Thursday, June 21, 2012

Benefit High Beam Dupe!

Hi everyone! I want to start out by saying I CANNOT take credit for this find! Someone tweeted me this tip about a month ago, and I can't find the original tweet to see exactly who to give credit to! But if you're out there reading this- THANK YOU! Your tip was dead on, in my opinion! 


Let's just cut to the chase: Boots No. 7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion ($12.99).... 
is a dupe for Benefit High Beam ($26.00 at full size) 
To be fair, that tiny High Beam is not full size, but I didn't have a full size one to show.
If I did, the packaging would look more like this...

Before we get down to the nitty gritty comparisons, let's chat about why I like High Beam to begin with. I talked about it in my Snow White and the Huntsman Makeup Kit post- where I showed the tiny size and mentioned how I was considering buying the full size. It's an awesome creamy/liquid highlight that you can dot on with a tiny brush applicator provided (you almost feel like you're putting nail polish on your face, LOL). It has the slightest pink tone, which has made it tough for me to find something similar in my collection-- the pink is just so subtle. But it's just a great way to give a pretty, non-glittery glow to cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of the nose, or cupid's bow- and it'll never look the least bit cakey or powdery thanks to the liquid-ish format. 

So... what's the problem with Benefit High Beam?
The full size will cost you $26.00. 
So some little angel reading that blog post tweeted me, telling me that Boots No. 7- sold at Target- has a product that is basically the same thing... except DOUBLE the product and HALF the price. 


In these swatches, No 7 High Lights is on the left, and High Beam is on the right. While High Lights is just a bit more liquid-y, the difference is hardly identifiable. And the color tone of it is a perfect dupe. Also, I like how the High Lights packaging has a pump, as opposed to the wand on High Beam. 


In this picture- you can see that I haven't completely sheered out the products as much as I would on my face- just so they would show up in the picture.  Normally you would just see a faint glow that's very subtle. 


As an example-- I'm wearing High Beam in this pic.


Again- here's a size comparison of both products full size (pretend the Cha Cha tint is High Beam :)...
You're getting less than half of a fluid ounce of High Beam, and a full fluid ounce of High Lights. 

So thank you again so much to the wonderful lady out there who suggested I give High Lights a try! I'm so happy with it, and the larger size makes me feel free to mix it in with lotions and use it more freely without feeling guilty. Now I don't need to get full size of High Beam!


Daily Nuggets...
  • Tomorrow is Friday! I think you can guess how I feel about that :) 
  • I love hearing about your most repurchased products in the comments section of my latest video!
  • An ice cream truck came down my street yesterday... this has been happening for the past couple of weeks but I haven't been able to catch it due to not being adequately clothed post-shower, or already being in bed so I could wake up for work. I am committed to eventually catching the ice cream truck, and shooting a vlog on what will be my first EVER ice cream truck encounter!
  • Meanwhile I had a salad for dinner tonight. yeehaw. 
  • I can tell Cupcake is flattered by all the nice comments about her in my new video. Maybe she'll start showing off more often :)

45 comments:

  1. Emily, I hope you got the new Tarte TSV coming up with the Maracuja foundation. I am wearing the foundation today and it is so pretty and looks great in photos.

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  2. Misty,
    Are the shades of the Maracuja oil foundation comparable to the Amazonian clay one?
    Thanks :)

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    1. Aida: I would say it is pretty close... I actually compared both yesterday (I have the shade light in both) and while the texture is different the color is very close... not exact but VERY close. :)

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  3. Emily, thanks for this awesome tip! I've just added Boots' High Lights to my Target shopping list for this weekend. I love a great, affordable dupe. :-)

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  4. Emily, thanks for blogging about this :)

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  5. Oh my I have the boots high lighter in my collection :) this is great :)

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  6. Aida, I wear medium and this is definitely more yellow.

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  8. Thank you so much, Misty! I was looking into ordering this kit :)

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  9. I love all of your reviews, especially the "dupes." You are one of the best and deserve all the success in the world!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this, I wanna buy the high lights now !! First ever encounter??? They pass in my area like 10 times a day! Lol

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  11. Thank you so much! I love high beam but..yeesh the cost is ridiculous (and, yes, that makes it so hard to just play with it). I'll look for this dupe this weekend! So excited!

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  12. Yes, Cupcake was hilarious! I don't typically think of cats as being terribly active, but she (?) proved me wrong. = )

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  13. No, you found my secret to dewy skin at 50.....I used the Boots illuminating mix with my foundation every day for a dewy flawless glow.....Love the stuff but now I'm worrying I won't be able to get it...LOL you suggestions usally clear shelves LOL

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  14. I have been eyeing the high beam for so long but could never justify spending that much on a product, especially when Hard Candy has asimilar product(Hard Candy Glow All The Way Doll Face)

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  15. Thank-you because I don't want to buy the Benefit full size!

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  16. Oh my goodness Emily! I'm so excited about this dupe because I don't want to pay the hefty price for High Beam and this dupe is excellent! Thank you for doing this post! :)

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  17. I was the one who suggested this to you :) Glad you found this a spot-on dupe! :) I love the Highlights by Boots!!!

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  18. Nice! Can't wait to look for that.

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  19. I've been using this for years. You can also mix it with foundations that are dry, like Estee Lauder Double Wear. It makes it more soft focus.

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  20. I am deff picking it up next time i am at target

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  21. Your dupes are always dead on! Thanks so much!

    http://beautybyt2.blogspot.ca/

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  22. That looks like a great dupe! Have to warn you {if you're not already familiar} about Boots packaging. It will be a pain in the you know what to get the last bit of product out. The pump will only get so much but you'll be left with a lot left. Hate that. :(
    Happy Friday!
    xo

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  23. I just broke down and bought High Beam yesterday! Can you believe it? I could have saved some money!!! Oh well. I actually bought it in a kit so I'll keep this in mind for the future. Thanks for all u do!!!!

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  24. Hi emily I think it was http://www.bella-makeup.net/ who twitter you.. regards sarah

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  25. I can't believe you never got ice cream off an ice cream truck before! It makes me wanna steal a Mister Softee (which is the name of the ice cream truck in New Jersey, New york, Philadelphia area.) and drive to your house so you can try some!! lol cuz it is AMAZING! I don't no if the ice cream truck in your area is Mister Softee, but EVERYONE should by ice cream off a truck at least ONCE in their life! =] <3

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  28. I've used this good a couple of years by itself or mixed with my foundation. I love it and recommend it all the time. I've never thought of it as a dupe... good to know.

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  29. I've used this good a couple of years by itself or mixed with my foundation. I love it and recommend it all the time. I've never thought of it as a dupe... good to know.

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  30. I've used this good a couple of years by itself or mixed with my foundation. I love it and recommend it all the time. I've never thought of it as a dupe... good to know.

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  31. I've used this good a couple of years by itself or mixed with my foundation. I love it and recommend it all the time. I've never thought of it as a dupe... good to know.

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  32. I've used this good a couple of years by itself or mixed with my foundation. I love it and recommend it all the time. I've never thought of it as a dupe... good to know.

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  33. I'm definitely going to be picking this up in the very near future!

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  34. There's a great one here in the UK that's even cheaper than the Boot's one - it's by MeMeMe and it's called 'Beat the Blues' sunbeam http://www.mememecosmetics.co.uk/beat-the-blues-face-illuminator-1 - This is £5.25 :)

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  35. Emily I love your videos. I'm 28 and just started wearing makeup when I found your videos. I always wanted to but never knew what I was doing. You're videos gave me a starting place and the confidence to expand on my own. My mom was never able to teach me about makeup because her mother wasnt involved in her life. She now watches your videos too and when I visit her we try different things out. I found your channel while I was on maternity leave and now I'm very excited to find know I will be able to teach my daughters what my mom could never show me. I love that you show high end and drugstore. I'm on a budget and I love that you show us how to get the best values. Thank you so much for making makeup accessible to everyone. I appreciate the time you put into researching products and showing us how to use them. Its obvious you spend a lot of time planning, shooting and editing your videos. The quality shows and we appreciate it. I hope you realize how big of an impact you really have on your viewers. I love that it is a fun way to get ideas for a new look but its so much more than that.

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  36. Thank you sooo much for this tip! I wanted to get high beam sooo bad but didn't want to spend that much money! I bought this instead and.....I LOVE IT SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

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  37. I don't know about the texture, but High Beam's pink color looks similar to ELF's Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal (in person it looks pink but on the website for some reason they show it as peachy). Although, I'd like to see a side by side comparison just to see how they differ in terms of shimmer and texture.

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  38. Emily,just to clear the air before people think I was looking for attention, I dug back my tweets and realized that I did not tweet you about HighBeam but I definitely left a message either in your Beauty Broadcast FB page or one of your videos sometime back(in the last 1yr coz I bought HighBeam a year back). I'm glad you gave the product a look after the tweet from someone else.

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  39. Sorry if this is a standard question, but I discovered the Boots highlighting liquid a couple of weeks ago but got intimidated by it. How do you use it? All over your face or just on cheeks?

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  40. i've bought high beam in little sample sets and i keep using them up and repurchasing! this will make my wallet much happier!

    my highlight dupe: http://savingoversplurging.blogspot.com/2012/06/deceiving-dupes-sephora-harmony-trio.html

    blog: http://savingoversplurging.blogspot.com/

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  41. This post is brilliant! Thank you so much for this. Are there any drugstore true cream highlights? I've been spending way too much on high end ones.

    www.eastcoastelegant.blogspot.com

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  42. OMG BOOTS! I found that brand at Target. I got the Boots Expert Shine Control Moisture Cream!
    http://www.drugstore.com/boots-expert-shine-control-moisture-cream/qxp219486?catid=182953

    I LOVE it! It feels good on the skin like a lotion but leaves a matte finish like a primer! WAY WAY better than the smashbox primer that breaks me out! Never feels heavy or does weird things as it wears!

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  43. What a gorgeous highlight! Must have!

    <3
    http://nicolealexandrasbloggity.blogspot.com/

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  44. I am convinced about Boots products! I tried the mattifying lotion and I'm hooked. Now I will be picking this up rather than the more expensive one. High End Dupes Rule!

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