Review of… Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – Ultimate Glow

Every time I go to Florida, I make sure to stop at Sephora and see what they have to offer. This particular time, they were promoting the new glow kit that Anastasia Beverly Hills had brought out. It looked perfect with it’s 6 golden highlights, and after all the hype that the other glow kits had, I really wanted to try it and see if it lived up to the standard that the other ones did. So let’s jump into my review of… Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – Ultimate Glow. 

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The product. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills describe the palette as ‘A collection of six limited edition powder highlighters available in shimmering luster and metallic pearl finishes. Layer shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow, or wear them separately, on the face or body for a smooth, even glow that lasts.’ and they state that ‘Intense payoff, complementing shades,
ultra-fine formula, won’t leave shimmer particles, smooth, even glow that lasts’. The ingredients for White Sand are Mica, Talc, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, May Contain/Peut Contenir: (+/-) Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) and the ingredients for Sunray, Amber Gold, Hot Sand, Snow and Golden Dawn are Mica, Talc, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Boron Nitride, Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, May Contain: (+/-) Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). 

IMG_4788These are the 6 shades, and in the pan they look beautiful. But, you’ll notice that when swatched, they look quite similar and aren’t very pigmented… IMG_4789

Here is the first swatch, from left to right is Snow, White Sand and Golden Dawn. There are two layers of each highlight here as with just one layer, the product is hardly visible. I’ve barely used any of them except White Sand because I feel like this one is the most pigmented and makes more of a statement than the other 5.

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And here are the bottom row of highlights, from left to right, Sunray, Amber Gold & Hot Sand.

The packaging.

After being spoilt with the extravagant packaging of Korean products, the packaging for this product is very plain and boring to me. However, I do like the size of the mirror inside. It’s not very sturdy, meaning that this product wouldn’t be great for travelling as it wouldn’t be very difficult to smash some of the highlights inside. It’s also quite big, but this could be a good thing too because the pan size of the highlights are nice and big. 

Performance. 

I have a love hate relationship with this product. I’ll start with the advantages as I feel like there aren’t many. This product is good for if you feel like wearing a small amount of highlight with just a tad of shimmer, more of a natural look if you will. It’s also good because this product is buildable, the more layers you add, the stronger the highlight, giving you complete control of how much or how little you want to wear. However the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Before you even apply this product it’s off on the wrong foot, as it’s very powdery and there’s a lot of fall out just from a couple of swipes on the pan. It’s also very powdery once applied, and it is more glittery than a ‘wet look’ type of highlight which is usually what the ABH highlights are like and which are my favourite type of highlight. The brand must have changed the formula for this product because it is so different to the other highlights that they have brought out. I applied 3 layers of White Sand on the very high point of my cheek and stood in the sun for you to see what I mean. IMG_4793

This may be the perfect highlight for people who don’t want to wear a lot of it and want more of a subtle and natural look, however for people like me who want to wear a heavy highlight and to be able to be seen from space, this isn’t great.

Conclusion. 

I’m extremely disappointed with this product. If I want to wear it, I have to put a highlight underneath, and then a little bit of this over the top because it can’t be worn on it’s own. It’s too powdery, it’s too glittery, and it doesn’t perform like Anastasia Beverly Hills said it would. The colours are not intense, they are not even, and they definitely leave a lot of shimmer particles behind which they said won’t happen. I’d rate this product 2/5 stars. 

Have you got this highlight palette? If so, tell me what you think about it!

Bye for now!~^^~

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