Just because it’s winter (for most of us) and our calendars are flipped to January doesn’t mean we can’t talk about spring, sunshine and sunbeams — or Sun Beams, if we’re talking highlighters — because when it comes to makeup seasons, cosmetics companies dance to the beat of a different drummer.
Benefit says their new Sun Beam liquid highlighter ($26) is like sunshine in a bottle, and while I’ve heard that about other products a time or two before, when I wear this warm bronzed gold along my upper cheekbones and beneath my brow bones, I think I do look like I’ve just returned from a tropical vacation.
A great highlighter can do for faces what a great bra can do for an outfit (a lot), so I’m always on the market for great ones. Great, though, is a relative term, and one gal’s great is another gal’s mediocre.
As luck would have it, that’s where Sun Beam stands out. I think its flexibility is what sets it apart. When I want a soft, radiant glow, like that look after a good facial, I’ll dab a couple dots and blend, but I can also add a few extra drops for more dramatic shimmer.
And speaking of shimmer, Sun Beam’s is gold, and so it might be a better fit for gals who like warmer shades and golds. Ladies who love cooler colors, however, might still fall for Sun Beam, but if not, there’s always Benefit’s other highlighters, like High Beam or Wattâ€™s Up.
Sun Beam unblended
Benefit comparison swatches from the left: Sun Beam, High Beam, Moon Beam, Watt’s Up and Girl Meets Pearl
Wearing Sun Beam on my upper cheekbones and brow bones
As for the packaging, it’s cute (albeit a tad bulky for travel)! And it’s also consistent with Benefit High Beam and Moon Beam.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Benefit counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
A cat lady cry for help!
Gah! Tabs has a new annoying habit that’s interfering with my sleep…and tearing up my mattress. At 5 every morning (like clockwork), he stretches his back, drawing his claws down the side of the mattress until I react, which is usually to yell, “TABS!” Then, knowing he’s been caught, he sprints out of the room, only to return a few minutes later to do it again.
I guess it’s better than when he was launching off my bladder first thing in the morning, but not by much…
I keep hoping he’s going to grow out of it, but so far, no such luck.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,