I cannot believe a whole week has passed since I last published my May Favourites here on my blog. To be honest, it feels like forever and I really missed it. I’ve been so sick this entire week with the flu, with my days mostly consisting of sleeping. I’m ashamed to say I’ve gone so far as neglecting my skincare routine and while a cotton round seeped with micellar water seems quick and easy, the neglect of my face is really starting to show. Hopefully I’ll be in better spirits soon and I can kick start my derriere into gear. Today must be a good day because I woke up early, dressed and took the kids to school, cleaned the house, took a few pics and here I am writing this post at 10am.
I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit from a third party seller in South Africa and unfortunately had to wait two months for my order to be delivered. I haven’t had the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit for long but I’d like to share my thoughts with you. When I saw the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit on social media, I really wanted to try it. I’ve really enjoyed using the single illuminators in So Hollywood and Peach Nectar that I reviewed here, with a bit more love for So Hollywood.
Although I’m darker skinned with a yellow undertone (NC42 for reference), in recent months I’ve been leaning towards highlighters that are more silver than gold. I’ve got a crapload of gold, champagne and copper highlighters and bronzers, I wanted to try something new for a change. There is a more golden Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow with warmer shades and I should’ve perhaps taken that one instead because these colours just don’t work for me. But I’ll get on to that a little later.
The packaging of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit is so simplistic yet very chic and beautiful. Encased in silver cardboard, the palette is both lightweight and sturdy. There aren’t any funky prints or patterns on the palette, just the palette name and brand logo across the top and centre respectively. The outer cover is a sleeve of cardboard that mimics the packaging of the actual palette including the information on the back so it can be discarded. The palette also has a magnetic closure on the lid so it won’t open on its own while traveling. It is quite bulky so it’s not the most practical item to be carrying around but there is a brilliant solution for that.
The pans are magnetized to the base which means they’ll work with any pro palettes like a Z-palette or MAC palette. Depotting is the easiest task with no nail file or lighters needed (Yes that’s how I depotted my MAC makeup here). The large groove next to each pan allows your finger to lift the pan out easily. At the moment there are no refill shades available so if you hit pan it’s kind of a lost cause. Like the contour colours I hope that ABH releases individual shades so I can mix and match my own Glow Kit palette as I choose.
The inside of the palette is plain with just the four pans of product and their names printed below it. The shades are more for fairer skin tones but right off the bat there are very discernible differences to the illuminators. The pans are large holding 7g of product compared to the individual illuminators which are 9g each. This makes the palette much higher in value for money as it retails for $40 and the single illuminators for $28 each. The texture is much more finely milled and is softer and silkier to the touch. There isn’t much fallout and the pigmentation is on point. It smooths on during application, blends easily and lasts throughout the day. They are by far some of the best highlighters I own.
Which is such a pity though since Mimosa is the only one that suits my skin tone. The lighter shades leave a white ashiness on my cheekbones when I apply too much and that defeats the purpose because I like my highlight to blind the room I’m walking in to. It does work if I apply less and blend softly but it’s a waste of my time. This is definitely suited to skin tones NC35 and under. Sadly I’m not going to be using this and hoping I can get my hands on That Glow. There is also a new variant called Sun Dipped which features even bronzier shades but I won’t make that mistake again.
Overall I think that this is an amazing palette and my heart hurts that I chose so poorly. I’ve decided that I’m going to start selling all my unused makeup products so that I can send them off to new homes to be better loved. There are numerous other reasons for my decision but ultimately I’m just not getting around to using all my stuff. I have gifted some stuff to friends and family only to find out that they’re not using it as well.
Please leave me a comment if you think this would be a good idea. I have done a blog sale before but it was more for drugstore items. I was thinking of creating something similar to Glambot where I could post the items and their usage for people to peruse and pay cheaper prices to see if the products could work for them. I’ve browsed for hours on Glambot before only to find shipping restrictions by sellers and limited stock. We are limited to so few makeup brands here in South Africa I’d like to share the love. And if you’re interested in selling any of your unloved brands, let me know as well so I can try them too.
Thanks for reading and would love to hear your thoughts.