I received the Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter as part of a previous Birchbox, and was so impressed by it that I decided to do a full review. I’ll also show you how it compares with the popular Benefit High Beam highlighter, which I use often fairly for a subtle glow.
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter
What It Does
The Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter is described on the Jelly Pong Pong website as an ‘oil-free lightweight luminizing gel, enriched with micronized pearlescent pigments & orange blossom extract to highlight the face for a fresh, radiant complexion’.
How to Apply Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter
To apply, they suggest dabbing it onto both the cheekbones and brow bones with the brush applicator, and then blending it with your fingers. You can also blend it out with a makeup brush, but I personally recommend sticking to the fingers – it warms the product and helps it to spread easier over the skin.
In the above photo, I had applied a small amount of Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter over my bare skin. I drew about a 1/3 inch line on the top of my cheekbone, and then blended it out with my finger.
As you can see, it definitely adds a noticeable shimmer and sheen to the cheeks. The soft sheen you see is created from the very fine shimmer that’s in the gel, but it also comes from a good amount of gold glitter. (In terms of glitter, I would say it is comparable to the NARS Albatross highlighting blush. There isn’t too much, but it is definitely noticeable, i.e. not something I’d wear to work!)
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter vs. Benefit High Beam
Just for fun, I decided to compare Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter with the popular Benefit High Beam highlighting gel. Keep reading for a look at swatches, as well as a brief summary on how they compare with one another.
How the Two Highlighters Compare
The Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter highlighter comes in one shade called Ibiza, which is a warmer gold toned highlighter. Benefit High Beam highlighter comes in one shade as well, which is a slightly pinker shade.
In terms of price, the full size version (4 ml) of the Glow Getter gel is $12.75. This comes out to $3.19 per ml. (I was actually surprised to find that the little bottle – as photographed above, was the full size version when I first saw it!) With Benefit High Beam, you get 13 ml for $24 ($1.84 per ml), which comes out to be slightly less expensive.
Below are swatches taken of Benefit High Beam and Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter highlighters in natural light. (High Beam is on the left, and Glow Getter is on the right.)
As for the texture, Benefit High Beam applies evenly and smoothly, and blends out quite easily. Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter is slightly tacky and sticky feeling and takes a little extra effort to blend out.
Once blended out though, I find Glow Getter packs more overall shimmer and sheen compared to High Beam. To me, this justifies the smaller sized container and higher price range since you don’t need to use quite as much product to achieve a noticeable glow (I think the difference is especially apparent in the blended-out swatches shown above!).
In terms of longevity, Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter comes out as the winner, which I attribute to its tacky texture – it really does seem to ‘stick’ to your skin. I found it almost impossible to rub off the swatch on my hand. High Beam, on the other hand, started to come off quite a bit after the first couple rubs.
Overall, Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter is an excellent product for those who don’t mind a little glitter – you get the longevity, glow, and pigmentation for a decent price.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more conservative, natural looking product that’s easy to apply, I’d recommend sticking with Benefit High Beam.
How do you think these two highlighters compare?