Benefit High Beam - review and swatches


Benefit's High Beam is one of those products I'd heard so much about but had never tried. So when I saw that it was part of the Go Tropicoral kit (and because I'd been itching to try Coralista), that kit became something I NEEDED.

It's a liquid highlighter/illuminator and I always have one of those on the go to mix in with my primer before applying my base, but I've preferred to use this as a stand-alone highlighter and I put it on before the final dusting of powder.

Benefit claims/product details:
  • Our satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek and browbones for a dewy, radiant glow
  • Use as a spot highlighter over makeup or wear under complexion products for subtle luminescence
  • The makeup artist's secret for a natural, dewy glow 
  • Suitable for all skintones
  • Gives a soft-focus sheen 
  • Application: dot and blend over makeup onto cheek and browbones, or anywhere you want a glance to linger
  • Tips: apply High Beam over Benetint for a long-lasting, dewy flush; to add soft definition to your nose, apply down the bridge of your nose and blend
  • RRP $26US for 13ml; $45AUD
  • Available from the Benefit website (US) or from eg Myer in Oz

See above unblended swatch, and blended below. 

I'd say 'High Beam' is a good name for this product - it definitely gives a good sheen! For this reason, I suggest applying it with a very light hand or you'll overdo things and end up looking like the proverbial discoball.

There it is below on my face, applied to the top of my cheekbones. I've only applied a little because that's how I would wear it.


This is a lovely product and one I'm glad to own. It's easy to use and I think my little travel-sized bottle will last for ages because you only need to apply the smallest amount to get the glow thing happening.

High Beam is definitely one of the better highlighters/illuminators I've used. Unlike eg the Revlon version I was using before this, there's no noticeable glitter. If you've been reading this blog, you'll know how much I hate visible glitter - it doesn't make for a natural look!

What I will say though, is that I don't think this product is worth the $45AUD price tag. While I would pay the Oz price for eg Benefit's Boi-ing concealer if I had to, High Beam doesn't distinguish itself enough for that. Plus I've got my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders to add a subtle glow, and I prefer those.

What I've been using as my liquid illuminator to mix with primer is the Mememe versions. Since I bought those for a fraction of the price (and also got them on special, so I had an extra discount), they've been serving me well and I don't think High Beam is worth the outlay - despite how lovely it is - particularly not if you're using it as an under-foundation product. High Beam is definitely a better product, but $45 is a lot to pay for an illuminator.

If you're desperate for High Beam, however, I'd say it's a reasonable investment because the bottle should last you for ages.

Gorgeous. And yes, it lives up to its claims - and all the hype.

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