Benefit High Brow Review, Photos, Swatches

Benefit High Brow
Benefit High Brow

Benefit High Brow ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is designed to “lift” and enhance brows by brightening with a “soft, matte linen-pink” shade. Benefit recommends applying it beneath your brow, just following the arch, and blend.

Inevitably, one wonders what is the difference between Benefit’s Eye Bright and High Brow, as they’re both pink pencils designed to help brighten eyes — well, Benefit wrote a blog post explaining the differences. To summarize, High Brow is a neutral pink while Eye Bright is a cool-toned pink; the cooler tones in Eye Bright as designed to combat dark circles. Benefit warns that using High Brow on undereye circles may look too light, while using Eye Bright to define brows may look too pink.

It’s absolutely true that Eye Bright is a cooler-toned, more blue-based pink, and it also has a bit of micro-shimmer–very subtle but still there. I think those who are naturally cool-toned, one could get away with using both. For those with warmer undertones, the difference is likely more noticeable.

I like High Brow for more minimal looks; not necessarily five-minute looks but when one wants to have that natural look. The creaminess of the product makes it easy to blend, and it dries down quickly and holds up fairly well alone (about six hours). I applied it in the photos below so you can see how it looks, and I deliberately went heavy-handed, because I wanted it to show up in photos–the effect can be subtler if one desires.

Benefit High Brow Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
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Benefit High Brow
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Benefit Eye Bright (right)

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Thanks for this, Christine. High Brow is one of those products I’ve been thinking of getting “one day” or at least trying out in store. Now that I can see the difference it makes (subtle but definitely “there”), I’m even more interested.

Hi Christine! Just wondering … is the High Brow completely matte, or does it just have less shimmer than the Eye Bright? It seems as if it’s completely matte, judging from the product pictures, but I just wanted to confirm πŸ™‚

It seems virtually matte to me… maybe at best (worst?) it has a very subtle sheen but it seemed pretty matte to me.

I thought it might but looking over various reviews on Sephora, QVC, etc. it doesn’t seem to – but I haven’t tried myself so I can’t say for sure.

this is such a gimicky product… all you need to achieve the same result is a highlighting eyeshadow. im my case i use NYX jumbo pencil in Milk and then put some MAC Naked Lunch on top.

Wow Christine, your eyebrows look immaculately groomed here XD Do you pluck them or what? I always find that I get like- brow stubble. Constantly.

I was interested in purchasing this, but for $20, it seems a little pricey for a pink pencil. Instead, I purchased a pink Sephora pencil for $6 and get very good results!

One thing that wasn’t made clear was if there are ingredients in the product that lifts the area or if it is purely an illusion. I was under the impression that it had actual lifting qualities. Would you mind clarifying? Thanks!

As far as I know, it is just an illusion… I haven’t seen anything about it advertising a particular ingredient for a long-term benefit.

This product is something more for older eyes. πŸ˜‰ For younger eyes, you don’t need it as much. But, then I was thinking, you can do the same thing with concealer. Not sure how it would look with my skin, which has red tones in it. Is it neutral enough?

That looks great on you! Did you use a brush to blend it? Every time I try to use High Brow, it doesn’t blend well, and ends up looking chalky and gross. I have been trying to blend with my finger, right after applying. This is actually in my “probably throw away” drawer right now, but I would take it back out if I could get it to work as nicely as you did.

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