The Review: Benefit's 'Watts Up' Highlighter


It needs to be said first and foremost that I'm by no stretch a highlighter girl. To be perfectly honest, this is the first actual highlighter I've ever owned that's sole purpose is to highlight. I've played with shadows that give similar effects before, but I've never really enjoyed the glittery look on my skin. This product has been sitting in my collection since Christmas time when I received it in a Benefit gift pack. I finally decided to bite the bullet and give it ago because it's not a cheap product by any means and was literally collecting dust in my collection.

Benefit's "Watts Up!" highlighter is a cream to powder finish which I personally love. This texture confused me at first because I hadn't come across anything like it before, but I came to really enjoy how easy it was to apply in the stick format and how easy it was to blend as it became more powdery. The colour is warm, golden and stunning to look at especially in the sunlight. I use a minuscule amount in the typical highlighting areas and blend it out to keep it subtle. However, you can use as much or as little as you want and achieve any level of highlight you're going for from strong to barely-there which makes it an amazing all-rounder.

I'm a sucker for packaging and with 'Watts Up!' it really needs to be mentioned. I love the soft lavender paired with the metallic finish and the everything from the shape to the little lightbulb details makes me happy! The blender on the end is definitely useable, but it really does sheer out the product which is something to keep in mind if you're looking for a bolder look. Overall, I definitely think this is a must-try for highlighter lovers based alone on how stunning the colour is!

Have you tried this and what is your application method? I'm still a little unsure!
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  2. That highlighter looks amazing!

  3. Looks like a beautiful shade for warmer skin tones :D

  4. I'm obsessed with Benefit! This highlighter seems like a good one for summer

    - ellabellemin

  5. Benefit makes the cutest packaging!! Gotta try this <3

    x Jacquelyn

  6. I wish this was sat in my collection haha! I've got the Topshop glow stick which is a bit of a dupe of this, but I love it so it will do fine until the day I can try this beautiful thing :)

    Kathleen @ Made In The 1990's.

  7. I have this and I love it! I have tried both sweeping the stick across the top of my cheekbones and dabbing it on with my fingers. The latter is more subtle, as you can imagine! If you want a stronger look though you can sweep away and then use the spongy thing on the end (technical term!) to soften the edges. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  8. I got a sample of this, and I'm still yet to decide how I feel.

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  10. Thank you! And of course I'll check out your blog.

  11. Thank you so, so much! Of course I'm happy to give you advice but I don't know how much help I'll be. The easiest way I can explain how to get the social media buttons is to find pre made ones (just google "free social media buttons"), save them and upload them to a host site like photo bucket.
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  12. I never thought of using my fingers, thanks for the tip!

  13. I know, I love their packaging so much.

  14. It's really great! I've heard amazing things about the Top Shop glow stick too, though. x

  15. I know, Benefit have such amazing products!

  16. Definitely! The gold tone is stunning.

  17. Thank you so much! And of course, I'll check it out now. x

  18. Thank you so much! Truly this is so helpful!

    Magee /