Product Type: Benefit makeup
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A sun beam dream
Benefit Sun Beam
Member Name: coventry123
Benefit Sun Beam
Advantages: Nice colour and texture, easy application
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
**What is it?**
This review is centered upon a fairly new product by Benefit. Benefit describe this product as 'liquid sunshine in a bottle'. It is designed to bring brow and cheek bones to the fore and to add a bronzed glow to the whole face. Benefit is a brand that deals in cosmetics in the higher price brackets, what sets this brand apart, I think, from the other high end products is their quirky packaging and unique product names which tend to appeal to a younger audience. These two aspects, for me, mean that I am not daunted about splashing out the extra money to buy Benefit products because what they are and what they do are written and explained simply on the packaging whereas with other high end brands I normally bypass these products as they aren't very 'user friendly' in that I never know what they are/what they are supposed to do as the product descriptions are complicated!
Primarily, I bought this sun beam liquid sunshine as I had previously tried (and loved) posie tint which is the pink blusher product from Benefit. I didn't buy posie tint but was lucky enough to win it in a raffle so I decided to splash out on the sun beam product to see if it was as good as the posie tint product and as a change to just using pink blusher over the top of my foundation.
The sun beam product comes in a gold, shiny box. The graphic on the front is sun beams in a pale yellow colour. The text is big and funky and simply says 'sun beam'. The ingredients and additional information can be found on the reverse of the box. Inside is a small leaflet which shows you how and where to apply the sunbeam product which is really useful for first time users or makeup novices.
The actual product comes in a nail polish type tub with a re-screwable lid. The lid is plastic and white and is water tight meaning that the sun beam product doesnt get contaminated and that the product cannot spill out.
To apply this product it comes with a nail polish type brush which is contained in the lid of the product. This is handy as you can get get to the bottom of the tub to get the product out but also it ensures that the applicator doesn't go missing as it's always inside the lid. I really like the small applicator as the product is supposed to be dabbed onto the cheek bones and brow bones in small dots so this applicator is perfect for proportioning the product in said areas. It is also easy to get rid of excess product from the brush which prevents product build up and prevents waste.
The 'liquid sunshine' is a bronzed orange/brown colour and is just a little more watery than foundation. It has a dewy type look to it and doesn't look that pigmented so at first I was sceptical about the effects that this would have. I tried it on the back of my hand and it just seemed to go shimmery however, on the top of foundation the colour and true effects of this product really come to the fore. There is no particular smell to the product other than the usual cosmetics smell.
The effects of this product, as I have said, can only really be seen when applied over the top of foundation. When applied, the bronzed colour and shimmeriness of the sun beam liquid is very visible and it doesn't take much to blend it into the areas in which is is being applied. I like the bronzed effect more than the 'definition' effect of this particular product. The definition part is an effect that I didn't really find when using this product which is somewhat disappointing for a high end product.
I prefer this liquid sun rather than using a powder bronzer as the areas which I want the bronzer to be applied can be more easily controlled using this product than using a large applicator brush with a powder bronzer.
Unlike with other makeup I find myself only applying this once daily with no need for a top up or reapplication. The colour and shimmery effect manages to stay present for hours which means that I don't have to use up all of my product quickly or waste my time reapplying!
**Price and availability**
This product retails at £18.50 from most good cosmetics stores. I picked mine up from Debenhams makeup counter.
I do like this product and prefer it to any other bronzer I have used in the past and find that it does last for ages which makes it worth it's high price tag in my opinion.
Summary: Benefit sun beam