Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing the Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter stick that I received as a sample from Sephora as part of the birthday kit.
Unfortunately, I don’t really like this highlighter and there are a few reasons: the concept of the stick, the glittery-ness, and the color.
Let’s start with the concept of the stick. It is kind of tedious to apply this. If you apply this from the stick, you need to go in quickly with a brush and blend it out. If you apply it with your fingers, you get mostly glitter and not any color.
That brings me to my next problem: the glitter. I love highlighters that give a nice sheen like Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm, but this isn’t a sheen; it’s straight up glitter albeit quite fine. I just don’t like the way it looks on the cheeks. It doesn’t accentuate anything; it just makes me look glittery or like I had eyeshadow fallout.
Finally, the color isn’t very light. The point of a highlighter is to lighten the skin a little so it is brought forward by the light. This is more of a golden color, and because my skin is so fair, it comes off as the same or darker than my skin. It is really frustrating. If it were lighter, I might have been able to work with the glittery-ness and stick form, but alas, it isn’t.
I don’t want you to think this is useless. I could see it working as an under-the-brow highlight, but this isn’t a color I would prefer. Also, if you have darker skin than me (which you probably do. For reference, I wear the lightest to second lightest foundation in most ranges), this would work in terms of color, which may make the glitter work a bit better with your skin tone.
Overall, I’m pretty disappointed in this product. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m going to hold on to it in case I come with a brilliant use for it. If I do, I’ll come back here and update this post. However, until then, it probably won’t get much use.
What are your favorite highlighters? I like Mary-Lou Manizer and the one that came in my Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit (review coming soon).
This was a free gift that was issued by Sephora. It came it an order I bought myself. I’m not getting paid for this post. All opinions are my own.