21 July 2013

Review | Benefit's 'Sun Beam' Highlighter

There's no denying that I love the 'glowing' look. It makes me feel fresh and helps me look alive. However, sometimes when my skin is feeling a bit lack-luster, I have to try and enhance that glow through a highlighter. Benefit's 'Sun Beam' liquid highlighter is the one for summer. It's golden shade helps me achieve that bronzed look I like to go for during the warmer months.

Looking almost like a nail polish, Sun Beam comes in 13ml pot with a brush applicator attached to the screw-top lid - so compact and travel friendly! I apply it lightly across the tops of my cheekbones, on my cupids bow and a tiny bit on my brow bone - just for that extra lift. I'll then either take my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to blend it in.

My only qualm with this product is that it does take some blending in. Sometimes when I apply it, it can look look like I've literally just slapped it onto my face. To make sure that it's all blended I'll take either my foundation or powder brush and really blend in the edges, so there aren't any harsh lines. But the finished effect is always worth the time.

This is a perfect highlighter for when I have a tan but when I'm a bit on the paler side it doesn't work as well for me. It's well worth going to a counter and swatching along with their other liquid highlighter, High Beam, which is probably better suited to lighter skin tones. What are your favourite highlighters to use? Let me know! Don't forget to vote in the Cosmo Blog Awards - I'm in the 'Best New Beauty Blog' category!

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  1. I love the Benefit highlighters! If you're finding that it's taking a lot of blending in though, you should try applying it to your finger instead of directly from the brush and tapping your finger along your cheekbone/wherever you want it. It goes on much more subtly but you can still see it's made a difference :). Doing that has cut down the amount of blending I do by quite a bit and works for both High Beam and Sun Beam xx

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    1. Oooh thanks for the recommendation lovely, I shall try that :) xxx

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  2. Looks so pretty, if you are looking for something when you are a bit paler, High Beam is also great! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  3. Benefit highlighters are a go to product of mine especially in the summer although I do find that too much just gathers in a gloopy mess but with the right amount they are gorgeous x


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    1. Yeah I totally agree, you have to get the perfect amount! xxx

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  4. Wow this gives such a gorgeous colour! I've only ever tried high beam but I love it! :)

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I prefer powder highlighters or my NARS Multiple in Copacabana over liquid highlighters but I've heard great things about these Benefit ones. This colour is really pretty!

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. I really want to try Copacabana - it looks amazing! xxx

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  6. Oh my, this is pretty!
    I love the glowing, and dewy look too, so this would be lovely :)

    I use my Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora - loooove it :)

    Great post, lovely!

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    1. It's super pretty! I have that too and haven't found the perfect way to apply it - will have to have another play around with it xxx

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  7. oooh it sounds so good! i love benefit! all their products are amazing! :)
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree - they never really disappoint! xxx

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  8. This typically doesn't work for me so luckily I only have a small sample from a kit! I love High Beam though :)

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. D'awh really - I need to get my hands on High Beam! xxx

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  9. I've not tried any of the highlighters from Benefit, the only things like this in my collection is Soft and Gentle MSF and some form of highlighter stick pencil thing from Benefit which I can't remember for the life of me... but I think high beam would be good for me, like you, i'm naturally pale so sun beam might be too orange toned for me x

    Jade | Beauty Butterfly Blog

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    1. I'm so eager to try out Soft & Gentle - looks so amazing! xxx

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  10. I love benefit highlighters too but I agree that they can be a pain in the arse to apply! I sometimes put them under my foundation instead so it doesn't mess it up :) xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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    1. Haha totally! Oooh that's a good idea, I'll have to try that! xxx

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  11. Definitely going to try out high beam
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    S xx

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  12. I can imagine this looking amazing on you, but with my pasty pale skin I think it would look like I had gold foil on my cheeks which isn't a look I generally go for :P xxx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Hahha love you Gem, you always make me giggle xxx

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  13. I'm sure this would look gorgeous on you with a lil tan. I've tried the High Beam before, I liked the colour & the effect it gave but your right you really need the blend the product in.
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh

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    1. It's alllll about the blending with this product for sure! xxx

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  14. I love Watts Up from Benefit at the moment and have tried High Beam in the past which I really liked too. I haven't tried this one yet but I think it would be fab for on holiday! :) x

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  15. I have the high beam one as I have quite pale skin and I love it, I've been using it for years! x

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  16. This looks so nice, I'll have to give it a try! I love your blog by the way! You seem very lovely!

    xx
    Mere

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  17. Thanks for sending me your link via Twitter :) I've heard lots of good things about this product so I'll definitely need to try it soon x

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  18. Need this in my life!

    franleanne.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. This looks amazing! I've never tried a liquid highlighter and I am now intrigued!! Great review!
    xx

    http://the-astyle.blogspot.ca

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  20. omg! im so excited for this review! I got this highlighter from buying one of benefit beauty package but have never used it. Now I can thanks so much im excited to try them this weekend!

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    1. Haha really! Oooh tell me what you think! xxx

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  21. I've been looking for a highlighter like this. Looks amazing!! xx

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  22. I've been dying to try this for too long! Though I'm sure I'll need to rigorously apply the fake tan before hand! :)

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