I got this quite a while ago free with a magazine, and have just started using it again. I use it under my brows and over my eyelids prior to using eyeshadow, then what's left on my fingers I run down the bridge of my nose. It's a good product however far too expensive when there are cheaper and just as good products out there!
I commissioned my brother to buy high beam for me in the US, where it costs less, after reading enthusiastic reviews.
All in all I must say I'm not satisfied with high beam and wouldn't purchase it again.
The packaging: little glass jar, exactly like nail polish. Whenever I open it I fear to drop it or spill the contents.
Texture: if it were a bit more runny, I'd prefer it and the application would be easier.
A drop goes a long way, you need so little it will last AGES.
I dab it (as a very final touch) on my upper cheekbones, upper/outer brow bones and inner corners of the eyes. Very sparingly. The subtle glow you get with a tiny droplet enhances the parts mentioned above beautifully, gives your skin a dewy look, but the effect is difficult to achieve. You have to be quick in dabbing. If you use a bit more than a droplet it's already too much: you rub off and smudge powder and blush (I don't use foundation) and, even worse, it gives a rosy metallic shimmer, which I don't like at all.
I didn't want to purchase the full bottle of this, so I purchased a sample size.
I was rather surprised, because I didn't think it would match my warm NC35 complexion very well; and to be honest, I didn't think it would do anything other than make my face look shimmery (which is exactly what Benefit Sun Beam did for me; you can read my review for that).
But it didn't.
The thing with High Beam is that it technically IS shimmery, but it's more like light-reflecting particles rather than actual shimmer, which is what makes High Beam so versatile and universal in terms of skin colors. When your face hits the light, you can't detect any shimmer at all. Like I said, they're light-reflecting particles. You can definitely see some subtle shimmer when in the bottle or on your finger though. The color is a cool champagne with pink undertones and a silvery shimmer--gorgeous color, but I wouldn't worry about the color so much because it doesn't really show up on your face (this is a highlighter; it's not supposed to be pigmented).
Everyday I apply this onto the inner corners of my eyes, nose bridge, and cheekbones. It doesn't do anything for my browbone or cupid's bow though.
I think High Beam works best for the cheekbones. My cheekbones aren't prominent at all (I don't think I even have any), but if I use this and my cheeks hit the light, it looks like I actually have cheekbones! I never even knew that was possible until now!
It's nice for inner eyes too; it gives your eyes a nice lift. I wear it on my nose bridge because I have a flat nose, but I'm not sure it effects my nose other than making it look oily. I should try contouring it with this and some bronzer to see if I get good results.
Honestly, this isn't a miracle product; it doesn't make me look glowy or angelic or like I got a full 8 hours of sleep (I have insomnia so it's impossible for me to sleep). But it's still a good product to have.
For ease of use and convenience, I apply this with my fingers. I don't use the brush at all because I think the packaging is really stupid. It's a frickin nail polish bottle! Even the brush is a nail polish brush. Jeez, it seems like makeup companies can never get the packaging right. What does Benefit expect us to do?--PAINT it on our faces like it were our own fingernails? Um, yeah, riiight. The bottle is completely illogical in my opinion.
The only other con would be the price. It costs $26 for a 0.46 oz. bottle, which is hardly any product. I paid $6.50 (excluding shipping) for a teeny weeny 0.13 oz. bottle.
Although this is a good highlighter, I don't think it's worth the price. But then again, Benefit is an overpriced brand, so ehhh, whatever.
Would I repurchase? Maybe...
While i do like this product, and I do, what i dont love is the price. It makes it so inaccessable and therefore leaving a huge gap in the market for hundreds of copycats, and unfortunately for Benefit, there seem to be some amazing if not BETTER dupes out there for a fraction of the price.
This is a great highlighter, but there is cheaper and better alternatives.
I love, love, love High Beam! It is definitely my HG highlighter! It is creamy, goes on like a dream and makes my cheeks look gorgeous! The formula is amazing and doesn't make me break out and really melts into my skin beautifully. It's definitely on the pricey side but considering how little you need for each application, the bottle is huge and lasts forever. I will be buying this one over and over again for sure.
The brush needs to be longer or the lid more easily used, and the actual high beam can make your skin look oily instead of glowing. With all that said however, I think it can be a nice product on occasion.
I've been using High Beam for a long time, but to be honest it kind of bores me and I feel that it is an overrated product. It works well enough, but I really think that's only because it's such a simple product with simple instructions. It's just a silvery-pink shimmery liquid in awkward packaging. It can be a little too shimmery at times. When I apply it to the top of my cheekbones, it can look like 2 shimmery stripes unless I blend it a lot, and when I do that I have to spread the shimmer all over my cheeks and that ruins the effect of a highlighter. I am sure there are more cosmetically elegant highlighters out there that can be used in a more precise manner, that can be better used for contouring. The best thing about High Beam is that a little bit goes a long way. I've had my bottle for over a year now and I still have about a third of it left.
-nice sheen. Not too pink, not glittery, barely shimmer
- long lasting and heat resistant (7 hours)
-dries quickly and doesn't move around my foundation when blending
-packaging is a ridiculous stunt. As everyone has said, it clogs at the top, gathers at the bottom, and the nail polish like applicator is useless
-if you want a product to add to foundation, this isn't it
I first tried this last year or the year before I don't remember. It wasn't mine, it was my cousin's. I tried it and I loved it! It blends in so easily giving your skin a tint glow which I really like and then I bought it my self this year around February. Tried it, It looks horrible! It sits on my skin it won't blend and i'm not sure why. I think it's because my skin got drier and that's why it won't blend. I would recommend this to people who have normal skin but not dry skin. I also think it has too much shimmer now, too glittery but I've seen people mix it with their foundation which I think I should give it a try.
I got this product in a 3-Pack along with BeneTint and Possytint (or however you spell them! lol) and I loveeee it!! It is a great highlighter that goes a long ways. The only problem is that if you use too much of it,it can get a little sparkly, but that is like any highlighter. I will most deffintly be buying this product full-size. (: