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Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer


I’m not much of a primer girl, but I recently had the opportunity to try Benefit’s That Gal Brightening Face Primer.
It’s $28 for .37 oz.

It’s a light pink primer that is supposed to make your skin appear smoother and brighter. You can wear it alone or with foundation.


This is what it looks like.

I applied it to my face and let it dry. The pink tint isn’t really noticeable on me once it’s dry, but I do have pink overtones in my skin. I do feel that it smoothes the skin. I don’t really think I have very big pores, so I can’t speak about its minimizing pores property. What I particularly like about it is that it feels very light on my skin, instead of making me feel like I’ve got a hard shell on my face, which is what I’ve experienced with some other primers. This seems to really dry down fast.

After I put on my foundation, I did feel like it had a very smooth application, and that there was a slight, barely perceptible glow to my face. I do feel like it helped my mineral foundation to stay around longer.

While I don’t like the price, I do think that it’s a very good product, and definitely worth trying. I bet it would go great with a tinted moisturizer if you just wanted to wear moisturizer and primer during the hot summer.

This seems to be another great Benefit product for me, right up there with the BadGal Lash mascara and the creaseless cream eye shadow/liner they make. Color me impressed!

My only hesitation for buying a full size is the price. It’s $28 for .37 oz.

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12850969635975545882 Mary

      I've looked at that and wondered about it, so thanks for the review. Would you put it over moisturizer or is it also a moisturizer? I was surprised at the price too, but if it works, then I guess it's worth it.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12850969635975545882 Mary

      I've looked at that and wondered about it, so thanks for the review. Would you put it over moisturizer or is it also a moisturizer? I was surprised at the price too, but if it works, then I guess it's worth it.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Mary,
      You put on your moisturizer (tinted or regular) first, and then put this on, let it dry, then your foundation.

      I'm slowly coming to love Benefit's products, which really surprised me. After falling in love with mineral makeup I didn't expect to like anything else :P

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Mary,
      You put on your moisturizer (tinted or regular) first, and then put this on, let it dry, then your foundation.

      I'm slowly coming to love Benefit's products, which really surprised me. After falling in love with mineral makeup I didn't expect to like anything else :P

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07122976212626403838 Karin

      When I use it, I use it on top of my foundation before powder, where I want a glow.

      I think I should read the instructions, LOL!

      Anyway, it works.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07122976212626403838 Karin

      When I use it, I use it on top of my foundation before powder, where I want a glow.

      I think I should read the instructions, LOL!

      Anyway, it works.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      I tend to use illuminators on top of foundations for a glow.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      I tend to use illuminators on top of foundations for a glow.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03099746428174213900 Chrissy

      I have been curious about this. It's so expensive though, I definitely agree!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03099746428174213900 Chrissy

      I have been curious about this. It's so expensive though, I definitely agree!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Chrissy,
      Yeah it's definitely expensive.
      I'll be reviewing some other primers soon though :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Chrissy,
      Yeah it's definitely expensive.
      I'll be reviewing some other primers soon though :)