Review: Benefit High Beam

Hi everyone! For this week’s review, I’ve teamed up with my friend Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom. We wanted to review the same product but bring our own opinions to all of you. This is a great way to see how a product works or doesn’t work for different skin tones, etc., and to follow someone that you may or may not have already known about. 🙂

This post is also a GIVEAWAY for a full size HIGH BEAM!  Rules: Leave a comment on both posts, follow both blogs, it’s just that easy!  We will use randomizer to pick a winner on August 8th, 2012.

Benefit High Beam
Price $26.00
Size .45 oz {full size}
       .13 oz {trial size}
From Benefit: Benefit High Beam is a luminescent complexion enhancer. It’s an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion. For an angelic sheen, this pink shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow.
Claims: It’s a “supermodel in a bottle” and perfectly alluring on all skin tones.

I have the trial size. You can find this size in many of Benefit’s gift sets where you can try out several products for a lower price. I have to admit that I’ve had this product for a while but it’s not something I reach for. I do like highlighters but I gravitate towards the powder variety.

High Beam is a pink-toned liquid with a slight sheen. In some lights I even found it to have a blue duo chrome effect.

Here it is swatched on my arm. On the left, straight out of the bottle. You can see the consistency and the high sheen. Next to it I’ve blended it out. {it was hard to get a good picture of it blended}

I used it on the top of my cheekbones as a highlight there. You could also use it on the cupid’s bow {above the upper lip}, even placed in the center of the bottom lip to make lips appear fuller. While I think the pink tone is nice and would work for most skin tones, I find the shimmers in it to be too much for me. It doesn’t look very natural on me. Like I mentioned, I think it’s due to the slight blue tones that come out in the sunlight. I could use this product in different ways and like it, just not as a traditional high light on my cheeks. Final Verdict: not for my cheek bones – too much shimmer.


  1. nyccurls
    July 26, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    I usually gravitate to powders too but have had my eye on this for some time…might have to give it a try

  2. Jayme and Mendi
    July 26, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    Hi – I haven't tried this one but have the moon beam highlighter and like that one!Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    I've heard good things about this product and have been wanting to try it for quite some time…I always use powder highlighters…xoxo Rita/Sofia's Closet

  4. mqs
    July 27, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Too much shimmer? That may not be a good thing… HmmThanks for the review!

  5. CosmeticCrazy
    July 27, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    Nice clear pics and straight to the point review. I always love the look that High Beam gives.

  6. carolyncjam
    July 28, 2012 / 8:19 am

    thank you for the review. i have heard that for weddings you should avoid powder highlighters, i think this would be a great option for those being

  7. Stephanie
    July 28, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Looks like a great product! Thanks for the review.

  8. glitterbomb
    July 29, 2012 / 11:12 am

    I love High Beam. I would always see it in my Mum's make-up bag and it made me want to use it. 🙂

  9. JessPynk
    July 29, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have never tried a liquid highlighter and would love to.

  10. daniela dodel
    July 29, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    Thank you for the rewiew and giveaway, I have never tried a liquid highlighter so thank you for the opportunitydani ♥

  11. Susie
    August 2, 2012 / 4:06 am

    Hi Crystal Very Good review of the Benefit Highliter I have not tried this but it looks nice. I found it hard to get away from your Greek Salad recipe to comment here LOL . Susie ~

  12. Edna Maldonado
    August 2, 2012 / 6:46 am

    Thanks for the review and giveaway always nice to read several opinions.I commented on makeupobsessedmom blogI follow both blogs GFC Edna Maldonado

  13. dana
    August 4, 2012 / 4:56 am

    Thanks for the review!

  14. Anonymous
    August 4, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Like you, I have a trial size version of High Beam. While I don't reach for it everyday, on the days I want a bit of a lift I have dotted the smallest amount on my face and blended it out to give me a bit of a lift and get me through from day to night for work events.Not sure if I would invest in a full size, but if I get another sample size with other Benefit products I'll continue to use it!Thanks for your review! I just watched your July Favourites and you have re-inspired me to bring back my MAC Coquette Eyeshadow into rotation next week!

  15. Heather
    August 4, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    great review i would love to try this

  16. the2glams
    August 6, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the review and this product is expensive ;/

  17. MediocreWife115
    August 7, 2012 / 7:40 am

    Boots No 7 illuminator from target is HUGE and sheers out well but still provides a nice highlight. I use it under foundation when I want a more subtle look and over foundation/blush when I want more impact.

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