Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Sun Beam - High Beam with a tan!
Benefit Sun Beam
Member Name: 2012Saver
Benefit Sun Beam
Advantages: Gives a golden glow
Disadvantages: Pricey, doesn't suit all skin tones
I have been a fan of Benefit High Beam for a while now and use it fairly regularly. I have recently had the pleasure of trying Benefit Sun Beam as my friend kindly gave me an almost full bottle that she did not want, as she felt it did not match her skin tone.
My skin is naturally quite pale but in the summer months I can get a bit of a tan. Also when I am wearing fake tan I tend to make my face make up a little bit darker to match the rest of my skin. I therefore thought that the Benefit Sun Beam would be a nice alternative to High Beam when my skin is tanned.
Benefit Sun Beam is a golden bronze complexion highlighter that is described by Benefit as "liquid sunshine in a bottle". Similar to the High Beam, Sun Beam comes in a round bronze coloured glass bottle similar to a nail varnish bottle. The brush is attached to the inside of the lid which screws on/off.
To apply the product you dot it onto your skin using the brush and quickly blend it in with your fingers. Similarly to High Beam, I have found that Sun Beam does not blend well if you apply too much, it is therefore best to apply sparingly. I usually apply it on top of the rest of my make up to my cheek bones. The liquid is lightly scented and feels quite pleasant and light on the face.
Sun Beam gives my skin a really natural looking, sun-kissed glow without making my skin appear greasy or oily. I tend to use only a small amount if I want a subtle daytime look, but it can also be built up for a darker appearance which I do if I am going on a night out and have fake tan on. In comparison to High Beam, Sun Beam has more of a bronze tone whereas High Beam has a pearlescent, pink tone.
This product stays put on my skin all day but at the same time doesn't feel like it is clogging my pores. I have very sensitive skin but this does not irritate it in any way. When I clean my skin using my normal regime the product is easily removed.
I was lucky enough to be given this product by a kind friend who no longer wanted it, but the Boots website tells me it sells for the same price as High Beam which is currently £19.50 for a 13ml bottle. This is quite pricey and for those who are considering buying it but not sure if they will like it, it would probably be best to go to a Benefit counter and try it out first. It is available in larger Boots stores and any other stockists of Benefit products.
I give Sun Beam a 4 star rating. I like it and will continue to use it throughout the summer and whenever I have a tan (natural or artificial). I am taking one star off because of the price and also because it won't suit all skin tones. Thanks for reading/rating.
Summary: Liquid sunshine in a bottle