In this new series, I'll be choosing two similar products at a time to compare in a beauty showdown! They will be different brands and different price ranges, but only one will come out the winner! This time, I'll be comparing The Body Shop's Radiant Highlighter (available here for $14) and Benefit's High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (available here for $24)
What they say...
|Note: I obviously only have|
a miniature size of High
The Body Shop claims that their highlighter enhances skin's natural radiance and creates glowing accents for healthy-looking skin through light-reflective particles that help reduce the appearance of imperfections and fine lines. It also contains vitamin E and aloe vera to help soothe the skin.
Benefit, on the other hand, calls High Beam an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion that can be used for spot highlighting and for mixing into foundation for an all-over glow.
What I say...
|Look how similar these are!|
Overall, I think I like the High Beam packaging better. It makes for easy, neat application while a tube like the Body Shop's has the potential to be messy, as you can clearly see on the right!
Now, for swatches, which I have to admit I was shocked by.
|Unblended: The Body Shop on the left, |
Benefit on the right. Sorry it's blurry, but this best captured
|Blended: The Body Shop on the left, Benefit on the right|
Guys, I think I discovered a High Beam dupe. Holy crap. In the interest of full disclosure I've been using the Body Shop Radiant Highlighter for quite a while and have always loved it, but I only recently got my mini High Beam. I've had it in my head for a while that the two might be similar, but it wasn't until I swatched them now that I realized just how close they are!
As you can see, the difference between them is pretty damn marginal. High Beam might look a tinnnnny bit nicer blended in, but it's not super noticeable. As far as lasting power goes, I let the swatches sit on my hand for about an hour after taking these pictures and they both looked exactly the same up until a minute ago when I did a rub test. And guess what: High Beam rubbed off first.
And the winner is...
The Body Shop's Radiant Highlighter!
This was really not a difficult decision at all. Yes, I like Benefit's packaging better and it looks a TINY bit nicer blended in, but I am certainly not going to be paying $10 more for about half as much product as I would be getting from the Body Shop!
I've always loved the Body Shop, but doing this comparison really just solidified how for me how truly awesome they are!
Do you guys think this looks like a legitimate dupe?