Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are my absolute obsession! Their highlighter formula is one of my favourites. Recently, Norvina teased the new Aurora Glow Kit, the sister of their ever popular Moon Child Glow Kit. This palette was inspired by the Northern Lights and this is reflected within the gorgeous shades included! I was so excited with how out of the box these shades were! I was lucky enough to be sent this palette before the launch and I wanted to swatch and review the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit for you!!! Let’s dive right into the review!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit Review
The packaging of this palette is similar in design to their other glow kits and comes with a matching outer sleeve. It is the same size as the Moon Child Palette. The packaging has a gorgeous ombre of a purple/periwinkle blue which fades to a light peach shade. There is a holographic component to the packaging that just makes it feel more luxe!
The palette itself is made out of a thick cardboard and has a magnetic closure. This palette does not have a mirror, however, a mirror is not always a dealbreaker for me, but it is always a nice touch depending on the price point. This palette is still perfect for travel and I would most likely be traveling with another palette, such as eyeshadow palette for example, that does have a mirror.
This palette is sold on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for $40USD and is launching on the 4th of April. International shipping is generally $17.95USD, but you may encounter customs charges depending on your country.
In terms of value, you receive 6 shades which are 4.25 grams each. In comparison, with the ABH 4 pan glow kits which are $45, you get 7.4 grams of product of each shade. So even though there are 6 shades in this palette, you aren’t necessarily getting more product than the regular glow kits. I personally prefer greater shade variety, as highlighter is used somewhat sparingly, and theoretically, you aren’t going to hit pan as quickly. It gives you the opportunity to play around with a more variety of shades!
Eclipse: Champagne gold shade
Luna: Silver shade
Spectra: Purple/pink shade
Helia: Lime Green shade
Orion: Pale baby blue shade
Lyra: Subtle orange shade
The formula of these highlighters is described by ABH as metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity!
ABH highlighters are always incredibly soft and creamy. They are really smooth and finely milled highlighters.
In terms of pigmentation, these highlighters are intensely pigmented in one swipe. You can build up the coverage and therefore the pigmentation. The use of a setting spray, such as the Mac Fix Plus spray, can further intensify the highlight if that is what you are going for! In my opinion though, they don’t need it, they are intense on their own!
These highlighters do have glitter/shimmer in them, but it isn’t chunky glitter. When blended out, the glitter particles just catch the light perfectly, and are not over the top. If you are someone who doesn’t like glitter, I would have a look at the ABH original glow kits or even the Kylie Cosmetics Kylighters ( I have a review of these on my blog as well).
They apply really smoothly to the skin and blend really nicely.
The more unusual shades, Spectra, Orion and Helia, may be a little scary for those who are new to highlighters, however these blend perfectly. You can blend these colours so easily that they can be very subtle or you can build them up for a blinding highlight. You are in control!
I am absolutely obsessed with Spectra!!! It has a really stunning pink/purple shift to it and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do!
These highlighters can be used for more than just cheekbone highlight. They can be used as eyeshadows, inner corner of the eye highlight, brow bone highlight, and even over lipsticks to make them metallic.
These highlighters are so pigmented but you can easily blend them out or build them up depending on your preference.
If you are wanting a more subtle look, you can definitely use a fan brush like the Sigma F42 Fan Brush. I found this to diffuse the product and blend it nicely.
My personal favourite highlighter brush is the F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush. It is great for applying and blending highlight. It also lets you pick up more product than a fan brush. I feel like I have more control with this sort of brush.
As previously mentioned, a quick spritz of the Mac Fix Plus Spray or any other setting spray on your brush before dipping into the pan can further intensify your highlight! You can always then use a damp beauty blender to tone it down if you go over the top.
I am really happy with the quality, formula and overall design of this palette. When it comes to highlighter, I always tend to play it safe and sticking with the gold shades. I honestly did not expect myself to love Spectra and Orion as much as I do. Would I purchase this palette? YES! I am currently obsessed with this palette.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit Review
Here are swatches of these highlighters on my arm without the use of a primer. Please keep in mind that the shades may vary with skin tones.
What do you think about this palette? Do you have any regrets for any limited edition items you missed out on? Let me know in the comments below!
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