Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter ($26) is a new baby pink, shimmer-free highlighter that originally launched in the Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Kit that launched earlier last Fall. I’m so glad this is now permanent and available in a full size as I really loved it when I originally used it.
Haven’t tried it yet?
Check out my thoughts to see if you need it!
I was shocked and saddened to see so many bad reviews on Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter particularly ones that mentioned this being not pigmented! It’s quite pigmented so I was pretty surprised people found it wasn’t. I personally love this stuff!
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter comes housed in pretty little pale pink metallic barrel with an attached brush for application (0.33 oz). It can be used as a contouring tool, highbrow highlighter, or even as an eyeshadow. I really like using Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Champagne as a contouring cream just under my eyes at the top of my cheeks bones. This adds a certain brightness and lift to my entire eye area. I’m start using Shy Beam in the same way. I dot some on the back of my hand and I use a fluffier eyeshadow blending brush to gently blend it below my eyes just at the top of my cheeks to add brightness to the area.
This is quite a pale pink shade and matte in finish so a little goes a long way in my opinion. Too much can be lead to chalkiness so blend, blend, blend well to get the smoothest, softest finish. I also like using on my highbrow area as it lifts my eyes up wonderfully and also adds a nice highlighting effect when I’m using say a brown eyeshadow on my lid. If I’m feeling like going for a nude eye I can use a very light, sheer buffing of this all over my eyes to create a very natural, nude look.
As I mentioned above I was surprised reviews that said it wasn’t pigmented enough. I find it quite pigmented! It has considerably more pigmented than the new Benefit Dandelion Dew Soft Matte Liquid Blush!
The only problem I have with it is the fact it isn’t as creamy as I hoped for. The matte finish is fine as it contains zero shimmer or sparkle but that matte finish translates to a difficult to blend formula at times. It kinda drags a bit on my drier skin during application. I find using a bushier blending brush does help to diffuse and thin the formula out so it buffs in a little easier!
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter is a great way to get a brighter, well rested appearance instantly. I really like this formula and find I use it in many different ways.
If you happen to be at Sephora or Ulta I’d recommend swatching it up and trying it for yourself!