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If we had three beauty wishes, we’d go for killer cheekbones, glowing skin, and a professional lighting crew wherever we went. Since not all daydreams end happily ever after, we rely on this wondrous product instead. A beauty editor fave, Benefit’s Sun Beam is a golden bronze highlighter that subtly defines and contours your features.

How it Works

This liquid illuminator comes in a soft golden bronze hue that flatters all skintones. It softly reflects light for an instant spotlight effect while giving skin a dewy finish.

How to Use

Use the brush or your fingertips to paint a small amount on cheekbones, brow bones, and anywhere you want to add definition. Blend quickly. You can also mix a couple drops with your moisturizer or foundation for a dewy, radiant sheen.

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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

My favorite bronze highlighter!!

This is my current favorite highlighter. It gives me the prettiest bronzy glow and lasts all day.

Pros:
Bronzy shade that will look good on multiple skin tones
Easy to blend
applicator makes it easy to apply
a mini size lasts a long long time

Cons:
none

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Awesome product
Purchased

This bronzer makes me look like I spent a day in the sun without that orange tint from brush on bronzer. It washes off well and doesn't stain my clothes or hands. It's lightweight but full coverage if needed.

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Love the glow

I've owned a couple bottles of this highlighter, and love it. You only need a bit, so it lasts a long time. Apply a little or a lot, depending on the look. Works great to highlight under the brows if you use a light hand, too.

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Dissapointed

This product didnt blend at all for me. I put it on and end up with streaks/dots of orange EVERY TIME. The color is also a little orange-y for me. Really disappointing.

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Great bronzer

This is a wonderful product that stays on all day. It gives a great sun-kissed look. Love all Benefit products.

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Love it

This is part of my daily beauty routine. It makes my cheek bones look amazing . I put a light layer of a nice blush over it and it makes the blush pop.

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Yes!

The perfect summertime glow–and you can have it year-round! This is one of the best highlighters I've experimented with, and am always bummed when I realize I've used it all. I'd say the only downfall is if you're in a rush, lack of blending can result in a weird, streaky line exactly where you don't want it.

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Overall a good product.

I can't say I love it as much as high beam, but I still don't think it's a bad choice. It doesn't leave your skin looking orange, etc. I just think it isn't dark enough for my skin tone. While I get really tan in the summer, I am definitely much lighter in the winter so was hoping for more color than this gave me.

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Fun & Fabulous!

I've been using Benefit Cosmetics for well over 5 years. There are few products by Benefit (if any!) that I can't find use for in some way or another.

SunBeam is no different! I love the creamy feel as it goes on my face but still provides my skin the ability to breathe so I don't have any unwanted/scary break outs. The product itself has a gold tint with brown/coppery under tones, but once it's on the skin, it becomes very natural, almost sheer with a hint of color as opposed to some "highlighters" that just end up being a goopy mess! This liquid sun in an adorbs bottle is perfect if you're planning on going for a natural but sultry look, a sunkissed look with a hint of color on the eyes or a browns and golds look pulled together with a beautiful sheen.

The ONLY reason I gave this product a 4 out of 5 in stead of a 5 out of 5 is because I typically enjoy the boldness of Benefit and I feel, while aboslutely gorgeous when used correctly, this product needed just a little more OOMPH! color wise. Perhaps a little more gold or copper to it, I found myself still needing bronzer after applying.

However, I will absolutely continue to wear this product and I will absolutely reconsider purchasing once I'm out!

Thanks Benefit! Helping girls everywhere stay cheeky, as usual!

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Great product, lasts awhile

This bronze highlighter is a really good product and absolutely worth the cost for how long it lasts. My skin is fair, and the highlight effect is still very natural.

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