Today makeup artist Johnie of The Beauty Junkie blog talks up the benefits of Benefit’s That Gal brightening face primer.
I’ve always wanted to be “that gal,” and now I can thanks to Benefit’s pretty and pink That Gal ($28) brightening primer.
It’s one of those magic Holy Grail products I’m recommending all the time, and I cannot say enough good things about it!
I’d tried many primers before Benefit blessed the world with That Gal…
I know everyone loves the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36), but I could never get it to work for me. It felt greasy to me and didn’t seem to make a big difference. I know everyone in the makeup world will probably hang me for saying this, but I just feel like it’s overrated.
Not like That Gal.
It’s a silky pink primer with light reflecting pigments to brighten the complexion, and it comes in an interesting glue-stick like container. You click the base, dispensing the product out of the vent at the top. A few clicks is enough to do my entire face.
Why I like it
I see a huge difference when I use this stuff. It…
- visibly brightens my skin,
- makes my complexion appear more even and smooth,
- helps keep my skin hydrated throughout the day,
- helps my makeup stay put, and
- makes my foundation go on a lot smoother.
I cannot go a day without using it and keep a backup at all times.
One small downside
The only downside I’ve found is that I can’t tell when I’m about to run out. It’s not clear how much product remains in the tube until it’s empty (click click click), which is why I keep a backup. That was a lesson I learned the hard way.
One way to apply it is after your moisturizer but before your foundation; that’s for a smoother application.
Another way is to apply throughout the day on top of makeup to re-brighten the complexion.
It also works when worn alone, like on one of those “no makeup days” to keep the complexion from looking too dull and to help the skin look more even-toned. That’s how I’ll wear it sometimes, when I’m going to the gym or going out to run quick errands.
Also, I would like to add that my skin is more on the dry side, but I’ve used That Gal on dry, combo, and oily skin types and find it works for all of them. If, however, you’re crazy oil slick oily, then I might give it a test run before committing to a purchase.
It retails for $28 (0.37 fl. oz. tube), which I find lasts me about 3 months, but I use it every single day; a few clicks goes a long way.
As Benefit puts it, “It’s That Gal perfection for a happy complexion!” — so find your happy complexion today. 🙂
This post was written by Johnie, makeup artist and beauty blogger behind The Beauty Junkie blog.