DIY Watt's Up Gleam Stick

A product that I used to be totally obsessed with is Benefit's Watt's Up soft focus highlighter.  It is the most gorgeous champagne gleam stick that literally lights up your face with soft gleaming shimmer.

Of course I would have to try my hand at making a DIY version in my own kitchen.  I came pretty darn close! My version is just a tad bit more pinkish champagne, but of course I don't know Benefit's actual formula and therefore had to play around until I came up with something similar. I am very excited to share my formula with you.

Here is my DIY version swatched on my wrist. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Start out with 6 grams of Squalane Olive Oil in a clean glass beaker.

Add in 0.6 grams of lauryl laurate.

Add in 0.5 grams of cetyl alcohol.

Add in 0.6 grams of sunflower wax.

Once all ingredients are added into the glass beaker, start a simmering water bath.

Place the glass beaker into the simmering water to melt.

Weigh out 1.2 grams of TKB Extender White (mica and titanium dioxide).

You need 1 gram of TKB Cinnamon Sugar mineral pigment and 0.3 grams of TKB Dusty Rose Mica mineral pigment. The two of these pigments combined make almost the exact color of Watt's Up. I requested a small sample of the Watt's Up so I could color match.

Blend the Extender White, Cinnamon Sugar and Dusty Rose Mica with a mortar and pestle until blended.

Add this powder into the melted squalane/wax mixture. Stir well to break up chunks of pigment.

I used the jumbo lip balm container that holds 1/2 ounce. I had to roll the tube up a bit as my product is only 10 ml and there was too much space left over. I like the larger tube versus the small 0.15 ounce lip balm containers.

Carefully pour the hot melted liquid into the tube and allow to cool and harden at room temp.

Apply to your face and brow bones to highlight your gorgeous features. Blend in for a shear and beautiful glow!