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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
does this product have sparkles ? because i hate sparkles
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
beauttybarbie
(Ontario Mississauga)
on Watt's Up!
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, not at all. It just glows.
answered 8 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 2
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 11 months ago
LBrazell
(Irmo, SC)
answer 3
It's more of a shimmer than a sparkle.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Anonymous
answer 4
It has tiny sparkles. SO if you hate sparkles don't waste your money. Its a great product though.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 5
No definitely no sprinkles I use it only in the middle of my eyebrows down my nose and I love it .. !!! :-)
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
lachata
(Oklahoma city)
answer 6
I don't notice any sparkles. A nice, soft shimmer, yes, but no big glitter particles
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
ellejbee
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 7
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 1 year, 9 months ago
jhch
(Fall City)
answer 8
No
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
bande
(Anaheim, CA)
answer 9
No sparkles. This isn't like those bronzers or shimmer powders at all. This gives a very soft focus glow :)
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
audii1409
answer 10
Hi Beauttybarbie- It has a fine luminous sheen to it without large amount of glitter.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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 1 year, 8 months ago
erinic
(Iowa)
on Watt's Up!
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
No it is supposed to highlight your face/nose/cheekbones. It goes well with contouring.
answered 1 week ago
MissVeee
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
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 11 months ago
LBrazell
(Irmo, SC)
answer 3
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, 1 month ago
tinatune
(New York, NY)
answer 4
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, 4 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 5
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, 7 months ago
MarrBlake
(Colorado Springs, CO)
answer 6
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, 8 months ago
bonniescot
(NY, NY)
answer 7
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, 8 months ago
typer
(Augusta, GA)
answer 8
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, 8 months ago
jaym
(New York, NY)
answer 9
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 1 year, 8 months ago
kritterrn
(struthers, OH)
answer 10
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 1 year, 8 months ago
wildhoney
(NJ)
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, 1 month 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 2 years, 11 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 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 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 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 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 ago
kimmym4
(Albany, NY)
answer 7
Yes. I use powder foundation and it works just fine.
answered 3 years 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 ago
girliegirl895
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 9
yes u totaly can it looks awesome just make sure to blend.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
giigii21
(brampton, ontario)
Question
If you use on cheek bones, do you put it on before or after blush?
asked 1 year, 1 month 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 weeks, 1 day 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 7 months ago
idreamofsun
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I put it on after. Otherwise, the blush mattes it out.
answered 8 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 4
Before
answered 1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
HDog77
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 6
I would suggest applying before blush seeing that this product should serve a contouring function.
answered 1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
cx23
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 9
Either way is fine! Try both ways and see which one you like better.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
What's Up or High Beam?
I have High Beam and absolutely love it as a highlighter. How does what's up compare? Better...worse? Thanks!
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
glastonburygirl
(Long Beach, CA)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
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answer 1
I prefer High Beam, although maybe in the summer when I am tanner the Watt's Up will look better. High Beam is more silver and looks better on my pale/pink toned skin. Watt's Up is more gold toned, I would think it would look better on darker skin tones.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
cristens
answer 2
I have both and love them both. They both work perfectly for me. It's just that Watts Up is easier to carry around, in my opinion.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sanzhimao
(Syracuse, Ny)
answer 3
The only difference I noticed between the two is the consistency. High Beam is more liquidy, and Watt's Up is more creamy. The Watt's Up seems to show up more, since High Beam ends up absorbing into my skin and I can't see it very well. Hope that helps!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
adele66
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 4
I have used both and I would definitely say use Watt's Up. So much prettier and more noticeable in a good way. I have gotten so many compliments on my skin since I've started using this!!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
girly115
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Watt's Up is SLIGHTLY better - I love High Beam, as well, but Watt's Up has the edge, in my book...
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kateyleigh
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
Never used other product
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
cmcorna
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 7
If you love High Beam then it must be perfect for your skintone. Champagne is a more neutral highlighter and can therefore match most skin tones (I find HighBeam works on lighter tones, MoonBeam on more olive/darker tones). High Beam was a bit too white and pink for me, and I had Moon Beam but I became annoyed with the liquid applicator. Watts Up is more compact, easy to use, and a little goes a long way
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
anon86
(fort collins, co)
Question
Is this hard to use?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
coco1girl
(Incline Village, NV)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
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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 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
adele66
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 6
Not at all!!! It is super easy and takes less than 30 seconds
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
girly115
(New York, NY)
answer 7
Just drag it across your cheekbones and blend it in with your finger!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
meg225
(MD)
Question
how does this "Watt's UP!" differ from Girl meets Pearl?
Guess it goes on, more easily, by not disturbing a blush or Hello Flawless type product????
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
lovemypaintbox
(Chicago, IL)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
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answer 1
Girl Meets Pearl is far more subtle in my opinion. I keep one of the small sizes in my purse at all times and if I ever have to leave the house without makeup (say, to take kids to school) and if I must run into the store for something (say, to get an 'oops I forgot we were supposed to supply a Halloween treat today! I'll run to the store & bring it right over' type thing lol) I grab my GMP and blend on my cheeks, bridge of nose, chin and just a touch on my forehead. Somehow, it really blends out any blah in my skin and makes it look like I MEANT to look simple rather than "gosh, you just rolled out of bed- ew".
However, Watt's Up is more concentrated. I could neeeever ever blend it all over those above-mentioned areas without looking like a disco ball. It's not the product's fault, but it also is too gold for my fair skin. GMP also has some gold undertones, but the peachy/pink in it makes it far more adaptable to more skin tones- from fair to dark- for that 'lit from within look'.
WU is more for cupid's bow, brow bone & cheek bones for 'going out'.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Mama2Many
(Vegas)
answer 2
This product does not disturb whatever you put under it - I wear foundation, powder and blush and put this over the top and it just glides on. Love it!
answered 3 years ago
lmarkow
(Buffalo)
answer 3
I've only tried Girls meet Pearl in store but bought Watts Up. I think the Girls meet Pearl gives you a little more "sparkling" finish than the latter. Since I prefer a more natural glow, Watts Up is more appropriate for me
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sanzhimao
(Syracuse, Ny)
answer 4
Girl Meets Pearl is pinkish and more of a cream, whereas this is a stick application and has a champagne tint to it. I've got very fair skin and find that this works better for me.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
bffysummer
(Bozeman, MT)
answer 5
Girl Meets Pearl is for all over your face and adds a soft pearly sparkle to your skin. Watt's Up is a highlighter so it goes only on spots you want to highlight (commonly this is cheekbones or brow) and it is a different shimmer and look than the Girl Meets Pearl. I would recommend buying this rather than Girl Meets Pearl because you will get more use out of this product.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
girly115
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Don't know
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
cmcorna
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 7
Girl Meets Pearls liquid, and it is also a predominantly pinker shade (think of High Beam with a bit more pink.) Watts Up is champagne in color (how it looks in the picture) and glides on in a natural shade, with the same glow High Beam offered but less colored (more neutral) and since it is a cream stick, it is easier to control, and a little goes a long way.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
anon86
(fort collins, co)
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, 7 months ago
jem13
(Texas)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
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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, 4 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, 5 months ago
sweetcherrie
(bklyn ny)
answer 3
Put it on top at the very end
answered 1 year, 7 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, 7 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 1 year, 11 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
SKHS6
(Canada)
Question
blending
the sponge tip doesn't blend well for me, so how should I blend it? finger? brush?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
thamerz
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
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answer 1
I use my fingers and it works perfectly. I got the sample and it didn't have a blender on it.
answered 8 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 2
I don't like sponge tip. I use my fingers and it looks great.
answered 10 months ago
mikeyswifey
(Winchester, CA)
answer 3
I usually use my pinky finger and it works great.
answered 11 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 ago
mary625
(Piscataway NJ)
answer 5
I always use a clean finger - I feel like the sponge rubs off the product.
answered 1 year, 8 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 2 years, 11 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 2 years, 11 months ago
keelybt
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 1 year, 9 months ago
femmearcane
(Houston,TX)
on Watt's Up!
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
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, 5 months ago
sweetcherrie
(bklyn ny)
answer 2
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, 7 months ago
MarrBlake
(Colorado Springs, CO)
answer 3
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, 8 months ago
typer
(Augusta, GA)
answer 4
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 1 year, 8 months ago
prettyinpale
answer 5
I apply this product after my foundation/powder/bronzer.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
kat2927
(St Louis, MO)
answer 6
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 1 year, 9 months ago
audii1409
answer 7
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 1 year, 9 months ago
BROD2
(Canoga Park, CA)
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