Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter: Swatches & Review

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Accidentaly I’ve run out of all my highlighters. Got some face shimmer like Guerlain Meteorities, but this is not the same. I could live for a while without such product, because I use it rarely in my daily makeup. But now it’s X-mas month, a lot of going out and New Year parties. So I definitely need something. And so I bought Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter that was released this autumn by Benefit.


Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter is a cream-to-powder highlighter in stick. At first it comes out heavily with really megawatt shimmer. Looks more like high shimmer eyeshadows that you won’t like to put on your cheekbones. But ones you blend it (which is very easy) this megawatt shine turns to be quite a common highlighter. It is very blendable and looks quite sheer after it’s blended, but still you see the shimmer. Last at least for 8-10, doesn’t defines you pore much.


The packaging is very cute and remind of a light bulb. One side is a highlighter stick and another is a sponge. I’ve seen several negative comments about this sponge, but I disagree. It can blend the product easily and beautiful. The problem I see is — how should I wash this sponge?


Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Soybean Glycerides, Silica, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid. N° 05897/N.





The shade is beige champagne with warm shimmer, quite big shimmer. I’ve read some reviews where this product is described like suitable for all skin tones, but I don’t think so. It would go well for warm and neutrals, but for very pale of pink-toned skin it may not work. I do now have quite pale, though neutral skin and I need to use light warm foundation first to make this highlighter look really good.

TEMPTU Retouch Highlighter #301 Champagne is lighter and more delicate, also can be mixed with your foundation easily. I’ would go for this one rather than Watt’s Up! because I like very delicate shimmer. But on holidays and in case you need real shine Benefit will work better.

Benefit High Beam is definitely more pink-toned and pearly in finish which I don’t like. It is also not as good in quality as Watt’s Up!





Availability: at Sephora or www.benefitcosmetics.com (international shipping available)
Price: 30$ for 9.4 gr/0.33 oz.
Limited Edition? No.


Final Thoughts: if you need warm toned cream-to-powder highlighter you may like this one. It has very good quality as a product and has funny packaging. Though for me the shimmer is bigger than I’d wear daily. But it will work for holidays and after all the amount and size of shimmer is a personal preference.

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