Friday, 9 January 2015

The £3 Benefit Dupe: Technic High Lights

I've never bought high-end makeup, including the Benefit High Beam at £19.50. It looks lovely and all - but as a recent graduate who is yet to find a full-time job, I can't justify purchasing this, as well as a few other department store treats (a moment of silence for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, please).

Thankfully for cheapskates me, there's always a nice dupe somewhere. In this case, it's the Technic (I'd never heard of that brand, either) High Lights. The bottle looks exactly the same, seriously I don't know how they haven't been sued yet. And although I don't own the product it's copying coincidentally similar to, I looked at a few swatches online and the highlighter itself looks exactly the same, too.

You only need to dab a small amount so I know it will last for ages, making it even better value for money. I tend to use it on the cheekbones on top of liquid foundation before I add any setting powder, and the result is a really nice pink-toned glow. On it's own it can be quite subtle and appropriate for everyday if you don't go overboard, or you could keep building it up or even add powder highlight on top if you were really going for it. It's quite nice under the eyebrows too (as long as you remember to pluck them). You can also mix this with your liquid foundation for a bit of extra glow in your skin.

I'll admit the applicator is slightly terrible. I think it was supposed to be a nail polish style applicator, but the hair's have gone all over the place. I'm willing to put that aside for the price and the fact that you don't actually use it very much - just to initially dab it on your face, as all the blending is done with your fingers. However, I do wonder why they didn't just use a doe foot applicator, like the one you find with lipgloss. Surely that would have been better for the formula? Just a thought. It's not a dealbreaker, anyway.


  1. I love this stuff! Such an amazing high beam dupe!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. I think everyone needs one in their collection ;) x