Color(s): 01 & 02 (today's review is on #02)
Cruelty Free: Unknown but most likely no
Claims: "This 2 in 1 highlighting base and brightening eye makeup accentuates
facial features to beautify according to ideal proportions. "
I was given the opportunity to try out some products from Bornprettystore.com for review and this was one of the items I chose. Bornprettystore also provided a coupon code for 10% for my readers! YAY! (code is placed towards the end of this post)
Everyone can use that oomph of radiance and glow right? If you own and enjoy Benefit's highbeam (my review here) then you will most likely enjoy Cool Betty's Golden Ratio in #02. Golden Ratio is a 2 in one brightener and highlighter. This product looks exactly like Etude House's Golden ratio, the only difference is CB is in a frosted glass bottle. It is a satin pink liquid highlighter that also includes a cream brightener for the eyes. It's a great inexpensive dupe for Benefit's highbeam and also contains more product.
When you open up the lid you will see the cream highlighter and mirror. The cream highlighter is meant to be an eye brightener. I recommend using it on the lids but not underneath your eye, the product is just too shimmery and looks very weird underneath the eyes even with concealer on top.
Once you twist open the lid you will find the liquid highlighter. Unlike benefit, this product comes with a spatula instead of a brush for application. I prefer to tap a little on the back of my hand then apply the product to highlight my face with my fingers. I also love using it under my brow bone as a highlight.
The cream highlighter gives a cream to powder type finish when blended out. Also, when it is completely blended out, it gives off a cool tone pink sheen. The liquid highlighter, however, has more of a satin finish to it and is also cool toned but is not as pink as the cream brightener.
Please excuse the shine on my cheeks, I use a dewy foundation.
- Dupe for Etude House golden ratio in pink($14-$20) & Benefit highbeam ($26)
- Beautiful on the skin
- Subtle (but is buildable for an intense highlight)
- Option of cream or liquid
- Suitable for all skin types
- Blends easily
- Can be worn alone or on top of makeup
- Scent (medium powdery scent from the bottle but is mild when applied to the face and fades)
- Availability (seems to be online only)
- Not travel friendly
- Cream eye brightener may not be suitable for people with warmer undertones
I gave this product 4.5 stars because I love it just as much as my highbeam. It's really affordable and adds a beautiful highlight to my looks. I think it looks more natural on people with a lighter complexion (cool undertones) because it can look a bit too bright on people with warmer undertones. If you use highbeam and you it works well on you, then I say go for it. It's not overbearing and doesn't make my skin appear oily nor sparkly. It does help my skin appear brighter and healthier. It can be worn alone for a more natural look but since I do have a lot of acne scars I like to use it on top of my foundation. It is definitely worth a try for only $6-7 and free shipping.
The promo code to save 10% at bornprettystore.com is CBH10 (the more people use it the more likely they will offer a giveaway!). It can be used on any purchase and they offer free shipping world wide. Stay tuned for my comparison review against Benefit's highbeam. For the mean time why not take a look at my review of the same product but in its first shade #01.
Here's a quick the comparison
Disclosure: I received the Cool Betty Golden Ratio as a press sample.