Hi lovelies! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I was having a dig through my makeup stash a few days ago now that I’ve got it all organised, and I came across my little Highbeam from Benefit!
I’ve been using it ever since I discovered it again, and I guess I’ve rekindled my love for the product. I’m going to be reviewing this for you today!
(if you’re not interested in a very detailed review, just skip to the bottom of the post where I round up everything I mention)
So, let’s get going.
I’ll start with the packaging – obviously mine is a mini-size, but the full size packaging is pretty much identical. I think the only difference is that the larger one has a white lid? Correct me if I’m wrong!
Because the bottle’s plastic it’s ideal for throwing in your makeup bag for on the go – no smashing and no spills either.
I really love the concept – they basically look like little pots of nail varnish, but are obviously not nail varnish… And are a lot more gentle on the skin than nail varnish would be.
They come with a little brush which you can either dab straight onto your skin, or you can apply a little onto your fingertips and dilute it a bit before you actually use it on your face.
The price of this little gem is a whopping £19.50! I got this mini size in a huge Benefit set back in the summer, but I’ll be honest with you – I would never have paid that amount for a liquid highlighter! It’s insane!
Now I’ll go onto the formula!
It has a very liquid-y consistency, but I do really love that about this product as liquid highlighters always look a lot more natural than powders.
As shown on the swatches above, Highbeam is quite pink-toned – if you have a darker complexion you might prefer Sunbeam which is more golden.
Once it’s on the skin you can just pat it in with your fingertips.
I suppose that you can put it anywhere really, but I generally just apply it to the highpoints of my cheekbones – and under the eyebrow, it looks gorgeous applied there!
As you can see from the swatch, once all blended it gives a beautiful sheen that really brightens the skin and wakes up your complexion. And once it’s in place, it ain’t budging! Although really easy to remove, it lasts all day and I love it for that reason.
Packaging: 5/5 (cute on your dressing table and won’t smash because it’s plastic! Compact to travel with)
Consistency: Very natural, liquid highlighter
Shade: 3/5 (would only suit fairer skin tones. Sunbeam would suit those of you with a darker complexion)
Lasting power: 5/5 (doesn’t budge!)
How long does the product last?: 5/5 (you need the tiniest amount and you get a heck of a lot in the bottle. You’d be surprised how many uses you’ll get out of it!)
Overall quality: 4/5
Recommended?: Yes… If you’ve got the budget. If it’s out of your price range, the drugstore has some amazing alternatives!
Although a very pretty highlighter it’s unlikely I’ll repurchase Highbeam! It’s just a bit too pricey for me.
What drugstore alternatives would you recommend to Highbeam? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
You can purchase Highbeam here: http://www.boots.com/en/benefit-high-beam-luminescent-complexion-enhancer_2519/