April 2, 2012

Benefit Watt’s Up! Review & Swatches

The mysteries of highlighter application allude me. I think there’s some secret club that specializes in the application of highlighter, a “what happens in highlighting club application, stays in highlighter club application!” mentality that doesn’t let anyone else in on the secrets of proper application.

I think said club is run by Norman Reedus, he looks like he’ll kick your ass if you don’t get hightlighting application down correct. Am I right?

But Benefit says to hell with that. Highlighter Club can go stick it! Because we’ll make highlighting so easy anyone, even the Muse, can do it!


Benefit Watt’s Up, the easiest damn highlighter on the cosmetic planet to use.

Indeed, true story.

This soft focus champagne shade of highlighter cream gives cheeks, eyes, and face a lovely little luminous glow and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to use it and Norman Reedus won’t slap you around either because you got it wrong. Here’s a gratuitous shot of Courtney and a possibly wasted Norman Reedus, I’m not sure who’s sexier, Court or Norman!

How is it so simple to apply? Well, the creamy formula is a snap to apply but the real helping hand here is the rounded sponge tip applicator attached to the end of the double sided highlighting. Simply swipe on a spot of Watt’s Up and blend it out with the sponge. The sponge is the best kept secret in the highlighting world as it diffuses product easily and blends it out to a soft glowing finish with a few strokes.

Oh the joy! The simplicity! How do you do it Benefit?

The cream to powder formula has a smooth, creamy feel with a glowing champagne color that works a treat on cheek bones, face, and on brow bones too if you so please.

One thing I tend to avoid is applying highlighting on my cheek bones since I have a difficult time blending it out correctly but the sponge applicator or eraser as I like to call it, blends out the cream to a soft gleaming finish. It’s so easy, it looks like a pro did it for me.

Loves it!

I think if you’re not huge on powders or liquid highlighters you’ll enjoy this easy to use cream formula. Possibly the only thing wrong with it is the large size. It’ll take me ages to get through a highlighter this large when I’m using so very little but hey more bang for your buck eh?

Available now at www.benefitcosmetics.com

Tried it?

Loved it?

Left it?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Winni

    Ha! What a great photo! I read phyrra too. Thx for the review, I just may indulge.

  • Sarah

    Since we have similar face structures, I was wondering where you apply your highlighter?

  • Dee

    I love me some Daryl! 😉 Not so sure about the sponge on that thing though, you cant take it off for a wash, can you?

  • Allison

    I love this highlighter but the price deters me. I feel like I might as well get the sin one from urban decay.

  • Lemony Licks

    This looks like a dream! But I am not sure if the cream on a stick will work for me. I rather like my sample of high beam and other .

    Have you tried Hard Candy’s Glow Away Bronzer and Highlighter stick? I had such high hopes for it but the texture was really dry!

  • cat

    It was a little too shimmery for me especially since I’m usually out in the day in a more or less professional setting. Also, the cream formula did not look great on my skin. It made it look like of dry, cakey, and artificial. I prefer my L’Oreal lumi primer as a highlight. Cheaper too especially if there’s a sale. 😉

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Courtney looks gorgeous in that photo. Norman is a lucky guy !!

    • the Muse

      lol courtney doesn’t dare norman mary haha but that would be cool! ;D!

  • Sara elisabeth

    Wow! At first I thought the price tag was kind of high, but now that I see how much product it contains, I’m so in. I have been coveting this since it’s release, but you just sold me on it!

  • Fran

    I love watt’s up. It’s so easy to use, it’s subtle yet imparts a gorgeous glow. It makes my skin look luminous but not shimmery or greasy. Watt’s up is what I wanted Mac’s MSFs to be, but oh well…
    This is probably my favorite highlighter.

  • ididmyface

    Muse….. you always a-Muse me!!! LOL I just love your blog. It makes me smile and it makes me happy!!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks christy xoxoxoxoxoxo! glad my nutty sense of humor makes someone laugh ;D!

  • Irene

    I tried it at Sephora a while ago and although I loved the idea of the applicator and the glow it gives, it was darker than my own skin tone! Such a disappointment 🙁 I’ll stick to my MAC white cream color base…

  • Jasmine

    Do you recommend this highlighter for darker skin tones? I’m in a NW46 in MAC and I’m looking for a highlighter that will compliment my skin tone.

    • the Muse

      def Jasmine, it’ll show up very nicely on darker skin. try it at sephora before you purchase so you can swatch and get a feel for the shade…!

  • Joyce

    I got Victoria’s Secret Luminous Cheek & Face Highlighter in Showtime today from the semi-annual sale for $3.50. It swatches kind of like Watt’s Up I’m so excited!

  • Olive

    You are High-larious!! I just picked this up today. Hoping the end result is more ‘Watt’s up!’ than ‘Waaaazzzzzzupppp!!!’