Blogger’s Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer – Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer



We’re three days in…


It’s day three which means it’s wednesday. Let me just start by saying Happy Humpday everyone – I love, love, love Wednesdays. Want to know why? Because tomorrow is Thursday and that means the weekend is just a couple of days away…


It’s PRIMER day!




I’ve been seriously excited about today because I’ve been wanting to review Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer for ages. It’s a product that I got as a free gift from Birchbox, and as I’d heard such good things about it, I’ve been seriously excited to try it out. I normally use Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser as a primer but for the brawl I wanted to see whether Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer lives up to the hype!


According to Benefit, this pink-hued primer should be silky and easy to blend, and should make skin look brighter and smoother. Containing light-reflecting pigments and raspberry and chamomile to soothe skin, it smells wonderfully fruity and fresh. The thing that I love about That Gal is that it’s suitable for all skin tones and can be worn alone, as well as under makeup.


Today’s card…


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I don’t know quite what I was expecting from That Gal, but it wasn’t the creamy, moisturiser-like, silky liquid that I got. Because of how light the formula is, it glides seamlessly onto the skin and blends in seconds. I love the fact that this primer brightens and evens out my skin tone but that’s about it.


When I think of a primer, I think of a product that mattifies the skin and makes it easier to apply seamless foundation to. This product doesn’t do this, it’s pearly pink liquid acts more as a highlighter than anything else. Don’t get me wrong it’s very pretty and it does do what it says on the packet – it brightens and smooths the skin, but as a primer it sucks. I am a big fan of Benefit The POREfessional, it’s a great primer, but That Gal, I’m not so keen on. However, I’ll definitely be using it as a highlighter – it’s so pretty.


I LOVE the packaging of this product. It’s stylish, smart, and oh so pretty. I’m not too sure about the container itself though – for a primer it’s quite big and bulky. Then again, the twist bottom is easy to use… Overall, I love the pretty illustrated packaging, it’s different to the norm which I love.


Priced at £22.50 it’s not exactly a budget-friendly product. Normally, I’m happy to pay Benefit’s higher than average prices because I love the products, but for That Gal, I have to say the price is too high.


Do I love it?




I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. I think as a primer, That Gal sucks, but as a brightening highlighter it works well. I wouldn’t spend £22.50 on it but it is nice to have in your makeup bag. I like the idea of wearing it on makeup-free days to give my skin that little boost it needs. Have you tried Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer, what did you think of it?


Fancy reading some more reviews? Have a browse of Tori’s and Lizzie’s reviews… I can’t wait to see what products they’ve opted for!

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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