Friday, 14 September 2012

Benefit Highbeam Dupe - Technic 'Highlights'

I'm just going to come out with it; I have a severe case of writers block. Not the type where I can't think of anything to write about, because i'm constantly filled with ideas about what I want to tell you about - but the even more infuriating block of not being able to put down on paper what's swimming around in my head. And yep, those two little sentences you've just read took me about ten minutes to type out and be happy with. I've sat here and ummed and ahhed about how I'm going to write today - when normally it just all spills out into lovely words without much effort at all, so I'm just going to slap it down (metaphorically), and if it all sounds a bit loopy and off-the-rails, then I apologise. On the other hand, you may be a total fan of 'off-the-rails' writing which doesn't make much sense either to you the reader, or me as I'm reading it back.

In that case, you're in for a treat.

I wanted to do a little 'dupe' post for you today, as personally these are my favourite types of posts to read - what's better than finding another version of a top quality product for half the price?! (the answer, in case you were wondering, is not much at all..)
I read about this on another blog post (sorry sorry sorry I have no idea who's it was..) and bought it straight away, because a) i'm a very trusting person and b) i was lusting after the expensive product and figured what the hey, it's worth trying the cheaper version first!

And the product I'm going to be raving about today, is 'Highlights' by Technic - and if you hadn't already guessed (or maybe you just read the title), it's a dupe of the popular highlighter 'Highbeam' by Benefit.

Just as a starter, the packaging is ridiculously similar to the Highbeam - it even has the same font for the words, and is kept in the same bottle, which is similar to a nail varnish (very similar to a Models own bottle). The only packaging difference is that apparently the technic's brush is much worse quality - but I find that it is much easier to get a good application if you use your fingers, so this is quite unimportant to me.

Excuse the bad lighting and generally horrific picture, but this is an attempted swatch of it - though just keep in mind that the light has made it look silver, which it is definitely not.. I did take a photo of it on my face, because I do think it looks gorgeous, but my skin is so awful at the moment that I daren't show you all!
The consistency is quite runny and easy to apply, but pigmented enough so that you don't need hardly anything to give a good glow to cheek/brow bones. I do find that this only lasts around 3-4 hours on me, but by then it's normally time for a makeup top-up anyway, so I don't mind.

I purchased this off Amazon for £2.90 (inc. postage and packaging.), which is a considerable amount less than the £18.50 which Highbeam costs! The link is here if you want to buy it!

I really would recommend this as a brilliant dupe of Highbeam - it's definitely the same quality and is generally identical, apart from the cheaper packaging. I love this and it's now a key part of my make up routine to brighten up my face, as well as highlighting my cheekbones!

So there we go: sorry for the awful writing today! Also, if I repeated myself at any points, it may be because I had the Monki website open on another page and got utterly transfixed at all their beautiful clothes half way through writing this - definitely go visit if you're on the hunt for your autumnal wardrobe essentials!

Hope you're all doing well and the work stress which has recently overrun my life hasn't hit any of you!
(Note to self: AS levels are a lot harder than you thought they'd be!)

Love Liv xxx


  1. Amazing items!

  2. Ahh I've seen this, the packaging is literally identical :p writers block sucks :( this post sounded fine to me though! x

    1. i know, really don't know how they can get away with it!
      i know wah :( thanks lovely!xxx

  3. I've heard lots about this, would love to give it a go!

    If you're interested, I'm having my first ever giveaway at the moment. Check it out?


    1. i would definitely recommend it :) i will, thanks! xx

  4. what a great post, love a good dupe hah

    from helen at // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. enter my giveaway to win a MAC lipstick and 5 models own polishes! just click one page back!

    1. they're the best things ever!
      i'll check it out xo

  5. nice!

    p.s. I'm having a giveaway from Sunglasses Shop if you'd like to check it out! xx

  6. I have this, and I absolutely love it. It's one of my FAVORITE products by Benefit ever! By the way, I chuckled as I read your first paragraph. I often suffer from the same thing too LOL It's okay, though, because I enjoyed your writing style, and it wasn't repetitive at all! I love your blog so much, and in fact, I'm following mostly because of the way you write. I love the way your personality shines through in your posts. I look forward to reading more from you! <3

    1. It's such a staple item to have, love it!
      wow thank you so much! i just write as i think to be honest, i'm glad you enjoy it :D
      liv :)xxx

  7. oh my gosh!i buy the benefit version all the time and this looks soo similar!much prefer the price x


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