Let me start this review with a bit of context… I had been hunting for a good primer for a while and when I say ‘hunt’, I mean scouring the beauty blogs, reading product reviews and exploring pinterest incessantly. After all of my efforts, I had a list as long as my arm of potential products and no front runner. All I wanted was something to make my foundation last longer – what’s so hard about that?!
During a mad rush around Boots on new years eve, I stopped by the Benefit counter for a little nose and picked up the ‘That Gal’ brightening face primer and the ‘Stay Flawless 15 hour’ primer. Now, I know I said that I wanted my make up to last longer so the latter should have been the obvious choice (clue’s in the product name) but the promise of brighter looking skin as well as longer lasting make up had me intrigued and I couldn’t resist.
Official Product Description: Benefit’s ‘That Gal’ primer promises to take your complexion from dull to darling by creating brighter, smoother skin. Benefit recommend using this under your foundation and say you can dab a bit on top of your make up for a midday refresh too.
Things I loved: Quite simply, the product delivers on its promise and that’s good enough for me. I have been using ‘That Gal’ as a step before applying my foundation and the immediate brightening effect is fab. The product is light, sits nicely on the skin and doesn’t feel cakey in the slightest – I’d actually say it feels rather silky.
Great for dry and dull complexions, ‘That Gal’ is the product equivalent of tonnes of water and a weeks worth of sleep for your skin. I’m hooked.
I’ve been using the product for nights out, long work days and those minimal make up days and can see the benefit (pardon the pun) for all occasions. For those ‘low-key’ days, just opt for ‘That Gal’, a pinky blush and some light mascara and you’re all set with a healthy but naturally pretty look.
Things I really loved: Even if you’re not convinced this is the product for you, I defy you to stop at a Benefit counter, smell this product and not want to buy it. I can’t tell you how much I adore the smell of this. Boasting sinfully sweet tones of raspberry and chamomile, the scent of ‘That Gal’ is just one more quality to add to the already long list of positives.
Things I didn’t love: I’m not at the end of the product yet so I’m speculating slightly but I don’t think this will last as long as I’d like for the price I paid. The other potential niggle I have is because of the twisty applicator; this isn’t a product that allows for digging around in the corners for those last dregs and drops, which means we’ll never truly know how much is left when the applicator finally holds its hands up and says “I’m done” – hmmm.
Here are two pictures of me wearing ‘That Gal’. The first picture is after a 10 hour day and my make up hasn’t moved AT ALL and the second is me ready to go out for girls drinks with a heavier liner and stronger blush. I really like the finish it gives to my foundation and the glow after a full day, still amazes me:
Purchasing options: £22.50 for the full size bottle (1 mL 0.37 US fl. oz.) or purchase as part of the ‘Do the Bright Thing’ set, £26.50 including a 7.5ml ‘That Gal’ primer.
Overall I’m really really happy with this purchase and kind of surprised I didn’t stumble upon this sooner. The jury is still out on the longevity of the product itself but everything else about this, I absolutely love. This is such a great ‘fake it’ product for those of us who don’t always feel like our brightest selves 24/7.
Have you tried ‘That Gal’? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Sincerely, Sarah x