I’m playing catch-up with the Project Pan items so that’s why I’m doing two PP12 entries this week.
Today we’re looking at the not very well known Shiseido highlighter called High Beam White.
Shiseido does not call this a highlighter per se, it’s inconspicuously grouped in with their Luminizing Satin Face Color range, which are their blushes. Shisido also offers a golden highlighter shade in the same line, called Soft Beam Gold. At last check on both the US and Canadian website, I do not see High Beam White listed anymore so I’m fairly certain that this is discontinued! 🙄 Typical! I paid C$38 for this compact, which contains 6.5g of product.
I’ve shown this before in a highlighter post and it made me realize how great this product is – but I hardly ever reach for it, that’s why I made a point to select this as one of my Project Pan items.
It’s difficult to show this product in photos because of how nuanced it is, there’s no shimmer and just a slight sheen in a base of transparent white powder. The powder is very smooth and has a balanced texture – not too dry and also doesn’t kick up much dust. It blends easily and seamlessly onto the skin.
For everyday wear, the effect of this highlighter is just what I need – I never want to be at the office looking like I smeared lip gloss on my cheeks. 😛
The packaging is minimalist in keeping with the Shiseido aesthetics. It does include a full mirror and a good quality natural haired brush. My plan is to actually depot all of my Shiseido blushes one day – I’ve done one so far and it was so easy to pop it out (they only use a little dab of glue in these pans).
I’ve been using this as my cheek highlight as well as my brow bone highlight daily since I started Project Pan. This is a first for me since I rarely wore cheek highlight before this – I’m hoping that this develops into a habit – my coworker says that lately my skin has been looking more glowy! 😉 Even though the brush included is decent, it’s more for travel, so the 2 brushes I reach for most to use with this highlighter are the MAC Oval 3 (for brow highlight) and Trish McEvoy 48 Blending brush.
Interestingly, this product is made in the USA, rather than in Japan like the majority of Shiseido’s line.
• Smooth blendable texture
• Long wearing
• Universal shade (neutral)
• Natural looking
• May not be enough “oomph” for some
Stash worthiness: 10/10
Since rediscovering this, I’ve fallen madly in love with it! I’ve hardly made a dent in the pan but knowing that the counters no longer carry this, I’m very tempted to hunt down a back-up (I found one listed on Amazon for C$102 *sigh*). I’ve not come across a highlight powder similar to this – if you can think of any that you think is similar, please do share!
I’ve been using this daily and the weight hasn’t changed at all from the starting point:
The rest of the items are still the same, except the Bourjois loose powder:
I still wear every single item daily during the work week, although I haven’t worn The Body Shop foundation as much lately since I got a tan from the cruise and it’s too fair on me. Last week I went back to using the Maybelline SuperStay Foundation because I now match that shade better. And this week I’m mixing TBS one with Maybelline, about 50/50.
Please check out my Project Pan Pals for their updates (I’m linking to their posts that I missed when I was away):
♦ Ingrid of Curly.Spring.Blossom
♦ Jodi of A Brash Attitude
♦ Chanelle of Chanelle Hayleyyy
What is your favourite highlighter for everyday use?