Sometime between shooting our dewy skin video and reading about how to get glowy all summer long, I became a major highlighter devotee. Years ago, I went to a Benefit beauty counter in my hometown of Chicago and discovered High Beam, the classic satiny liquid highlighter that instantly provides a pearlescent sheen. I used the bottle to the last drop but then I discovered other products like Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick and RMS’s Living Luminizer, and forgot all about my Benefit obsession. That was until the brand’s newest product, Watt’s Up, came across my desk.
Described as a “soft focus highlighter,” Benefit’s Watt’s Up is a shimmery stick that glides on smoothly and has a mellow champagne color. I love how it makes your skin look subtly more luminous and, while I choose to blend with my fingers, I appreciate the round spongy smudger that comes on the opposite end. Just like with all Benefit products, the packaging is witty and clever, mimicking an old school bulb. Even though the thematic presentation doesn’t contribute to the product’s effectiveness, it sure does make owning it more fun — who doesn’t love that?
Another great highlighter? NARS’s Orgasm Illuminator.