July 25, 2007

Benefit That Gal Review

Benefithas gone and stolen money from me again! I’ve been conned, I’ve been had, I’ve been hoodwinked (a little drama never hurt anyone)!

Benefitis such a hit or miss company that it never fails to fascinate me how they can make some seriously awesome products and in the blink of an eye come out with a piece of shit product that has absolutely no use!

I have some really mega staples from Benefit in my train case that if I was thrown on a desert island and they said I could only have a few cosmetics, these items would be with me!

I continue to buy Benefit cosmetics because I enjoy the emotional lottery! Sometimes I buy it and it’s freaking amazing and I can’t live without it and sometimes I buy it and I feel like I should have taken my money and lit a match to it!

In all seriousness Benefit makes some amazing items! I can’t live without (I’m talking about throwing myself off the Empire State Building if I can’t get these products!!!!) Bo-ing, Dandelion, Lemon-Aid, Maybe Baby, and Get Even!

Some items I’ve thrown away cash on and almost (not quite but almost) wanted to slit my wrists over were Dr. Feelgood(Can you say acne in a cute compact? This makes me break out like I’m 14 again!), Not On My Pillow Which I don’t even think they make anymore! One season and it’s not in the catalog anymore! That shows you how hard it sucks!), Badgal Lash (OH MY GOD! Worse Mascara EVER!), Dallas (If you enjoy looking like you played in the mud this is the blush for you!), High Beam….oh my word this list is huge!

I guess I should say that even though my list of items I don’t like is long, I do believe that my list of loves makes up for the crummy products I’ve tried from Benefit!

Weirdly enough some or even most of the ones I don’t like appear on their best seller list so I guess I’m a nit picker and everyone else is really digging them! Who knows really?!

Last week I read on Make-Up Bag about the newest addition to Benefit’s family!

Behold! Another shit product from Benefit! I applaud your efforts Benefit but this stuff SUCKS! I want my money back damnit!

Benefit Says:
Go from dull to darling with “that gal.” It’s a silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother & brighter. Wear alone for clear complexion radiance or apply before makeup for smooth, effortless application. Re-brighten during the day with “that gal.” It’s the “that gal” perfection for a happy complexion.

Excitement doesn’t even begin to explain what I felt when I read this little blurb about “That Gal” from Benefit! I was racing around in circles at the prospect of something that would give me the appearance of brighter, healthier looking skin! Honestly I had put this product up with possibly being as great as Get Even or Bo-ing!!!!

I couldn’t race to the website fast enough to order me some!

And I got it….

And it sucks….


I used it several ways upon receiving it! First time I tried it on a clean, foundation free face! I got absolutely no brighness, nothing. It’s pale pink in color but it goes on completely sheer. It was almost like using High Beam minus the shimmer!

That’s ok. I’d do it a different way! It would work if I tried it with foundation! Yes, that’s the key! Fast forward to the next morning!

I applied my foundation and proceeded to apply “That Gal”….um…ya….nothing. No brightness, no visble change what so ever to my face.

It’s ok! I knew if I packed it in my make-up case and used it as a touch up tool it would work then for sure!

Fast forward some more……..

Noon Time Make-Up Touch Up.

I got out my Mineral Veil Compact and was just about to apply when it struck me that I’d forgotten about “That Gal!”

I’d use it for a touch up as recommend by Benefit!

So I shoved my compact back into my purse and proceeded to touch up using “That Gal”….




I think I mentioned this before….


So the moral of today’s story kids is that Benefit has created yet another product that has absolutely no use to me! I know Benefit will gladly take it back and give me my money but I don’t have the time to bother shipping it back so I just slapped it on MUAfor some poor soul to experience!

This one is another miss for Benefit!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Paopao

    hi Muse!

    Really? I’m using my second That Gal and works great for me (although you’re not the first person I read it doesn’t seem to work on their skin): I feel my skin tone looks better and the make up applied lasts longer. I suppose it depends on the skin…

    • the Muse

      paopao just not for me sadly πŸ™ wish it did work as I’m such a benefit fan girl!

  • kay

    I had the same problem with this and how it does nothing but after playing around with the product it looks amazing when you put in ON TOP of powder! I makes your skin look glowy!!! Seriously try it you will love it!! I use it on top of some kinda gorgeous (wont buy again) but it makes that foundation look good and stay!! even my bare minerals i like to use it on top of!!!

  • Promise

    Hmmmm. I guess I will try it on top of my foundation, but I thought the point of a primer was to go under your makeup? But I will def. try and see if that makes my skin glowy!

    • the Muse

      I don’t normally use primer on top of makeup either promise but benefit recommended it as such. on a while I don’t like the product, tossed it in the makeup graveyard a while ago ;D

  • annie

    I actually love this primer, it works so well on my skin. But it’s not worth the money imo, I got this in April, used it 3-4 times a week and it was gone in the beginning of June. meh.

  • Kristen

    Yes! This! I tried this last summer and had the same results you did. A big hefty sack o’ nothing! I am happy to read that I’m not the only one who finds Benefit to be extremely hit or miss. They’re like the TJ Maxx of the beauty world. One day you find an amazing Calvin Klein dress in your size for $30 bucks, and the next day all they have is out-of-date chocolate-covered fruit chews. πŸ™‚ I’m going to link to this post tomorrow for my Friendly Friday round-up; I really appreciate your honest and hilarious review, Muse!