Benefit Cosmetics – Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

Online Description:

What it is:
A champagne cream-to-powder highlighter.

What it does:
Benefit’s bestselling highlighter turns up the wattage with a delicate, champagne glow and soft-focus effect. Its smooth application and luminous sheen switches on the “wow” factor for any complexion. Apply it to cheeks and browbones, then then sculpt the complexion with the soft-glow blender to achieve the perfect gleam.

Beauty tip:
Watt’s up! is a celebrity makeup artist favorite for strobing.

Suggested Usage:
-Glide Benefit’s watt’s up! where the sun would normally touch the face to highlight: cheekbones, browbones (under the arches), down the bridge of the nose, and the cupid’s bow.
-Next, sculpt with its soft glow blender to lift and contour the face.
-It can be applied solo or over existing makeup.


My Thoughts:

This product is pretty average. It isn’t something I became obsessed with from use, but it isn’t a product I would give a thumbs down on. For my minimal makeup days when I wear a bit of eyeshadow, mascara, tinted moisturizer, cream blush, and cream highlighter, this works so well. I received a bunch of these deluxe minis from various Benefit kits I bought from Sephora which is a great way to try products without splurging on the full-size product. Initially, I wasn’t a fan of this product, but that’s when I was a snob against any cream product besides lipstick or mascara. Once I stopped being so snooty about it and started experimenting more with cream products, I actually started to like using this. I still stand by preferring this without full-coverage looks, but I don’t stick my nose up to cream products anymore. With age, I’ve found less truly is more and I’ve become more comfortable with minimal makeup looks. Shocker, right? A makeup artist that prefers wearing less makeup? It’s surprisingly more common than you think. I still love makeup and enjoy using this product and this has taken part in me being more comfortable in my own skin vs. covering up every inch of my face. This can be applied on its own as advertised and again, it gives natural-looking results so it works that way if that’s the look you’re going for. The packaging is so freaking cute! I love it! Benefit is always reliable with providing cute and trendy packaging. And let’s be honest, their packaging is part of the reason I buy their awesome products. 😉 It is perfect size for traveling and for using in my makeup kit, I simply slice off what I need with a clean spatula and apply from that.

Performance/Wear:                          ★/5

I’ve found this is best for my minimal makeup days when I don’t use setting powder and adding product over that. This doesn’t seem to work well with medium or full coverage foundation because it only smears the base product I had so diligently blended. Aside from being annoying and wasting my time, it doesn’t seem to work no matter over foundation (before setting powder) no matter how much I blend it. Just streaking, streaking, and oh, yeah, more streaking. Wearing this with tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream works like a charm, though! It has a natural-looking highlight to it which works seamlessly for those who prefer a more natural look with their makeup. Since those bases aren’t very concentrated with pigment, this highlighter not only blends easier on the face, but also doubles for an eyeshadow cream if you want a bit more of an eye-catching effect. It doesn’t seem to have any issues with the various formulas that I’ve tried with it which makes it easier on the pocket. I love that it doesn’t break up throughout the day like some products do when they don’t work well together or with a client’s skin.

Price:                                                   ★/5

I’m not the biggest fan of the price considering how little quantity of the product comes with the tag, but the quality speaks for itself. If they’d knock it down a few dollars, they’d get 5 stars for that. The good thing about it is that since I don’t need much product for each application, the product lasts a really long time which means I’m spending less money having to repurchase it as often as competitor products.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

I like the concept of the cream stick, but the little sponge on the end is a huge no-no. That is the most unsanitary thing I’ve seen on a product in a long time. I can totally agree on the intent of convenience of it being attached to the product itself making it perfect for touch-ups and traveling, but no. There is no way to get it completely clean after each use so it just ends up multiplying bacteria. Not to mention, the sponge seems to absorb more product than it blends it. I love how the cream stick itself is very sturdy. It holds up under the pressure of applying it on my face and doesn’t break or become smushed in the tube like almost every lipstick I’ve ever owned does.




  • Perfect color for any complexion
  • Blends easily
  • Doesn’t damage easily under pressure from application
  • Compact size ideal for traveling
  • Sturdy packaging
  • No scent
  • Cost efficient
  • Perfect for makeup minimalist


  • The sponge
  • Doesn’t work well with foundation (light, medium, or full; sheer works best)

Texture:                                  Cream stick

Scent:                                      None

Recommend?                         Sure

Repurchase?                           Probably

Retail:                                     $30.00

Size:                                         0.33 oz.

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