One of the things I love is High Beam from Benefit. It was one of the first "nice" cosmetics I bought myself when I became a grown up. But it's $26 price tag is too steep for me at the moment, so I set about thinking about a DIY version. It actually turned out waaaay better than I expected.
Your favorite lotion: I started out using CeraVe, but switched to the lighter Cetaphil
3 cheap eyeshadows: I used ELF Ivory, Wheat, and the lightest color from the Party Purple palette.
containers: I bought a 3 pack in the travel section
alcohol, for sanitizing
tongue depressors for crushing and mixing
|you're going to have to cut me some slack on the lighting.|
I did this at 5pm, and the light sucks.
|dry swatches of the shadows. ELF is so powdery|
Break the shadow from it's palette and crush the hell out of it. The put about two pumps of lotion into your jar. (You'll see CeraVe here, but I only used that on one. It was too thick and didn't spread nicely.) Dump your crushed shadow into the lotion, and mix it. A lot. I probably stirred for about 60 seconds on each one. There are still a few grainy bits here and there, but it doesn't seem to effect the final product.
Finally, the true test. I compared it to a sample of High Beam. I couldn't find a good pearly pink, so I missed duping the color. But I think I did fairly good on the finish. My version is definitely less oily feeling on the skin than the High Beam. It also spreads a lot easier, for me at least. I definitely won't be buying High Beam anymore, that's for sure.
For all you nerds out there, I figured out that to make these three highlight creams it cost me about $6.30. That includes buying the jars. Each container has 0.20 ounces of product. In contrast, one bottle of High Beam is $26 for 0.45 ounces. So not only is this fun, it is definitely within my budget!