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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.
Absolutely love this product but need to be careful, as it is easy to overapply. I'm very fairskinned and this is a pretty dark product. I only use a tiny bit and make sure that I blend well so I look sun kissed and not fake! Excellent for countouring.4
I need to review because I'm such a devotee of SunBeam. I blend this into my cheekbones, under my brow, and down the center of my face. It looks luminous, but in such a natural way. The best way I can describe the effect is like this: you know those pictures someone snaps of you outside and you just look healthy and flawless, like a Freepeople model or something? You can work with filters or whatever to achieve that glow, OR you could use SunBeam. It makes you look perfectly sunkissed in all types of lighting. It's weightless, and so worth the extra time it takes to apply (a minute, sure-but I'm busy!). I wish it would mix into my foundation more readily for an all-in-one, but that's really the worst thing I can say about it.4
This bronzer is one of my favorites. It rubs in evenly and highlights just right. I like the color, it must work on all skin tones perfectly. The shimmer is just right. Definitely a sun kissed look4
Love this particular color! It adds a nice bronzing shimmer to the face and works well on both medium skin and light skin. My only gripe is that it's very shimmery- just be careful how much you apply to one spot!4
This is great to give a shimmer to your face. But be careful a little goes a long way. Too much makes you look like Princess Sparkle.4
I have kind of low light in my bedroom where I put on makeup. So the first time I applied this product, it looked like it had just given me a healthy glow. But when I walked into the bathroom at work it looked like I'd put my makeup on with a middle school dance in mind! This is a great product - just be careful to apply a small amount! Also important to note that this doesn't have too much of a tint. It's more of a highlighter/illuminator. If you're looking for a true bronzer I'd look elsewhere =)4
This does have a very natural look which I like. I was expecting more of a bronzing quality but it is more of a highlighter. If you want a tan look you will have to use a bronzer as well.4
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.4
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.4
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.4