Benefit High Brow Glow Review

 Benefit's High Brow Glow is a new, shimmery twist on their classic High Brow highlighting pencil. Benefit calls this product an "instant brow lift! Champagne pink pencil for eye opening WOW! A single stroke under your arches instantly lifts and illuminates." High Brow Glow contains 2.8g (.1 oz) and sells for $20. This highlighter was bought for me by a friend. Benefit does not test on animals. This highlighter was made in Germany. Benefit products can be bought from the brand's website, at Benefit boutiques and counters, Sephora, and Ulta.

 High Brow Glow come in a long, champagne colored cardboard box. An image of the product graces the front of the box along with the product name. A description can be found on both sides of the box. Directions and a full ingredient list are printed on the back. High Brow Glow is a pencil form highlighter. The pencil is made of wood with a champagne coating and topped with a loose fitting black cap. The product name is written on the pencil in black lettering. Sharpening High Brow Glow is a pain in the ass for two reasons. First off, its made of splintery wood. Secondly, its a very awkwardly sized pencil. Thicker than an eyeliner, yet thinner than a jumbo pencil, it doesn't quite fit into either barrel of my NYX Pencil Sharpener. I'll probably just drop the $5 on Benefit's special pencil sharpener, but I'd rather not have to.
 I bought High Brow Glow with high expectations. Highlighters are Benefit's forte, at least in my eyes. The brand describes this pencil as a champagne pink, and that's pretty bang on, though I feel like it can have a bit of a gold reflect in some lights as well. This highlighter has a frosty finish when applied in a high concentration, but it blends out to a soft shimmer. High Brow Glow is like a warmer, shimmery, amplified version of it's sister High Brow, which is a matte light pink.
 High Brow Glow has a soft yet slightly waxy texture. This highlighting pencil glides on with little resistance and is very easy to blend. Once on the skin, it feels like a powder product. High Brow Glow's effect is quite subtle, it doesn't add much to a look, overall. It does, however, give the brows a lifted look, as promised. Honestly, I don't feel like the effect of High Brow Glow is much different than putting any shimmery eyeshadow on the brow bone. This highlighter only lasts about 4 hours. Of course, High Brow Glow can be used for more than just an under brow highlight, it can be used on the face. I use this pencil to highlight my cupids bow and inner corners. This pencil can also act as a shimmery eyeliner or cream eyeshadow (but make sure to set it, it works well with Urban Decay's Bootycall). I don't suggest using High Brow Glow on the waterline, I found it irritating and not very long lasting.
[along lower lash line and under brow]
I'm neutral about Benefit's High Brow Glow. The product has it's pros and cons, but overall High Brow Glow seems unnecessary and a little bit gimmicky. Do yo really need a separate highlighter just for under the brow? No, I  never though that'd be the case. High Brow Glow was fun for me to try, and I'll continue to use it, but it hasn't become a staple in my routine. I wouldn't recommend this product. Should you try High Brow Glow? That depends on a few factors. Do you already have a highlighter you love? Does the shimmery champagne color speak to you? Do you really want to buy a special pencil sharpener? Think long and hard about these questions before forking over $20 for Benefit's High Brow Glow. 

Ingredients:
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Trigylceride, Candelilla Wax, Hydroxystearic Acid, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Talc, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate

May Contain:
Yellow 5, Blue 1, Ultra Marines, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide 

3 comments

  1. This is not very high brow.

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  2. Too bad! I have had pretty good luck with benefit so far.... I was hoping this would be a better brow highlite than high beam.

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    1. I love Benefit, but I guess I can't love everything. It probably would be better under the brows than High Beam, I don't really like using liquid highlighters in my eye area.

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