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Benefit cosmetics are something my daughter's both use and love, but being a little out of my usual price range, I had never tried any myself until recently.
Using primer before applying your foundation is said help your foundation last longer and provide you with a smoother make up application. I was keen to see if it was actually worth using.
Benefit skin primer comes in a quirky retro-looking box which advertises: "Go from dull to darling with "that gal." It's a silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother & brighter. Wear alone for clear complexion radiance or apply before makeup for smooth, effortless application. Re-brighten during the day with "that gal." It's "that gal" perfection for a happy complexion. "
The actual primer comes in a twist up tube, revealing a pink coloured primer ready to blend into your skin. It is ok to use this on its own to smooth and brighten your skin, or you can use it as a base ready for your foundation.
If using this on its own, the primer conatins light-reflecting pigments which help brighten the appearance of your skin, but as I always use a foundation due to having the odd blemish and combination skin, I was keen to use this as a base for my foundation and see if it was any better than simply using a foundation without primer.
I found it easy to apply, using my fingertips in an even, upward motion as directed. It blends quickly and it instantly feels smooth on my face.
I was pleased to see that even though I applied foundation on top of the primer, I still noticed a subtle glow, so I would expect if worn alone this primer does indeed brighten your skin.
The primer contains soothing raspberry & chamomile, combined with sweet almond & algae extracts to help skin retain natural moisture, for a soft and silky finish. It has a very delicate scent which isn't too harsh. Now I can suffer with sensitive skin on my face so I am careful about using anything perfumed, but I suffered no adverse reactions after using this.
I did notice my foundation went on smoother and my skin didn't feel too clogged with product, it looked quite natural and not heavy at all.
As much as I like this primer however,at £22- £23, this is a product I can do without, unless I see it on offer or receive it as a gift.
This primer is one that I have wanted ever since I first started using primers on my skin. I got this sample size about 6 months ago with Company magazine - chuffed isn't even the word because its now high on my wishlist thanks to being able to test it out properly. That Gal retails at £22.50 which is actually a really reasonable price considering most other primers on the market are around the same price bracket.
This little tube is the same pattern as the bigger version however, the full size is a hexagon shape which has little holes to twist the stick and release the product - very clever because you'll never use too much. With the little tube I always squeeze too much (but I'm still left with quite a bit even though I've had it for a while).
Benefit claims: 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 & camomile to soothe skin.
I always worry about my skin looking fairly dull and lifeless, so I jumped for joy when I saw all of the claims and hoped that it lived up to expectations. Luckily, it did. I used the product all over my face before applying foundation and was quite impressed at how quickly it dried and how soft it made my skin feel. After, I used my stipple brush to apply my foundation to my face followed by Fine One One.
As soon as I went outside, I did notice my skin looked much more glowing and was complimented on how much fresher my skin was - which made it even better! When it comes to covering blemishes, this does the trick. I dab a tiny bit more onto my blemishes than the rest of my face before foundation and I think there is a better coverage than if I use concealer, which is much less cakey on my skin.
In honesty, i will definitely be purchasing a full sized That Gal next time I go into Benefit and possibly a couple of other beauties too - just can't resist!
I could never be described as the biggest fan of the "Benefit" range of cosmetics and make-up, but it's fair to say there are one or two 'diamond' products among the range that I have come across. Because of my hesitation towards the brand overall, it is very rare that I will part with my cash to make an impulse buy from within the brand, which is slightly expensive when compared to other, similar brands that are available. Instead, I will often take the opportunity to try out some of the branded cosmetics in-store or by way of obtaining a little 'tester' item from various sources. The latter is how I got to try out the "Benefit 'That Gal' Face Primer" product, having managed to obtain a small handful of free samples on various magazines over the past year or so.
My little 'tubes' of the Benfit That Gal Primer are a neat 7.5ml in size, and as I obtained a few of them, I have been able to give the product a fair try out. The smaller tubes are not available to purchase individually, but the full-sized product is 11ml, and this is widely available within a number of stores such as Boots, where the current price is a whopping £22.50. You can order online at www.boots.com, where postage costs may apply.
I won't go on too much about the packaging for the product, as the small tubes I have differ considerably from the full-sized version that is available to purchase.
Benefit say: "Wear alone or under makeup for the look of bright, smooth skin."
Boots say: "Brightening complexion primer from benefit will turn dull to dazzle.... Can be used on its own or under make-up. Either way your complexion will have never looked as glowing."
Impressive claims, I must admit.
To use, I simply need to squeeze a little of the product onto my fingertip, ready to be applied to my face in an 'upward' motion, as directed on the product's packaging. I was surprised by the colour and density of this particular cosmetic, with it resembling some sort of creamy liquid blusher or something similar, thanks to its bright pink colour. The product's texture resembles a thin lotion, although it is not particularly runny or messy to use. I was aware of a sort of sweet smell present during the application of the product at first, but I have found this trait to be less noticeable, the more I have become accustomed to using the product on my face. The smell is not unpleasant, and in fact after doing a little research, I was surprised at the discovery that the product actually contains a few fruit-based products, such as sweet almond and raspberry. I would not have been able to pick out these scents, I must admit, although their inclusion offers something a little nicer in the product's aroma than others that I have in my collection that have a distinctly 'chemical' smell to them.
The application of the product is very easy to undertake, thanks mainly, I think, to its consistency being quite 'light' in its density and 'body', rather than it being thick or greasy enough to cause an unpleasant 'slick' over the skin as it is smoothened on. This would render the product pretty useless, as it is designed to be worn underneath makeup such as foundation and powder, for example. Instead, its 'body' is quite thin and feels light and delicate on the skin, smoothing over the skin's surface in just a moment. Afterwards, I can see that my skin looks slightly shiny, although I could not describe it as looking greasy or oily, with a slight sort of 'sheen' being evident on the cheekbones and forehead, in particular. I find that if the product is allowed to 'settle' on the skin for a short while, this effect dies down a little, although I can still detect a slight 'sheen' a short time afterwards so I do think this is one of the product's goals, as such. Let's not forget that the product claims it will "brighten your complexion" which, it seems, it plans to do with the introduction of a little shine on the skin's surface.
I did try to use the product by itself, without adding makeup on top but to be quite honest, the effect obtained was not particularly noticeable. With a slight 'sheen' present at my forehead, as described previously, there was nothing particularly noticeable in terms of the colouring of my complexion, which looked pretty much the same as it did prior to the application of the product. To the untrained eye, you might question whether there was any product applied at all. On the plus side, I noted quite a marked improvement to the texture of my skin, which felt rather smooth and soft and ready to receive a full face of makeup; all traits of a good primer product, in my experience. So, based on these results, I do find it necessary to deduct one mark from the product rating score for the fact the product did not live up to its claims in terms of its suitability for being worn with - OR WITHOUT - makeup. There's no way I would substitute my facial makeup for this product, with the end result from its application looking far too lacklustre on my near-porcelain complexion. Other consumers - presumably those with brighter complexions than I have - might find more success from the application of the That Gal Primer without wearing makeup on top, but for me, it just didn't work.
Based on these results, I opted to use up the remainder of the product in place of my usual primer. To use it in this way, I applied as described previously, then carried out my usual 'making up' routine of applying two separate concealer products, a foundation, a powder, blusher and so on.
The positives were minimal but noticeable; my makeup was able to 'glide' onto my skin quite easily, with the skin feeling completely smoothened beforehand, thanks to the Benefit That Gal Primer. The skin's surface felt almost like a 'blank canvas' ready to embrace my makeup, and the liquid products in particular seemed eager to 'coat' the skin's surface easily and quickly. The difference in end result, from using a primer product prior to applying foundation and other liquid cosmetics, and choosing NOT to do so is really quite noticeable, and the difference in ease of application is one of the main differences that I can detect when a primer product HAS been used. The That Gal Face Primer did work rather well in this regard, with my skin responding quite well in return.
The second main difference that I am able to notice when I have chosen to apply a primer underneath my makeup is the amount of time that my makeup lasts without needing a touch up or repair. When a primer is used, the makeup stays firmly put on the skin's surface, without any notable 'sliding' of the foundation or concealer products from the skin, or indeed without notable 'smudging' that is often difficult to correct once it has made its irksome appearance. The That Gal Primer worked really well in helping my make up to stay where it was supposed to, without any smudging or damage being present. My 'made-up' face stayed put firmly, for the course of the whole day and into the evening too, which is a pretty impressive result. I do have to be honest here however, and state that this result is very much on a par with my most recent primer product that was purchased from Avon and costs half the amount that the Benefit That Gal costs. The Benefit Primer works, yes, but no better than most other primers that I have in my extensive collection, all of which cost considerably less.
I noticed no irritation or sensitivity to my sensitive skin from the product, either during or after use, so I do think it is suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with hyper-sensitive skin.
In summary, I probably wouldn't buy the full-sized version of the That Gal Face Primer from Benefit. I found it worked well at smoothing the skin's surface prior to the application of my makeup, and I also thought it coped very well with keeping my makeup in place, once applied. The other claims made by the product felt very far-fetched, however, and I did not feel that the product lived up to all of its promises, which is rather unforgivable, in my book, considering the higher-than-average purchase price of the product in the first place.
I feel that three stars in the product rating score are appropriate on this occasion, and the only recommendation I can make within this review is to keep your cash and look elsewhere for a primer product that works just as well as this one, but costs half (or less) of the retail price... I suggest Boots or Avon as a good place to start your search.
I am always on the hunt for products that make my skin look more dewy and radiant and this is why I went for this primer and while it does look good under my makeup it isn't a wonder product.
It has a pinky pearlescent colour and can be worn alone (I have never dared to do that) or under foundation. According to Benefit it "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 & camomile to soothe skin." I have to say my skin did look brighter when I first put it on and it worked for my pale skin tone (a lot of skin primers are too dark or orange for me) so is great if you are pale. It also feels really nice and silky on the skin and doesn't tighten it as other primers do. It definitely enhanced the look of my complexion as well.
However, I didn't notice that my makeup stayed on that much longer - which is what I want from my primer. It also doesn't go very far - you need at least two turns to get a nice coverage and I found that if I used it every day it lasted about a month and with an RRP of £22.50 this works our as an expensive product. It's probably best saved for a special occasion when you want to look your best and not everyday wear. And there are cheaper versions on the market that do the same thing.
I have 2 mini tubes of Benefit "That Gal" brightening face primer. I got one free with Glamour magazine earlier this year and I got another in a Benefit minis gift set along with a few other miniature versions of Benefit products.
~ Price and availability ~
An 11ml tube of Benefit That Gal primer usually costs you £21.50. It is available from larger Boots stores, most department stores or you can order it online direct from Benefit's website, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk.
~ Packaging ~
It usually comes in a cylindrical tube, but mine is just a 7.5ml sample size version so mine comes in a small squeezy tube that stands on its lid.
The tubes have a nice design on them with a city skyline against a yellow orange and pink sky.
~ Use ~
Benefit's instructions are, 'Wear alone or under makeup for the look of bright, smooth skin. Blend onto face in an even upward motion. Gently pat on during the day to re-brighten your complexion.'
The primer is a pale pink colour.
I have found a little goes a long way with this primer. It has quite a thin consistency. It is easy to rub in and leaves my skin looking smooth and even. It offers a light coverage and it does brighten your skin, without looking greasy.
I have been really pleased with the results that this primer achieves, providing a good base for your foundation. It also can be worn on its own.
I never leave the house without foundation on, but I would go out with this primer on, but without foundation. Your skin doesn't feel bare and it looks smooth and natural.
It takes away that just-got-out-of-bed-and-look-like-a-bit-of-a-dog look just from a light coverage of this primer.
I imagine if I was reading this review before I'd tried this product I wouldn't be convinced, but if you ever get the chance to try it out you'll know what I mean.
~ Conclusion ~
I think this primer is great both on its own and as a base for your foundation. It looks bright and radiant, but also very natural. It doesn't appear to change the colour of your skin even though the liquid is a pale pink colour.
It is easy to apply and rub in.
I don't currently have the full size version and I think anything over £20.00 for a Benefit product is pushing it, but I would buy the full size version of this as I think it is great.
I would recommend you to try this product if you get the chance.
I came across the bad gal primer when it was promoted in a trial size in glamour magazine a little while ago now. I was originally wanting to try the high beam and when I bought the magazine with that in I was so impressed I went and bought the full size version. Since I loved the high beam I bought another glamour magazine to try the primer as I thought I might as well waste another £2.00 and test the product first before paying the full amount just in case on the off chance I wouldn't like it. Many of my friends are benefit fans but none had tried this product before so it was new to me not knowing if it was meant to be good or not.
The product comes in a 7.5ml trial size tube although the full sized item looks more like a prit stick shape. Both products have a lovely bright design of a city with yellow and pink sky and greenery which is very eye catching. This stands out big time and certainly would attract you to the item when looking at it in the shop. The product has a screw off lid and comes stand- alone whereas the full size has a shaped box with the same design as the tube has. The product is a lovely pink colour.
The product advises that it will brighten the complexion by priming the skin to turn dull lifeless skin into dazzling glowing skin. It is designed to be used on its own or underneath make-up. The light reflecting pigments combined with raspberry, almond, chamomile and algae will help the skin retain moisture for a smoothed complexion.
The primer is a lovely pink colour and you can definitely smell the raspberry scent within it. You basically apply the product to the face and rub in. The product absorbs into skin extremely well and immediately softens and creates a very subtle shimmer. It evens out skin tone which is essential on red, uneven skin. As there is not coverage with this product I would never wear it alone and I always use it under my make-up. Make up glides on extra easy after the use of this product and the face looks a lot better when you have it on you can really tell the difference. I love using this primer mixed with the benefit high beam as it creates a luminous base.
So I have reviewed the trial item and I love it and in the future on my little treat day I shall be getting myself one of these little wonders, however at the moment it will have to wait. The price of this item is £21.50.
I bought this product a while back on a bit of an impulse buy. When I have a little extra money from working extra hours I like to treat myself and make up is usually something I can't resist.
This product from benefit is essentially a face primer or tinted moisturiser you can wear under make up or alone. I love testing out primers (and have reviewed many) to see if there is anything good on the market I might have missed. This was one of those buys and I was glad to have had a chance to test it out.
The primer comes in a circular white tube, a little like a glue stick. It has an octagonal bottom which twists and then the product is pushed through a plastic grate at the top. I really like the design of this product in theory, it is fun and easy to use. However, you cannot see what is inside the tube and therefore whether there is any left when the tube won't turn any further. This really irritates me about products because if I pay a little extra for better quality I want to make sure I get my moneys worth.
The product itself is thinner than other primers I have used. It is pink in colour, light a very lightweight foundation in slightly the wrong shade. It smells absolutely delicious, so much so I was tempted to eat it. It has a great fresh and fruity smell to it which is really nice, especially when rubbed into your face. It goes on really easily, feels really lightweight and gives my skin this amazing glow. Unlike other primers I would definitely wear this product alone as it works as a tinted moisturiser too.
If used as a primer it creates a smooth and blemish free base on which you can apply your make up. It keeps your skin feeling hydrated and soft. I have used other thicker primers which I prefer for a more flawless appearance but all in all the versatility of this product is a big draw for me.
So my real issue is the price. There are cheaper tinted moisturisers out there and also cheaper primers. I find that this products ability to do both is a great thing but for £21.50 the price seems a little excessive. It doesn't help that it probably only lasted me a month or two (at a push). This is pretty disappointing for me because I liked it so much.
Ultimately I don't think I can justify buying this again unless it was on offer or I had a whole load of extra cash hanging around (which I don't). It's a shame because it's a nice product, it just comes with a huge price tag.
Overall, too expensive for what it is.
I'm not one for coating my face in loads of makeup but I was given this along with a few other bits as a Christmas presents.
To buy it's not cheap its £21.50 for only 11ml, so if anything I was grateful someone brought me it.
Benefit claims that the product once applied you will get the look of brighter, smoother skin. It contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & camomile to soothe skin.
The ingredients was a long list from some degree chemistry experiment so I'm not entirely sure what is actually in the product.
The product is a shimmery pink colour of a medium consistancy.
To apply you twist the base until the primer is distributed on the top, it comes out like little squiggles and you don't need a lot to cover your whole face. you apply with fingertips onto the face and blend the primer in an even, upward motion. Wear alone or under makeup for smoother makeup application. Gently pat on during the day to re-brighten your complexion.
After about two minutes of having this on my face it felt tight and then started tingling, I had never used a primer before but decided to apply a flawless foundation that was what was needed, I didn't actually apply foundation because I thought this was enough. After 5 minutes my face was burning which I decided was not good and went straight to look in the mirror, my face was bright red, burning and sore I immediately washed it off. I have no known allergies but something in this did not agree with my body, I decided to re try abit on my hand and it was fine, so I applied to my face again and once again my face burnt and was red. I ended up selling this product and have never used any skin make up on my face again
For £21.50 I wasn't happy, I may not of brought the product but someone else did and for this to happen was upsetting.
I wouldn't use this again my skin clearly does not agree with it.
~ Primers ~
Before I got into wearing make-up properly, I didn't really understand the benefit of using things such as Primers. I didn't have a clue what they were and most of them sounded really expensive. It wasn't until I did a few photo-shoots and had my make-up done by make-up artists, what primer actually was. Over the past few years I have noticed lots of different well-known brands bring out their own brand or primers for use with their products. Primers create a flawless base for your skin and help to reduce redness. When using a primer your finished results when using a foundation on top should be flawless and smooth. I have tied about 3 different primers, one of which I didn't get on with at all. I have heard many things about Benefit cosmetics, some good and some bad. I was in my local boots browsing the Benefit range looking for a particular product which they didn't have when I saw this primer. After reading the information about it on the box I thought I may as well try it. For £21.50 it was pricey as I don't tend to spend too much money on make-up, how-ever as it was a good brand I thought it would be a great product and would live up to its claims.
~ The Primer ~
The primer tube comes in a box which has some information about the product. The primer claims to brighten and smooth skin. The product contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry and camomile to soothe the skin. The product sounded great, how-ever would it actually live up to its claims? The primer comes in a tall tube which is mainly white in colour. If you take off the white lid you will notice there is another clear small lid which covers the top of the stick which has lots of holes in. If you twist the base of the tube gently the primer will come through the small holes. Simply apply the primer with your fingertips onto the skin in an even upward motion. You can wear the primer alone or under make-up for a smoother complexion. It suggests to pat the product on the skin during the day to re-brighten your complexion.
~ Using the Primer ~
I took both caps off the primer and slowly twisted the bottom of the tube. The primer makes a slight clicking noise as you turn it and you can see the pink coloured primer comes through the holes in the top of the tube. I didn't twist it too much as I didn't want to waste any of the primer. Using my fingertips I applied the product to my skin as suggested. The product felt smooth against my skin and it had a slight smell to it which I can't describe. I wouldn't say the smell was nasty but I didn't find it very pleasant either. The primer was a little thicker than I expected. I was aiming to wear make-up over the primer so I did wait a good 5 minutes in order for the Primer to settle before applying make-up over the top. During this time I decided to check the results in the mirror. My skin did look a little smoother; how-ever there was no difference in terms of brightness to my face. My skin looked normal, just slightly smoother. I applied the liquid foundation and then a loose powder over the top. The foundation glided on easily and after I had finished applying my makeup I stood back to see the results.
~ Results ~
Admittedly, I wasn't sure what to expect after reading many good and bad reviews about this product. In terms of brightness my skin didn't look any brighter than it had done before I had applied the primer. I would say there was a difference in how my skin looked though. My skin definitely looked smoother and a lot more flawless than it had done when I hadn't used a primer in the past. I was hoping that the primer would help keep my make in place and help it to last longer, how wrong I was. My makeup didn't last any longer than it normally would, and in fact I actually applied some extra powder over the top as I felt as though a lot of the makeup had worn off by the time it got to mid-afternoon, this I was disappointed by. The primer was king to my skin and didn't cause it any irritation or dryness and the product is easily removed with a facial cleansing wipe.
~ Overall Opinion ~
Admittedly I have used this product again, hoping that it may actually work the 2nd time round. How-ever I got exactly the same results with no change to the brightness in my skin and the make-up wasn't long lasting at all. For the price I paid for this product I wasn't happy at all with the results and was really disappointed as I expected good results from this. I won't be buying this product again and will go back to using a previous primer which does a better job than this one. I doubt I'll even finish using the product, so it was a waste of money. I don't really recommend this product as I think there are cheaper primers out there that do a much better job.
(review also on ciao)
I confess. I currently have a beauty obsession with - primers! I don't know how my make up survived without them, but since I sampled one a few months back my skin has been craving it and I have not been without since!
If you don't use a primer and are not really sure what their purpose is then let me fill you in (no pun intended!) The job of a primer is to prepare your skin for make up, a little bit like a decorator would prepare a wall before they painted it. Any impurities on the surface of your skin will be smoothed out including spots, acne, scars and open pores. Some primers are transparent and clear in colour, where others are skin toned in shade to blend in more and make it able for you to wear on its own. However some primers, and this may sound a little strange, can be yellow, pink and even green! Do not be alarmed though - they are not wacky or a face paint equivalent - they are coloured in this way to balance out the complexion. For example green primers combat redness, yellow banishes impurities such as dark circles and pink primers help to brighten up your skin and make it appear more awake!
The Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer is tinted with a baby pink tone but nothing scary or off putting! I will admit once I first realised it was pink, I was slightly worried but once you apply it to your skin it blends in really well and does not appear pink at all - in a way it disappears and transforms to your own skin tone, only a much brighter version!
Packaged in a hexagon shaped, thin cardboard box with a brightly coloured design with pink, yellow and green (depicting the main primer colours I mentioned earlier.) Once you open the box the primer itself is presented to you. On first inspection I thought it reminded me of a glue stick with the long cylinder container and the twist up contraption on the end to release the product. When you take the lid off, the top looks like a sieve with loads of small little holes displayed across. When you twist the bottom, the product is dispersed through each of the holes. You can also buy a smaller version which is packaged in a normal tube bottle.
The primer itself is very creamy and light in consistency; once you apply it to your skin it instantly feels smoother and more refreshed! The pink hue is absorbed by your skin and leaves it looked brighter and lighter and also younger! There is a slight gleam that polishes off the look however when I have tried to wear this on its own, I find I need concealer as it does not cover blemishes completely just smoothes them on the surface. However when I wear it under my foundation it is amazing! It really gives my make up a boost and a glow - people were even asking me if I had been away (Holiday not prison!)
For perfect, flawless skin that oozes lustre and youthfulness - purchase this primer for £21.50 at your local Boots or most online make up stores. The price may seem a little steep; however a little goes a long way and your skin will thank you for it!
I love trying and testing out new products although for the past six months I have banned myself from purchasing anything new, as I have a huge supply of unused toiletries. However, when I learned that a recent issue of the monthly magazine named Glamour was accompanied by free Benefit products, it was too good an offer to miss especially with the cover price of just £2. I selected a couple of magazines solely for the freebies; one of which was That Gal Brightening Face Primer and this review discusses my experience with using it.
I was totally unaware of the price of the full sized product, which contains 11 ml and was shocked to discover it retails at £21.50, so it seemed that my 7.5 ml freebie proved to be an excellent buy for just £2. As I have never previously used a primer of any description other than for decorating, this was a totally new concept for me and I was interested to learn of Benefit's claim that the product will re-brighten the complexion and that it can be used either on its own or underneath foundation. I am very pale skinned with absolutely no colour in my cheeks; a look which was perfect in my once upon a time Gothic days, but not the appearance I desire these days.
I am always a little dubious when trying out new creams or lotions, particularly as I would describe my skin as T-zone where I suffer with an oily forehead and nose and the odd dry patches on my cheeks. As a result, I tend to steer clear of any skin products containing oil, as I do not wish to exacerbate the problem. I was quite taken back when studying the ingredients on the Benefit website, as they seem to be never-ending. I discovered that the primer contains sesame oil, but decided to use due to the fact that it also contains alcohol as I presumed this would assist in counteracting the oil.
Whilst it is apparent from the Benefit website that the full size product is contained within a twist style container my sample size was presented in a small tube where the end was protected with a foil seal. I gently squeezed the tube to release a small amount of the cream consistency primer, which was very pink in colour and offered a very slight favourable aroma, which I discovered to be raspberry and camomile, which both soothe the skin. I found that only a small amount was needed to entirely cover my face and it was easily applied where I used an upward motion to fully cover the surface. It was rapidly absorbed, but I felt my skin slightly tightening with the surface of my skin feeling a little dry and I presumed the sensation would vanish, but unfortunately, this was not the case.
Benefit claim that the light reflecting particles contained within the primer will assist to brighten skin tones, but sadly I saw no evidence of this and in fact, there was absolutely no noticeable difference. I had expected to witness a slight colour on my pale skin, particularly as the cream is pink, but this was not the case. I tried the primer on its own and underneath foundation, but was unable to witness any results. I initially believed I had perhaps applied a little too much or not enough, so I checked on the Benefit website where I learned that I had correctly followed the directions for use. I tried the primer on a further half a dozen or so occasions in the hope that it would make a noticeable difference, but eventually gave up.
It was on the Benefit website that I read a number of very mixed reviews where some women were highly praising the product whereas others were stating it was a complete waste of time and money. Unfortunately, I'm with the latter group, as I found this product totally useless and I am so pleased that I forked out only £2 for the magazine as opposed to paying over £20 for the full size product. As I have had no previous experience with using primers I am unable to make a comparison, but my use of this product has deterred me from trying any other brands unless of course, I am able to obtain some freebies. The cream should be used within 12 months of opening. Due to the reasons discussed above, I cannot recommend Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer and as a result, it receives only one star from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I love Benefit cosmetics and use a number of their products but do find them very expensive. Usually I first try the item when it is given away as a free sample in a magazine and that's how I was able to try the "that gal" brightening face primer make up. It was given away by Glamour magazine in May and I had read good things about it before so I was excited to try it.
So what exactly does a primer do and is it essential to have one as part of your make up routine? Well, according to an article I read, a primer keeps oil at bay and fills in fine lines and provides a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to. Apparently primers come in different colours to combat different facial skin concerns. For example a green hued primer will combat redness and acne. This primer is pink which helps brighten complexions.
Benefit say you will go from dull to darling by using this primer. You can either use it on its own or under your make up for the look of bright smooth skin. I have tried it both ways and like the effect it has.
The primer is quite a pink colour and you think it's going to make your skin go really pink when you rub it in but it doesn't, it's quite strange actually, it just blends into your skin. The lotion is quite thin and blends in very easily and smoothly. I really liked the way it made my clean skin look. It doesn't cover up blemishes but it sort of smoothes out the look of your skin and gave mine a really nice healthy glow. It almost had a bit of a sheen to it too which was really nice. Under my make up it really seemed to give it a bit of an extra boost and one night when I went out I found my make up looked great, right to the end of the night. Benefit say you can also use this primer during the day by gently patting on to re-brighten your complexion.
The trial size that came with Glamour magazine is only 7.5ml so it will not last very long. I think I will purchase a full size tube from Benefit when this does run out as I like the way it makes my skin feel. A full size one from Benefit costs £21.50.
Love love love this product! Found it while looking about in Sephora in San Francisco 5 years ago, bought it, and since then, not one day has gone by that I have not used it! Its great to wear alone with a bit of mascara when just going for a run, it brightens up my skin so much and makes me look alive when I sometimes don't feel alive! Also, it really is a great primer. I used to not really see a point in using a primer, as I thought it would be covered up by my foundation, but not since that fateful day in 2007! Maybe its just me, but I feel like my make up lasts longer when I have this under It, and that's what we all want!. This is definitely one product I couldn't live without, and I definitely wouldn't want to. It smells lovely too!
That Gal is a primer for the face whose purpose it is to brighten the complexion making you look fresh faced and awakened. It promises to brighten your skin tone, making it look smooth and giving it the perfect surface on which to apply your make up and to increase its staying power.
The product contains light reflecting particles which brighten the complexion and prevent any dullness on the skin. It also promises to soothe the skin with the addition of natural ingredients which include raspberry and camomile.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to skin that has been cleansed and moisturised. You need to twist the base of it to gain access to the primer. It will come through the perforated top of the tube. You need to take the primer onto the fingertips and then you smooth the primer all over the face.
You are instructed to blend in the product by using an upwards sweeping motion. You can then apply the rest of your make up in the normal way. You could also use the product alone without make up but I am very rarely brave enough to do that! When using the product alone, it can be reapplied during the day for a bit of rebrightening!
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a tube with is similar to a tube of glue. It comes in a white tube with a white lid and it has a city scene, some trees and some orange and yellow colours.
The base needs to be twisted in order to access the product. Unfortunately, as the tube is solid and not see through, then you'll have no warning as to when it will run out and this is a big bug bear of mine being a Touch Eclat fan.
The product is quite pricey and it will cost you around £21 in order to buy 11ml of the primer. It can be bought from any department store which has a Benefit stall and also from a variety of online websites.
Appearance and Aroma
The product has a delicious sweet fragrance. I really like fragrances like this although I don't really find them necessary in a skin product. If you don't like sweet aromas, then this may be too sickly for you especially as it's going so close to the nose so it's best to go and sniff it first before buying. The primer is a peachy pink colour but it goes largely translucent on the skin.
The product has a really silky consistency that is neither runny nor rich. It glides onto the skin really easily and it feels very nice. It is completely comfortable on my sensitive skin and you have plenty of time to blend in the product before it dries so you don't need to rush.
It does make a good surface on the face on which to apply your make up but it doesn't do anything for my pores so I still need to apply Porefessional either before or after using this.
I like how this product looks on my bare skin. It does brighten my complexion and it gives it a nice dewy glow that leaves me looking more awake even when I definitely don't feel it. There aren't many places that I'll go without make up but in the summer months, I will occasionally wear this and it does make my skin look healthy.
As for wearing it under make up, I'm not too sure that it works well for this purpose. It certainly don't make the situation any worse but I have found that when I apply my foundation, concealer, bronzer, high lighter and whatever else I apply to my face in a bid to make myself look better, That Gal is completely lost beneath it all.
As for increasing the staying power of my make up, I can't say I even notice my make up slipping off anyway so it doesn't make any difference to me there. My skin is really quite oily too and this makes no change to the amount of oil that my skin produces. It hasn't caused any spots or blackheads to form so that's always a bonus.
All in all, if you are brave enough to go make up free, then this is a lovely skin brightening product that will give a dewy glow to your complexion. If you are wearing it below make up, especially if you wear as much as I do then it is lost beneath it all and I don't think it improves the staying power of your make up. I won't bother buying this again because it doesn't suit my needs but I will continue to use the one that I have until it's all gone.
I bought a sample of this from eBay as the full price of this item is quite expensive (around £23 per tube!). My sample was 7.5ml in size and it lasted me for ten days as I only used it on my T Zone area. I found the primer easy to apply. It's a peach coloured cream that absorbs easily and is designed to brighten your complexion - ideal for dull and/ or tired skin.
The primer worked well to minimise my pores and reduce excess shine on my T Zone area - the area where my skin is the most oily. The primer leaves my skin feeling matte and shine free - which is a bonus!
I use the primer alone as I think it works better that way. You can use it over make-up too but I find that I sometimes get it wrong. My make-up ends up flaking and falling off my face which isn't such a good look! Unless i'm doing something wrong?
I don't know if I will purchase the full sized tube as it is expensive for what it is and I get better results from using their pore minimiser (£22.50 for 22ml), even though that's still expensive. At least I can use the pore minimiser with make-up as it doesn't streak then!
This is a good product for oily skin but I recommend trying a sample of it first as you may not like the full sized tube!
A primer that makes skin appear smoother & brighter /