Product Review: Benefit High Beam

Benefit High Beam, 0.45 oz., US$24.00
Benefit High Beam, 0.45 oz., US$24.00

This is one of Benefit’s most adored cult favorites – a luminescent complexion enhancer that gives your skin a rosy pink glow. The pink hue isn’t obvious though – it just goes on your skin and makes it radiant. It didn’t take me very long toร‚ย love this product – I have tried some of the other brands but always come back to this one because of its texture. It is light, not gummy (main problem with a lot of the other ones on the market) and it’s so thin but moist that it doesn’t cake on your skin. It’s particularly great to create a nice contour on your face (like in those Japanese magazines!) by dabbing a little on the bridge of your nose, under your eyes and a little on the chin! It is also great to mix this with any liquid or cream blush to lessen the pigment (e.g. MUFE’s Microfinish Blush) and make the blush look more natural and glowing.

If youร‚ย are looking for a gold-hued luminizer, try Moon Beam by Benefit or Stila has one in #3 too (I have that one but haven’t opened it yet!). From what I have heard Moon Beam isn’t as luminizing (lower wattage glow). High Beam has quickly become one of my staple products to create that natural no makeup-makeup look!


9 comments on Product Review: Benefit High Beam

  1. Cathy
    June 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi, Joseibi. ๐Ÿ™‚ How are you? I have used this product too, but I haven’t mastered contouring yet. To be honest, I always look worse after I tried to touch blush or highlighter. Do you think you can do a tutorial or tell me where you highlight? I tried it on my nose, and it made my nose look flater. I’m so stupid about makeup, but thanks to you, I’m loving the laneige white plus renew skincare line! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Joseibi
    June 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Cathy!

    I will do a tutorial soon!

    On the nose, use the highlighter as a straight line on the middle of the bridge of your nose (instead of the old school way of using a dark shadow on the sides of the bridge of the nose). This is the more natural way to do it than using dark shadows. You can use the highlighter on top of your top lip too, right in the middle, and also under the eyes and above the cheeks. I will try to find a picture to show you before I have a chance to do a tutorial.

    This kind of highlighting is pretty much the core of Japanese style makeup – it gives you that nice nude face look without looking made up. High Beam is an easy product to use for this purpose – the texture is not thick or gummy so it blends evenly. A better way to do it is apply High Beam with a concealer brush on your nose (in the middle from top to the tip of your nose) so it blends evenly without looking streaky. On the other parts of the face (e.g. under the eyes and above the cheeks) you can use a foundation brush to really blend it in so it looks seamless.

    Glad you love the Laneige White Plus Renew! With good skin as a base, you won’t need much makeup other than a subtle highlighter and a little bit of color and mascara. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Agnes
    June 25, 2010 at 1:23 am (7 years ago)

    I used this on my cheekbones only. But after reading your article, I think I will try it on the nose, one of these days. BTW, when you indicate as under the eyes, which specific part does that meant? Will it highlight dark circles and eye bags instead? Its also mentioned that this can be used when mixed with your moisturiser but I have not try it yet.

    I also owned the Moon Beam but I do not really know how to use it as another SA says that its recommended it for darker skin tone colour. If you have tried it too, pls share your review. Thanks so much.

  4. Joseibi
    June 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Agnes,

    I use High Beam under my eyes and above my cheeks where some people have dark circles or eyebags. I have no circles or bags so I can’t attest to whether this will counteract the appearance of circles or bags but because this is pink-toned I assume it could.

    The Moon Beam is similar to the High Beam, not necessarily for darker skin but it depends on your skin tone. I find that the High Beam (pink toned) is very flattering on lighter skin; whereas the Moon Beam is gold-toned so it’s flattering on olive skin tone so what the SA said isn’t wrong. It depends on what other makeup you use too; if I were to go with a bronze theme then the gold undertones from Moon Beam may be more suitable whereas if I have pink shadows and blush on, High Beam looks better.

    Do you have light or darker skin? How about your hair color? Sometimes I find the best thing to do, when it comes to assessing what looks better on you (regarding colors) is to take a picture in natural lighting without the flash. That way you can see what you actually look like with the colors you are wearing. Sometimes I thought my makeup was too subtle but when I look at the pictures it shows more than I thought. I always have my camera handy when I do my makeup just to snap a quick shot to check! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Cathy
    June 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi. Thank you for promising to do the tutorial! You are so kind ๐Ÿ™‚ What does putting high beam under your eyes do? Does it brighten the eyes or something?
    You have no idea how much you helped me by recommending the Laneige white plus renew line. I love it very much. Now I don’t even need foundation anymore, so I’m instead looking for a sunscreen (since my laneige base and foundation had spf before). I’m going to try the Laneige sunscreens, since I like to use the same brand as much as possible. Thank you so much for your recommendations!


  6. Joseibi
    June 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Cathy,

    I hope you won’t have to wait too long! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    High Beam will brighten any area you apply it but it’s not too shimmery so it’s perfect for under the eyes, the bow on your top lip, etc. I use it on my nose to contour it as well. If your skin tends to be oily though you may want a powder form luminizer, which will stay longer on your skin, esp. in the summer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Cathy
    June 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your answers! ๐Ÿ™‚ I won’t mind waiting. I am reading some articles, and I am just wondering what’s the difference between Korean and Japanese skincare & makeup? Are there any difference between the concepts? My mother said that Japanese skincare tends to be harsher and works very fast (e.g. very fast whitening), while Korean skincare is milder. Is it true? Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will try high beam tomorrow and I’ll tell you how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Joseibi
    July 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Cathy,

    From my experience with Korean and Japanese skin care, the difference is that many J-brands don’t use fragrance or colorants, whereas K-brands are mostly very heavy on fragrance. Some people have complained that J-brand skin care tends to smell strong with alcohol, but the truth is that both J and K-brands are rather heavy on alcohol, but because k-brands use heavy fragrance, you don’t smell it, that’s all.

    When it comes to makeup I still prefer j-brands – especially their base makeup. K-brands tend to be heavier – good if you need full coverage but J-brands are all about the natural, ‘nude-face’ look so their formulas are more sheer and stay on the skin longer than k-brands (which had smeared on me before and I don’t even have oily skin). J-brands like Shiseido’s Maquillage are still more popular than K-brands – especially when it comes to foundation and powder shades. K-brands are fairly limited and tend to be a tad too pink for most Asians, where J-brands have better formula and better shades that suit the average Japanese, Korean or Chinese skin tones.

    Whitening – jury is still out whether j-brands or k-brands do it better. It’s very hard to judge because some people don’t even use a broad spectrum sunscreen when they use whitening products, and hence, the results aren’t what they want and they may say bad things about a particular brand. From my experience whitening products are really hit-or-miss and the results vary a great deal from individual to individual. For example, as much as I love Sulwhasoo, its whitening line Snowise did not work on me, but I have used some really cheap J-brands (e.g. Kanebo’s Freshel White C+) actually worked. It’s hard to say really!

    If you haven’t bought High Beam yet sells a mini version that comes with a couple of other Benefit products for US$10, quite a good deal and you get to try a mini size before you commit to the full size! ๐Ÿ™‚


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