As their repertoire of awesome product expands I’m growing more and more in love with Anastasia Beverly Hills. My love affair started with their brow products (duh!) but I’ve expanded my love to include their shadows, liquid lipsticks, contour kit, and now their highlighters.
A few months ago I started really experimenting with highlighters and got the Glow Kit in Gleam to test out different techniques. I loved the palette because it has such a diverse shade of highlighters – a darker brown (Hard Candy), a dark peach with yellow undertones (Mimosa), a very glittery pink with cold undertones (Starburst), and a light pink with silver shimmer (Crushed Pearl).
Texture: All four shades are incredibly soft and despite being ultra shimmery, they don’t feel the least bit chunky.
Pigmentation: Many people are using these as shadows, bronzers, and blushes in addition to being used as highlighters. As a highlighter, bronzer, or blush, I would say the pigmentation is great for all four colors. As shadows, I am less than enthusiastic. I like my shadows to have more vibrant colors and while all four shades are pigmented and shimmery, I find them a little too sheer on the eyes to be used as shadows. If you’re looking for a barely-there but glowy look on the eyes, then I say go for it.
Application: All four colors blend extremely well and can be combined together to make different colors. I’ve layered them together and gotten great results, but I honestly prefer wearing each one individually since the original colors are SO pretty. I’ve tested Hard Candy as a bronzer before and it leaves you with an absolutely glowing bronzed goddess look. I also really like that the formula is buildable. One swipe leaves you with a very subtle glow but can build easily to create an Instagram-worthy strobe.
Price: All three glow kits are available at the Anastasia website and ULTA for $40. For some reason Sephora isn’t selling Gleam, but is selling That Glow and Sun Dipped. The price is incredibly reasonable considering you’re getting 4 full-sized highlighters.
Packaging: The highlighters come in a very thick, square cardboard packaging. Each shadow is 0.26 oz and they are displayed in very large and relatively shallow pans. I wasn’t super impressed by the quality of the packaging. After opening and closing the palette for a month I’m already seeing pretty extensive signs of wear and the glue is coming undone underneath the portion that holds the pans together. I’m extremely gentle with all my palettes and it has never left my studio, so either the quality of the packing is poor, or I got a messed up palette. Either way I expected more from ABH in the packaging department.
Swatches: Both sets of swatches were taken outside. The top image was taken in the shade and the bottom was taken in the sun. I love how glowy but not glittery these look in natural light!
Final Thoughts: I really think Anastasia Beverly Hills knocked it out of the park with these highlighters. Yes, the packaging isn’t exactly stellar but I would rather have excellent formula over excellent packaging any day. Given the price and versatility of the product this set is truly unbeatable.
What do you think of the ABH glow kits? Have you found any good dupes? Let me know in the comments below!