Full disclosure: I bought this palette expecting to be completely underwhelmed. I wanted it for the colours – all the warm reds and browns that I can’t seem to get enough of right now – but had this sneaky suspicion it wasn’t really going to wow me like every single Instagram/YouTube guru insisted it would. There was just SO much hype surrounding this palette that I figured it couldn’t possibly live up to it all.
But now here I am, with my foot in my mouth. Because this palette is awesome. Actually, correction – the SHADOWS are awesome. The palette itself is utter garbage. Mine arrived dented on the outside, was assembled crookedly on the inside, and was overall so cheap looking that had I not bought it myself from Sephora I’d have worried it was a $2 China copy.
You can actually see it in this photo if look at the mirror panel.
Once you get over the packaging quality however, colours are as beautiful in real life as they are in photos, the pigmentation is wonderful and the shadows are soft to the point where blending is just effortless. One thing to note is that the shadows are SO blendable that they almost limit you to hazy, blown-out looks. Which is fine, and definitely what most people want when they’re working with tricky colours like orange or red…but it’s something to be aware of if you like shadows that give you intense, concentrated depth since these will definitely blend out before they build.
As you can see, it’s a very complete palette for warm eye looks, though the top row of colours is somewhat cooler overall than the bottom. I like that it has multiple options for highlight and transition shades in addition to the darker lid colours. The one colour I feel it lacks is a true, rich gold like Urban Decay’s Baked.
Though I bought this palette primarily for its gorgeous red and pink shades, it gets bonus points for easily producing a beautiful brown smokey eye. I love palettes or quads that I can do a quick, bold, neutral eye look with and this really checks that box over and over.
You’ll be seeing more of it for sure, or at least as much as I can work into this Advent Christmas Challenge that I’m currently trying to do! This FOTD doubles as my first entry, since I paired it with a tube of MAC Angel lipstick my mother gave to me a few years ago. It’s one of those goes-with-everything nude shades that I really need to remind myself to wear more.
Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX03, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: BECCA Blush in Wild Honey, Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Palette – Starburst // Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz // Lips: MAC Angel
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Glow Kits have been on my must-try list since they launched late last year, so I’m very excited to have finally gotten my hands on one! Even though the hype has died down a little, these palettes are so popular they’re still regularly selling out at many of the stockists near me.
There are currently 2 different palettes available: Gleam which has pink-based shades, and That Glow which has gold and bronze hues. Despite my preference for warm highlighters, I chose Gleam because I found That Glow was overall a little too dark for me. Since I don’t own a lot of pink highlighters, Gleam also stood out to me for being quite different from the stuff I already had.
Gleam consists of 4 generously sized pans of highlighter in a cardboard case. For the quality, the value of this kit is exceptional. $40 for 4 highlighters is on par with drugstore pricing, so for a product sold at Ulta or Sephora these kits are a very rare, very good deal.
The colours are:
Crushed Pearl – Sheer white with a lightly opalescent reflect
Starburst – Sheer pink with a white reflect
Mimosa – Peach with a champagne-gold reflect
Hard Candy – Sheer peach with a bright pink iridescence
I found the quality overall to be good, though some shades were better than others. Mimosa was the smoothest and most pigmented, whereas Starburst and Crushed Pearl went on a little less evenly. Hard Candy was the most unusual shade, and was smooth but quite sheer…not necessarily a bad thing, given how vibrant the pink iridescence is.
This palette is going to be best for either a professional who works with a range of skin tones, or an individual who is looking for a quick and cost-effective way to build a varied highlighter collection. If you already have a ton of highlighters or are very picky about the texture of your powder cosmetics, this might not be the best buy for you. However, as a fairly discerning highlighter hoarder myself, I still enjoy this palette because the darker shades are quite unique to my collection.
And though I have similar shades to Starburst and Crushed Pearl, it’s hard to not love them when they build to such a bright shine!
I’m wearing a mix of the two here.
Rumour has it that there’s a third Glow Kit slated to launch later this year. I can’t wait to see what it’ll contain, considering how wide of a shade range the first two cover. My best guess is that it’ll be a set of illuminating bronzers or blushes, but only time will tell!
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I’m a little back-logged on my highlighter chronicles, but seeing as how we’re coming up to summer and surely about to be inundated with new illuminator releases, I figured I’d better start playing catch-up. Unfortunately, I’m doing so with a very elusive beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Starlight Illuminator.
Seems like I bought mine right before it sold out, and for some reason Starlight has yet to be restocked online or in stores.
But don’t worry – if you like the sound of an ivory highlighter with an almost imperceptible red flash, then you’ll be happy to know that MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade is pretty much an exact dupe.
Anyway, here’s what it looks like on my face. It seemed to have the tiniest bit of a coating to break through (most likely some kind of overspray to keep the lines of the pattern sharp) but it wasn’t a big deal. A few extra swishes around the pan and my brush was very well loaded with pigment.
As you can see, it packs a punch in terms of shine. What I like most about it is that its reflect colour is a very natural warm ivory on my NC15 skin. It’s really a perfect shade for pale girls who want something more interesting/less stark than straight-up white, but can’t quite pull off gold.
This is such a beautiful highlighter and it’s totally perplexing to me that Anastasia Beverly Hills no longer carries it. Thankfully, as I mentioned above, it can easily be interchanged with MAC Lightscapade…so much so I can safely say that owning both is kind of redundant. Lucky for me, I’m a shameless hoarder.
Alternatively, if you’re not opposed to pink tones in your highlighter and NEED some shimmery art deco-embossed glitz in your life, the Illuminators in Riviera and Peach Nectar are still available.
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