Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Benefit High Beam

Hi everyone! For this week's review, I've teamed up with my friend Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom. We wanted to review the same product but bring our own opinions to all of you. This is a great way to see how a product works or doesn't work for different skin tones, etc., and to follow someone that you may or may not have already known about. :)

This post is also a GIVEAWAY for a full size HIGH BEAM!  Rules: Leave a comment on both posts, follow both blogs, it's just that easy!  We will use randomizer to pick a winner on August 8th, 2012.

Benefit High Beam
Price $26.00
Size .45 oz {full size}
       .13 oz {trial size}
From Benefit: Benefit High Beam is a luminescent complexion enhancer. It's an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion. For an angelic sheen, this pink shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow.
Claims: It's a "supermodel in a bottle" and perfectly alluring on all skin tones.

I have the trial size. You can find this size in many of Benefit's gift sets where you can try out several products for a lower price. I have to admit that I've had this product for a while but it's not something I reach for. I do like highlighters but I gravitate towards the powder variety.

High Beam is a pink-toned liquid with a slight sheen. In some lights I even found it to have a blue duo chrome effect.

Here it is swatched on my arm. On the left, straight out of the bottle. You can see the consistency and the high sheen. Next to it I've blended it out. {it was hard to get a good picture of it blended}

I used it on the top of my cheekbones as a highlight there. You could also use it on the cupid's bow {above the upper lip}, even placed in the center of the bottom lip to make lips appear fuller. While I think the pink tone is nice and would work for most skin tones, I find the shimmers in it to be too much for me. It doesn't look very natural on me. Like I mentioned, I think it's due to the slight blue tones that come out in the sunlight. I could use this product in different ways and like it, just not as a traditional high light on my cheeks. Final Verdict: not for my cheek bones - too much shimmer.


  1. I usually gravitate to powders too but have had my eye on this for some time...might have to give it a try

  2. Hi - I haven't tried this one but have the moon beam highlighter and like that one!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  3. I've heard good things about this product and have been wanting to try it for quite some time...I always use powder highlighters...xoxo Rita/Sofia's Closet

  4. Too much shimmer?
    That may not be a good thing... Hmm
    Thanks for the review!

  5. Nice clear pics and straight to the point review. I always love the look that High Beam gives.

  6. thank you for the review. i have heard that for weddings you should avoid powder highlighters, i think this would be a great option for those being photographed.

  7. Looks like a great product! Thanks for the review.

  8. I love High Beam. I would always see it in my Mum's make-up bag and it made me want to use it. :)

  9. Thanks for the review. I have never tried a liquid highlighter and would love to.

  10. Thank you for the rewiew and giveaway, I have never tried a liquid highlighter so thank you for the opportunity
    dani ♥

  11. Hi Crystal Very Good review of the Benefit Highliter I have not tried this but it looks nice. I found it hard to get away from your Greek Salad recipe to comment here LOL . Susie ~

  12. Thanks for the review and giveaway always nice to read several opinions.
    I commented on makeupobsessedmom blog
    I follow both blogs
    GFC Edna Maldonado

  13. Like you, I have a trial size version of High Beam. While I don't reach for it everyday, on the days I want a bit of a lift I have dotted the smallest amount on my face and blended it out to give me a bit of a lift and get me through from day to night for work events.

    Not sure if I would invest in a full size, but if I get another sample size with other Benefit products I'll continue to use it!

    Thanks for your review! I just watched your July Favourites and you have re-inspired me to bring back my MAC Coquette Eyeshadow into rotation next week!

  14. great review i would love to try this

  15. Thanks for the review and this product is expensive ;/

  16. Boots No 7 illuminator from target is HUGE and sheers out well but still provides a nice highlight. I use it under foundation when I want a more subtle look and over foundation/blush when I want more impact.


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