Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Benefit 'That Gal' Review

Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample packaging
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample Go From Dull to Darling
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample swatch on pale skin
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample swatch on pale skin
Benefit That Gal 7.5ml sample swatch when fully blended on pale skin
After the success of my previous experience with 'The POREfessional' Benefit primer, I decided to go out and scale my local shops for another issue of Glamour magazine to sample their other primer, 'That Gal'.  I hadn't heard quite so many reviews about 'TG' though, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Like with my other reviews, I always start by commenting on the packaging.  I absolutely love the design of Benefit's collection, with little illustrated boxes and tubes.  The pastel colour scheme of this one is very cute too.  I also couldn't help but notice the quote on the top of the box, "go from dull to darling", so I was really interested to see how this claim actually compared with the application of this product.  As with The POREfessional (which I am now going to refer to as TPF), this primer similarly has a quite high price tag of £21.50 for the 11ml version -- the sample size that I managed to get my hands on is 7.5ml which only cost £2 (the price of the magazine) so this is a huuuge saving!

I'd also like to add that since I have had even more of a chance to use my TPF primer, I would actually consider paying the full amount once the sample has run out.  The effect it has had on my skin is really complimentary.

TG can be used with or without makeup and Benefit claims that it will make your skin look bright and smooth.  I have only worn this underneath my make up.  For application, the primer needs to be blended into your skin in an even, upward motion using your fingertips.  And it can also be gently patted over your makeup to re-brighten your complexion throughout the day (I also haven't used it on top of my makeup since trying this out with TPF and finding that it rubbed out the makeup that I had already applied).  The first thing I noticed when using TG was that it has a really lovely scent to it, subtle, but it smelt like raspberry -- I noticed that this tended to fade once the primer had been thoroughly rubbed in but it was nice on first use.

The colour is very neutral, a little bit of a shine to it (as shown in the photos above).  I have tried to capture the application in stages to show just how natural the colour becomes as it is patted over your skin.  Although the application is fairly similar to TPF, I'm not half as sold on this primer.  It didn't make my skin feel as fresh as TPF, and the smoothness of my skin wasn't as apparent in comparison.  I definitely wouldn't pay the £21.50 for this primer (11ml isn't much at all for a full size amount) but I think that TPF was worth it's high price tag.  If you want to try a product that is incredibly similar to this, I have found a dupe on eBay, 'Technic's "Prime It" illuminating face primer' -- the dupe is a fraction of the price and it comes in a 33ml bottle with almost identical illustrations on the label.  I can't comment on the quality of it as I have not purchased it for myself, but I can say that Technic's products have worked very well for me in the past.  I have also recently purchased another dupe by Technic of Benefit's 'High Beam' (which I will review as soon as it arrives) and a false eyelash applicator too.
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  1. I absolutely love this product, I've been using it for 2 years now, so glad that I managed to pick up this free tube as well as it will last for ages! Great review.

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    1. The freebies that came with Glamour magazine were a fab idea! xx

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  2. ah i got this primer with an issue of glamour magazine also, isnt it so cute? your review really picked up on the same things i noticed when i used it! :) x

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    1. I absolutely loveee Benefit's packaging (probably cause I was a graphics student haha) -- I'm glad you liked the review :) xx

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