Dream of Benefit’s High Beam

I’ve never been into highlighting products. In fact, the only highlighter that I was familiar with was the neon, fluorescent type that I carefully used all over my university tutorial notes. Until I saw this one product persistently being described as ‘A must-have!’ and ‘Best beauty splurge!’,I simply had to succumb to my cosmetics addiction.

Benefit’s High Beam liquid highlighter is a cult-status favourite of celebrities, models and commoners alike. This rather pricey product is regularly featured in make-up artist’s kits, magazines, beauty blogs, and in Megan Fox’s handbag (apparently).

PACKAGING

Firstly, the highlighter itself comes in the classic Benefit packaging for liquid products – a glass bottle, screw on lid and little brush. It’s quite similar to a nail polish bottle, and is not particularly sanitary, but it does give the product an ‘oh yes, I live in vintage, French boudoir’ feel.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

High Beam is a luminous liquid champagne-pink highlighter, awash with glimmering silver pearl. The shimmer is so fine that on application, the separate particles are not visible, but it leaves the skin illuminated for glowing but natural look. The texture of highlighter is milky and so blendable that you’ll fool everyone into thinking that your dewy complexion really is au naturale. It’s also great for sallow, dull or dry skin, because the finish leaves your skin with a healthy, moisturised sheen.

APPLICATION TIPS & TRICKS

My favourite aspect of the product is the amazing versatility. I’ll use this mixed with my foundation or tinted moisturiser or with body lotion for an all-over-glow. The fine brush helps to distribute precise, small amounts onto the brow bone, cupid’s bow and down the bridge of the nose for a brightened finish. I also use it along the collarbone when going out which helps define the bone structure and decolletage. The ultimate technique for me would be highlighting the top of the cheekbones, after applying blush and contouring underneath with a matte bronzer. The result: high, catwalk-supermodel cheekbones that is guaranteed to send the whole clan of Victoria’s Secret models into a fit of jealousy.

FINAL VERDICT

I absolutely adore Benefit’s High Beam, it’s a premium quality, natural looking highlighter with an incredible, glowing finish – well worth the premium pricing. It’s my go-to highlighter day or night, rain, hail or shine. This product is like Photoshop in a bottle, except it never shuts down or freezes.

OVERALL RATING: 9/10

PRICE: $45 at Myer.com.au

PURCHASE AGAIN: I’d prefer to purchase 1 litre at a time.

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63 Comments

  • Reply Sparkles17 Saturday 6th October, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Sounds like an excellent product!

  • Reply becci19 Wednesday 11th July, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    will have to try this

  • Reply T1NA Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 11:31 am

    sounds awesome!

  • Reply sarahgee Friday 8th June, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I bought this product for the first time a few months ago, and absolutely love it!

  • Reply keppers Tuesday 5th June, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    This is a really great product, and you only need a few dots to get nice glowing skin

  • Reply ozproductjunkie Thursday 31st May, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    LOVE this product! If you’re new to highlighters and want to try some cheaper ones before investing in this one try Models Prefer Professional Illuminator or the Face of Australia Illuminator (4 colours). I think they are both around $14ish in Priceline.

  • Reply indiana Thursday 16th February, 2012 at 9:38 am

    really want this product NOW!

  • Reply mandystsai Sunday 29th January, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Great review, thanks for sharing!

  • ivysaurus
    Reply ivysaurus Wednesday 11th January, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I’ve always wanted to try this too. Great review!

  • Reply ethereal Wednesday 11th January, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I’ve never used highlighter before, but this sounds like something I want to try!

  • Reply AmberB Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’d love to try this – especially after your positive review!

  • Reply chrisbabe1971 Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 10:12 am

    It really is great. Just putting it on washes away my day at work and makes me feel ready to face a party.

  • Reply darling Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 8:55 am

    it looks good

  • Reply thugsy Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I love it

  • Reply stefaneigh Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I have this from a pack I won but have never really used it as I don’t know how! Good article but more how-to tips would be good!

  • Reply melissacicero Monday 9th January, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    cant wait to give this a go – hope it works!

  • Reply holly vals Monday 9th January, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    ooh exciting -i have very dry skin

  • Reply xoxoMayy Monday 9th January, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    i would love to try!

  • Reply candicelee22 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Great review

  • Reply tina_cats Monday 9th January, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    interesting

  • Reply i-n-u-r-e Monday 9th January, 2012 at 11:30 am

    definitely picking this up soon

  • Reply livi Monday 9th January, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love highlighter this looks fabulous 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Monday 9th January, 2012 at 10:51 am

    What do you mean that it’s not “sanitary”?

    • Reply chocolatelace Monday 9th January, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I’ve always felt that products where you dip the brush to the face and back into the bottle encourages the transfer of bacteria 🙂

  • sbooth29
    Reply sbooth29 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 10:39 am

    always wanted to try this!

  • GoodThanks
    Reply GoodThanks Monday 9th January, 2012 at 10:23 am

    So expensive in Australia.. SOunds good but I’ll be buying from overseas.

  • Reply marcie4 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I love Benefit cosmetics. Although I’ve never tried this.

  • Reply Tashie Monday 9th January, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Wow, sounds fab!

  • Reply tessarella Monday 9th January, 2012 at 9:35 am

    This is making me want to try this

  • Reply ichigolove01 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Wow I really want to try it!

  • Reply KNY Monday 9th January, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Great review – sounds like a fab product!

  • Reply fifi73 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Sounds fantastic….. BWA you’re not very good for my budget…. 😉

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:53 am

    as if I didn’t want to try this enough already! you’ve made me super keen to get my hands on this little beauty 🙂

  • Reply doogs Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:48 am

    love

  • Reply bardie Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:43 am

    sounds great

  • Reply jarjar Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7:40 am

    i would love to try

  • Reply juliew Monday 9th January, 2012 at 6:40 am

    this looks great

  • Reply balibabe7 Monday 9th January, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Great review – would love to try this out 🙂

  • Reply piccolanippy Monday 9th January, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I’d love to try this!

  • Reply KatP Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Might give it a try.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful product

  • Reply pearl06 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Awesum

  • Reply Claireo Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I want one now 😉

  • Myra
    Reply myra00 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I will definitely try this highlighter!! Thanks for the review:-)

  • Reply UNoPoo Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Sounds good!

  • Reply amyk3u Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    im going to try this 🙂

  • Reply jenniekellett Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    i’ve been using this for years – best product ever

  • Reply sallync Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You got me at Photoshop in a bottle!

  • Reply mummo13 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Interesting

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Love to try!

  • Reply chris Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    a good read, thanks

  • aimzybabe
    Reply aimzybabe Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I would love to try this but it’s still pretty pricey!

  • Reply chrystal Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    one of the benefits to oily skin – don’t need this type of product.

  • Reply bwa1 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    great!

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Wow photoshop in a bottle is impressive – have heard heaps about this but have never tried it. Sounds addictive!

  • Reply JENNIFAARRH Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    one litre at a time hahahaha

  • Reply lynn Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    i love this product!

  • Reply teekendall Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Sounds amazing.

  • Reply linhyy Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    reallyy want to try this!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Ooooh! Thanks to the awesome review I am defs buying this!

  • Reply shell0606 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply thing13 Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You make it sound irresitable!

  • Reply midnightstarfish Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 11:59 am

    ooh i would like to try it 🙂

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