I had tried the moon beam from Benefit to the detriment to my pocket and had been reading online about how this product was just as good for a fraction of the price.
I wondered why it was called beating the blues, with a picture of a a saxophone on the bottle, that really doesn't make sense to me unless it is saying cheer yourself up with some make up?
Price wise I saw these in a three items for five pounds offer which is an BEAT able offer in my opinion! Ha ha.
In use, this is most definitely a less is more product, and I tend to just use it under neath the eye brow for a highlighting effect but you can use it on the cheek bones too and the collar bone. Some also use it down the centre of their nose to slim it down but I have never tried that!
You can use this product in contouring if you know what you are doing (I don't!).
Quality wise it is a great consistency and the bottle comes with a handy brush applicator. It is a little shimmery so multi tasking you could also use it as an eyeshadow.
I think this is handy to have in the make up bag, especially on nights out but it is not an every day product for my make up look. I tend to do my highlighting using more of a concealer product rather than a shimmer liquid these days but I would use it on a night out. It's going to last me a lifetime at this rate!
I love finding dupes for the higher end makeup products so when I heard all the buzz that was going around about this product from MeMeMe I had to give it a go. The beat the blues moonbeam highlighter is said to be a great dupe for high beam from benefit. I love makeup but I also love saving money so this seemed perfect to me.
The highlighter comes in a small glass bottle with a screw top lid which has the brush applicator attached on the inside, this looks like a nail varnish at first glance. I like the fact that this is glass as it helps to protect the product from getting bashed about in your bag. The applicator is of a good size and the brush holds the product well.
The main place that I apply highlighter is below my eyes and across the tops of my cheek bones as I find it helps to make my eyes pop and give my cheeks more definition. You can also apply highlighter on your cupids bow to make your lips look bigger or down your nose.
I have found that you only need to use a small amount of product to really make a great impact. I dab the product onto my skin and begin to press in. My skin has an instant glow but does not look to over the top. It sinks nicely into my skin and does not leave any visible marks; you know the kind that people get when they do not rub in the makeup properly!
This highlighter also has great longevity. I can apply it in the morning and it will still be on my skin in the evening when I go to remove my makeup. I have found that it comes off easily when I am cleansing my face, all I use is a wipe and it seems to do the trick.
I didn't realise the difference that using a highlighter would make to my makeup routine but now I wouldn't go back. It gives a nice healthy glow and really does help to define certain areas of your face.
You can buy this product in Superdrug stores and the last time I saw they were £5.25. Compare this to the £18-£19 you can expect to pay for the Benefit High Beam and that is a great saving!
I really rate this product it is great quality, affordable and it seems to last forever. I am going to give this one the full 5 stars.
I have been a regular user of benefit highbeam for several years. I use it most days on my eyes and cheekbones. I usually get some for christmas and my birthday and make it last as it is quite expensive. However, I didn't get any for my birthday this year and as I had run out, I wasn't keen to pay over £15 for the benefit highbeam and I remembered seeing this a few months ago. I decided I would buy it and use it until I could afford the better stuff. However, I was really surprised and will be sticking to this from now on. It cost just over £5 in my local superdrug (I usually have to go to a bigger boots store which is further away to buy benefit cosmetics) and came in really nice packaging. I would say the brush is slightly thicker than the benefit version but as long as you are aware of this and scrap off some of the excess on the brush, it is fine. The effect was just as good as the highbeam product and it lasted just as well. I am a convert and defiantly will be buying this instead in the future!
Strange enough, I bought this product after sitting opposite a women on a train who was applying it. She looked tired beforehand, and one slick of Beat the Blues and she looked fresh and perky! So, on going into my local Superdrug, I was pleasantly surprised at the £4 odd price tag, which is only a fraction of the price of products I usually buy. I now swear by this product, on cheek bones, brow bones and on a night out a slick across the collar bone. I am in love! The only disadvantage I find, is that if it is applied to genorously, it can become slightly glittery, and people can clearly see that your fresh glow is fake. But that aside, i would happily recommend this product! MeMeMe also do a other highlighting product is a more bronze glow, although it doesnt come near to this one! Definately beats 'designer' highlighters hands down!
It seems that whenever I open one of my magazines everyone is talking about the "Benefit High Beam" product so Ive had it on my amazon wish list for ages until a good friend of mine told me to use this one instead. She had used both of them and claimed that although this one is much cheaper it is also much better and she rarely steers me wrong on make-up products so I thought Id give this "MeMeMe Beat The Blues" a try instead as even if it wasn't that great I a) didn't have anything to compare it to and b) hadn't spent that much money on it. Thankfully though in my experience this has been a fantastic product and one that now I have no idea how I ever lived without it - this is a hangover/morning after life saver!
Stockists: Ive ever only seen it sold in Superdrug but try Boots & Amazon if you cant find it there!!
What Is It?: Basically this is a skin illuminator. We all have those days when our skin is looking tired and less than perfect - in my case usually after a night out. But this is supposed to lift and illuminate tired skin, revive dull skin tones and even claims to fill in fine lines and wrinkles making it a make-up bag essential for the morning after a long night out!
The packaging for this may have a lot of people thinking it is a run of the mill nail varnish because that is exactly what it looks like being in a small glass bottle with the applicator brush attached to the lid - exactly like a nail varnish. The brush is small yet quite long and is designed so you basically paint a little bit of this liquid wherever you think your skin needs a pick me up which means its great for on the go as there is no need for a second brush applicator - having said that a few friends of mine do prefer to apply this with a different brush or their fingers as they have found the brush picks up too much solution I myself however have never had this problem so I just use the brush contained. You don't need to much of this each time you use and in this case less is definitely more - if you use too much the shimmer will be too glittery and I think you would end up looking pretty silly - a small amount applied to any area and then blended is more than enough for me and I think it would be for most people!
From what I can tell you can apply this pretty much anywhere on your face - in places where you want a bit of a pick up me or subtle shimmer. I usually apply it underneath my eyebrows or on my cheekbones a few little dots is all that's needed for that really subtle glow. And then you simply blend in like normal. As this is quite a runny liquid it is super easy to blend in and doesn't take very long at all - it does look very gold and glittery in the bottle but Ive never had a problem with the colour being to much for me or my skin tone so I think it would suit everyone if used properly. It blends in really easily and dries much quicker than I expected so you wont be waiting around for ages with this.
Now I'm not usually a fan of these products that claim to give you a "subtle glow" because I find more often that not they are far to glittery for me but this one is the exception to the rule. It really is a subtle glow that is only really visible when your face catches the light and for that reason it is suitable for use in the day with your ordinary make-up and not just for nights out when you want something a bit extra, I definitely think this helps my skin look better and healthier with a subtle shimmer and after a night out it definitely helps me look more alive and awake - no-one would be able to tell Id been up all night! It looks great alongside other make-up but I have used this alone when I'm going for a really natural look and I think it works just as well and blends in really brilliantly so for all those reasons I would highly recommend this. Its cheap and does exactly what it promises - and you wont look too shimmery or glittery I promise! Also this is very long lasting - on nights out it lasts for at east 6-7 hours and that is when I'm up town dancing in a club which often makes my make-up go to pot this one actually stays on! Definitely recommended from me.
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I am a Benefit fan but sometimes wonder if the prices are just because of the brand name. When MeMeMe launched some Benefit copycat products, I was very tempted by the Beat The Blues highlighter lotions. I had a trial of Benefit's highbeam and thought it was a great product, but not one I went to on a daily basis. It's an extra that makes me think 'If I'm using a shimmery liquid highlighter, why don't I go the full hog and use all my other products.' I like many will use quite a few products on a daily basis, but these are the general minimum (aka foundation, concealer, liner, mascara, blusher, lip shades, maybe some gloss and shadows on some days...).
So the MeMeMe Beat The Blues lotion was a bit of an impulse. I was indecisive because I am fair skinned, but went for the gold as I have enough pink products that I could use for shading and highlighting, such as blushers and shadows. This has hints of pink in it anyway, but the base tone is gold.
If you want to compare this to it's inspiration, Benefit High Beam, you get 1ml less and pay around a fiver, whereas High Beam is a pricey £16.50. Not really worth the extra 1ml!
The products are basically the same! The High Beam has more light reflectants in it so it shines more, but they both have an equal amount of shimmer. The difference of light and shimmer is that when the light hits them both at the same time, the Benefit lotion is lit up, but the MeMeMe lotion glitters and shimmers. I hope that makes sense! Some people may want a pretty, flattering shimmer, some may want total light reflection.
The MeMeMe bottle is a bit taller and slimmer than the Benefit one. They are like giant nail polish bottles. I don't think the brushes are the greatest thing to use as they are only to get the product out of the bottle, but you don't actually brush it on.
MeMeMe comes as a much thicker lotion, so the bottle can be a bit messy and gloppy as the brush is very loaded at the start of the bottle. You have to shake it off and dab it inside the bottle before you apply a huge gloop to your face. You can just dab it on the back of your hand or in a palette first.
The product is long lasting too and doesn't cake or slide off. You get so much in the bottle that it could last for such a long time, and a little goes a long way, what a bargain!
It also has no smell for those who have to wonder about these things ;)
I bought this product a couple of months ago, after reading missixty's review on it. She described it as a cheaper version of Benefit's moonbeam, which appealed to me, as that's a product I've wanted to try for ages, but can't quite bear to part with in excess of £15 for it, as I don't think it would be something I'd use on a daily basis.
I actually had quite a problem finding this product. I knew that the mememe brand is stocked by Superdrug, but I could not find this product in either the Sunderland or the Metro Centre stores, both of which are fairly large branches of Superdrug. I eventually found it in the Newcastle store - it was the last bottle, and there was also a discount on all mememe products at the time, which was a bonus!
~About the product~
This product is described as an 'iridescent complexion illuminator and enhancer'. It is designed to be applied to the face to add a bit of shimmer to certain areas, and reflect the light, to give the face slightly more defined contours, and the complexion a bit of a glow.
This particular product is called 'Sun Beam' and is a shimmery gold colour.
This highlighter comes in a small glass bottle, similar to nail varnish, with a silver lid. I found that the brush (also attached to the lid, like nail varnish), had quite splayed bristles at the end, which meant that I have to wipe quite a lot of the product off the brush each time I use it, as it sort of gathers at the end of the brush in a big blob. It's possible that this is just the one I bought though, I suppose.
This was the first product I had tried from the mememe range, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of quality. It was also the first highlighter I have used that comes in liquid form - I usually use Collection 2000's 'The Highlighter' which comes in stick form and has a creamy texture - so I wasn't really sure if I would like this one or not.
Applying this product is very simple. You simply brush on to the face at the points you wish to highlight and then blend in. I usually put it under the arch of my brows and on my cheekbones. I normally go for quite a subtle look when it comes to make-up, and so I find that only a small dab of this is required, but you could add more if you were going for a stronger look. When I went to blend it, I was quite surprised at the consistency - although it seems quite thick on the brush, it actually feels quite liquid when you go to blend it, so a little goes a long way.
Once it has been blended in, I find that it dries quite quickly.
I love the results that this product gives - as I said, I tend to go for subtle, and this leaves my skin with a dewy glow, that doesn't look too out of place with the rest of my make-up. I have been tending to use this only on nights out, but there is no reason why it couldn't be used during the day too.
The product is shimmery, but doesn't look over the top - you don't look like you're plastered in glitter or anything. The shimmer catches the light and gives a subtle glow to the skin, which enhances the features, and leaves you looking glowing.
I find that it lasts better than my stick highlighter, which is more of a creamy texture, so has a tendency to slide off after a few hours. This tends to stay put all night, even in the hot and sweaty atmosphere of a night club. It also feels light on the skin.
This costs £4.50 from Superdrug, but I was lucky enough to get mine for around £3 when it was on special offer. As I said, not all Superdrug stores seem to stock it, so I would say it is worth looking around different branches if you can't find it at first.
This is a great little highlighter - it's easy to apply, and gives a lovely, natural and glowing finish. The only downside I can think of, is that the brush seemed to be quite splayed at the ends, but other than that, I would definitely say that this is worth a try.
This is a review I'm actually very excited about writing and that is because I want to tell the world about this amazing product! Some of you may have heard me mention it before, I find it difficult not to mention it as I love it so much. If you are one of the Benefit Highbeam or Moonbeam devotees then read on, believe me your bank balances will thank me!
Back before I had ever tried the Benefit versions, and didn't have enough money to either, I'd read in magazines about this Benefit copycat brand MeMeMe, which was new to Superdrug last year, that had products that both looked like, and acted like products such as Benetint and Highbeam. Now before my holiday each year, I use it as a little excuse (like I need one) to update my make up collection a little and go on a bit of a spree in Superdrug. When I saw the MeMeMe stand I was instantly drawn into marvel at their products. So there I was and I was faced with a huge dilemma, they had both the High Beam and Moon Beam shades of this product (pink and gold respectively) and I just couldn't decide which to go for. Usually the pink shades would suit me better due to me living in inner city England where it rains for about 350 days a year and me being a deathly shade of pale. However as I was going on holiday I knew the Moon Beam shade would go better with the tan! What to do?! Well, since the product is so cheap compared with the Benefit versions I treated myself and got both!
So, in case you are unfamiliar with even the Benefit versions of this product I will fill you in. Beat the Blues is a 'highlighter' for your face. These serve two main purposes. One is to 'highlight' certain parts of your face, which along with shading other parts, actually can change the appearance and shape of your face dramatically. The most common use is dotted on the cheekbones so that the light catches there. It can also be used on the brow bone, to give you a bit of a brow 'lift' so to speak, on the inner corners of the eye to reflect the light and make dark circles less noticeable, on the cupids bow of the top lip and the centre of the bottom lip to make lips appear fuller, and down the centre of the nose to make round faces appear slimmer. These tricks really do work wonders and just make your face look so much better. The second purpose of this product is just to give you a more 'glowing' healthy look, which it works really well for also.
The consistency is ever so slightly thicker than the Benefit versions, but not overly so, it's still a very fluid consistency. The shades it is available in, as I have mentioned are the soft pinky based highlighter, and the more golden toned one. I think for fair complexions the pink one is best and for darker ones the golden one would be more suited.
The bottle it comes in looks very similar to that of the Benefit ones, it looks like a nail varnish bottle, and when you open it the applicator is like that of a nail varnish bottle too. The lid is silver and on the front is a drawing of a saxophone and the name "Beat the Blues" in bright pink. I actually think, both the bottle and the name of this product is if anything actually MORE quirky than the Benefit versions (*shock horror*). I like the packaging, its cute, its easily store able in my make up bag, never had any problems with any leakage and it's good for application too.
I've tried many different brands of highlighter since the discontinued my very first favourite (actually a Boots No17 one!) and the problem I've found with most of them is that when putting them on, whatever make up is already on your skin (foundation, blush etc) seems to just come away and sort of mix in and congeal with it all and generally just make quite a mess on your face. This resulted in having to very lightly dab and trying very hard not to disturb the make up underneath. Like Benefit, MeMeMe doesn't have this problem; it applies really easily, blends well, and doesn't ruin your other make up.
The look your left with is soft and dewy and looks natural but glowing. It gives you fake health out of a bottle. Great for those hungover, under the weather, or generally just English days!
The product lasts well throughout the day and even lasts throughout any night out. I've also found it really works on photos, when wearing this my skin looks amazing on the photos and the light just catches all the right places (cheekbones, eyebrow bones etc).
I mentioned in my Benefit High Beam review, that the Benefit product maybe, just maybe is the teeniest bit better but it really is such a minimal amount that I can hardly describe how, what or why it is any better. This product really does match up.
Now comes the great bit. Whilst High Beam and Moon Beam roll in at £15.50 each, this product is only £4.50 each! Now I could panic that this is going to cause a surge of people rushing down to Superdrug and the product selling out nationwide but there's no need. Why? This product is so long lasting, that although I've had my bottles since August last year and wear it religiously the bottles look barely touched. This product will have lasted me well over a year before it runs out, by which time, they may have had chance to restock!
So whether you are a long time fan of Benefit's Moon Beam or High Beam, or you have tried other highlighters not had the success you had hoped, or whether you are a highlighting virgin, I can't urge you enough to rush out and buy a bottle of this absolutely beautifying product!