Highlighters have been a recent love of mine and I’m hunting high and low to find the perfect glow getter for a few weeks now. Trying to find the perfect product means testing so many different formulas, tones and finishes as well as scouring the shelves for those supposed dupes of coveted high end highlights. As a beauty lover, I relish in the process, but it can be a daunting task! I was given Benefit’s High Beam as a gift at Christmas, so thought I would compare it to it’s low cost counterpart Technic High Lights which is available from Fragrance Direct. At a mere tenth of the price – £1.99 compared to £19.50 – I was keen to find out how High Lights would fare up when measured against High Beam.
At first glance, it’s obvious that the packaging is incredibly similar with the only major difference being the inclusion of volume on the High Lights bottle. High Beam is a slightly taller bottle, but as it contains 15ml of product in comparison to High Lights’ 12ml this makes sense. Both have brushes attached to the lids, which always comes in handy!
There’s a clear difference in the tone of product, with High Beam leaning more towards a warmer, almost peach shade and High Lights having cooler, slightly lavender tones. High Lights also seems to have a chunkier glitter dispersed in the product whereas High Beam has considerably less obvious particles and instead has more of a sheen to the product.
In terms of formula, High Beam has to be a winner for me. It’s got a much more substantial, thicker consistency which makes it a bit easier to apply in comparison to High Lights somewhat runny formulation. Both blend really well and have a similarly dewy finish, however like before the glitter particles are a lot more obvious in High Lights, even when blended.
Since trying them both out it’s become clear that they each boast a pretty impressive staying power, without slipping or fading throughout the day. Despite the tone difference in the bottle they look really similar on the skin – minus the glitter – which considering the price difference is pretty incredible. Obviously there are some differences, but for me they’re minor and totally overwhelmed by the price you’re paying. Both are brilliant products, so it’s good to know that I have an alternative when I don’t feel like using the pricier of the two!