I’m going to ask you for a favor, young lady, and I’d like you to just do it for me as a friend. Please? I need you to channel Elmer J. Fudd while you speak the name of Benefit’s new highlighter out loud.
Are you ready? Okay, it’s called Girl Meets Pearl ($30).
Okay, so maybe I’m too easily amused, but at least my skin’s glowing while I laugh maniacally by myself in the corner. Viva la Girl Meets Pearl!
New for fall, it’s a creamy highlighter that contains light-reflective pigments to give skin a pearly shimmer.
Application’s a cinch — easier than downing a pint of Haagen Daz on the couch. Using either my fingertips or a skunk brush with synthetic fibers (more absorbent natural fibers could produce a heavier look), I’ll apply it to bare skin or atop makeup for a warm, golden pink glow.
Doesn’t it remind you of Benefit’s That Gal? If it does, that’s because they’re both wearing similar outfits (party foul!).
Despite outward appearances, however, they do different things. That Gal is a brightening primer and gives skin a subtle cool-toned pink sheen while it extends the wear time of face makeup; Girl Meets Pearl is a more shimmery warm-toned highlighter.
Oh, and if you think Girl Meets Pearl looks a little like Benefit Moon Beam, then jinx! — you owe me a Coke. I think so, too, but Moon Beam has a pink iridescence that’s missing in Girl Meets Pearl.
Swatch of Girl Meets Pearl on NC35 skin
Swatches from left: Benefit Moon Beam, Girl Meets Pearl, That Gal
Wearing Girl Meets Pearl on my cheeks, at my temples, down the bridge of my nose and beneath the arch of my eyebrows
Thankfully, because the tube costs $30, a little goes a long way. Twisting the click-turn bottom dispenses the product, which comes out of the small holes at the top, and I think the design provides a great deal of control over the amount of product used.
For an easy peasy glow, twist the tube, and swipe the head of your brush across the holes to load the fibers. Then, lightly pat Girl Meets Pearl on cheeks, temples and down the bridge of the nose. Next, work a dab of product below the apex in the arch of the eyebrows with a finger.
Tada! Whole process takes less than a minute to do.
Not only is Girl Meets Pearl a cinch to use, it’s also fairly flexible. I’ve worn it on bare skin, atop tinted moisturizer and foundation, and I’ve also worn it on plain powder.
The icing on the cake? I think it smells great! — like raspberry iced tea, probably because it contains raspberry. It also contains chamomile and sweet almond extracts, perhaps to help it soften and soothe the skin.
It’s kinda pricey, but a tube should last a while. If you like warm-toned golden highlighters, I think you should meet this pearl, girl. Available at Sephora stores and online at benefitcosmetics.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,