I’d been eyeing the numerous highlighters from Benefit but couldn’t really decide on any (High Beam? Moon Beam?) just because I didn’t feel too keen on using a liquid formula. Last year, they released a cream-to-powder highlighter called Watt’s Up!
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.
As you can see, the packaging is darling (as is the copy), which is typical for Benefit products. This one’s particularly charming, though. ❤ I love it for that already.
It’s a lavender chrome geometric pretty little thing that has a cap up top (to protect the product) and a sponge-tip blender at the bottom. I actually thought that you turned the angular side to dispense the product through the sponge tip, but it opens up like this…
Et voilà! What I thought was a twisty thingy is a cap! I swear, I cranked this thing so much expecting a dollop of product on the other end. Because I’m an idiot.
The product comes in cream-stick form, which is protected by a plastic cap, apart from the main angular cap. It’s a pretty, creamy (not liquid-y) champagne that looks intimidatingly, well… shimmery. It’s not very shimmery, though. I find that the glow it gives is quite even and not sparkly, which is a definite plus! Who wants to look like a glitter bomb?
You just slide this on the usual places where the light would normally hit—brow bone, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, maybe your forehead—for a super glow.
The other end is a sponge blender, used to diffuse the glow and tone down the edges. Alternately, you can use your fingers, too.
This unblended swatch looks a bit harsh, but it’s concentrated on that one spot and the harsh edges are not blended out yet. The photograph was also taken directly under fluorescent light. Here is the same swatch, with the edges blended out, for that soft focus highlight:
For the look on my last post, I used it on my “cheekbones” and on the bridge of my nose. As you can see, Watt’s Up! dispenses a pretty glow that doesn’t turn you into a disco ball, especially when you use it sparsely and on the right places.
I usually use Guerlain Météorites as a highlighter, but this will do quite nicely, and is great for travel.
Also, in true Benefit form, here’s a cute video they made to feature their highlighters. Maybe it can help you decide which one is best for you!
VERDICT: Beautiful highlighter that doesn’t overdo it with the glow.
Will I repurchase? Absolutely.
How much? Php 1,600 or $30 for 9.4g or 0.33oz.
Where to buy in Manila? Benefit counters in Rustan’s department store, Benefit store in G/F Greenbelt 5.