Benefit is a brand I love to admire but rarely purchase any products from. I’m not sure why. I do own some of the blushes, of course. Who doesn’t love Rockateur? But when it comes to Benefit highlighters, which are among their most popular products, I’m not drawn in. With these products being long loved by makeup enthusiasts across the globe, however, I thought I’d better give them a proper go.
As you can see, the Benefit Highlighters in my collection are only samples. One of the reasons I think I’ve never purchased a full size is the fact that I’m not big on cream/liquid formulations of blushes, highlighters or bronzers. Its weird. I like the concept, I like how some of them look once applied, but I rarely, if ever, reach for the ones that are in my collection. This makes me wary of accumulated more such products. So how does Benefit do?
High Beam (“luminescent complexion enhancer”)
Benefit says that this “satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek and brow bones for a dewy, radiant glow”. It is recommended for use over makeup for targeted highlighting or under to add subtle luminescence.
A little goes a long way with this cream-to-liquid highlighter which is intensely pigmented. I love the soft pink tint of High Beam and the fact that it’s not glittery or too shimmery. However, I don’t think it blends that well over make-up and I’ve tried it all kinds of ways. Whatever I do, it breaks down my foundation more often than not. I’m fully aware that this could be attributed to the texture of my skin which is not as smooth as when I was 16. 🙂 Also I’m not a fan of the nail-polish-brush-like applicator (which is the same in the full size). But it does last a really long time.
Watt’s up! (“soft focus highlighter for face”)
Benefit says that this “soft focus highlighter turns on “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous”. It’s a cream-to-powder finish that promises smooth application and luminous sheen.
A subtle champagne glow offered in a cream stick formulation, I wish I could get on better with this product. It’s fine if I’m applying it over a light application of BB cream, but trying to get this to look great over a full face (before powder), is a struggle for me – especially on the cheek bones. It works better on my cupids bow and brow bone. Despite my woes, I do think that more youthful skin can probably achieve a fantastic dewy look with this.
Sun Beam (“golden bronze complexion highlighter”)
Benefit says this “golden bronze highlighter gives you a natural, sunkissed radiance” for liquid sunshine in a bottle. They recommend that the product be blended over cheek and brow bones for a bronzed glow that complements all skin tones.
Similar in texture and delivery to High Beam, I actually find that this gorgeous shimmery golden liquid highlighter performs a little better. It doesn’t cause my foundation to shift and is more forgiving on my skin texture. Although Benefit says this is for all skin tones, its probably best suited for medium and deeper skin tones with yellow/olive undertones.
In total, there are four Benefit highlighters in brands’ range and all of them are creams or liquids. The one that’s missing from this post is Girl Meets Pearl which is a liquid pink toned pearl luminizer. The newer “Fine-One-One” is also categorised by Benefit as a highlighter but I see it as more of a blush.
Though I was pleased with Sun Beam and can use both High Beam and Watts Up in moderation, I still prefer a powder highlight. Maybe I’m just lazy? Are there any cream/liquid highlghters that you think will blow my mind? Recommendations welcomed.
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