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Thursday, 20 October 2016

High Beam vs. George Highlight & Define

I received a sample-sized bottle of Benefit's High Beam in a Birchbox (I think!) around two years ago now and, despite hoping that I wouldn't be keen because expense, I fell head over heels for it. It's the perfect easy highlight to dab on and blend, brightening up my complexion within seconds, without looking glittery or over-the-top. My tiny bottle is, as you can see, all but empty, and I've been mournfully considering whether I can justify parting with £19.50 of my hard-earned cash to replace it... And then I discovered George at Asda's Highlight & Define, and decided it was worth the £3.50 to see if it came close to High Beam.
The packaging is probably the biggest difference between the two products; the full-sized version of High Beam comes in a little 10ml glass bottle, much like a nail polish bottle, with a screw-cap containing a little brush for easy application, whilst George's Highlight & Define comes in a concealer-style tube with a doe-foot applicator. Application-wise, though, I don't think there's much in it; it's as easy to dab on product from the doe-foot as it is from the brush, and I blend both out with my fingertips anyway.
In terms of shade, there isn't much to choose between the two - both are a super-pale silvery-pink and when I swatched them side-by-side, I was amazed at how similar they are:
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So as you can see - they're very similar! High Beam is on the left above, whilst Highlight & Define is on the right. There's not much difference in formula, with both being smooth, creamy and easy to blend, and when it comes to lasting power, again there isn't much to choose between the two; both will easily wear a full day for me, without sliding or fading, even on my oily skin. I do always set cream products such as foundation and highlight with a loose powder, so that's worth bearing in mind.
Benefit High Beam is priced at £19.50 for 10ml of product, available from Debenhams here, whilst George Highlight & Define is just £3.50 for 12ml - get it here. My money is firmly on George's offering - I can't tell the difference in terms of formula, shade and application, and for the £16 saving I'm happy to take the more travel-friendly plastic tube over the glass bottle! Which would you go for? What's your favourite liquid highlight?
Oh, and if you're interested in George make-up, check out my thoughts on their Super Boost Concealer here!

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  1. I havn't tried either of them but the creamy and smooth texture is surely visible... And being in a plastic tube sure makes it easy to just carry it along in the purse

  2. Wow, that is some price difference considering how they are almost identical.

    I did read once that it takes about 2 years for any new high end innovations to hit the high street brands, so it is not surprising the George one is so good.

  3. Who would have thought George would have such a great dupe for such a coveted product? I know which one I will be picking up!

  4. I admit that I am a huge benefit fan but sometimes I just cant justify the prices! Its great that the george one is just as good. I think I might try it too when my high beam runs out!

  5. Looks like a really good dupe! Benefit's lovely but I do think some of their products are a bit overpriced sometimes :(

    Gemma x | www.flutterandsparkle.com

  6. What an effective dupe! Now if I could only find a suitable dupe for The Porefessional...

  7. I just wish my Asda did make-up, it is very hit and miss x

  8. I'm still looking at what highlighters will suit me, I have fairly dark skin so I have to be picky about my colours!

  9. I really need to try the George ASDA one, what an amazing dupe!! Thank you for sharing. xx

  10. I love High Beam! I found another amazing dupe from Technic, I think it's called High Lights? It's a bit less pinky, but you can't tell at all when it's on the skin and is like £1.99! x

    Kirstie | http://www.behindthescent.co.uk


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