Girl Meets Pearl
Category:Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Face Shimmer
Last Updated:05.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Girl Meets Pearl is a face illuminator that offers a hint of glimmer and has a silky liquid texture. Its peachy pink hue is laced with subtle shimmer to give off a pearlescent sheen, although the effect is quite subtle.

The twist-up applicator allows you to pat the product directly on your skin, or you can use your fingertips for more precision and control. We recommend testing this product before purchasing to see if the illuminating effect shows up on your skin as much as you’d like; if so, this is a great option for those desiring a soft, luminous glow.

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare lacks impressive formulas and contains potentially irritating fragrance; concealers options fall short; lackluster lip balms and lip plumper.

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

Benefit Makeup

It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

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I LOVE this!!

I think this stuff is absolutely amazing and it's just perfect for a shimmery highlight!! I use it on the top of my cheekbones only and usually apply with my stippling brush in a very quick 'stippling motion'. I can also apply with my fingertip if I have to, just have to move quickly before it dries! The value is great also, it seems expensive- but you only need a TINY amount (I use about one or half of a twist total for both cheek bones). One 'tube' has lasted me over 2 years!!

Reviewed by
Megan H.
Not what I had hoped for

I had wanted a highlighter and someone suggested I try this one. It was more liquidy than I had expected even after trying it at the store first. I learned that blending it on your face with makeup is different than trying it out on your hand. I wasn't sure what to do or how to blend it since I'm more used to powders and more solid makeups like gels and whatnot. If you're comfortable with liquid makeup than perhaps this will work great for you but if not, I'd stay away!

Reviewed by
Liz S.
Not 4 acne-prone skin!

Yes. I would recommend it if u don't tend to breakout, if you can afford getting .40 oz for $28.00 I think. It does look beautiful with Bella bamba blush.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
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