Monday, November 12, 2012

Sample Month Day 12: Benefit Sun Beam

I used to be obsessed with Benefit Cosmetics and purchased almost everything they offered, back when the brand used to have a very simple lineup of products. I've moved on since those days, but I still can't resist their samples. Benefit releases a lot of mini-sized products in kits and collections, which I really like because you can test out a lot of their stuff without committing to giant bottles and compacts. I was provided with this sample for free, but it's not hard to get a hold of this in some kit or another.


Tiny sample but sealed for protection, which I really appreciate.


I expected a doe-foot applicator but it's a tiny brush. I'm not one to go crazy with highlighting, so I really like the teeny tiny brush because it would be damn near impossible to over-apply with it. 


Sun Beam is described as a "golden bronze" shade, which I think suits my yellow/olive tone skin much better than bright whites or pale pinks. In dim indoor lighting, it's almost indiscernible on the skin. But the warm golden shimmer is clearly evident in sunlight.



Under certain lights, it appears almost rose-gold rather than bronze-gold. But still pretty.



I followed the instructions and used three dots on the high points of my cheeks and one dot on each brow bone. It lasted the entire eight hours I left it on for, until I washed my face. Though highlighting is a step I often skip due to the oiliness of my skin, I really liked the effect of Sun Beam. The additional intentional glow was uplifting and gave my face radiance I did not expect.

The regular size in 0.45 oz bottle retails for CAD$30, which is reasonable. I'd never finish a whole bottle though. I'll see if I can actually finish the sample first, and if I still like it by the end, I'll aim to acquire a mini size in one of Benefit's many many sampler kits.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Dimethicone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-21, Squalane, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Butylene Glycol, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hydroxide

Sample provided by Loose Button.

36 comments:

  1. I love Benefit's liquid highlighters - if you like sun beam, you'll love high beam! It's my go to highlighter and has never failed me!

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    1. High Beam was my first highlighter actually. :) I didn't really love it and also tried Moon Beam, but I think Sun Beam is best since I like the highlighter to be quite subtle.

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  2. High beam is more of a white/pink highlighter. I'd like to try sunbeam to see if it'd compliment my very fair skin or if I better stay with High Beam. I used to like benefit's products very much but I too moved on...

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    1. I'd think that High Beam would complement your skin better, but give the tester a try some time! You never know. :)

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  3. Sun Beam looks so pretty on your skin! The shimmer is perfect. I agree, Benefit has definitely blossomed over the years, but the only things that would still interest me in the brand are their lipsticks and eyeshadows -- their uh, simpler offerings? Haha :)

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    1. I don't even look at their lipsticks now actually but I still love their cream/shadow pots. :) And their mini kits sometimes still catch my attention!

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  4. When a brand blossoms, I usually find myself sticking with the products they got famous for.

    Maybe that's what 'late 20s' does.

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    1. Errr... I think everyone operates differently, no matter what age. I got bored and moved on from products I used to use in the 20s.

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  5. Oh, this is lovely! I'll have to see if I can find a sample of this.

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    1. I'm sure it's not hard to get one! Hope it works for you!

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  6. PRETTY! I have MAC's lustre drops or sun drops or something liquid that comes out in some sort of drop form in what I *thought* would be a colour like Sun Beam's, but it's way more orange and obvious on my skin. I hate wasting products so it's just been sitting in one of my makeup bags. Maybe I'll switch it out with this one!

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    1. I used to eye those MAC Lustre Drop thingies too. They have a few different shades though. Maybe yours would work better if you mix it with some foundation for a subtler effect? I find myself often getting fooled into thinking rose-golds are flattering highlight shades on me but don't think that they are. :(

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  7. They are famous for their highlighters, but I never tried them because most of the formulas weren't p-free. Either they've revamped their formulas, or the newer stuff is p-free...how interesting. I like liquid highlighters and don't have any right now. Hmmm.

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    1. Sounds like it's time to go testing! The one I'm really curious about is Becca Shimmering Perfector or whatever that Lisa Eldridge always uses in her videos.

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  8. LOL! "I'll aim to acquire a mini" !!!

    Let's face it; unless you're planning on slathering on a highlighting product daily, this fairly generous sample should last you quite some time! I've been hearing about this one for a while, but shied away from it only because I have a similarly sized sample of Benefit's HighBeam, and to be fair, it's pretty -- just doesn't suit my skin tone. This shade, however, seems more up my alley - wish I had known this before my Sephora VIB coupon ran out, lol!

    PS: I don't know why, but last year I was deep into bronzers (still am to a certain degree), but this year I sense a highlighting frenzy coming on.....

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    1. I've been using the sample almost every day this week and you're right - it feels like an endless well of highlighter!

      I'm enjoying the idea of you in a highlighting frenzy. SO MUCH PRETTY TO BE HAD. Hey, how's the Chanel lumiere one from last year's holiday collection working out for you? That's the one item I haven't missed at all since selling it in spring.

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  9. This looks gorgeous! Thanks for the review.

    PS: I actually came here to tell you that Sephora currently has the Boscia Green Tea linens (regular size 100pk) as a 100-point reward for beauty insiders. Not sure about instore but it's online!

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    1. Aw, you're so sweet to remember. :) I had already made an online purchase at Sephora to acquire the Classic sampler kit so it was too late. But I'm going to gun for the new Peppermint ones selling for $6 in the stores. :)

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  10. Totally agree with ommorphiabeautybar.com....I've tried the High Beam but haven't been as crazy about the color, but this one seems much closer to what I'm looking for. Will have to give it a go!

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    1. It's perfect for the more yellow/olive/tan complexions. Hope it works out!

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  11. Ooooh this is SUPER pretty! I think I expected it to be more a pale, white-gold--I like this MUCH more! Will definitely have to check this one out. I've been getting into liquid highlighters more lately and this one is gorgeous and not too expensive (not like the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer I recently bought...eeps!)

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    1. Ooooooh! I can't wait for that review. :)

      I'm not a huge liquid highlighter fan as you know, but it's nice to have a little glow on in the winter when the sun is scarce. I'm hoping to stop with the highlighters now though. There's really no need for me to be acquiring any more. (But they are so, so pretty... *whimper*)

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  12. It looks gorgeous, but for some reason, I just cannot get myself into liquid/cream products. If there is a powder version, I will always opt for it instead. Maybe because I put so much goddamn skincare on that I feel like piling on more liquids is overkill...

    In recent years, I've become obsessed with highlighting. I rarely ever leave the house without it on now (that is, if I have make-up on, which is almost everyday). So, yes, I am usually the most made-up person at the gas station...

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    1. It probably has to do with your departure from liquid foundation. It is easier to stick to just one texture. I find that when I use liquid/cream foundations, I reach for cream blushers and liquid highlighters. On powder days, powder everything else.

      I think I need to highlight more than just the brow bone and upper cheeks now. Want to be the hot girl at the gas station, LOL!

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  13. I'm going to seek this one out - it looks perfect for a summery highlighter!

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  14. I'm a sucker for Benefit products for their mini sized packagings as well! I lean towards sample/mini sized products cause I don't have to commit to them and feel guilty for buying something with a similar function. Sometimes a girl just needs variety in life! XD

    ♡ M.May

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    1. Hi, May! :)

      Yes, I hear you on variety and commitment. The makeup world is so very big and we have much work to do. :D

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  15. This looks like it would suit your skin tone well, I'm jealous! I had it put on in store and it just didn't work as my skin is so pale. I have a mini of High Beam, I agree they last for such a long time! I do prefer powder highlighters to liquids, but these swatches look great.

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    1. What's your favourite highlighter? I think High Beam or Moon Beam would be wonderful on you!

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  16. I have no idea how to do highlighters, especially liquid ones. I can never actually see any difference––probably just not using the right products! Because this shade looks gorge on you, gah. And mini sizes are FABULOUS. I would love to be able to buy everything save face base/primer in mini sizes for cheaper. I wish more brands did sets like Benefit.

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    1. I didn't know either until I caught my face in a reflection under the right lighting condition one day. It doesn't really show much when I put it on in the house, but under the sunlight - gloooow!

      I feel like lately there are more mini kits around than before. Slowly but surely, we're getting there!

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  17. i was always sort of interested in this one... i'll have to take a closer look!

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  18. This looks REALLY pretty Liz! Love the subtle glow. I think this would be much better on my skintone too versus the pinky Highbeam or the pearly Moonbeam (which I used to have and just looked weird with it on). I can't buy more highlighters like this though until I get through my giant Burberry Fresh Glow bottle. $30 is a heck of a lot more cost effective than $60+ though!!!

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    1. Oh, I definitely think you can work this one. It's really really subtle on me though, but maybe because it's winter and we don't see the damn sun anymore. I'm curious again about BB Fresh Glow now so off I go to investigate the next time I'm at Holts... ;)

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