The Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits are HUGE in the makeup community and really kickstarted this current trend of highlighter palettes and tons of highlighter releases that we’re seeing right now. The Moonchild glow kit kind of kicked off the whole duochrome highlight trend that’s going on now. Basically, Anastasia Beverly Hills is absolutely killing it.
Nicole Guerriero is one of the OG YouTube beauty gurus. She’s been around since about 2009, and has an online following of millions. I think she was and is very influential on beauty trends, especially self tanning and rose gold everything! She also is SUPER talented with Halloween makeup. Not to mention she has an amazing personality and is just great to watch, even for vlogs.
When I saw the release info for the collab glow kit between Nicole and ABH, I was immediately torn. Nicole is one of my favorite youtubers and the glow kits are fabulous, but I already owned a ton of highlighters (including a glow kit) and the shades didn’t look like they would suit me.
I flipped back and forth but I finally decided to buy the palette when I saw Stephanie Nicole’s review on YouTube (if you haven’t watched her videos – check them out. She’s refreshingly honest and thorough). She recommended purchasing the palette and so I ordered from ABH directly because I heard a lot about palettes shipped from Sephora arriving broken, and I don’t have the patience to deal with that.
So… here’s my review!!!
The packaging of this palette is similar to the other glow kits in that it’s sparkly cardboard packaging. It has 6 different shades and they are not removable (unless you depot them and destroy the cardboard). I noticed that this palette is a lighter cardboard than my other glow kit (that glow) – probably because this one doesn’t have removable pans.
- Cruelty Free
SHADES KITTY KAT, DAYDREAM, FOREVER YOUNG , OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TALC, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, BORON NITRIDE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, METHICONE, POLYBUTENE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) MICA,RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035)IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1610433>
SHADE: FOREVER LIT OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TALC, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, BORON NITRIDE, SYNTHETIC WAX, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, METHICONE, POLYBUTENE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-)MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1610434>
SHADE: GLO GETTER OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TALC, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, BORON NITRIDE, SYNTHETIC WAX, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, METHICONE, POLYBUTENE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) MICA, RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492),TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1610435>
SHADE: 143 SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, POLYBUTENE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, METHICONE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) MICA, RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1610436>
Shade Selection & Swatches
Being a highlighter palette, the shade selection is most likely not going to be ideal for every skin tone and most people will find shades that can’t work as highlighters on them. In general, highlighter palettes are not “practical” makeup purchases unless you are a makeup artist. That said, I do want to go over the shades because they swatch and apply a lot differently than they look in the pan. Also I do want to not that these shades have a lot of dimension that can only be seen in person.
- Kitty Kat: A light pink with a bit of champagne in it. In the pan it just looks like a rosy pink. This one has some glitter.
- Forever Young: classic neutral champagne/beige highlight. It looks purple-ish in the pan???
- Daydream: A peachy gold. Reminds me of NARS Orgasm but with less pink and more sparkle & shimmer. This one also has some noticeable glitter.
- Forever Lit: A pearl highlight with a lavender/blue shift.
- Glo Getter: A classic gold highlight. This one looks very foiled.
- 143: An antique, bronze gold. This one also has that really foiled, metallic look.
On my skin tone, NC 20, I can use Forever Lit, Forever Young, Kitty Kat, and Glo Getter as highlight shades. I think that in the summer when I get closer to an NC 30 with self tanning, I will be able to wear them all. I think very fair skin tones will only be able to use Forever Lit, Forever Young, and Kitty Kat, and very deep skin tones will not be able to wear Forever Lit and possibly Forever Young and Kitty Kat. This shade selection is best for medium skin tones (like Nicole). I think that overall she did a great job picking shades for 6 pans with a variety of colors.
Formula & Comparison to “That Glow” Kit
The formula of these highlighters generally feels smooth and ~buttery~ (I hate that word to describe makeup. I don’t want my makeup to feel like butter. When’s the last time you touched butter and didn’t immediately wipe off your hand?) to the touch, with the exception of Daydream and Kitty Kat feeling a little gritty because of the glitter. They all apply nicely with brushes and last all day on my skin with minimal fading. On the shades with more glitter, I do like to tap off my brush to get most of that off.
Now let’s compare this to one of the OG glow kits, That Glow:
So above is the size comparison of the pans. As I said before, the cardboard feels sturdier on the old glow kit I think because the old one has removable/replaceable pans. The older glow kit does feel a little bit softer to the touch and the highlights are MUCH more subtle than the Nicole Guerriero collab. Here are comparison swatches:
That Glow on the left, Nicole Guerriero on the right. The difference is most noticeable with Glo Getter and 143. The other ones are more similar to the old highlights. The old highlights are definitely more of a “glow” look, and the Nicole Guerriero highlights are more of a “blinded by the highlight” look. It is hard to do a very subtle look with the Nicole Guerriero palette.
Overall Thoughts & Should You Buy????
Overall I personally love this palette. I have dry skin so I fully embrace the dewy, glowy, highlighted look. I am also still “young” so I don’t mind the glitter in the palette although I know that MANY people will think it’s way too much. I never tried the Ultimate Glow Kit palette but from what I’ve heard from Youtube, this palette is not nearly on the level of glitter that palette was on.
I think that if you are considering buying this palette, you should think about the following things:
- Do I use highlighter every day?
- Do I want more shades of highlighter to use?
- Am I okay with a very intense highlighted look with some glitter?
- Can I use at least 3-4 of the shades in this palette?
- Is this something I could wear to work?
If you answered NO to at least 3/5 of these questions, I would not buy this palette. If you answered YES to at least 3/5 of these questions, then I would definitely seriously consider it, especially if most of the shades will work for you. If you are undecided, it is in all Sephora stores as of today so I recommend swatching it yourself because pictures don’t show the whole picture.