Benefit Watt’s Up | Review



Just when I thought I didn’t need another highlighter, one just seemed to fly off the Sephora shelves and land in my basket… Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Yep, a few weeks ago I picked up Benefit Watt’s Up after convincing myself I needed a new cream-based glow giver. You guys know I’m a big fan of Benefit highlighters, with High Beam being the first one I ever bought (and am still loving 6 years later…), so I had high hopes for this purchase.

So while High Beam is a pearly, luminescent pink, Watt’s Up is its golden sheeny cousin. Another way these two differ is the texture. While High Beam is a straight up liquid which can easily be blended into skin with fingers or a sponge, Watt’s Up comes in a little stick and is far thicker in formula. I tend to apply it straight from the applicator onto the high points of my face (cheekbones, bridge of my nose, brow bones and cupid’s bow), then use my finger to smudge it out.

So let’s talk verdicts. First up, I absolutely love the colour of this. If you check out the swatch below, you can see how pigmented and gorgeous it is. It’s also exactly what I want in a highlighter in that it’s shimmery and packs a punch of pigment, but it isn’t ‘sparkly’. I hate when you can see a trail of leftover chunks of glitter across your cheek you know? We’re not in year 8 anymore… But honestly, when this catches the light it really does look stunning and I think it’s a very versatile shade, suitable for most skin tones.

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The application is something I think I’ve had to get a little used to. It doesn’t blend very easily so I do find I have to work it in with my fingers, which can sometimes smudge my foundation. If anyone has any tips for this, please let me know??

I obviously do like this highlighter as I’ve been wearing it non-stop recently. I think the formula could stand to be a little bit more pliable, but I’ll forgive it for the lovely natural glow it gives me.

Have any of you guys tried Benefit Watt’s Up? What did you think? Do you have a favourite highlighter you would recommend?

Check back in on Friday for a new post 🙂

Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx


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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

27 thoughts on “Benefit Watt’s Up | Review

  1. I’m a sucker for champagne highlighters and Watt’s Up is my favorite. I find swiping over the stick with a small/medium flat foundation brush then applying to the cheekbones works best. Also applying it directly from the stick and blend out with a damp beauty blender works good too.

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  2. That looks so gorgeous on you! I’ve been meaning to get this for a while! Please check out my latest post if you get the chance, it’s a special one, and it’d mean a lot! xx

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  3. I have a mini version of this from Sephora. Through trying this, I realize that I don’t like cream based highlighters because they seem to disturb the base product underneath. It’s not easy to blend out a cream highlighter on top of foundation, powder, and blush. I’ve mostly used this on the brow bone or inner eye corner as highlight.

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    1. I agree it is difficult to blend out. I tend to use it before I powder at all and then top up with a light dusting of powder highlight after. I think they’re great though when you’re going for the natural minimal look. Thanks for reading 🙂 xxx


  4. I completely agree with you about the formula, which has made me stop reaching for Watts Up. I’ve heard that sometimes if you apply it onto the back of your hand first to almost warm it up, it will be easier to blend but I’m yet to try this for myself yet!
    Lucie xo |

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  5. The best part about beauty blogs is we can get advice from someone with our
    particular coloring. Beauty counters are hit and mess and not everyone
    knows how to do makeup for all skin types and colors. Thanks for sharing!


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