You know how Sephora has that aisle full of little goodies directing you to the checkout line? It will be the death of my wallet. A few weeks ago, I was merely headed into Sephora to return something – I didn’t even look around the store – and I still walked out with a bag of impulse items. One of the items I picked up from the checkout aisle was the Benefit 1st Prize Highlighters set.
This set appeared to be too good of a deal to pass up! I’d been wanting to try some Benefit highlighters, but I didn’t want to shell out the cash for full size products in case I didn’t like them. This set contains three of the brand’s liquid highlighting products: High Beam, Shy Beam, and Sun Beam. Each contains 0.13 oz, for a total of 0.39 oz, retailing at $18. The full size versions of Sun Beam and High Beam are $26 for 0.45 oz, while Shy Beam is the same price for just 0.33 oz. Math…and the set is worth $25.26.
The liquid highlighters all have the same packaging, reminiscent of a nail polish bottle. The cap twists off with an attached wand to dispense the product. They tend to bring up a lot of product, so I wipe the excess on the lip of the bottle.
Swatches below are on my arm in direct sunlight, blended a bit with my finger.
|Benefit 1st Prize Highlighters Set swatches: High Beam, Shy Beam, Sun Beam|
High Beam is a “satiny pink” highlighter, though it doesn’t appear too pinkish on my skin tone. It has subtle sparkles and gives a beautiful sheen to my skin.
Shy Beam is a newer product from the Dandelion family. It is supposed to be a “nude-pink, matte-radiance highlighter,” though on me it is just nude and slightly darker than my skin tone. This one doesn’t quite work for me as a highlight, but it’s actually a nice as a subtle blush.
Sun Beam is a “golden bronze” highlighter. I was surprised to like this one. It has a beautiful sheen and blends out very easily to add a subtle bronze glow along the perimeter of my face.
Generally, I use these by dabbing a bit of product along the desired location and then blending with either my fingers or a beautyblender. The effects are generally subtle, but can be layered easily.
I am happy I picked up this set. I had been wanting to try High Beam and Shy Beam, though Sun Beam pleasantly surprised me. I’m not sure I would pick up a full size of any of these if I happen to finish one, but I’ve enjoyed using them. I recommend this set if you were interested in trying these highlighters.
Available at Sephora for $18.