Sunday, December 15, 2013

Benefit That Gal Primer


Benefit has a special place in my heart since I discovered Benetint as an awkward early-teen. From that time, Benefit products have scored quite a few of my splurges. Did 'That Gal' primer meet the bar set high?
DISCLAIMER: The product reviewed in the post has been "sponsored" by a friend of mine - Fatima :-P The opinion expressed is an honest amalgamation of our experience using the product.

A little background - Not too long ago, my friend was searching for a face product that would brighten her NC 20-25 complexion up while blurring the pores. Since she doesn't feel comfortable wearing anything (foundation/bb cream/moisturizer/mask) on her skin, it was a tough job narrowing it down to That Gal primer from Benefit.

Delayed shipment from Benefit US did put a little dent in our experience when the Beauty Unleashed's order got lost somewhere in the transit. None of the store's fault, of course. They did offer amazingly best prices for Benefit products. Benefit replaced it with a new dispatch that landed "That Gal" in our hands.


"That Gal" brightening face primer full-size (11 ml for $29) comes in a plastic twist-up packaging which is cute and travel-friendly. It can be carried in your makeup bag with the cap firmly in place and there will be no code: Mayday. You can dispense the required amount of product on your hand by twisting the base (thingy?) and apply + blend on your face using fingertips. I suggest that you twist up small amounts because there's no way you can put any excess back in.


The product itself has pale pink lotion-like consistency except that it feels way lighter on the skin. The swatch was underwhelming. I expected some sort of glimmering or luminizing particles to perk up the skin like Benefit's "Girl Meets Pearl" - which doubles as a highlighter for me as well as mixed with the moisturizer/foundation for dewy finish. 


Once blended, it blurs the pores and imperfections ever-so-slightly. It is not as moisturizing as I once thought. You will need to wear moisturizer separately for better results. Does it take your complexion from "Dull to Darling" as claimed by Benefit? 


No. Not at all.

My skin has warm undertones. Over my face, the brightening primer brings a minor airbrushing effect. Something I can achieve at fraction of a price. I've worn it under my bb cream and foundation. It didn't do anything significant for keeping makeup longer or keeping the oils at bay. Underwhelming.

For cooler undertones of my friend's skin, this does a little brightening and moderate blurring. She regularly wears the primer over the moisturizer while highlighting cheeks with e.l.f. shimmering facial whip. The trio results in even, dewy skin - but the primer alone is not effective enough or even worth the splurge. There are better Benefit products out there to 'make it rain' on. :-)


Benefit "That Gal" Brightening Primer is available for $29 at the website (which ships internationally to Pakistan). You can order yours through Facebook stores. I ordered mine via Beauty Unleashed

18 comments:

  1. lovely blog ^_^ goodluck with blogging.Following you .Do take sometime out to visit my blog :)
    www.prettypeachyandpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Shehrzad! <3 And I'm already a follower and a reader of your amazing blog!

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  2. Great review.i was willing to buy it but now nooo. Can u do review on bella bamba . Ypur reviews are nice and precise

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    1. Thank you, Anum!!! :-) Aww, sorry, I don't have Bella Bamba as yet - but if you need a review on Benetint, Posietint, Porefessional, Erase Paste, High Beam, Girl Meets Pearl, Stay Don't Stray, or Some-Kinda-Gorgeous - I can help you :-D

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  3. Aww u have such a cute blog <3
    I have this highlighter and i totally agree with u. Its really not that highlighting. I have to apply it 2-3 times to get some sort of glow lol

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    1. Thank you so much! xx
      Yeah, it does prime the face but not as effective as I hoped. :)

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  4. cute blog and lovely review
    I am following you would appreciate if you do the same
    Nail Mania

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    1. Thank you so much, Haniya <3 :)
      Following you back on your lovely blog. Keep it up!

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  5. Too bad it isn't as effective as it claims. I would have loved to give it a go. x

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    1. It does work marginally better for cool undertones, but there are way better options within the price range :-)

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  6. I really want to try this, i try anything that can ad some colour to my skin.

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

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    1. Hey Anna, :) If you get to try it, I'd love to see your review!

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  7. p.s: I see your a newbie to the blogsphere, if you want anything then please let me know and I be happy to help you. Have you got bloglovin yet?

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

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    1. Yeah! Blogging newbie, I am. You're too kind to offer help! I haven't set up bloglovin yet. Should I?

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  8. nice blog and I really loved the way of your photography :)
    keep it up :)
    annmakeupblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Anna dear :) Photography seems to be the most interesting/tiring part of blogging for me :) :)

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  9. I have used this too and its such a waste of money...nicely reviewed girl!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear! It only works SOMEWHAT if assisted by other picks. Uh. :(

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