Benefit High Beam – I finally gave in!

The story

I read about Benefit’s OG highlighter High Beam nearly 10 years ago, in a book about makeup from Vogue (or maybe it wasn’t by Vogue? I don’t know 🤔), and ever since then I have been obsessed with the acquisition of that ✨ ~dewy glow~✨  that runway models have.

Over the past 9+ years, I have purchased an amount of highlighters that can easily be categorized as a sh!t-ton, but never did I ever go back to the one that started my obsession – until now.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A satiny-pink, liquid highlighter to add a subtle glow.

What it does:
Create a radiant, dewy complexion for an ethereal glow that is perfectly alluring on all skin tones with this iconic, high beam highlighter. Use it as a spot highlighter over makeup or wear it underneath makeup for subtle luminescence.

Beauty tip:
High beam is the ultimate go-to product for strobing. Dot and blend high beam where light would naturally hit your face (the cheekbones, browbones, down your nose, and on your cupid’s bow) for a beautiful, glowing complexion.

You get 10 ml of product for $26.

The yay

  • Really, why did I arrive to the party this late? This liquid highlighter is beautiful. It is so finely milled that I cannot see even a hint of shimmer or glitter in there. And the glow is the definition of dewy. I mean, when they call it the “supermodel in a bottle”, I think they are 💯 % keeping it real.
  • It applies beautifully. I need the tiniest 5-6 dots along my cheekbone to get that glow going. I pat it into the skin (pat, not rub or swipe, is the best policy with liquid and cream highlighters) with a flat foundation brush, or my Vera Mona sponge, or my fingers, and it diffuses into the most natural, healthy yet bright radiance immediately.
  • I was always worried this might look too ashy or silvery or cool against my tan skin tone but honestly, it doesn’t. It blends out into a pearly glow, with minimal hints of pink, which looks very lit-from-within.
  • Lasts about 6-7 hours on my face before fading. I don’t think that’s bad, and that is the product without a powder highlight on top.
  • I was initially not happy about the 10 ml of product served up by Benefit, but their website has reviewers stating the bottle lasted them ages so I guess 10 ml is good. I still think Benefit should move it up to like 12-13 ml at least.
  • The bottle! 😍😍

The meh

  • This doesn’t work well swiped on because it will move your foundation underneath.
  • I did not like how it looked worn over face powder.
  • $26 for 10 ml is pricey to me. (So watch out for their friends and family sale!)


I dot this along my cheekbones (very little is needed for a good, healthy glow), and blend it out with my fingers, a flat foundation brush, or a sponge.

Do I recommend this?

Yes. It is an exquisitely pretty highlighter. (Though I am sure most people have it by now, considering how late I am to the show. 😒) Though deeper or warmer skin-toned individuals may want to try this first to make sure it does not show up as too white or streaky on them!

Available at

Sephora, Benefit, Ulta.



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4 thoughts on “Benefit High Beam – I finally gave in!

    1. So glad to hear it is long lasting!!! One day I just really got the urge to check out the product that started my highlighter obsession, and I’m happy I did! 💕💕

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