight, like my cheekbones and bridge of my nose.

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I also use That Gal on those days when my skin is good enough to skip foundation. Then, I apply it all over my face, which is instantly brightened up. I’m not talking about a discoball effect (although it accentuates oily patches if your skin is very oily). That Gal gives a radiant, subtle, and healthy glow.

Its texture is lovely. It’s silky, neither runny nor thick, and blends really easily. Once applied, it last for most of the day. It first starts to fade, after about 8 hours, from my slightly oily t-zone, and then, slowly, from the rest of my face. Its fruity, raspberry scent, instead, disappears almost immediately. Shame, cos it’s delicious!

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The packaging is adorable, colourful and fun. But I’m not sure I’d like to use the full size, glue-like container. My sample, part of a gift set sent me by my friend Janessa, is housed in a simpler, classic tube. It’s just as pretty, and much more practical.

As a primer, That Gal does nothing. But, as a highlighter, it gives skin a natural and radiant glow that lasts for hours.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Kiss & Make-up March 23, 2015 - 5:27 pm

I think it looks really nice on you.

Gio March 23, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Melissa, thank you!

anubhuti March 24, 2015 - 9:52 am

the packaging is nice and really like the color correcting properties 🙂

Gio March 24, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Anubhuti, I love the packaging too. It’s fun and pretty. 🙂

Jasmine March 25, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Thank you for reviewing this! I was originally going to buy this to try it out, but if it’s any good for oily
skin, then this isn’t for me! Although, it does look good without foundation as it gives a good glow! x

Jasmine ||

Gio March 25, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Jasmine, it looks nicer without foundation than with it, doesn’t it? Sadly, it doesn’t work that well on oily skin.


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