Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Believe the hype but it comes at a price!
Benefit High Beam
Member Name: missixty
Benefit High Beam
Advantages: It really is great and makes you look fantastic
Disadvantages: There is a much cheaper product that is very nearly as good!
Much like the word would suggest highlighter is used to emphasise features by drawing the eye to them. The favourite place to apply this is on the cheek bones, to emphasise them and to give a glowing, healthy look to the face. A little on the brow bone can open up the eye area, a dot in the corner of the eye can lighten the eyes and draw attention away from dark circles. Applied to the cupid's bow of your top lip and the centre of your bottom lip it can create the elusion of fuller plumper lips. If you have a particularly wide face then a stripe down the nose can make the face appear thinner. It is a mini miracle that allows you to almost sculpt and redefine your face, simply by subconsciously drawing e'speople's eyes to the bits of your face you want them to notice.
Over the years I've tried many highlighters. A favourite of mine was one made by No17 at Boots, which, like all products you grow to love, got discontinued! After this I experimented with many brands, never quite happy with the effects. I had of course heard of High Beam, being the Benefit worshipper that I am, but my budget doesn't normally stretch to me splashing out on these expensive products. I found a brand in Superdrug that almost emulates Benefit called MeMeMe and got a bottle of 'fake' High Beam for somewhere under a fiver. I was more than happy with the results of this, which may cloud my judgement of High Beam a little, which rolls in at over three times the price.
When I got my Realness of Concealness kit at Christmas, High Beam was one of the products in it. I was quite interested to use it, to see if it was better than what I was usually using but I wasn't as excited as the other products as, like I say, I was already happy with a similar product.
High Beam is a pinky highlighter (as opposed to the gold based one for more tanned skins, Moon Beam) and is in a bottle similar to the Benetint bottle or for those who don't know what that is like, similar to a nail varnish bottle. As you unscrew the lid there is a brush like that in a nail varnish which you can use to apply three dots to your cheek bones (or apply it wherever you like really) and blend in.
My bottle of course is different as it is a miniature, and mine comes with a sponge applicator, much like that of some lip glosses.
When I first tried it I looked into the mirror and I was happy with the results. I had a healthy glow and generally just looked better, which is really what highlighter does. I was happy, definitely, there were no negatives whatsoever, but I wasn't amazed. I had to look for quite a while to see if this was any better than the cheaper brand I was using. The first time I used it I figured it wasn't but was definitely on a par with it so decided I would use it till it ran out and then revert back to MeMeMe.
However, upon multiple uses I did start to prefer this product. It's hard to put my finger on why, as they really are so similar but I felt I just preferred the glow it gave, slightly over the other and felt it to be more long lasting, that said, I didn't prefer it enough to warrant paying triple the price.
This product works really well with Benetint, if you apply Benetint to your cheeks and this to your cheekbones, the look it gives is natural, healthy and flawless. It really does look amazing.
I don't mean at all to be coming down on this product as it is faultless and I can see why so many people love it. It gives you that healthy glow without looking fake and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. I didn't find it disturbed my other make up, some cheaper brand highlighters do disturb your make up so that is a good thing.
All in all, I do really like High Beam, it's a great product, but it's one that I probably won't be buying again, simply because I can get the same results from such a cheaper product. So until they discontinue MeMeMe, I'm sticking with them all the way. High Beam is the best highlighter out there, but only very slightly above the other and the difference is just not enough.
Summary: It is great but I probably won't be buying it again