There are so many different products on the market at the moment which claim to provide you with that natural cheekbone highlight we all desire.
But one product which has been going strong for a long period is Benefit’s High Beam.
I received the sample of this in a gift set (4.0 ml sample) and I was completely hooked! Luckily enough, a few small sample size bottles have meant that I have avoided purchasing a full size bottle of the highlighter (which is a little on the pricey side at £19.50 (13ml).
Benefit claims the following about the highlighter:
Our satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek & brow bones for a radiant glow. Use as a spot highlighter or delicately blend all over your complexion. Looks perfectly radiant on all skintones. It’s the “supermodel in a bottle”!
After using the product, I can honestly say that Benefit have stayed true to their word. The product gives an amazing subtle highlight which allows your skin to look healthy and glowing. I personally wouldn’t use it all over my complexion as they suggest above, but for cheek and brow bones it has slowly become a must-have in my make-up kit.
So what’s the dupe?!
Whilst browsing through my favourite store ever (TK Maxx) on Saturday, I came across this:
Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that this is a dupe of Benefit’s famous highlighter. Technic have pretty much copied every minuscule of Benefit’s High Beam packaging and just tweeked the name a little. But is that the only similarity?
Firstly, the obvious difference is the cost. Technic Highlights is a fraction of the price, coming in at only £1.99 in TK Maxx. I personally have not been lucky enough to spot it being sold anywhere else, but from reading several blogposts on this product, I believe it is available in Bodycare stores. With Benefit’s High Beam coming in at £19.50, in my opinion it had to be a heck of a lot better to justify the £17.50 difference.
But what about the formula itself?Above shows the liquid highlighters side by side. Crazy, right? In High Beam’s defence, what I would say is that the formula is a lot more creamy. Technic’s high lights has a more watery base and for that reason alone can be a little harder to work with. I found it extremely difficult to measure how much product was needed to create a sufficient highlight. This is because when applying it to the skin it felt like a little would go a long way (due to its watery texture it feels pretty blendable), but the watery base also meant that the pay off wasn’t as impressive.
The colours itself are very similar, but don’t let the above image fool you too much. The Technic’s highlight definitely has more of a white undertone, whilst the high beam has a pinkier base. This can work to your advantage or disadvantage…depending on your skin tone. For me, I would say either one left a pretty glow.
The main advantage that High Beam has over its cheaper rival is definitely its longevity. Both highlighters stood the test of time, and stayed put on my skin for a long period. However (and here is the catch), Technic’s High Lights left behind a chunky, glittery residue and lost its appealing subtle sheen way before Benefit’s High Beam did. It definitely became more harsh and more artificial looking, rather than the natural glow I desired. The highlight was still visible, but definitely not as attractive as High Beam. You know when you buy a cheap dupe for your favourite perfume…and it smells exactly the same for an hour or two until it starts to wear and smell terrible? That’s kind of the idea I am getting at here.
So have I been converted?
At £1.99, there is no denying that Technic’s High Lights is a great highlighter in it’s own right. The longevity definitely lets it down, but not enough to avoid purchasing it. If you are willing to top it up every few hours and invest the time into working it into your skin, then it is a great purchase.
However, in terms of a dupe for Benefit’s High Beam, I don’t think it is quite there in terms of replacing it completely. The price range is huge and there is no denying that paying a £17.00 difference to not have to top your highlighter up through the night is a bit crazy. However, I do feel that I will still be biting the bullet and paying the price for what I still deem to be the winner & I don’t think I will be letting go of my beloved Benefit’s High Beam just yet!
I hope you enjoyed this review!