Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighters Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits in That Glow and Gleam

April 6, 2016

I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits ($40 each) earlier this year and have been completely obsessed with these for months. After playing with both kits for some time I will say that they are on the high shimmer side and give the cheeks or eyes a luminous glow. The colors are very smooth and easy to blend. Shimmer is on the more dramatic side similar to that of MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes but are very wearable for everyday as long as you blend these well or use a loose fluffy brush. For shimmer/frost reference the most frosted highlighters I think I’ve ever tried are the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are not as frosted as the Bobbi Brown ones in my opinion, but are definitely more shimmery than say the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. The Glow Kits are designed to be face highlighters but I also like to use them on the eyes as eyeshadows.

There are two kit options: That Glow has warmer golden tones and Gleam has cooler pink tones. On my medium olive skin I think the warmer gold option is more naturally flattering while the cooler pink one is more dramatic but still very wearable. Both kits come in a magnetized cardboard box and the pans in each kit are removeable. I’m not the biggest fan of the packaging but it is very sturdy so for me it’s not a deal breaker. I bought mine at IMATS Los Angeles earlier this year where they had a slight discount (they basically did not charge sales tax) but you can find them now at Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Macy’s.

A look at both kits without flash, in indirect natural light, you can see the colors still glow:

Swatched on my medium-olive skin most of the shades are clearly highlighters. If you have lighter skin these will show more color as you can see in The Non-Blonde and A Little Bit Etc. If you have deeper or darker skin these will most likely look lighter and more contrasted on your skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kits swatched on 3 skintones here and here.

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That Glow has warm gold tones with the following shades:
Sunburst is a pale yellow gold shimmer
Golden Bronze is a warm coppery golden bronze shimmer
Bubbly is a shimmering soft champagne
Dripping in Gold is a shimmering champagne gold

Each shade shown below with photographed close ups:

Note these are swatched with a heavy hand to show the pigment and color. You can blend easily for a more subtle and less frosted look.

Some swatch comparisons below to:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne (discontinued)
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Strobe Light (review here)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (review here)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in So Ceylon (discontinued)

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Gleam has cool and neutral shimmers:
Hard Candy looks like a peachy coral in the pan, but it goes on an almost duo-chrome cool pink pearl
Mimosa is a shimmering light peach
Starburst is a shimmering pale frosted pink
Crushed Pearl is a shimmering pale champagne that almost looks white on my skin

Swatch comparisons to:
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand (review here)
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Starlight (review here)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose (discontinued)
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Euphoric Strobe Light (review here)
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light (review here)

I’m one who loves to have glowing skin and these are both pure love for me. I found these went on the face smoothly and did not emphasize pores or fine lines. The pigment is medium but blendable. Because these are so pigmented I do think these can be easy to overdo so for me the key to application is to apply with a light hand. Any regular blush brush works to apply or a skunk brush too. I’ve been using the Chanel Blush Brush or MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush to apply these. Lasting power is excellent – they stay put and do not budge from morning to night.

For me these get a thumbs up. If I had to pick just one it would be a tough call for me. Gleam has colors I find more unique compared to other highlighters I own, but That Glow is more natural on my skintone and I prefer the warmer tones for my complexion.
You can find the Anastasia Glow Kits for $40 each at Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Macy’s.

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  • I snatched these the minute they came out a few months ago–I love the other Anastasia Highlighters and these are just as lovely.

    http://www.makeupmusicbooks.com

    • Yay!! They are really quite stunning. I can't wait for the next one!

  • I like Gleam it looks better for us pale and cool toned folks.

    • I think both would suit fair skin tones but yes, Gleam is so so pretty.

  • These have been on my wish list for a while now, I may have to get them for summer time x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • I definitely recommend them! There's a new one coming out called Sun Dipped so you might want to wait and see what that one looks like first πŸ™‚

  • I bought both of these when they launched in UK at Cult Beauty a few weeks ago and I was amazed when that arrived just how big they were. You sure get a lot of product for your money. Xx

  • Omg I'm in love! Thank you for the swatches these are just perfect for any makeup lover
    Beauty Candy Loves

  • LEH

    I have Gleam and I love it. The one thing that would make it even better for me is if the palette had a mirror. But that's pretty minor.

    • I agree – would have been nice but I'm happy the compact is as sturdy as it is πŸ™‚

  • These are so beautiful! I don't know which one I love the most, the only thing I know is that they're gorgeous!

    http://www.lepetitegirl.blogspot.com

    • I know – so hard to decide on which one is better!

  • Ana

    Pretty swatches! Love the formulation and shades. A must try!

    • Thanks Ana, happy you liked the swatches πŸ™‚

  • I love a good highlight and That Glow looks like something I'd just love! I'm definitely drawn to more champagne warm toned highlighters too. xx

    http://shakespeareandsparkle.com/

    • I agree – they shimmer and glow is so so so pretty!

  • Thanks for this! i like the idea of a quad highlight, i have NARS in hot sand and laura mercier indiscretion but being able to pick, choose and mix, especially for my skin tone is ideal!

    http://zigandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Glad this helped! You have some good staple highlighter options πŸ™‚

  • Why did I read this post. Now I have to buy after seeing these swatches!

    Jasmine x
    http://www.jasminesimone.co.uk

  • I love your site. Your photography is great and has a contemporary feel and your reviews are detailed and informative. Thanks for sharing it all!!

  • Love your site. The layout and photographs are great and your reviews are descriptive. The swatching is awesome!

  • is that buttery like becca ones?