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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Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter – Review & Swatches

Benefit Cosmetics’ new Dandelion Twinkle powder highlight is described by Sephora as:

What it is:
A nude-pink, powder highlighter.

What it does:
Get your glow on with Dandelion Twinkle—Benefit’s long-lasting, highlighting and luminizing powder in a perfect, nude-pink shade. It’s formulated with baked technology to impart a sheer, ultra-lightweight texture and delicate radiance—ideal for highlighting and brightening for a luminous girly glow. It features a signature, dandy daydream fragrance with notes of delicate blossom, and the powder comes with a soft-bristle brush.

What else you need to know:
Dandelion Twinkle’s baked technology creates a superfine, whisper-light radiance. A little goes a long way, providing you with the same number of uses as your other Benefit Cosmetics’ Box O’ Powders.

Beauty tip:
Layer watt’s up! under Dandelion Twinkle to boost your glow.

The site describes it as a nude pink powder highlighter and I completely agree.

The yay

  • The shade is beautiful. It really is a gorgeous glow, almost devoid of any color, hence nude-pink would be the closest description.
  • This highlight is more pure radiance than it is an actual shade, so I think it could suit all skin tones. However, on the deepest of skin tones it may look ashy, so try it before you buy it!
  • It lasted about 5 hours on me before fading slightly.
  • Cute packaging, and it has a mirror and brush included.
  • The brush it comes with is actually useful, though I still use my Sigma cheekbone highlighter brush.
  • The description says it has a fragrance but I could not smell any.

The meh

  • THE PRICE TO QUANTITY RATIO IS SO OFF, LIKE WHAT THE TRUCK, BENEFIT?!?! WHY YOU TRYNA PLAY US ALL?! Listen to me. You get three grams of product for twenty nine dollars. Yes. You read that right. On average most companies give around 5 – 6 g of product as far as highlighters go, for around that price. The price of Dandelion Twinkle means you pay almost $10 per gram of product. Take Colourpop’s pressed shadows for instance. Here, you pay $5 for 1.5 g of product. (Granted, Colourpop is not as expensive as Benefit on average but) basically, Benefit is either trying to rob us or their marketing staff may have genuinely overlooked the amount when pricing this product. At this rate, you are better off buying a highlighter from a more high-end company because you will probably at least get some value for your money. (I know you may be wondering “Then why did you buy it?!”, and I will answer that in a while.)
  • It is not a strong highlight, it is more of a built up glow. Like you really have to go over it a couple of times to get a nice radiance on your cheekbones. It is not for people who like a strobed look.
  • It is quite powdery and almost rough to the touch but this does not translate similarly on the face.
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Do I recommend this?

Listen. I went to Ulta to return some things. So I got money back with that. And I was like, ‘I’d already spent that money, so I might as well use it to get something nice.’ So I swatched the shade, which really is beautiful, and I ended up getting this at a very low price (one that actually justifies buying it, SMH). Before that I had decided that I was not going to get it, BECAUSE THREE GRAMS.

I am all about being fair, and I don’t think the pricing here is fair. But this is a lovely glow, not one that I have come across with any other highlighter I own. If that is the case with you, I suggest going to your local Ulta or Sephora and trying it before buying it. If you don’t care about the price-quantity ratio and live for a naturally radiant glow, go for it.


Ulta or Sephora.


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BeneFit Cosmetics Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter Review


Sephora describes BeneFit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter as follows:

What it is:
A nude-pink, matte-radiance highlighter.

What it does:
Put your complexion in the spotlight with this soft baby-pink, shimmer-less, natural-looking highlighter. Benefit’s Shy Beam is perfect for contouring, and it can be used under complexion products or as a spot highlighter over makeup. Ideal for all skin types, this foolproof highlighter can be swept on for subtle strobing or to give luminosity for a healthy, no makeup glow.

Beauty tip:
Apply Shy Beam where light would naturally hit your face: (cheekbones, above and below your browbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, and above your cupid’s bow) and blend for a soft sheen

You pay $26 for 10 ml of product for this.

Why I Bought It

When this product first came out ages ago, I didn’t buy into the hype because I felt like you could easily achieve the same effect with a radiant color corrector or concealer. However, recently I swatched this at my local Sephora, and the pink-yellow undertone looked nice on my hand, plus I saw I needed very little product to cover a large area, so I bought it.

The cap has a brush attached which lets you apply the product in strokes.

The Yays

  • Innovative idea, which kind of works. This gives my face a very lit-from-within luminosity which is good on days when I don’t want a shimmery highlight.
  • The yellow undertone makes it work for light and medium skin tones, cool or warm toned.
  • Provides muted radiance for those who don’t heart shimmer.
  • You need a very small amount to cover areas you wish to highlight.
  • Lasts quite a while; about 6-7 hours on me (I washed it off after that).
  • GORGEOUS packaging.

The Meh

  • This dries quickly so blending must be prompt before it starts to look patchy.
  • May look ashy on deep skin tones.
  • I think the amount of product you get is ridiculously low for the price paid. I expected at least 15 ml for that price.
  • You could possibly achieve the same effect with a radiant concealer or color correcting products, including the NARS concealer, Sephora brand concealers and correctors, BareMinerals eye brightener, among others.


I apply this in strokes in a triangle shape under my eyes and down my nose for a highlighted look.



Do I recommend this?

It looks nice, but some people have said it barely shows up on their, skin, plus like I said, you don’t really need this product; you can get the same effect with other products like those mentioned above. I think you pay more for the packaging than the price TBH. I recommend this only if you are a HUGE fan of glow without shimmer. I don’t know if I will repurchase this, though I like the look it gives.




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BeneFit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner


BeneFit says:

Why we love it!

It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!

24-hour* & waterproof
*Instrumental test on 19 panelists

91% said it was longwearing*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks

Who else loves it!

Allure Best of Beauty for beauty breakthrough, 2014
Allure Best of Beauty for best gel/cream eye liner, 2014

How to apply

For first-time use
To prep the pen, remove the AccuFlex™ tip protector & discard. Twist base until gel appears on tip. Wipe off excess.

For daily use
Wipe leftover gel off AccuFlex™ tip before each use to get fresh liner every time. Slowly twist base until a tiny amount of gel appears on tip. Rest the tip on the base of your lashes and guide along your lashline from either the inner or outer corner. The angled AccuFlex™ tip works both ways.


1.4 g Net wt. 0.04 oz.

Beauty tip

Double the REAL! Wear they’re real! push-up liner and they’re real! mascara together for beyond longer lashes AND bigger-looking eyes.

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Dubai Haul

Recently, I was in Dubai for a short while and tried to get some beauty shopping in before I left.

These are the things I bought. I’ll review them in the coming weeks but if there is something in particular you’d like me to review first, feel free to let me know.

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