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Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!

What it is: A soft-focus highlighter for face.What it does: 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.
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Questions & Answers for Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!

Question
I don't understand the purpose of this?
Is this supposed to act like a concealer, and how do you apply it? Also do you apply it to your whole face, and I have acne has this caused any breakouts?
asked 2 years ago
erinic
(Iowa)
on Watt's Up!
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
my skin is prone to breakouts but I've never had a problem with this
answered 3 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
No it is supposed to highlight your face/nose/cheekbones. It goes well with contouring.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
MissVeee
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
It's a highlighter. Use it on your browbone, under your eyes, or on the top of your cheekbones! I use it to bounce light under my eyes to diffuse dark circles and diminish my fine lines. Use it over your concealer & foundation, but if you powder over it, you lose the effect.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
LBrazell
(Irmo, SC)
answer 4
This is a highlighter, not a concealer. You use it on the face wherever light would naturally hit you (i.e. cheekbones, brownbone, inner corner of the eye). It catches the light and makes your skin look like its glowing. I have not had issues with breakouts from this product.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
tinatune
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Unless you want to look like someone from twilight i don't think you should apply it all over your face. I believe the best uses for it would be to apply it anywhere on the eye area, brow bones, cheek bones, and cupid's bow. AND unless you're going for a night look or are going to be exposed to bright lighting, i do not recommend that you highlight the bridge of your nose.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 6
This is meant to add a glowing dewy affect to the face. It is NOT a concealer. you simply slide the product on your cheek bones, top of your nose, and chin and forehead if desired. It has not made me break out but everyone is different
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
MarrBlake
(Colorado Springs, CO)
answer 7
Highlighters typically are applied to give your face a glow. It's not a concealer, you apply it to places on your face that light naturally hits such as brow bone and upper cheek bones. I usually make a arc on my upper cheekbones. I go along the cheekbone then slightly arc up at my temples and lightly blend it.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
bonniescot
(NY, NY)
answer 8
No, I would not consider it a concealer. When applied to your cheek bone and brow bone area, it simply gives a nice sheen. You could apply it anywhere on your face, but its mainly for areas that you would like to brighten. Has caused no break-outs for me.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
typer
(Augusta, GA)
answer 9
No, I would not use it in place of a concealer. Instead, this product can be used along with a bronzer or blush in order to help contour the grooves on your face. I like to apply it to the bridge of my nose and a little on my browbone, in addition to my cheeks on top of my blush in order to give my face some extra shadowing and contouring. You can use some of the product underneath your eyes to brighten that area up, but it does not replace what a concealer's job should do. Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
jaym
(New York, NY)
answer 10
it is a beautiful highlighter...i put it on the high points of my cheekbones, and the high points of my upper outer brow area for highlighting effect, after i apply my foundation or bb cream, but before i apply mineral veil powder to set it all..so, foundation, then this in the areas you want a highlight color, then the powder...beautiful results!!!
answered 2 years ago
kritterrn
(struthers, OH)
answer 11
this is a highlighter, you use it on places you want to highlight on your face. not all over the face. it is NOT a concealer. google how to contour/highlight for some tips.
answered 2 years ago
wildhoney
(NJ)
Question
does this product have sparkles ? because i hate sparkles
asked 2 years ago
beauttybarbie
(Ontario Mississauga)
on Watt's Up!
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
It does have a little bit for a sparkle to it
answered 3 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
No, not at all. It just glows.
answered 11 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 3
I used another HD powder under my eyes and my daughter said I looked like I'd been at a strip club - too much glitter! This highlighter, however, just gives you a glow. It's wonderful!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
LBrazell
(Irmo, SC)
answer 4
It's more of a shimmer than a sparkle.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Anonymous
answer 5
It has tiny sparkles. SO if you hate sparkles don't waste your money. Its a great product though.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 6
No definitely no sprinkles I use it only in the middle of my eyebrows down my nose and I love it .. !!! :-)
answered 2 years ago
lachata
(Oklahoma city)
answer 7
I don't notice any sparkles. A nice, soft shimmer, yes, but no big glitter particles
answered 2 years ago
ellejbee
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 8
No sparkles. It is more subtle than that. I don't like sparkles either. This product gives a highlight that is more natural looking and the product can be blended for a natural look.
answered 2 years ago
jhch
(Fall City)
answer 9
No
answered 2 years ago
bande
(Anaheim, CA)
answer 10
No sparkles. This isn't like those bronzers or shimmer powders at all. This gives a very soft focus glow :)
answered 2 years ago
audii1409
answer 11
Hi Beauttybarbie- It has a fine luminous sheen to it without large amount of glitter.
answered 2 years ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
If you use on cheek bones, do you put it on before or after blush?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
hanksmama
(Yukon, OK)
on Watt's Up!
9 answers
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answer 1
I personally apply it before my blush. It gives the most luminous natural looking glow. You will love it!
answered 4 months ago
HannahBear122
(Pennsylvania)
answer 2
I put it on after blush because I can sometimes get over-enthusiastic about blush and this acts as a very sheer concealer.
answered 10 months ago
idreamofsun
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I put it on after. Otherwise, the blush mattes it out.
answered 11 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 4
Before
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
mumoo
(Surrey)
answer 5
I applied before my blush. I found that I use less blush once my cheekbones are highlighted.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
HDog77
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 6
I would suggest applying before blush seeing that this product should serve a contouring function.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
RoseBeholder
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I think you can use it either before or after blush depending on how much highlight you want. Use it before blush for a more subtle shimmer, after blush for a more pronounced highlight.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
tinatune
(New York, NY)
answer 8
I've done both. It's buildable so it works post blush, but i usually do it before blush because my blush doesn't go as high as the brightener does.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
cx23
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 9
Either way is fine! Try both ways and see which one you like better.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Is this good over powder foundation?
I only use powder foundation and since this is a cream stick I was wondering if I can use it over powder foundation
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
sammiebaby
(Hazlet, New Jersey)
on Watt's Up!
9 answers
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answer 1
You can definitely use this product OVER powder foundations, just make sure you have a very light touch and dab or lightly pat the item on top of your makeup with a brush, the sponge tip or your fingers.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
dianabt
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
I switch off between powder and liquid foundation and when i used this it was only good on liquid really...girl meets pearl (by benefit) works even better and on both types of foundation
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
heart21
(Edina, MN)
answer 3
I've been able to use it with powder but it does blend better with liquid.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
oshimay
answer 4
I bet you can because it glides on so smoothly. I use it over foundation, powder & blush. Love it!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
lmarkow
(Buffalo)
answer 5
I use a powder foundation too and this works just fine on top of it! Remember a little goes a long way!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
kjking
(Oklahoma)
answer 6
You could use this over (for a more noticeable look) or under (for a more subtle look) your powder.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
kimmym4
(Albany, NY)
answer 7
Yes. I use powder foundation and it works just fine.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
hgou
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 8
It works great over powder foundation!
I use both liquid & powder foundation, and it always works great for me! :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
girliegirl895
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 9
yes u totaly can it looks awesome just make sure to blend.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
giigii21
(brampton, ontario)
Question
would you apply your blush and face powder over this product or does it defeat the purpose?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, ON)
on Watt's Up!
8 answers
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answer 1
Normally, I like to apply blush first, and then my face powder. I feel like adding the highlighter before blush would just crease the two colours together leaving a weird finish on the skin. After I apply blush and powder as usual, I then like to add the highlighter on my cheekbones, cupids bow, brow bone and where ever else and apply my Urban Decay setting spray (the travel size is $15 and lasts ages for me!) which helps leave the highlighter all day!
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
AnnaDelRey
answer 2
YES.
answered 11 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 3
I usually apply my foundation all over first then the highlight (otherwise it doesn't blend). Then I put a small bit of powder over it and blend till it looks smooth and you see the difference in the way the light hits the skin. Apply blush as normal.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
RoseBeholder
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I use this stick last (after foundation and blush).
It sits on top nicely, and still blends in w/o ruining my foundation below.

I've touched up my powder mid-afternoon and when I brush it over the highlighter the shimmer disappears, so I assume it's OK to wear it last.

Works for me :)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
TigersDime
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I apply this highlighter after face powder and after blush and contouring
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Manda7
answer 6
As long as it's a very matte blush it would add some shimmer to it.
Though Watts up is a highlighter so you really put it in places you don't put blush.
I recommend applying blush and then adding watts up right above where you put the blush. Also along your brow bone, inner eye, middle of your lip, and so forth.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
lisaroesinger
(Edmonton, Alberta)
answer 7
I would think that it would take the luminous shine from it. I always use this as my last touch.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
kharg85
(Pasadena,MD)
answer 8
I put it OVER my foundation, above my blush, and blend with powder..just don't use too much or it will flake because powder is drying.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mytwins
(Laurel Hollow, NY)
Question
Can this be applied over foundation and powder?
I'm honestly knew to using highlighters but REALLY want to use them and I guess I need a better understanding of the logistics. Do you put this stuff on over your foundation and under your powder or over everything when it is done?
asked 2 years ago
femmearcane
(Houston,TX)
on Watt's Up!
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes it can be, I do it all the time
answered 3 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
I used it after my entire face was fully done and it did not disturb my foundation at all it actually complimented my foundation and I looked fabulous aftre wards I highly recomend it
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
sweetcherrie
(bklyn ny)
answer 3
I put mine over everything just because my powder would cancel the affects but if you put too much on you can lightly add powder over it to minimize it.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
MarrBlake
(Colorado Springs, CO)
answer 4
It can be applied over all of your make-up (and powder) or underneath it. I apply on top of everything so nothing dulls the sheen. I apply on cheek bone and brow bone areas. It really is a nice addition to my make-up collection. I am new to using highlighters as well.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
typer
(Augusta, GA)
answer 5
Absolutely! I wear it over a liquid foundation, and it blends perfectly. This product not only looks great in person, but photographs really well!
answered 2 years ago
prettyinpale
answer 6
I apply this product after my foundation/powder/bronzer.
answered 2 years ago
kat2927
(St Louis, MO)
answer 7
Yes! It can be used alone or as the final touch to makeup to highlight areas the light naturally touches--cheek bones, brow bones, bridge of nose and top of lip.
answered 2 years ago
audii1409
answer 8
I put it on after I powdered to set my foundation, did my bronzer and blush too, so everything was powder except for this and it went on great. I think it would go on great in any order you put it on.
answered 2 years ago
BROD2
(Canoga Park, CA)
Question
how do you use this?
where do i apply this on?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
ashrob
(Dallas TX)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use it to highlight my brow bone (right under your eyebrow) but it can also but used on your cheek bones
answered 3 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
I use it for under my brow bone, as a eye shadow and under my cheek bone.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
Licy01
(NYC)
answer 3
I apply to my brow bones over my regular eyeshadow. I also apply on my cheek bones.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
pknight
(Louisiana)
answer 4
It's very easy! I usually just dab the circle in the middle of my eyelid or cheek bone/collarbone and then use the sponge end to spread it out until I get my desired look. The sponge end is soft and it blends really well.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
cjmast
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 5
Swipe a little from the stick onto your middle or ring finger and put under your eyebrows, on inner corner of eyes, down the middle of your nose, ropes of cheeks and a tad on your upper lip right above the Cupid's bow. And blend so it looks luminous, not like you rubbed white everywhere! Blend with your fingers though, not with the sponge in the end of it!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
supergrl9036
(Albany, NY)
answer 6
I use this on my cheekbones and blend it really well. Works great as a highlighter.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
arabok13
(Oakland, CA)
answer 7
This is a luminizer that is best applied to the cheekbones as a highlight.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
When do you apply "powder?
I use mineral powder. Is this applied after powder or before. And before or after blush.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
jem13
(Texas)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
After blush. and before powder, unless you apply a heavy amount of powder. It wouldn't show if you do.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 2
you apply it after your foundation regemin very gently it is so smooth it just goes on so nicely I used my finger to blend it on you could tap it instead of rolling it directly on your skin or however you feel comfortable
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
sweetcherrie
(bklyn ny)
answer 3
Put it on top at the very end
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shayla40
answer 4
This is how I use the Watt's UP! First i place on my concealer, and powder foundation. Then i add Watt's up! mostly to eye level along my check bone to the base of my nose. After i take the applicator or my ring finger and smooth evenly for that Watt's Up! glow. After i add my blush and i'm ready to go! Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
steph007
(CT)
answer 5
You can apply Watt's up before or after your powder. Try both and see what works best for you.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
melissabt
answer 6
If you are using the mineral powder as foundation, apply it before this shimmer stick. If you are using a translucent powder to set your makeup, apply after.
I hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
JMHutch
(Toronto, ON)
answer 7
I've used this before and after powder and I find that it works great both ways.
Applying before powder results in a very subtle shimmer perfect for daytime.
Applying after powder makes the highlighting effect more noticeable.
I always apply this before blush, but I think it would work after blush as well.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
SKHS6
(Canada)
Question
Is this hard to use?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
coco1girl
(Incline Village, NV)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
No , it is not hard to use at all :-)
Once you are done doing your make up , that is after applying your blush , the Watt's up stick goes on in the end as the final touch . You can apply it as a stand alone product also that is without having any make up on , for a natural glow.
You have to apply the 'watts up stick' on the apples of your cheeks , first apply little and light and then turn your cheeks to catch the light and see if you like the highlighting , if you want more glow, then layer more . That is it .

Between the Benefit's Watt's Up and Benefit's High beam , the 'watt's up' is easier to apply.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
diravi
(Richmond VA)
answer 2
This is so easy to use, and it comes with a diffuser sponge so it fool proof. The color is so user friendly too. Jump right in on get your glow on!!!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
peanut16
(Palm Desert, CA)
answer 3
Acutualy its not. I purchased it and it blends well with your fingers and give a beutiful glow. I would recomend it for sure!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
anaisaa297
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 4
Not at all, this very, very easy to apply and blend. I use it every day and it takes 2 seconds
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
virgo55
(boston, ma)
answer 5
No, it's easy to put on. It comes in a stick format, which makes it easier to apply than if you had to put it on with your fingers. You can either sculpt with the blender, or rub it in with your fingers after it's applied, and it looks great.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
adele66
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 6
Not at all!!! It is super easy and takes less than 30 seconds
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
girly115
(New York, NY)
answer 7
Just drag it across your cheekbones and blend it in with your finger!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
meg225
(MD)
Question
blending
the sponge tip doesn't blend well for me, so how should I blend it? finger? brush?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
thamerz
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use my fingers and it works perfectly. I got the sample and it didn't have a blender on it.
answered 11 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 2
I don't like sponge tip. I use my fingers and it looks great.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
mikeyswifey
(Winchester, CA)
answer 3
I usually use my pinky finger and it works great.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
scarrigan
answer 4
The best way would be to use your finger. Sorry the product tip doesn't work. I find it easy to use. I have a sample size and use my fiber to gently blend.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
mary625
(Piscataway NJ)
answer 5
I always use a clean finger - I feel like the sponge rubs off the product.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
ninab08
(Toronto, ON)
answer 6
You can use your clean fingertips for a more natural blending and finish, or can use a brush if you have more sensitive or acne prone skin to block bacteria.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
dianabt
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 7
I like to blend it with my finger. Using your finger helps warm up the product and will make it easier to blend.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
keelybt
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