Product Review- Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in “Gleam”

Hello guys, today I’m going to be doing a review on my favourite product as long as highlighters are concerned! The infamous Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Glow Kit. I would be discussing the product itself, how I use it and different ways it can be applied and also if its worth the buy.image

ABH is a cosmetics company owned by Norvina. The Glow kits launched sometime early in the year and they literally broke the internet. The first set that came out were  “Gleam” and “That glow”. Gleam included metallic powders with pearly, pink, silver and peach toned colors while “that glow” contained warm, gold toned pigments. Right now, there are three other shades out which are Sundipped, Sweets and Moonchild. Today however, we are going to focus on “Gleam” which is the one I have been using.

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I ordered my glowkit from the The Beauty Boon and as expected I was super excited, made swatches and posted on my social media about it though there was a hint of disappointment and uncertainty as well. The reason for that being that I actually ordered for “That Glow” at first but got a call that only Gleam was available and after a lot of persuading I agreed to go ahead with the order. From my research, Gleam was for fair skinned people with cool undertones while women of color would find “That Glow” more complimenting. I knew it wouldn’t be much of a problem however because I’ve tried other pearly highlighters that worked okay for me such as Elf baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls, NYX liquid illuminator in Gleam and Cindy Lou Manizer by The Balm Cosmetics. It’s all about the blending and application.

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With flash on

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Packaging: The glow kit comes in a square package with a paper pack covering that has the same exact thing printed on it as the main pack. Inside of it are four highlighters namely Hardcandy, Mimosa, Starburst and Crushed pearl. Each of the highlighters are detachable so you can just pick the one you need to carry around.Anastasia-Beverly-Hills-Glow-Kit-Gleam-1-von-1IMG_3714

Description:

A collection of four metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. Layer shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, or wear them separately, on the face and body for a radiant glow.anastasia-glow-gleam gleam5

Hard Candy – Mood-changing golden peach with a pink pearl reflective finish

Mimosa – Radiant golden peach with a metallic finish

Starburst – Rush of cool pink with an iridescent finish

Crushed Pearl – Glimmering pink and silver with a crystalized chrome finish

My favourite is Mimosa becase of its warm undertones and is my go to.

Usage:image

Personally I use my ABH glowkit to highlight the high points of my face. That is, Cheekbones, Bridge of the Nose, Cupid’s bow and Brow bone. I also use it occasionally as eyeshadow and I love to apply it in my inner corners to brighten my eyes even on days I don’t apply eyeshadow. image

I used it on my body once during a photoshoot (Pictures out soon ;)). It’s legit the best highlighter in the world right now. It gives you that iridescent glow from within no one can explain.

Application:  For best results, mix two or more shades together. Gleam contains very pinkish shades which could look odd on dark skin so when I’m using Hard Candy or Starburst, I like to mix them with others especially on the bridge of the nose and cupids bow (you cant start explaining why theres a thin slither of pink shimmer on your nose to anyone). I stick to mimosa or crushed pearl on other areas of my face and play with different colors on my cheeks. My holy grail combo for any where however is Starburst and Mimosa. It’s just WOW on me.

Mimosa + Staburst Combo
Mimosa + Staburst Combo

The highlights could be applied with a fan brush or highlighting brush dry or wet. For best results however, they should be applied with a wet brush. I use my real techniques setting brush to apply and I spray my Mac fix+ on the bristles before dipping the brush into the highlighter for that maximum glow.

When applied with dry brush
When applied with dry brush
When applied with wet brush
When applied with wet brush

On days I wanna look like a light bulb, I prep my face first with a liquid illuminator before my foundation on the high points of my face.

When applied with liquid illuminator plus wet brush.
When applied with liquid illuminator plus wet brush.

Duration: The highlighter stay on all day so far your face is undisturbed and you don’t sweat and clean it off. I would say it takes about eight hours before you might need a touch up.image

Price: ABH Glow Kits retail here in Nigeria for 16000-20000 naira depending on the vendor but I must say it works magic and is totally worth the buy. There is enough of each color to last you a long while. You wouldn’t even remember the money you spent.

Dupes: These are other products that have the same look as the products in question. I was able to compile a few for each of the gleam shades.

HARDCANDY: Urban Decay OC  is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Fireball is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted is lighter (85% similar).

Swatch of Color Pop Highly Waisted
Swatch of Color Pop Highly Waisted
Swatch of Hard Candy
Swatch of Hard Candy

MIMOSA: Becca Topaz is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit is warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling!is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey  is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Opal is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly is lighter, more muted (85% similar).

Swatch of MAC Gold Deposit
Swatch of MAC Gold Deposit
swatch of Mimosa
Swatch of Mimosa

STARBURST: Tarte Pink Champagne is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight is cooler (90% similar). BareMinerals The Five Star Treatment is less shimmery (90% similar).  Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Explorations is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).

Swatch of Starburst
Swatch of Starburst
Swatch of Tarte Pink Champagne
Swatch of Tarte Pink Champagne

CRUSHED PEARL: Urban Decay Craze is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Color Pop Lunch Money is darker (90% similar).

swatch of crushed pearl
Swatch of Crushed Pearl
swatch of color pop luch money
Swatch of Color Pop Lunch Money

 

That’s about all I have to say about the product. Would I be restocking? Absolutely! Though it doesn’t look like its gonna finish any time soon. lol. Thanks for reading, drop in comments for any questions and contributions. You know I’m awesome, xoxo.

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