Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills has teamed up with YouTube guru Nicole Guerriero for a brand new Glow Kit packed with six gorgeous highlighters that will make everyone look and feel like a glowing goddess! Since I’m sure you’re all just as excited about this Glow Kit as I am, we’ll get right into the basics…

This Glow Kit is available from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, www.sephora.com, and at Sephora stores (though as of today, 3/18, it is currently sold out on Sephora’s website). It sells for $40 and contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, with each pan weighing in at 4.5 g / 0.16 oz. In comparison, the other Glow Kits from ABH that have 4 highlighters contain only 0.08 oz more product. In my opinion, this is a great value since you get about the same amount of product with two additional colors for the same price!

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, being slim and lightweight so it’s easy to stash in your makeup bag or drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag, but it does stay closed well by using the magic of magnets, even without the sleeve. The only thing I don’t love about these palettes is the lack of a mirror… I realize it would make it a little heavier, but I definitely think it would come in handy, especially if you’re traveling with this!

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* I had to redo this photo on a different day, with different lighting because my lights used for photography died on me, so that’s why the color of the packaging and lighting may look slightly different than in other photos *

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Even though these are powders highlighters, they all feel pretty creamy with a texture that is smooth and very bendable. That said, they do feel a slightly less creamy than most of the shades in the other Glow Kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I think it’s because these contain more of a finely milled micro-glitter rather than just having a sheen to them… Don’t worry, though, that doesn’t make these rough at all! While some very fair or very deep skintones may not feel comfortable using every single color in here as an actual highlighter, these are a multitasking type of product… Even if you don’t use all of these as a highlighter for the face, you’ll find other uses for them! As a makeup artist, it’s great to have a product like this in my kit since there’s a wide range in colors and undertones and I can use them for different purposes. If you’re a MUA looking for a new highlighter palette, I definitely recommend picking this up! Anastasia Beverly Hills has a great program for professional makeup artists too, so you may want to look into that if you do this stuff for a living.

Since this is can be used for different things, I’m going to get pretty detailed in the application section, so just keep scrolling if you want to see the individual reviews and photos!

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

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Photo taken with natural daylight.

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Photo taken in a lightbox with studio lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

I’m going to include a swatch photo using my indoor studio lighting tomorrow once I get things fixed!

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Kitty Kat

Kitty Kat:   This shade is described as a “pink with a platinum reflect” and is a medium, warm toned peachy pink with a cooler toned, platinum shimmer. The texture of Kitty Kat felt incredibly buttery and glided on with no fallout. Color payoff and coverage are both great and this looks just like it does in the pan without having to use much product. The color really comes through even when using a lighter type of application too, which is nice. I didn’t notice any fading until about the 7-8 hour mark when worn on the face or eyes.

Dupes:   Starburst, from the ABH Gleam Glow Kit is close, but it’s less shimmery and also less pink than Kitty Kat. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is similar, but is darker and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Young

Forever Young:   ABH describes this highlighter as a “pink pearl with a silver reflect”. It is a light, pretty neutral toned pinky-nude with a cool toned, silvery sheen. Forever Young has a creamy texture and seems to have less, or more finely milled shimmer particles in it than some of the other highlighters in this Glow Kit, so it applies very easily and has zero fallout. It has fantastic color payoff no matter how light handed you are and full coverage when applied more heavily. Wear time was about 8 hours before I had any fading occur on the face/cheeks, and it lasted around 7 hours on the eyes.

Dupes:   Tourmaline, from the Sundipped Glow Kit, is in the same type of color family, but it’s quite a bit darker and cooler toned. Becca’s Opal Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector is also close, but is slightly warmer and has more of a rose-gold undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daydream

Daydream:   On the website, the shade is said to be a “coral with a white gold reflect”, which is very accurate. It’s a medium, warm toned peachy-coral with a warm, creamy-golden sheen. Daydream has the more intense type of shimmer/micro-glitter in it so while it feels smooth, it’s also a little more dry than something like Forever Young, but still applies easily and doesn’t cause any fallout. It was a nice surprise to see what intense pigmentation this has when applied, even lightly, since that’s so rare with this type of color. Coverage is anywhere from light to fully opaque but due to how pigmented this shade is, I recommend using a light hand if you’re on the fairer side of the skintone spectrum… In MAC terms, I’m NC15 and made the mistake of going in too heavily with this product, which made me a little more peachy than I wanted to be! This lasted on me for 8 hours on both the eyes and face before it began to fade.

Dupes:   Taffy, from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, is very close but is a bit lighter and more golden/less coral. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is much more pink. Daydream is honestly pretty unique, so it’s tricky to find a dupe for!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Lit

Forever Lit:   Anastasia Beverly Hills describes this as a “platinum with a lavender reflect”… It is a very light, creamy white gold/platinum with neutral to cool undertones overall, but the lavender reflects make it look truly cool toned once applied. It seems to have very few, if any, micro-glitter particles in it so it feels incredibly creamy. Color payoff is superb, especially for a highligher this light. The only difference between how it looks in the pan vs once it’s applied is, like I mentioned, how the undertone of the sheen makes it look much cooler on the skin than it does in the palette. Also, due to this being so light and cool toned, if you have a dark to deep, warmer skintone, this color may be a little too cool for the cheeks unless you’re looking for a light, iridescent look, so just make sure you use a light hand with Forever Lit at first! Coverage is fully opaque if you want it to be, or it can give you a very soft, ethereal glow when applied lightly. I had no fading until I had this on for about 8-9 hours.

Dupes:   I didn’t really find anything similar to Forever Lit… I’m thinking that something from the Moonchild Glow Kit might be close, but I don’t have that one to compare it to yet! I’m ordering it tonight, though, so I’ll let you know if I find a dupe in there!

From the Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is much more yellow/golden and is slightly darker. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is also darker and more golden, and same with Sunburst from the That Glow Glow Kit. Crushed Pearl, from the Gleam Glow Kit is also a little darker, but is more neutral to almost warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Ice Cold Skin Frost is the lightest highlighter that I have and it’s even a little darker, warmer, and more creamy/golden in color. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish is very light, like Forever Lit, but is much more iridescent and purple.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Glo Getter

Glo Getter:   This is described as a “champagne with a rose reflect” and is a medium, warm toned, champagne shade with a warm, rose gold sheen. The texture feels buttery, probably because this highlighter has some shimmery particles in it but not so much as a few of the other shades in this palette do. It applies easily and evenly with true-to-pan color payoff and full coverage even when using little product, so if you have a fairer skin tone you’ll want to use a lighter hand! I got about 8 hours of wear on both the eyes and face with Glo Getter.

Dupes:   From ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit, Bubbly is close but has no micro-shimmer to it and is also a bit lighter and more tan, as well as less warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is cooler toned and darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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143:   ABH refers to this as a “rose gold with a bronze reflect”… It’s a medium, neutral to warm toned soft bronze color with a warmer, rose gold sheen. This one has a fair amount of micro-shimmer to it and felt drier than the others in this Glow Kit, but it still applied alright as a highlighter. It is, however, the only one I had any type of dustiness with, which caused a small amount of fallout when applied dry as an eye shadow. Color payoff is good but it looks lighter and warmer on the skin than it does in the pan. Coverage wasn’t full, but this is likely due to the drier texture. This problem is easily solved by applying this damp if you’re looking to use it as an eye shadow. Wear time was about 7 hours before it got patchy or faded on the cheek. On the eyes, I got just over 6 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   From the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit, Bronzed looks sort of similar in the pan but is much darker and cooler once applied. Bubbly, from the That Glow Glow Kit, actually looks pretty close once applied but it’s a bit lighter and less pigmented. It also has no shimmery particles. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is the closest dupe I found and is only very slightly cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

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