Product Type: Benefit makeup
Newest Review: ... to Glamour reader - and I bought three copies so that I could take advantage of Bad Gal Eyeliner, Benefit IT stick and also their Gilde... more
Paint Me Golden
Member Name: colleen_uk
Advantages: Compliments dark skin tones, Highlightes and brightens features
Disadvantages: Doesn't provide lasting wear, Now discontinued so harder to get hold of
Benefit provide consumers with quirky products at high-end prices. Can you really justify the high prices in comparison with the results they provide?
The proper use of a highlighting product means that you can make the most of natural light in order to define your features. By using a highlighter you can add some shine to your make-up without looking greasy or like a plastic doll. The key to highlighting your best features - without overdoing your make up - is simple. You need to find and highlighter product which best suits you and find out how to apply it properly. A proper highlighter can allow you to widen eyes, highlight features and also brighten your complexion. Benefit's Gilded Highlighter Pencil is "like 24 carat gold in a stick... and just as valuable! This versatile pencil adds sheer golden highlights to your eyes and a soft sheen to lips... it catches the light in the most provocative ways you have to see to believe. Keep this pencil with you at all times to easily transition from day to night." Sounds easy to use and like an asset to every girl's make-up collection..
Benefit Cosmetics were founded in San Francisco, California in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford. They initially founded their business as a beauty boutique, and they then specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics have been into a global beauty brand and they are now sold in 30 countries. Their first shop was named The Face Place and their first product was a blush and lip tint called "Rose tint" (now renamed "benetint"). Benetint was originally designed for an exotic dancer who was in need of a nipple tint and remains the company's best-selling product. In 1989, they developed their extensive catalogue of products and soon after the original Face Place was re-named Benefit Cosmetics. In 1991 Benefit opened up in its first U.S. department store - Henri Bendel, in New York City. Benefit went international in 1997 with their expansion into Harrods in London. Soon after, the Benefit Cosmetics product website was launched. They have had continued success and they are ever expanding their product range full of fun and innovative products for every girl's beauty dilema.
*What attracted me
I love the simple use of highlighters however I sometimes find that if I am too tanned then a pink/white highlighter (which is the most common type) causes too much of a contrast to my skin tone and therefore leaves my make looking less chic and more coco-the-clown. As a huge Benefit fan I was extremely excited when they began offering their products free to Glamour reader - and I bought three copies so that I could take advantage of Bad Gal Eyeliner, Benefit IT stick and also their Gilded Highlighter Pencil. These three products have since been discontinued which I am guessing is why they were available from Glamour - but they are still available at the likes of StrawberryNet and other retailers which seem to have been lucky enough to stockpile them. This comes as quite a blow to me as I am a fan of each - but Bad Gal Eyeliner is still available from the US.
As I previously stated the Gilded pencil has since been discontinued and so I have edited my review accordingly. The highlighter would previously set back consumers £12.50 for a 2.4g pencil. This seems rather reasonable to me as you are able to get a long use out of one pencil - I have had mine for about a year now and use it on and off and have just under half left. The good thing is that because the product has been discontinued they are also slightly cheaper - with Amazon offering one for £11. I think I am going to have to stockpile before they disappear altogether! However I would always advise consumers to steer away from buying products from Ebay where I know that they are regularly available because they will not be genuine products (no matter how much they seem to be) instead they will be cheaper products which have been manufactured abroad and then packaged to look like the benefit products you see on the high-street.
One thing that I really love about the Gilded pencil is the fact that both the pencil and its packaging reflect the name - and they are truly gorgeous. The box is black and has Gilded written across it in a handwriting styled font in golden lettering. As with all of the benefit products it contains a little black leaflet which provides you with a list of ingredients as well as hints and tips for using the product. The pencil itself follows the same format as the most of Benefit's other pencil products and therefore consists of a wooden pencil with a golden cover and a black plastic top and corresponding lid which attaches to the end of the product giving the consumer a better ease of use. The pencil has Gilded written down the middle along with the rest of the details: the weight, description etc. The creamy tangerine/gold coloured product is contained in place of the kohl which would replace your usual pencil. The great thing about the product being a pencil is that you do not need to make use of other brushes for application and therefore you can carry the pencil around with you by itself - simple and effective.
I first found that as the highlight was described as "tangerine" this had quite negative connotations for me and I was slightly reluctant to make use of it. However when I did build up the courage I found that in fact it suited my tanned skin tone quite well. Lucikly the golden glittery partials - used primarily for reflecting light and thus highlighting - seemed to provide an undertone for the otherwise subtle orange glow and infact it gave my dark complexion the radiant boost that it was in need of. The downside of this is that I do not think that the product would be particularly suited to those with paler skin tones and unfortunately the pencil is only available in this golden tangerine shade.
The pencil provides a creamy highlighter which glides onto the skin with ease and can easily be blended into your skin for the look that you wish to achieve. You can therefore apply a little more of the product and use a simple blending technique to tone down your use in the way that you feel will suit your makeup. I have sometimes struggled with powder highlighters due to the fact that they are harder to control when you apply them and you need to blend them along with your foundation in order to give a more natural look.
As I mentioned, because the product is a pencil this gives the consumer an easier application. This means that you can dab the product into the areas that you wish to use it - for example if you dab the product in the inner V of your eye then you will be able to use it to widen your eyes and give the illusion of big and beautiful eyes. Should you wish to use the highlighter to bring attention to your cheekbones then you are able to draw a line below them (or above depending on how dramatic a look you are going for) and then simply blend the product into your foundation with your fingers. As the pencil is so creamy and smooth this allows for perfect blending into your skin. I primarily use the pencil to widen my eyes by applying it below my eyebrows and above my eyebrow bone. The causes your eyes to look wider as well as bringing definition and shape to your eyebrows. The pencil is really great for first time users of highlighting products as there is really little skill needed due to its ease of application. There are lots of tutorial videos online which will give you great instructions for using makeup products and I find that these are really great for finding out hints and tips about products that you are unsure how to use otherwise.
One thing that I do find about this highlighter is that because it is a cream that glides on so easily, this does prove a downfall in parts because it does rub and transfer off very easily, meaning that the product does not last particularly well. This means that I will often have to carry it with me on a night out in order to keep the look in check - without it beginning to look overly childlike and glittery as is seems that the golden flecks in the product seem to stay in place better than the tangerine highlighter. As the product is light and compact, this doesn't prove as too much of a problem, however this isn't something you would expect for a mid-high range product.
I am gutted that Benefit have discontinued their Gilded Highlighter Pencil because I do think that it's a great product and my make-up regime is going to suffer without it. However I do understand their decision because the pencil's colour causes it to be rather limited in its suitability to all skin tones. I definitely would recommend it to those with mid-dark skin tones as it really brings out your features as well as giving your look that little bit of glamour. If they ever reinstate the product then I will be first in line to buy it again!
Summary: Three stars - a good highlighter but there are better products out there!