Sunday, March 9, 2014

Benefit High Beam- Review, Swatches & Comparison

I'm always searching for amazing higlighters to go with my skin tone, right now I'm so in love with pink liquid highlighters to mix with my foundation. I got Benefit high beam in my Benefit Primed for Lovin' set. It had full size Benefit porefessional, high beam, they're real mascara and a sample size of sugarbomb lipgloss.
I'm seriously in love with liquid highlighters lately, its so much convenient to just mix them with the liquid foundation and get the glow you want in an instant. Although I do love using my powder highlighters on top always for obviously, more glow?

So, I've been eyeing this highlighter for over an year now, but was always very afraid to try this out since it comes in a bottle and at the back of my mind I sort of had an impression that it might be a lot thicker and harder to blend and what if it gives me a frosty highlight, which just looks awful on my skin tone. I always considered this as something only pale skin people can use. But after falling in love with my Body shop radiant highlighter, which by the way is also a light pink liquid highlighter, I decided I should definitely give this a try.
What Benefit Cosmetics say about High Beam:
luminescent complexion enhancer

I swear I thought they had something more to write about their famous product, but this is all I found from their website.

High beam is a beautiful pink liquid highlighter, it comes in a small nail polish sort of bottle with a similar looking nail polish applicator. You can directly apply this on the high points of your cheeks, little on the middle of your forehead, along your nose, your cupids bow and chin and blend it very well so it gives a natural glow. It sure is a superstar in a bottle. If you want to apply it directly I would recommend blending is the key, because it is a thick liquid highlighter, not at all runny. I like to use this mixed with my foundation, also mixed with my cream kryolan stick concealer, it just brightens up the under eye area so well.

It doesn't make me look oily at all, remember the key to a super glowy skin with liquid highlighters is blending them really nicely, if you just pat them on and leave them you are eventually going to look like a disco ball. Use a duo fiber brush to apply for a strong highlighter and blend everything out with your flat powder brush. Or if you want an overall glow then mix it with your liquid foundation and apply with a beauty blender, brush or even your fingers.

Benefit High Beam: blended

more blended.

I would compare this to the bodyshop radiant highlighter, which I love and adore so much! Although the only difference between the two is their consistency, bodyshop highlighter is more creamy/liquid while benefit high beam is thicker and definitely has more pink glow to it. Their colors when blended are the same, but if you see them non blended then you will find high beam to be more frosty light pink and bodyshop one is more baby pink. Oh, the tragedy behind explaining their colors.
The other liquid highlighter which I own is the Nars orgasm illuminator, which I'm not a fan of honestly.

Here are the swatches for you to decide.

Nars Orgasm illuminator, Bodyshop radiant highlighter, Benefit High beam

all three blended.
Nars orgasm illuminator, bodyshop radiant highlighter, benefit high beam

Nars orgasm illuminator is bronzy for when the sun is out and I'm feeling OK and want a J-Lo glow. And the other two Benefit High beam and Bodyshop radiant highlighter are usually what I use on regular basis.
I love all three, but my nars one has changed its consistency and form so I'm thinking what to do with it, I have tried shaking it but it didn't work. Lets see if you guys can help me with it.

Thanks for reading, ladies. Hope you enjoy it! xoxo


  1. from a long time i am after sun beam and moon beam but now trend is changing i must consider this too. xx

  2. i have heard that the liquid separation prob was reported in the case of NARS illuminater. Anyho Great review and great post.Well from what i can gather high beam and TBS highlighter look the least in swatch.Would you call it a dupe? I love both these silvery highlighter as they dont add a tan to my complexion :p xoxo

    1. I wont call them exact dupes though. I find High beam more silvery pink, with a lilac touch to it and the bodyshop one is more pinker:)

  3. I want nars illuminater too ..

  4. I want high beam so so bad! The Nars one is a bit too bronzy for my liking.