Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit

I was so excited when I saw that Anastasia Beverly Hills was going to do another colorful Glow Kit! I had played around with Moonchild for a bit and fell in love with that one, so of course I bought Aurora the day it launched. I do realize that for some people, this may be a little too “out there” as far as colors go but they’re pretty versatile, so don’t judge this palette too quickly! If you’d like more details about this palette, please keep reading and as always, thank you for stopping by to check out the blog!

Without further ado, here are the basics…

Aurora is a permanent addition to ABH’s Glow Kit lineup, so don’t worry about getting your hands on it! For now, it’s only available for purchase from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, but will be available from Sephora in June, according to information given out on ABH’s Instagram. This glow kit sells for $40, like most others, and contains a total of 25.2 g / 0.9 oz of product, with each pan containing 4.2 g / 0.15 oz. Keep in mind the Aurora and Moonchild are the same size, so the actual size of this palette is smaller than the other 6-pan Glow Kits but it’s mostly just the size of the packaging and shape of the pans that makes the difference. Compared to the Nicole Guerriero’s Glow Kit, which contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, it’s not THAT much less of a value! As with all of ABH’s products, this Glow Kit is cruelty-free and Aurora is also vegan ❤

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, only smaller. I actually like this smaller size since it takes up less space in my kit and makeup 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 or during travel. That said, the magnetic closures work well and keep it safely closed in most situations. I know I’ve mentioned this with every other ABH Glow Kit and it’s really my only complaint about the packaging, but I wish they’d pop a mirror into these palettes!

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Like all ABH Glow Kits, these pans contain powder highlighters, although they are very finely milled and almost feel like a cream. The formula in this palette varies, depending on the amount and size of the micro-glitter particles. As I mentioned earlier, this Glow Kit is certainly more colorful than most, but it’s also unique and versatile… Not only do I love the Aurora Glow Kit because of it’s versatility, but products like this are inspiring to me. They make me want to try new looks and be more creative, which is something I appreciate, especially from the standpoint of a professional makeup artist. If you’re a MUA or just like to post selfies rocking more artistic makeup looks, you’ll LOVE how these highlighters look in photographs!

Since these may be used wet or dry on the face, body, eyes, etc, I’ll go over application tips and tricks below the individual reviews. Like I said, it’s pretty versatile, so if this type of product is new to you, you might learn a thing or two by checking out that part of this post! Also, please leave me a comment and let me know if you have any favorites in this Glow Kit or tricks on how you like to use the different shades in Aurora!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Glow Kit swatched on NC25 skin.

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Eclipse:   On ABH’s website, Eclipse is described as “pink champagne pearl with a peach reflect”. That’s pretty spot-on… This is a light, neutral to warm toned pinky-nude with a peachy-golden sheen. Eclipse can look a bit cooler on deeper skin tones than on more fair to medium-dark skin but it’s stunning on anyone! The texture is smooth and applies very evenly, but it doesn’t feel quite so buttery as the highlighters in the 4-pan Glow Kits… Probably due to the fact that this has very finely milled micro-shimmer particles. Color payoff is a little lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan, but that’s to be expected with this type of high-reflects formula. You won’t really see the true level of reflects in the pan like you will on the skin, and it’s much more intense in person than in photos or swatches. Coverage is full if you pack this on or use your finger when applying this to an area like your eyelid or inner corner. If you’re applying this as an actual highlighter, you’ll want to use a fluffier type of brush, which I will provide suggestions for in the applications section below the reviews. On both the face and eyes, I got 7-8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   As far as the base color goes, Eclipse falls somewhere between Hard Candy from the Gleam Glow Kit and Daydream from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. It’s less pink than Hard Candy and less peach than Daydream, but has the same type of shimmer that Daydream does. MAC’s Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish was the closest dupe I found… It’s very, very close to Eclipse in both base color and the color of the multi-dimensional sheen it also has.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Luna:   According to the ABH website, this is “mother of pearl with an icy orchid reflect”. Luna is a light pearly color with a cool toned, almost platinum sheen. It looks a bit different once applied, looking like more like a white gold color on lighter skin, and a brighter, more cool toned platinum-pearl on darker skin tones. It felt a little smoother than Eclipse since it doesn’t have as much micro-shimmer in it. The color payoff is great, but it looks cooler toned and lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is easily made fully opaque using little product, so go in with a light hand unless you want to be seen from space (but I mean, who doesn’t want that sometimes, right?!). This wore for about 7 hours on the eyes and over 9 hours on the face before it began to fade or disappear.

Dupes:   It’s actually incredibly similar to Jeffree Star’s Princess Cut Skin Frost, but has more micro-shimmer and iridescence. lighter and much less pink than Pink Heart from the Moonchild Glow Kit. It’s also slightly darker, warmer toned and less platinum than Forever Lit from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Spectra:   This is described as a “sparkling lilac pearl with an iridescent blue-green reflect”. In the pan it looks like a grayish purple with almost pink reflects BUT on the skin, it’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned pinky-lilac with aqua/teal reflects and sheen, but the sheen can also pick up pink tones at times too. The lighter your skin tone, the softer the color looks. If you have a dark to deep skin tone, this will look more pigmented and show the pinky/purple iridescence more boldly than on fair to medium skin. It’s VERY multi-dimensional and iridescent when applied heavily. Spectra has a bit more texture to it than Luna did but it’s still incredibly smooth. Color payoff is good with both light and heavy applications, so don’t worry, you can use this on the face even though it looks quite dark in the pan. Coverage didn’t seem as intense as some other shades in this palette when swatched, although it still looked opaque when packed on with a brush. Since Spectra is so pigmented, it’s kind of nice not having the heavier type of coverage because it makes application on the face a little less intimidating if you’re not used to these type of highlighters! Wear time was great! I got about 8 hours of wear on the eye and 10 on the face.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was Sassy Grape from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, although it’s cooler toned, more purple, and completely lacks any micro-shimmer or iridescent sheen. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Highlighter is also more cool toned, lavender, and has no micro-shimmer or reflects. When I find time this week, I’ll go through my MAC Pigments and eye shadows to see if I find any dupes. I have a feeling one or two may be similar to Spectra.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Helia:   On the ABH website, Helia is described as a “yellow gold pearl with a turquoise reflect”. It is a light-medium, cool toned yellow-gold with a pearl and teal/aqua sheen. In the pan, this looks like more of a tarnished gold than it does once applied… On fair to medium skin it looks more pastel yellow-gold, and on dark to deep skin it looks like more of a bright, true gold. The reflects/sheen color remains about the same on all skin tones. Helia felt slightly less smooth than Luna, but smoother than Spectra. Color payoff is good, but it is lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage was a little patchy when swatched, but if you apply it to the eyelid with a dense brush, it’s fully opaque. I do appreciate this because I find it easier to apply to the face and then build up and layer if I want it to look more noticeable. I didn’t notice any fading until 6-7 hours on the eyes and 7-8 hours on the face.

Dupes:   From ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is very close to Helia, but is slightly less gold and doesn’t have any iridescence or shimmery bits. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter has the same kind of reflects, but the base color and sheen are warmer toned and have a hint more rose gold. Lucky Clover from the Moonchild Glow Kit looks similar in the pan but is MUCH more green once applied, so don’t let the pan colors in these palettes fool you!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Orion:   According to ABH, Orion is a “blue pearl with a purple amethyst reflect”. In the pan, it’s a medium aqua color with cool toned purple and silver reflects. On fair to medium or medium-dark skin this looks much more like a pale, icy blue with a soft lavender/silver sheen, while on dark to deep skin tones Orion appears as more of a pastel blue but still has the same lavender/silver sheen. Orion was not the smoothest highlighter in this Glow Kit… It felt similar to Spectra and was drier than the others in this palette. Color payoff is very pigmented but is lighter on the skin. This shade was a bit patchy when swatched and also like Spectra, it didn’t apply as heavily but can still be built up for full coverage. Wear time was only about 6 hours on the eyes and 6 1/2 – 7 hours on the the face and body, probably due to the drier texture.

Dupes:   This is just one of those super unique colors that you’re pretty much not going to find a dupe for in highlighter form. There may be one hiding in my eye shadows or pigments, though, so I’ll take a peek at those later in the week!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Lyra:   ABH describes Lyra as a “rose gold pearl with a champagne orchid reflect”. In the pan, it’s a very warm toned, medium peachy-orange gold with white gold reflects. When applied to fair to medium skin, it’s a light, very peachy-pink rose gold with a pinky-purple sheen. On medium dark to deep skin, Lyra is more of a medium peachy rose gold and has the same color of reflects and sheen, but it looks more pigmented. This shade has more micro-shimmer than some others in this Glow Kit but it’s still pretty smooth. Color payoff is fantastic but like the rest of the highlighters in this palette, it looks a little lighter once applied. Coverage is fantastic and wasn’t patchy at all when swatched or applied. Wear time was around 7 hours on the eyes and 9 hours on the facee and body.

Dupes:   Glo Getter from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is close in color, but it’s more peachy and intense and lacks the iridescence that Lyra has. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is also close, but lighter and has no micro-shimmer bits in it. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter is the closest dupe I found, but it’s slightly more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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).

  • Pro Tip:   If you would like these to appear as pigmented, bright and iridescent as possible, try applying them over a darker cream shadow, such as MAC’s Pro Longer Paint Pot in Blackground! Anytime you put a powder product with iridescence or duo-chrome effects over a dark primer, it transforms it to a whole new color!

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!

*** 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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