What’s the highlight of the day? Benefit highlighters!
For the days where I have tired looking skin, using a highlighter could brighten up my complexion to give a glow. Highlighters are great in accentuating the cheekbones, highlighting the brow bone, and give the impression of fuller lips by dabbing some on the cupid’s bow. It can also give an illusion of a higher nose bridge by putting some down line of the nose. I have two of Benefit’s highlighers- Watt’s up and High Beam.
I bought a travel sized version of High Beam during Christmas 2010. There’s 3.9 mL/0.3 US fl. oz. for $12. It’s amazing how this tube lasts, although I don’t use it daily.
It’s a pink colored highlighter. At first I thought the concentration of sparkles was a bit too much, but when blended, it gave a really nice sheen. It looks especially nice when the sunlight reflects off the tiny sparkles!
Only a couple dabs is necessary so one wouldn’t look like a disco ball. It can be easily blended out! I dab 2-3 pea sized amounts on the apples of my cheeks, one dab on the nose ridge, and one dab on each brow bone for a natural, glowing complexion.
The second highlighter I use is Watt’s Up, which I got for 20% off at Sephora last year. This product was only released last year. The packaging and the name is a definite attraction. This is a “cream to powder” finish and it looks very soft on the skin. It is a champagne colored highlighter, (whereas High Beam is pink). The packaging is extremely adorable, as it’s made to look like an actual light bulb!
One one end is the highlighter, the other end is a blender. There is also an additional plastic lid covering the product. I accidentally pushed it in badly hence, the crevices in the product. But don’t worry, it glides on smoothly!
The other end is a blender. It’s fairly small and round, so I don’t really use it on my cheeks, only on my browbones and nose ridge. It needs to be cleaned often, as it can harbour bacteria everytime it is used on my face. For my cheeks, I prefer gliding it from the bone under my eye to my temple, and then using my fingers or a dense blush brush to blend it in my skin.
What I like about Watt’s Up is that it is more sheeny than sparkly.
Watt’s Up gives a soft glow.
Watt’s Up or High Beam?
Natural Color: Watt’s up is closer to my skin color, so for the natural glow, I prefer using Watt’s Up. When I shine Watt’s up under the light, it is not as reflecting as High Beam, because High Beam has a pink glow.Watt’s Up is not as sparkly, whereas High Beam has a lot more glitter.
Blending: For me, High Beam is easier to blend, as it is liquid. If I have some dry patches on my skin, Watt’s Up is harder to blend in for the smooth look.
I hope you have a better idea between the two highlighters! Let me know what you think if you own any of the two, or other brands of highlighters you use!
Happy highlighting! 🙂
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