Product Review: Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter

by Gio

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Name: Watt’s Up!
Brand: Benefit
Size: 9.4g
Price: $30.00

From Benefit’s website:
Our soft focus highlighter turns on “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous. With a cream-to-powder finish…it’s a switch on “wow” for all complexions. You’ll adore the smooth applicator & luminous sheen.

What I liked:
– provides a subtle, lit-from-within glow
– good colour payoff
– versatile shades, suits both cool, neutral, and warm toned complexions
– creamy texture, blends easily
– cute packaging

What I didn’t like:
– average staying power, especially on oily skin
– some people may find the built-in applicator unhygienic

Watt’s Up, buttercup?

Have you got any exciting plans for this week? An important meeting at work, a romantic date with a special someone, or a fun night out with your girlfriends, and want your skin to look spectacular for it? Like it’s lit-from-within? Then, take Benefit Watt’s Up along with you.

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A luminous peachy champagne shade, I expected Watt’s Up to be too shimmery and sheer. It is neither. Unless you apply it too generously, it provides a subtle and natural sheen that’s suitable even for the office (In the swatch below, I did apply it generously cos the camera refused to capture the glow otherwise).

And while the colour is soft, it is pigmented enough to show up even on medium skintones. Plus the shade is neutral enough to flatter both cool and warm toned complexions. Don’t you love its versatility?

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It is easy to apply too. Its creamy, not too thick texture, glides smoothly on the skin, and blends out nicely. The full size comes with a sponge that’s supposed to make application easier, but also gets dirty quickly, requiring frequent washing (something I wouldn’t be bothered to do). But my mini size, part of a holiday set my friend Janessa gave me for Christmas, comes without the in-built applicator.

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That’s ok. I prefer to use my fingers to blend highlighters anyway. Blending out Watt’s Up takes a tiny bit more effort than I’m used two with my two favourite highlighters (Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea Sea Of Cloud Highlighting Liquid and Benefit High Beam), but is still quite easy to do.

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Its formula, though, is not as longlasting as theirs. Its cream-to-powder and lasts fairly long – about 8 hours – on my dry cheekbones. But, when I apply it to my oilier areas, like the bridge of my nose, it starts fading after six. Because of this, it’s not my highlighter of choice when I’m out of the house for a whole day, but for a night out or an afternoon of shopping, it works very well.

Flattering on both warm and cool complexions, Benefit Watt’s Up is a peachy champagne shade that provides a subtle, lit-from-within glow. It’s easy to blend, but doesn’t last more than 6 hours on slightly oily skin.

Rating: 4/5

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Stavroula DrugstoreBLover February 23, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The color is pretty, but too bad it doesn’t last on oily skin! Have you tried setting it with some translucent powder? Maybe that will help!

Gio February 23, 2015 - 8:09 pm

Stavroula, thanks for the tip. No, I haven’t yet. I rarely set makeup with powder because it usually lasts longer on me. My skin is not that oily. Sadly, this one needs the extra help. I will try this trick next time. 🙂

Allison February 24, 2015 - 3:50 am

I love the rose gold color, but honestly I couldn’t really see it on your skin. But maybe that was because I love your copper eye makeup. Gorgeous on you!

I usually like sticks like that because I also like to blend with my fingers. I bought Becca Rose Gold powder highlighter, but I just keep forgetting to use it. I got a tiny sample of a gorgeous pale pink highlighter from Temptu in my November ipsy bag. It’s a liquid and really gives some bang for the buck. I will buy a full size one of these days.

Gio February 24, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Allison, thank you. I piled it up, but Watt’s Up is very subtle. It makes you glow, but not look like you’re wearing highlighter. It’s more of a your-skin-but-better, brighter look.

Those highlighters sounds great too. Don”t think we have Temptu here, but it definitely sounds worth a try.


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