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Benefit Watt's Up! Soft Focus Highlighter

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Benefit Watt's Up! Soft Focus Highlighter by Benefit Cosmetics


A cream highlighter stick in a versatile champagne shade for buildable glow.


Turn your glow up to 11 with Benefit Watts Up! Soft Focus Highlighter. Watts Up! gives the skin a beautiful, soft-matte champagne glow, brightening the face and creating a luminous complexion in just a few swipes.

Simply swipe this convenient twist-up stick on the high points of the face. Then blend with the custom blending sponge on the other end of the double-ended stick. You’ll achieve an otherworldly glow without any chunky glitter emphasising uneven texture or pores. The soft cream-to-powder formula blends beautifully to help you get your glow on in no time.

Key benefits


  • Stunning, universally flattering champagne shade gives all skin types a beautiful, radiant finish
  • Cream-to-powder formula blends easily and dries to a soft-matte finish
  • Silky formula melts into skin, smoothing and diffusing light to minimise imperfections whilst maximising luminosity
  • All-in-one packaging makes this a supereasy, on-the-go highlight that fits in your purse or carry-on for quick touch-ups

How to use


  • Apply stick directly to skin on the high points of the face: forehead, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, Cupid’s bow, and chin.
  • Gently blend in with custom dome sponge included in packaging.
  • Finish with setting powder or spray to lock in your glow for all-day-long wear.

Who is Benefit Watts Up! Soft Focus Highlighter for?

This product is suitable for all skin types, ages, and genders. Those looking for a soft glow from a cream-to-powder highlight that won’t emphasise imperfections will benefit most from the use of this product.

Why is Watts Up! a better choice for skin with texture and imperfections than a powder highlighter?

Watts Up! is a better choice for dry skin, textured skin, and uneven skin due to its creamy blendability. Powders can often cling to flaky, dry skin and emphasise uneven texture and visible imperfections. A cream formula that blends easily and doesn’t simply sit on the surface is a better option than powders.

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Really pretty - 15-01-2019 by

This is such a pretty highlighter once you learn how to used it. I would suggest to warm it up with your fingers first before applying it to the face.

Gorgeous finish! - 08-01-2019 by

I use this as an eyeshadow and absolutely love it! It's got a great glow and adds a shimmer that I just love. It's my go-to for every special occasion.

Light reflecting - 18-12-2018 by

A natural yet popping glow, for someone that wants a dewy look rather than an obvious shimmer

Beautiful - 12-12-2018 by

Such a beautiful glowy highlighter with no glitter

Dewy - 27-11-2018 by

Gorgeous dewy glow, shows up better in daylight

Gorgeous! - 19-11-2018 by

This is in my top 3 highlighters. It's a gorgeous subtle colour. It blends lovely with fingers or a brush into the skin and looks like a natural glow. If I want a bit more 'pop' I use a powder highlighter on top. I can't fault this product - except I've never used the applicator on the other end, just personal preference.

very....soft - 31-10-2018 by

I can't tell if I'm wearing it or not... lovely shade in the tube, easy to apply, just not.. dramatic (noticeable enough?) will not buy again

Soft sheen - 29-10-2018 by

Lovely soft glow, gives a dewy look

Subtle, flattering and easy for highlighting newbies! - 23-10-2018 by

As far as I'm concerned, this little magic is the holy grail of highlighters for those like me who are a bit slack in the makeup department, and need their products to work with a minimal fuss. I like the stick applicator and that it came with easy highlight tips. It blends well into my pale skin tone and is not at all sparkly and overdone (like a few I've tried and given up upon!) You could use it everyday and find it framing your face prettily without being noticeably applied. I will purchase this awesome little stick again!

Good quality - 22-10-2018 by

This is my second tube. I absolutely love this cream highlighter. I have tried the Balm highlighters but I feel this is better, it gives a really smoother finish and a lit from within glow. It lasts really long too!

Finally, not a harsh light - 16-10-2018 by

I've bought a fair few highlighters, trying to get a non glittery, non white-light type. Finally, we're starting to see these more "natural glow" products! The stick isn't as easy to blend over foundation as a liquid highlighter, (without moving it around--especially blending on my nose) but if you have a light hand, this isn't that big a deal on the rest of face). For "glass skin" I think a liquid highlighter is needed (for the reason just mentioned). Nice product!

Nice product - 12-10-2018 by

A nice shimmery soft highlight without being too blinding. Blends easily, looks natural on the skin

Supermodel glow - 04-10-2018 by

This gives such a beautiful sheen! Makes your skin look dewy with no shimmer. Can layer it with a powder highlight if you like an intense glow.

Good highlighter - 01-10-2018 by

Great highlighter though I find it could be more obvious. It's creamy and blendable.

on the daily - 27-09-2018 by

i love this highlighter!

i use it every day for work as it gives a really nice subtle 'from within' glow.

i never use the sponge tip as i prefer to pat/blend it in with my fingers

natural and flattering - 26-09-2018 by

its really nice for a subtle highlight

Amazing - 19-09-2018 by

I've use this just twice but I love it. It feels amazing and gives me a nice soft look.

Love this stuff - 12-09-2018 by

I got a sample of this stuff and I absolutely love it!!!! I was running out so I had to purchase the full size. The price is a little steep but I think it's worth it. I do have other highlighters but this is my go to. Plus, I've gotten compliments when i use it.

Nice - 12-09-2018 by

This is a nice highlighter if you want a very subtle look.

Daily go to - 11-09-2018 by

Have been using this for years! Each tube lasts for ages!
I don’t really use the applicator end - prefer to pat it onto my skin - bridge of my nose and cheekbones.
I have highlighters such as Charlotte Tilbury compact but I keep going back to this one.
It looks even better after an hour or so, and I apply as needed day/night and it is suitable for both.
No breakouts or irritation for me. Love it!
Just watch the cap - can be a little too easy to fall off.

Long time favourite! - 10-09-2018 by

I LOVE Watt's Up! I've been repurchasing this product for a few years now. It's easy to apply, looks phenomenal, it adds the perfect shimmer under my brows or on the cheekbone.

Love this stuff - 10-09-2018 by

I got a sample of this stuff and I absolutely love it!!!! I was running out so I had to purchase the full size. The price is a little steep but I think it's worth it. I do have other highlighters but this is my go to. Plus, I've gotten compliments when i use it.

Nice - 10-09-2018 by

Nice and soft really natural great for daily use

Natural highlight - 06-09-2018 by

Very natural looking highlighter, definitely not comparable to the Becca pressed skin perfectors. I normally use this on days with no to minimal makeup to create a dewy/subtle glow. Makes skin look healthy and glowy.

Nice cream highlighter - 27-08-2018 by

Nice highlighter, easy to blend and I like using it on its own. The colour is good for my light skin and I often use this on days I don't ant to wear lots of makeup and I always get compliments.

Great product - 23-08-2018 by

I love cream highlighters as I feel like they look so much more natural and luminous on the skin, rather than just glittery. This is a great formula for putting over foundation or even on bare skin, adds a beautiful glow and stays on quite well for a cream product. The colour also works really well on my fair skin.

Amazingly Easy & Pretty - 31-07-2018 by

I have around 8 highlighters sitting in my makeup case, and this is my absolute favourite! The cream to powder formula never ceases to amaze me, and I love that it has the ability to vary intensity depending on application. It is such a naturally exquisite colour and I believe would flatter any skin type! I rave about this to everyone I meet, haha!

True champagne colour highlight - 25-07-2018 by

Love the colour of this highlight. Blends beautifully on bare skin or on top of cream foundations but after you've powdered.

The perfect highlighter! - 19-07-2018 by

This highlighter is pretty much one of the best I have used and I have used A LOT of highlighters from various brands, so that goes to say a lot!
Firstly, I generally use this product to give my cheek and brow bones a more prominent appearance. It definitely makes both my cheek and brow bones stand out a lot more and gives my face a lot more of an balanced and angular appearance (which is something I love, as I have a not very prominent, dull round face).
The formula is smooth and consistent. It blends in very well with the skin and even the smallest amount of the product goes a long way, which is great cause it means it last for months and months.
After using this product for almost 1 whole year, I can honestly say its one of my holy grail products when it comes to highlighters. Definitely in my top three and I've have repurchased it at least 3 times and will definitely be continuing to do so :)

Great for all skin types - 17-07-2018 by

I have quite olive skin and struggle to find a good highlighter that si subtle but this is great. Love the colour and the consistency of the cream. I usually use a powder over it during day wear to tone down the shine and without for a more statement look.

LOVE this - 08-07-2018 by

I have combination skin and this is honestly the best cream highlighter i have purchased! It is so buildable which i love, it means i can use it both day and night depending on what look i want. I love that it comes in a stick because it means i can use it all over my body as a shimmer. It also last forever which is amazing, so definitely worth the price! Everyone should own one!

Very pretty - 04-07-2018 by

My skin type is sensitive and combination. I really like the consistency of this highlighter and it gives such a lovely glow. This highlighter does what it says and I would definitely recommend it for everyone.

Holy grail - 02-07-2018 by

I have oily skin and struggle to find highlighters that don't make me look greasy and this product doesn't! It gives the most stunning glow and can be used in so many different ways. It also lasts such a long time as it is in a stick form so well worth the money. I also really like the sponge that comes on the other end as it blends really well, which is surprising considering most brushes that come with makeup aren't that great. Benefit you have done well once again! Highly highly recommend!

Love the colour - 20-06-2018 by

I love the colour of this highlighter! It's a true champagne, natural looking highlight. I do find it hard to blend sometimes when I have other make up on because of the consistency but it does look amazing on a bare face for a bit of glow!

Great colour - 14-06-2018 by

I am obsessed with this shade and how it blends into my makeup. It gives you that glow from within look. I am so over that blinding highlight and this gives me that natrual look.

Wow - 11-06-2018 by

I really love this. One of the only stick highlighter I actually like. The colour is so pretty on my light skin tone. I am obsessed.

Perfect champagne highlighter - 21-05-2018 by

This is such a lovely natural highlight! I have pale skin and this champagne colour gives me a nice warm glow. I usually just pat it in using my fingers, I think the warmth helps it melt into my skin better. It also looks good on no makeup days to give bare skin a bit of healthy glow. If I want a more dramatic night-time look I use this as a base and then use a powder highlight on top.

Great colour - 12-05-2018 by

I got this in a mini size a while ago and I absolutely love this highlighter. It's such a prefect champagne for my light skin.

Perfect for everyday natural wear - 27-03-2018 by

I love trying out highlighters but this is the only one that I have repurchased. It's not too sparkly so it just gives out a natural sheen which is perfect for the 'no makeup' makeup look. It comes with a sponge on the other end of the tube which is handy but I prefer to apply it with my fingers as I've found swiping the product from the tube directly onto my face and blending with the sponge takes away the base makeup already on my face. Using my fingers allows me to dab a little bit of product on the high points of my face for a natural glow!

Found the One!! - 14-09-2017 by

I have been searching for a nice lit from within glow and THIS IS IT!! It's nice and dewy highlighter with a lit from within glow on the skin. Love this on no makeup days. It works well over makeup too.

Pretty sheen - 04-08-2016 by

I liked this blusher the fact that is a cream it glides on the skin and gives it a nice subtle sheen so its suitable for day wear.My only gripe is it is on the expensive side so would be a one time splurge only.But in saying that the tube is gorgeous and it would probably last a while.

I'm a highlighter addict, and... - 20-08-2015 by

I have a lot of highlighters. Like, probably an unnecessary amount. This isn't my favourite, but it's pretty damn good, and the fact that it's different enough from anything else I own makes it a great addition to my collection.

I really like the champagne colour this highlighter offers, and the fact that it doesn't have big glitter particles in it really appeals to me. It's a great go-to when I'm looking for a natural, lit-from-within sorta look.

That being said, I'm not really sure I understand the way this is packaged? Oh well! I apply it with a brush (or my fingers, if I'm super lazy) and it's really nice.

easy to use subtle highlighter - 29-03-2015 by

Easy to apply and blend, my skin seems to like it better than high beam. Like the champagne colour, but def more subtle than the pink sheen of high beam

Amazing - 21-09-2014 by

One word.... Amazing!! I have super fair skin and have tried so many highlighters in the hope of finding one that sits right in my skin. This is incredible and I would definitely recommend it to anyone

love love love! - 19-05-2014 by

I have very light skin, so I was a bit hesitant to buy this but I am so glad I did!

It's got this beautiful champagne colour which blends in really nicely to give a natural look for your cheek and brow bones. It makes my skin look amazing and so radiant! The sponge also helps to blend it in more evenly.

It is a bit expensive though, but it is a pretty large stick and will last for a while. Overall, a very good investment.

Benefit's Watt's Up - 16-11-2013 by

This was on my wish list for ages and finally got my hands on it a few months ago....I'm so glad I did buy it. I was a little unsure as I have pale skin and I didn't know how it would look - but it's perfect for my skin colour. I'm 44 and am addicted to highlighters and illuminators as I love the way they take years off my face by giving a healthy glow to strategic places.
The Watt's Up gives a lovely champagne shimmer - but it's not too shimmery/sparkly - just right! I guess it would depend on how much you apply as to what look you get but I like to just pat and blend a small amount in, so it highlights in a natural way.
I love the packaging - very cute, and the wind up applicator for the highlighter on one end and then the other end has a capped sponge applicator (which I find pretty useless - it doesn't apply the highlighter well and also can become unhygienic after several uses.
It is quite expensive and it disappears fairly quickly when you use it regularly.

Good for night wear but too glittery for day... - 07-10-2012 by

I am on the eternal search for a great highlighter to wear every day and I thought this could be it! Unfortunately it is a little glittery and obvious in natural light (though perhaps it's just my skin!!).

It does however have a lovely champagne colour which is nice for something different to the pinky-white or dark/bronze highlighters that seem to be everywhere.

Worn in the evening it creates a lovely soft radiant glow (though still a little glittery). I will continue to use for evening and search for one that is suitable for day wear.

The packaging is cute but a little odd, I haven't yet and am not likely to use the sponge-tip, fingertips seem to work fine.

Nice glow - 24-09-2012 by

Gives a nice glow. Just pat on top of cheek bones, above brows and just above the cuspids bow for a radiant look

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