Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Battle Of The Highlighters: Benefit High Beam VS. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish

At the moment, I am SO obsessed with highlighters! As it gets closer and closer to Summer I love recreating the illusion of dewy, glowing skin with my make-up. These are my two favourites at the moment - Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter and MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish highlighter in, 'Soft and Gentle'. 

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in, 'Soft and Gentle'

This highlighter was my first ever highlighter. So this is where my obsession began. I really liked the colour of this highlighter as it complimented my skin tone well. It isn't too bright on the skin so it gives a lovely shimmer to the face in the light. MAC says it is, 'A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish'. 'It smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, brows - anywhere on the body - providing an ultra-deluxe polish to the skin.' Unlike some, I prefer to apply this with my finger to my cheekbones because that way it's a lot more 
pigmented as it sits on the skin. When I apply it with a contour or blush brush, I feel I don't get as much definition to the cheekbones as I want. 

One thing, I don't like about this highlighter, is that I have noticed a couple of times that during a night out the shimmer spreads to other parts of my face making me look glittery all over! This is one of the reasons why I bought, Benefit's High Beam highlighter as it is a liquid and tends to stay put more than the MAC Skin Finish.

Benefit Liquid Highlighter, 'High-Beam'

I love this highlighter. What I particularly adore about it is the pearly, pink colour that the highlighter has, meaning that it pretty much suits all skin colours from the palest of pale, to dark tones. 
I apply this to the top of my cheekbones, under my brow bone and also on my cupid's bow for that all over glowy finish. Benefit also have a few other liquid highlighter's such as, 'Moon Beam' and 'Sun Beam' however, as my skin is quite pale, I thought this would be good for all year round. 'Sun Beam' would be great for people with a more olive toned skin colour or those who have just come back from a holiday!
The staying power of this highlighter slightly beats that of the MAC highlighter. Because it is a liquid, I feel as those it stays much better sitting on top of my foundation or just my skin whereas the powder formula of the MAC Skin Finish slides away quicker.
The only thing that disappoints me with this highlighter is the applicator. I try not to put it on my face because it gets dirty quicker when it touches your face/make-up every time you put it in and out of the bottle. I preferably try to use another small brush instead to apply it.

Here is a swatch of both highlighters on my skin:

(MAC Mineralize Skin Finish - Left/ Benefit High Beam - Right)

You can see that the MAC highlighter has a more peachy/goldy tone (probably suited to more darker skinned people) whereas the pearly pink of the Benefit highlighter is perfect for those more pale and generally anybody.
Overall, both highlighters are great. I think it honestly depends on what you prefer. Some people prefer powders, some prefer liquids. Both I feel, are great for a natural shimmer without looking obviously glittery.


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