Three Popular Primers from Benefit Cosmetics

Many people fall into two camps: those who believe in the power of primers, and those who don’t. If you’re a member of that second category, I’d recommend reconsidering — especially if you want to look your best in all those upcoming holiday photos!

As many a makeup professional will tell you, the foundation for any great makeup look (and for transforming into your most photogenic self), is healthy, flawless skin. But for those of us not born with the complexion of a Victoria’s Secret supermodel, primers can swoop in to save the day. My current faves are by Benefit Cosmetics, which come in quirky, retro packaging and are easy to use.

On the days I look in the mirror and realize my skin looks dull and pale, the “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer is the one I reach for. It comes in a stick, and I twist the bottom to force a tiny amount of product through the grid at top. Then I use my fingers to apply it to my face, smoothing upward and outward. The formula is pretty light and adds some subtle radiance, providing that extra something to make me look and feel more awake. In the future, though, I hope Benefit changes the packaging to a tube, because using a stick to dispense a product that’s more of a liquid than a semi-solid doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Also, if you have a pinkish complexion to start, this may not be the best option, as the formula is already slightly pink. Otherwise, this adds some much-needed color to my face, and I prefer not to apply anything over it for a fresh, natural look.

Benefit Cosmetics “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer Affiliate

What it is:

A silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter.

What it does:

Prime your skin to pretty—go from dull to darling with “That Gal”! Wear alone for clear complexion radiance or apply before makeup for a smooth, effortless application. Plus you can use it to re-brighten throughout the day.

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On days my skin needs a lot more help, however, I use Benefit’s The POREfessional. This little beauty came to me as a sample and instantly hooked me. First, it’s oil-free and doesn’t make my skin look greasy. Second, it’s silky, so my makeup glides on without caking. And third, the formula acts as a kind of filler, minimizing the appearance of pores and evening out my skin tone, blemishes and all. I do recommend still applying a moisturizer first, since its absorbing qualities might further dry out already dry skin. And I also recommend washing your face extra thoroughly when removing the product to prevent a breakout the next day.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Affiliate

What it is:

A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.

What it does:

Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything! 

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My No. 1 favorite Benefit primer, though, is Dr. Feelgood. It’s a balm that comes in a little tin as with an application pad and has a very light but very pleasant scent. (My boyfriend even likes the way it smells.) Occasionally, I smooth Dr. Feelgood on underneath my regular makeup; it’s less heavy-duty than The POREfessional, but still mattifies my skin and reduces the appearance of pores somewhat.But more frequently, I use this after I’ve already applied my makeup, cheek color and all.
If you press the balm onto your skin, it really sets your makeup and will keep it perfect the whole day. (Soon-to-be-brides, take note!)

Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood Affiliate

What it is:

A velvety complexion balm with a feel-good finish.

What it does:

Benefit Dr. Feelgood mattifies the complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores.

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If you want to try out two of Benefit’s primers for a low investment, the brand has made available a cute combination set called One Prime Day, available exclusively through Sephora, and which contains The POREfessional, “That Gal,” and Stay Don’t Stray, an eye makeup primer that works all around your eyes to protect not only your eyeshadow, but your concealer too.

Benefit Cosmetics One Prime Day Affiliate

Look primed & poreless with our mini prep squad. This trio temporarily “disappears” pores, perks up your complexion AND locks on concealers & eyeshadows. Set includes:

  • The POREfessional deluxe mini 7.5 mL / 0.25 US fl. oz.
  • Stay Don’t Stray in light/medium deluxe mini 2.5 mL / 0.09 US fl. oz.
  • “That Gal” deluxe mini 7.5 mL / .25 US fl. oz.

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  • Christina Pham

    December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm
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    I was at Sephora this weekend and this great girl from Benefit was there, and she recommended some great products for me. I walked out […] Read MoreI was at Sephora this weekend and this great girl from Benefit was there, and she recommended some great products for me. I walked out with an amazing lipstick and highlighter. Read Less

  • Stela Lai

    December 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm
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    I actually have “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer. I like it a lot. I used it during the summer or when I remember […] Read MoreI actually have “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer. I like it a lot. I used it during the summer or when I remember to use it. :) I also used their face powder and the coverage is wonderful. Read Less

  • Jennifer Lai

    January 6, 2012 at 11:47 am
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    I bought the One Prime Day a couple days ago, and I am IN LOVE with the POREfessional! I have pretty big pores on my […] Read MoreI bought the One Prime Day a couple days ago, and I am IN LOVE with the POREfessional! I have pretty big pores on my cheeks, so it helped a lot. I love that it has a matte texture upon application, too. Trying it out initially, I didn't quite like the texture of the Stay Don't Stray... I've yet to really use it to its greatest extent to wholly judge though. That goes for the That Girl primer as well - Will definitely use all three products in the same day soon and see how it goes! Read Less

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