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Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

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! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

Question
does this product have sparkles ? because i hate sparkles
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
beauttybarbie
(Ontario Mississauga)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
It does have a little bit for a sparkle to it
answered 7 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
No, not at all. It just glows.
answered 1 year, 3 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, 6 months ago
LBrazell
(Irmo, SC)
answer 4
It's more of a shimmer than a sparkle.
answered 1 year, 11 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, 11 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, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 months ago
jhch
(Fall City)
answer 9
No
answered 2 years, 4 months 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, 4 months ago
audii1409
answer 11
Hi Beauttybarbie- It has a fine luminous sheen to it without large amount of glitter.
answered 2 years, 5 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 2 years, 4 months ago
erinic
(Iowa)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
my skin is prone to breakouts but I've never had a problem with this
answered 7 months ago
makaela17
answer 2
No it is supposed to highlight your face/nose/cheekbones. It goes well with contouring.
answered 7 months 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, 6 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, 8 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, 11 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 4 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, 4 months 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, 4 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, 8 months ago
sammiebaby
(Hazlet, New Jersey)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
9 answers
Answers
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, 6 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 8 months ago
kimmym4
(Albany, NY)
answer 7
Yes. I use powder foundation and it works just fine.
answered 3 years, 8 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, 8 months ago
girliegirl895
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 9
yes u totaly can it looks awesome just make sure to blend.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
giigii21
(brampton, ontario)
Question
If you use on cheek bones, do you put it on before or after blush?
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
hanksmama
(Yukon, OK)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
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 8 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 1 year, 2 months ago
idreamofsun
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I put it on after. Otherwise, the blush mattes it out.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ADFlores
(Spokane, WA)
answer 4
Before
answered 1 year, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 months ago
cx23
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 9
Either way is fine! Try both ways and see which one you like better.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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, 5 months ago
femmearcane
(Houston,TX)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
8 answers
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answer 1
yes it can be, I do it all the time
answered 7 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 2 years 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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, 4 months ago
prettyinpale
answer 6
I apply this product after my foundation/powder/bronzer.
answered 2 years, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 months ago
BROD2
(Canoga Park, CA)
Question
does this work on tan skin or just one with light skin tones?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Nanaimo, BC)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It's BEAUTIFUL on tan skin. Especially because you can use it as a highlighter and forgo any foundation unless you need some spot coverage.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
erinsunshined
answer 2
I have a medium/tan skin tone and it works perfectly for me. From what I noticed from the reviews, it does not work with fair/light skin tones since the product is a few shades lighter than theirs.
answered 7 months ago
MissVeee
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
Hi! I got this as a birthday gift and it worked really well on my medium skin. I actually think that it looks better on darker skin tones than it does on lighter ones because it really stands out on the medium/ dark skin tones.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
kareeennn
(Pacoima, CA)
answer 4
i recieved mine just simply sign in to your account and click on birthday gift it gives you an opton if you want the whats up luminizer wit mascara or a mini lipstick or gloss if not mistaken and they wll send it I did purchase something along with my birthday gift and got 3 samples and my birtday gift and 12 hour water proof sphora eyeliner
answered 2 years ago
sweetcherrie
(bklyn ny)
answer 5
It's champagne-colored so it's very versatile and flattering on most skin tones unlike, say, a white or bronze luminzer. I have tan skin myself and love champagne highlights.
answered 2 years ago
Anhnakarenina
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
it is a super light shimmery product-better to try the sample first, or, if it is returnable you could always try the regular size
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
katrianna
(West Roxbury, MA)
answer 7
After you apply it and blend it in, it's quite translucent. I've used it year round, so I think it would be fine on any skin tone. Try it out in the store :)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
daniellear
(Canada)
answer 8
I'm sure it would beautifully highlight tan skin. I have very fair skin and it almost matches me, but still highlights. It would look great!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
RetroRicki
(NY, NY)
Question
would you apply your blush and face powder over this product or does it defeat the purpose?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, ON)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
8 answers
Answers
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 6 months ago
AnnaDelRey
answer 2
YES.
answered 1 year, 3 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, 8 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, 8 months ago
TigersDime
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I apply this highlighter after face powder and after blush and contouring
answered 1 year, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 months ago
mytwins
(Laurel Hollow, NY)
Question
What's up v. Girl meets pearl?
There are sooo many highlighters! What are the differences between, what's up, girl meets pearl, high beam, moon beam, and whatever else i'm missing!
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
daughterjudy
(San Francisco, CA)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
7 answers
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answer 1
I like both, but they have different effects. Watt's up brings the light to the perfect spots of your face for a more flawless finish, but girl meets pearl is more natural looking.I like that you can draw this onto your face, while you have to sort of pat on the girl meets pearl.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
unXperienced
(NY)
answer 2
Girl Meets pearl hands down!!!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
heart21
(Edina, MN)
answer 3
Cannot comment, no experience
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
cmcorna
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
High and Moon Beam are liquid and have that nail-polish applicator. Watts Up is a cream stick that blends to be a powder (or just blends and is no longer creamy/easily rubbed off). Watts Up is definitely a more neutral champagne shade, making it perfect for all skin tones (High Beam is more for lighter tones, Moon Beam is for olive/darker tones). Believe the hype. Watts Up is fantastic!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
anon86
(fort collins, co)
answer 5
its great because it makes your skin totally not oily or greasy
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
krazykitty1202
(frankfort,il)
answer 6
I own them all. lol :) and here is the break down:
Moonbeam iridescent pink glow great for med to darker skin tones
Highbeam white pink glow most prominent great for night time
Girl meets pearl very subtle golden pink glow
Watt's Up is now my favorite of all. I like that it is in stick form and gives a soft champagne glow. I like to apply this on top of my make up and the others that are liquids are good to mix in with your moisturizers or foundations. hth
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Melissa
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 7
Benefit's site has some good resources answering this question:
http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/brand/beautyschool/productcomparisons/2
or here's a video about their highlighters:
http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/brand/beautyschool/videos/detail/wattsuptroy
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
hkdizzle
(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, 10 months ago
glastonburygirl
(Long Beach, CA)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
7 answers
Answers
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 2 years, 4 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, 8 months 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, 8 months 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, 8 months 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, 9 months ago
kateyleigh
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
Never used other product
answered 3 years, 9 months 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, 9 months ago
anon86
(fort collins, co)
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, 10 months ago
lovemypaintbox
(Chicago, IL)
on Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
7 answers
Answers
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 9 months 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, 7 months 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, 8 months 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, 8 months 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, 8 months ago
girly115
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Don't know
answered 3 years, 9 months 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, 9 months ago
anon86
(fort collins, co)
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