March 6, 2015

Benefit Cosmetics - Watt's Up! (Cream Highlighter)

A soft-focus highlighter for face. 

This cream-to-powder highlighter turns up the wattage with a delicate, gorgeous champagne glow. Its smooth application and luminous sheen switches on the "wow" factor for any complexion. Apply it to cheeks and browbones, then sculpt with the soft-glow blender for your perfect gleam.

I am a bit of a highlighter addict. I mean among all of the makeup product category, I am partial towards Highlighters/Illuminators. Anything that makes me glow! I am all for it. The word 'glow' just makes me happy! That explains the name of my blog. It was named 'glowingface' in its early days. Well, here it is! A little 'throwback' moment.

Back to the product. I have had this one for a while, but with my on and off blogging ritual, I never reviewed it. Benefit Cosmetics are known for their weird funky packaging and cool products. Watts Up! is their Creme Highlighter in a Stick form. The one pictured above is a mini version, but the full size product has a cap/lid that is in shape of a bulb (Watts Up!) and it comes with a sponge applicator on the other side. The product itself is a cream stick and twists up like a lipstick.

Color: Champagne beige/peach with slight hues of gold 

Texture and Consistency: Creamy, non greasy, smooth stick with absolutely finely milled shimmer in it. (It is a little on drier side and not very emollient. I am not sure if this is the case with the product I have because cream products tend to dry over a period of time or it is the general texture of this product)

Scent: None detected 

Application: Just couple of dabs using the stick directly on the cheek bones and then slightly blending it with fingers using tapping motion. I apply this with my fingers, because I find it blends best when using fingertips. The blender sponge works ok too, but I prefer fingers. Usually I apply this over a creme product as opposed to any powder product. It can be used over makeup too, but i prefer to follow the creme over creme rule. Also tried it on my brow bone and inner eye corner and it works fine.

Effect and Feel: This is a cream to powder finish product and has a very light weight, non sticky, non greasy formula. It has enough glide to blend and not bunch up at places. It stays put and gives a beautiful, glowy sheen. The skin appears very naturally luminous and lit from within. There are absolutely no chunks of glitter. Over blending defeats the purpose and the product just disappears and fails to deliver the candlelight glow. This usually happens with most of my liquid and cream highlighters like NARS Illuminator Hot Sand or Edward Bess All over Seduction. This did not clog or settled into pores nor made it appear enlarged and prominent. So thats is a plus. 

Longevity: This is the part where it failed to deliver. On me it barely lasted for 2 hours and then just vanished! I did not sweat too because I used it in colder weather. This did last longer when topped with a complimenting powder highlighter like theBalm 'Mary-Lou Manizer' Highlighting Powder or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Packaging: Convenient, creamy stick, easy to apply and travel with. Comes with a sponge applicator at the other end. Reminds me a of NARS Multiple Stick.

Swatch of Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! cream Highlighter

Verdict: This is a good highlighter but not my absolute favorite. I can see this working on many skin tones and skin types and age group. This did not turn white or ashy on my medium olive toned skin and did not mess with the dryness either. Also the sheen is very subtle and would work awesome for day time use like daily office environment or for someone who is not much into makeup. This just adds dimension making the skin appear radiant without looking glamorous or over the top. I would personally prefer a more high metallic sheen kinda product for night time use. Good, multipurpose product for daily wear.

Some other good highlighters from the brand includes High Beam (review), Sun Beam and Girl Meets Pearl (review)

Can be purchased at Sephora, Macys, Ulta and Benefit Cosmetics

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