Sometimes you hear about a new product and you just know that it’s meant to be, and that your soul and its little product soul are meant to be joined together as one. That’s how I felt when I first heard about Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam, a matte liquid highlighter that promises to put a ‘natural looking spotlight’ on your skin. Although I actually haven’t tried many Benefit products (nope, I’m not sure why either), this appealed to me straight away and so I picked up Shy Beam while I was on holiday last month. And I’m very much in love with it.
Although I love a good highlight, some of the shimmery ones out there can be a bit much for day-to-day wear. Also, there are some areas of your face that you might want to add definition to, but don’t necessarily want to transform into full on disco-face – and this is where a matte highlighter like Shy Beam comes in. I apply the nude-pink liquid under my eyes, along my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my forehead, chin, cupid’s bow and just above my jawline and it instantly brightens all of these areas in the most gorgeous but subtle way. It’s easy to blend and turns into more of a powder once it’s set.
Obviously if you’re looking for an intense #DATHIGHLIGHTDOE highlighter, then Shy Beam probably isn’t the one for that job. However I still plan to use this for nights out when I want a bolder look, and will just layer a shimmery powder highlight over the top so that you can actually see my cheekbones from space. I mean, that’s the dream, isn’t it?
My one quibble with Shy Beam is the brush applicator – I think I’d rather it was a doe foot for a bit more control and precision. Also, although the packaging is bloody adorable, it would be a bit more handy if I could see how much of the product I have left. ALSO although I love the shade on me, if you’re very pale then I’m not sure how well the colour would work on you. So I suppose that’s three quibbles really, but other than those I honestly LOVE Shy Beam with all of my little frosty heart. If you haven’t tried it yet and would like to then it costs £19.50 and can be bought from the usual suspects including Boots, Debenhams etc.
I definitely want to join the rest of the population and try out more Benefit products now, so please let me know your favourites and recommendations in the comments below!