Review: Benefit That Gal Primer

By Voxy  

Before I went on my Benefit Boycott, I had already picked up a container of their That Gal primer. Since it’s summer and I wanted to try a lighter primer (and, OK, because I could no longer return it), I got it out and road-tested it for a couple of days.

That Gal is a primer meant to “brighten” skin, which, based on the color of the product, evidently means “turn it pink” in Benefit-speak. Luckily, it fails in this regard. It actually fails in pretty much every regard. At least it’s consistent.

That Gal is a very pink primer that fortunately goes on lighter than it appears. However, on skin the color just seems to disappear (I had to use quite a bit for the swatch), so there is no brightening effect at all that I can see — and since my skin is on the fair side, you would think that results would show up on me. There is some silicone in it, though not a ton, so there is a slight smoothing effect, but the product feels light, which is about its only virtue.

So you can’t see it, and you can’t feel it. You wouldn’t even know you’re wearing it — and neither will anyone else because (at least on me) it had absolutely zero effect on improving the canvas of my skin for makeup, brightening the skin, or extending the wear-length of my makeup. Fail.

And, to add insult to insult, I also hate the dispensing mechanism. It reminds me of a Play-Doh toy that was advertised when I was a child. It surely was not called the Play-Doh Fake Meat Grinder And Extruder, but it ought to have been.

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Benefit That Gal: $28

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Poor.

Purchase again? Well, let me think about it … no.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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12 Comments

  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The dispenser kind of disturbs me. The picture you’ve taken of it looks like fingers sticking through some sort of grate, as if people are stuck inside and can’t get out. I must watch too many horror movies.  

    I can totally see the fingers now.

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  2. avatar a biologist
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    That pink? I’m not sure how that would work as a brightener. My Laura Mercier secret concealer is sort of a salmony pink in the tray, but makes my undereye colors go away (blue + orange maybe).

    That pink is also coming out of a strange applicator. I can’t see a purpose. Some of the product would get stuck behind/to the grid.

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  3. avatar marigolds
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think Eve Pearl advocates using pink as an eye brightener (under concealer.) Does it do anything around the eyes? (That said, I have a sample of it too, from the Confessions of a Concealaholic thing, and I didn’t think it did jack shit either.)

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I suspect the effectiveness of pink eye brightener is influenced by your skintone and how dark your circles are (or whatever it is that needs brightening). Personally, I look terrible if I do that thing that is all in vogue and put a light pink or white shimmery eyeshadow on the inner corner of my eye. It makes me look like a space alien. But maybe other people have better luck?

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      • avatar prof_gnu
        Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I have decent luck with the white shimmery eyeshadow on the inner corner, but my eyes are a little closer together than I would prefer and I have been doing that for a wicked long time in order to try to create an illusion of space by the bridge of my nose.

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  4. avatar prof_gnu
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That looks appalling.

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    • avatar Francie
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, that, plus having the “That Girl” theme music stuck in my brain.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t it?

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      • avatar chaosbydesign
        Posted July 29, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink | Reply

        The dispenser kind of disturbs me. The picture you’ve taken of it looks like fingers sticking through some sort of grate, as if people are stuck inside and can’t get out. I must watch too many horror movies.

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        • avatar Voxy
          Posted July 29, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink | Reply

          Oh, that was no accident. The thing grosses me out so I certainly did not spare anything in the photography.

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        • avatar a biologist
          Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

          I thought Voxy’s playdoh meat grinder analogy was gross enough, but CBD took it to 11. I can’t even look at that picture now.

          Great product design, Benefit!

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          • avatar Francie
            Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink | Reply

            [snickers] The “11” comment gets used a lot ’round here. FTR, I hate Play-Doh.

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