High Beam VS Low Cost

A while ago I featured the Chit Chat Highlighter that I bought from the Pound Shop. Turned out at the time this dupe, was a dupe of a dupe. Some may even describe it as a INCEPTION DUPE. But I thought I’d revisit the dupe and do a comparison post between that and an actual bottle Benefit High Beam. I must apologise if you’re not a fan of the Pound Shop by the way. Maybe I should have pre warned that moving house results in poverty and I have little option for other places to shop at the present time! Anyway. *ding ding* Round One:

As you can see the bottles are very similar. With the simple glass design and white lid with bold black font. The main difference is that Benefit have written more of a schpeel on the actual bottle rather than on the outer packaging I took the Chit Chat highlighter from…. Which has now been misplaced so I cannot inform you of the actual ingredients list or anything people may find more useful. This review/comparison is going to be shallow and based solely on aesthetical qualities because of this I’m afraid. When you open both of the products you find a nail varnish like brush. The quality of the Chit Chat one does lack distinctly from it’s higher end partner and has a strange kink in it. This doesn’t really detract from usage for me personally as to be honest I don’t apply it to my face with the brush anyway. I put it on my finger tip and blend with that instead. The bristles themselves are both soft and will do the same job if you do use that to apply it though, I think…..
The formula does look a little different when swatched against each other. You find the Benefit High Beam is a lot pinker and sheer whereas the Chit Chat Highlighter is paler and also contains a lot more of a shimmer. The consistency of the Chit Chat Highlighter reminds me of half mixed angel delight, with a bit more of a creamy but grainy feel to it. On initial contact with skin it also seems slightly more gloopy and not as runny as High Beam. As I said in the initial post, the Chit Chat Highliter reminds me a lot of the Eyeko Illuminating Cream from a few years ago, but a lot more wearable.
As far as blending is concerned, they both are pretty equal in ease of use. They both seem to blend out the same and create a very similar end result. Although the Benefit High Beam seems ever so slightly more sheer (it’s the top one in the swatches below, and the one on the right in the swatches above). The ‘shimmer’ effect is present in both without making you look greasy or sweaty when you use them in the right places! You can also mix both with foundation effectively to create an over all dewy glow to your skin.  
I find that both products do pretty much an identical job. And with a price difference of £17.50 it’s safe to say I won’t be investing in Benefit High Beam any time soon, as long as this one is available  and the ingredients list doesn’t end up containing the blood of kittens or something equally as scandalous. The High Beam featured in this post was kindly gifted to me by the enigmatic wonder that is Fashion Dotty; follow her blog if you like eclectic tastes in fashion! 


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