Review: Benefit High Beam

Benefit High Beam ($26 / £18.50)
Hi, lovelies! Today I'll be reviewing the popular Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter. I bought High Beam years ago. I hated it in the beginning and only started to like it recently. I don't have much to say about it though. It does exactly what it's supposed to: it highlights and brings light to the face. I use it on my cheekbones, my cupid's bow, and on the bridge of my nose. The effect it gives is truly gorgeous! It has a pearlessence that is very difficult to capture in pictures but looks amazing in real life. It looks glowy and natural because it's liquid. 

The reasons I disliked it initially were: 1. I wasn't applying it effectively and 2. I didn't like the color. I used to blend it out too much and get frustrated because it seemed to disappear. I found that I like it much better if I just tap it with my fingers. Also, it's very white/champagne which doesn't look as natural on my warm medium skintone. I think Sun Beam or Moon Beam would look best with my yellow undertones.
Sorry for the closeup of my worn-out smoky eye! Anyways, High Beam is a wonderful high quality highlighter. It's a product that I have learned to love. I still prefer a warmer highlighter, something more golden or beige which is why I'll use up High Beam but I won't repurchase it. Also, the one I have is the travel size which was cheaper than the full size High Beam. I bought it at Sephora but I'm not sure if they still carry this "to-go" version.

50 comments

  1. I wish i could use this, it looks lovely on you, i am allergic to it :( x

    www.hannahheartss.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I too didn't like High Beam but I'm starting to like it again and I had been applying it wrong too! Looks fab on you x
    CandyxCosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I've never tried a liquid highlighter, think I'll get the benefit ladies to put this on me as I would'nt want it looking un natural! thanks for an honest review :) xx

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  4. High beam is beautiful! I've never seen the smaller version in the tube- so much easier than the nail polish -like bottle!

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  5. I prefer powder highlighters : / I didn't like either the moon beam or high beam, too "greasy" for me. Looks lovely on you, though. Maybe moon beam will look even better! ^^ xx

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    1. Yeah, it can be the type of product that can easily cross over to being "too much' since it's liquid AND super shimmery xx

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  6. This looks lovely on you Coco!! Highbeam doesn't suit my skin but they're Watts Up is perfect for me :)

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. I forgot about Watts Up. It must be lovely xx

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  7. I like how it looks on you! You might like Sun Beam more though, it's very yellow and warm and really does remind me of liquid sunshine.

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  8. Looks gorgeous!X

    http://lucycole.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. It's my birthday soon and I was thinking about asking for a benefit highlighter, as I have paler skin I thought this would probably be best for me. It looks really pigmented and that really attracts me to it. I've heard that both topshop and elf do a good dupe though! x

    http://aquietjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah, I definitely think it suits pale skintones better xxx

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  10. It looks like it has a really pretty sheen to it! I thought the packaging was different though, or is that the old packaging?

    a-hint-of-glitter.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This little doe-foot tube is a travel version called High Beam To Go that they used to sell at Sephora x

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  11. I like it! Looks pretty on you, a bit too much sheen for me as I like more of a matte look. Nice post!

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  12. I finally picked up highbeam and I love it! I agree that it shears out easily.

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  13. I love highbeam, it is so good at illuminating cheekbones and eyebrows. I have never seen this size, it looks much better than the normal one they sell which is harder to carry around x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, it's a shame they don's sell this To Go packaging anymore. It seems easier to apply too xx

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  14. I absolutely love High Beam. I just wish it wasn't so expensive! xx

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  15. I had no idea that the packaging had changed! Or maybe it's different where you live? love high beam, just wish I could find a cheaper alternative :-)

    burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a travel packaging that they used to sell at Sephora. It's called High Beam To Go x

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  16. mus try this, i have benefits watts up and love that but this looks lovely too :D
    http://www.thelilywhiteenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  17. It works well on you actually! I really like the look of this x

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  18. It looks great on your skin! I have Sun Beam & love it, such a gorgeous bronzey tone.

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    Megan xxx

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  19. I really like Benefit products. My first one was Benetint! I have this- but haven't tried it yet. Now I can't wait! Thanks.

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  20. It is a great highlight for my fair skin! Although, I have been love the one from the Fergie collection lately, but it is a powder, not a liquid.

    Nicole at proudproductjunkie.blogspot.com

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    1. I've yet to see Fergie products on my local drugstores. :( I don't think W'n'W limited edition products even come to my country x

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  21. I have a dupe of this product (Technic's HighLights) and I'm totally in love with it! It really gives your face a wonderful glow.

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    1. Oh, I've seen Technic HighLights on blogs before. It looks so pretty! I wish I could get my hands on it x

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  22. I understand what you mean about the warm tones but it still looks really pretty on your skin! :-)

    xx Christal xx
    LipstickAndPonytails.com

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  23. I've never used a highlighter before. I might have to check this out.

    New follower <3

    chevrons&anchors.com

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  24. I got a sample of this and it is just an ok product, I think there are better liquid highlighters out there to be honest!

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    1. I love liquid highlighters so I'd love to hear your favorites x

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  25. The carry version is cute and useful! I love High Beam, though I do find the liquid a bit tricky at times. Still, it's very glowy and I like that there's no detectable shimmer particles in it.

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  26. I have High Beam, and I've never been overly impressed with it. I think it's because I prefer a more subtle highlight and this is really noticeable on my skin tone. Powder highlights suit me a lot more, but this is gorgeous for special nights out and such! xx

    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I've noticed that I use it most during the daytime because it's so shimmery. It truly can be too much xx

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  27. that looks absolutely gorgeous on your skin!

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  28. I've aaaalways wanted to try one of the benefit highlighters. This one looks absolutely beautiful :) I recently bought Slay by Illamasqua which is doing an amazing job though! x

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  29. I really like MoonBeam! I dk, will have to pick up a sample at some point :) The bottle packaging is fab though! *sigh*

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  30. I love how it looks in the close up, so pretty! :)
    I have Sunbeam and I'm really in love with that.

    http://www.danielleyc.com/ xx

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  31. I have never seen this with the doe foot applicator! I wish mine had it instead of the nail-polish-esque bottle!
    It looks lovely on you!
    - Andrea xx

    frominsidemycloset.com

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  32. I love this product but sometimes I find it so hard to use. x

    A Scholar Life

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  33. I've never tried High Beam before, I've always been tempted but I tend not to be a fan of liquid products. Lovely review!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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