Saturday, 2 February 2013

Topshop Highlighter | Sunbeam

Happy Saturday Girls! I'm currently on my way to see my boyfriend and am posting this from my iPhone. Ahh, the joys of the Internet! I featured this beaut in my mini Westfield haul yesterday (read it here) and thought I'd share my thoughts in a more in-depth post. This is a repurchase for me as my old one shattered inside its compact last week which is the worst thing to ever happen to a beauty addict. I don't ever skip highlighter in my everyday make-up as I just love the way it lifts the whole eye area, and this for me is a 'holy grail' item which does just that. This cost me a mere £10.00 from Topshop, which I think is such a great price. It really does last forever and I used my old one for 6 or 7 months. I love Topshop make-up packaging, it's so pretty! A really cute matte white circular compact with scribbled little stars on the top and a black box to match. It's set inside the compact very much like MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish products, sort of dome shaped and raised in the middle. I think this means that it is made similarly to MAC's products, slowly baked to uphold colour and pigmentation. 
Sunbeam is a beautiful deep toned yellow gold and as you can see from the swatch below (with my very sausage like looking fingers), the pigmentation is to die for. It sweeps onto my brow bone with ease but if I'm 100% honest it does have a tendency to speckle into my eyebrows. This is completely fixable though as I just use a cotton bud to swipe away any naughty excess highlighter! After using this for quite some time, I can definitely say that I prefer using gold toned highlighters rather than pinks. I find that pink highlighters can look a little bit ashy and slightly washes me out which is why golds are perfect for my skin tone. I used to use Benefit's 'High Beam' as a highlighter but fell out of love with its cream formula. It just felt too heavy on my brow bone and slightly sticky even after it had dried, so my alternative was to start using powder form highlighters, and I genuinely can't rate this highly enough. In regards to staying power, this ticks the box too. I've worn this on nights out and when I get home it's still firmly in place and doesn't budge at all. One thing that can happen is to slightly overdo it and use a bit too much product. I use a very light hand to apply this, and build it up a little bit at a time using my MAC blending brush. If I wear this on a night out which is more often than not, I use a sheet of tissue underneath my eye to make sure no loose bits of highlighter fall onto my cheek. If you have used eyeshadows or highlighters which drop onto the skin then you'll know how much of a pain it is to get rid of it without blending the colour out onto your skin. Using tissue makes sure that doesn't happen! I think once Summer comes along (please hurry up) I'll be braver with application and apply a little more than I do in Winter. 
Have you tried Topshop make-up? Do you love 'Sunbeam' as much as me?


  1. oh I definitely have to try it out!

  2. Definitely going to give this a try, looks lovely! x

  3. Great review hun! Ive just bought this for a makeup swap in doing with a girl in New Zealand :) I'm sure she'll love it, looks gorgeous x

  4. Love topshops lipsticks, I am really impressed with their products! I will have to try this!

    Janelle @ GlamorousMama

  5. This is such a pretty highlight. I use it all the time & I love how much product you get. It is well worth the money & the packaging is just adorable.


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