I think we all know how I feel about highlighters at this point. I love them. They’re my thing and I overdose on the glow on a daily basis.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit formula is one of my faves. Smooth, buttery, and metallic rather than glittery, I own Sundipped and half of That Glow, which I split with a friend. It’s worth noting that I skipped the six-pan holiday Ultimate Glow kit because it was incredibly glittery when I swatched it in store.
When I first saw the ABH Nicole Guerriero collab, I knew I had to have it.
The Nicole kit contains six smaller pans rather than the usual four large ones. At this point, I own so many highlighters that I don’t stand a chance of finishing them, so I’m fine with that. In Canada, it retails for $52 and as I am writing this, it is currently sold out on the Sephora website.
Here’s the thing: if you love the formula on some of the other glow kits, this one’s not quite the same. At first I thought it was like the others based on swatches, which are smooth and pigmented and metallic. However, with a brush and on my face, the product doesn’t perform the same as the four-pan glow kits. If I use my usual fluffy highlighting brush, I end up with glitter all over my face. Some shades are worse with this than others, but it’s a pretty consistent phenomenon throughout the palette. My friend CC suggested I try it with a densely-packed brush (I tried the Luxie 542*) instead of a fluffy one, and this is the only way I’ve been able to make the palette work. To me, it’s worth it, but that’s something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of picking this baby up.
The other thing is, for whatever reason, I thought that this palette would be warmer than it actually is. On skin that is warm and deep, most of the shades actually show up quite frosty. Even Glo Getter and 143 – which look pretty warm in the pan – show up like a cool champagne on me. They also show up looking quite similar on me, which is something to note.
Overall, it’s a nice palette and I love the concept. I’ll keep it because, with the right brush, it makes for a beautifully dramatic highlight. However, if you aren’t a fan of cool-tones, glitter, or products you really have to work with to make work, I’d skip it and hope the next ABH Glow Kit is more your style.