Highlighters are like instant perfection in a tube. I'm not a big fan of frosty/shimmery products on my face, but a little light reflecting goes a long way. Highlighters can create cheekbones, brighten up under eye darkness, open up eyes when used on brow bones, soften harsh features, and the list goes on and on! One of my favorite things about them is how healthy they can make skin look; honestly, if your skin looks good you can skin everything else in my opinion.
However, there are so many types of highlighters out there- some are frosty, some are glittery, some give off a subtle glow. The latter is what I look for in something that will go on my cheeks ("barely there").
The two highlighters I'm comparing today, High Beam and Moon Beam, are both by Benefit, but they have very different qualities! Thanks to Forever Floral Beauty for giving me the idea for this post. I've had both of these for a long time, but never thought to compare them.
Left: High Beam, Right: Moon Beam (mini size)
Let's start off with High Beam. This highlighter is a shimmery/frosty pink in the jar and when you first apply it, but once blended it sheers out and the pink is hardly noticeable. It's subtle, but the shimmer allows the highlighting qualities to shine through. I've had my jar for YEARS and still have about half of it left. High Beam can easily work on a wide range of skin tones, but I have a feeling those with cooler undertones will like it better (the silver shimmer really stands out).
Moon Beam is a little different (Mine is also a mini size that came in a set from awhile back, FYI!). Unlike High Beam, it has less of a frosty finish and a more subdued sheen. The color of Moon Beam is an iridescent salmon pink that leans more champagne depending on the lighting (and most likely your skin tone). When I apply this to my cheeks I see more of the golden champagne brought out, but in my swatches below you'll see it looks pretty pink. I LOVE the iridescent quality- it's so subtle that it just looks like your skin has a natural, healthy glow. I can see Moon Beam suiting a wider range of skin tones being so subtle and multi-dimensional in color.
High Beam & Moon Beam, normal swatch & blended lightly
Do you own either of these Benefit highlighters? Have another favorite? I'd love to know!