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Benefit High Beam vs. NYX Liquid Illuminator

I am always on the hunt to find similar products to the ones that I love, but for a much friendlier price tag. I LOVE Benefit’s high beam (highlighting is my fav) but have not been able to find a product that offers the same iridescent shimmer that High Beam does. Most products I have tried (on the cheap) have been way to frosty pink, a la Cher Horowitz.

In one more attempt to find an acceptable knock off of the High Beam, I gave the NYX liquid illuminator a try, and imagine my delight when I discovered that it is spot on!!

NYX Liquid illuminator

I picked it up at Ulta for about $7. I use it on any place I want to add some highlight to, mainly top of cheek bones, sometimes a bit on the nose, anything you want to do. It just gives you such a pretty glow, I love it, both products! But the NYX one is $7 compared to the High Beam’s $26. Not the end of the world, but hey $20 is twenty dollars people!

I used the NYX on Chrissy in her engagement photos

{photo by the amazingly talented Claire Marie}

{yup, this one too}

And the Benefit High Beam on myself for my headshots. Same effect! Love love.

{Photo by the other uber crazy good photog friend of mine, Alicia Fierro}

Tip: I use a foundation brush like this one to just gently pat and blend the highlighter on my cheek bones
But fingers work too. Whatever you feel like at the time 😉

Anyways, thought I would share!

  1. Beautiful as always 🙂

    Another great dupe is ELF's Shimmering Facial Whip:

    You can get it for $1 at Target *my happy place*

    Happy Friday!

  2. Kelly says:

    I'm going to need you to do a vlog on how you do your everyday makeup? I'm so make up challenged!!! Chrissy's makeup and hair looked AMAZING!

  3. Kelly says:

    I'm going to need you to do a vlog on how you do your everyday makeup? I'm so make up challenged!!! Chrissy's makeup and hair looked AMAZING!

  4. Bri says:

    Elf shimmer whip is an exact dupe and it's only a dollar!!!!

  5. Katie says:

    I was going to say the ELF shimmer whip as well, just bought it this week for $1 and LOVE IT!

  6. I second that you should do a makeup vlog! Or just come to Portland and do my makeup/hair for me, that would work too! 🙂

  7. Katie says:

    You genius you! always helping us sistah's out! mwah!

  8. Thank you for sharing! I LOVE High Beam & am so glad to hear that the NYX is just like it – I've been wanting to try it anyway!

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