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Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glowkit

27th January 2017
Ultimate Glowkit

One of the products on my NYC list was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glowkit. Having loved the Gleam Glow Kit which I still have loads left of despite regular use, I was excited to see a larger glowkit with warmer shades which looked perfect for Summer.

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The Ultimate Glowkit

The Ultimate Glow Kit contains 6 shades which go from a very stark white to a warm bronze. I bought this palette without seeing it in person or swatching it so it was a risk but I did so on the basis of how good the original Glow Kits were. To my disappointment this formula seems to be different and I hate to say it but I’m not a fan.

If you swatch this palette with a finger like you’ve probably seen on numerous influencer videos and photos, you’ll get a pigmented swatch like an eyeshadow. That’s not particularly desirable for a highlighter but with so much pigmentation when pressed hard I would assume it would perform ok in real life. Annoyingly this product doesn’t cling to the brush at all, so several swipes with a fan brush get next to nothing on the brush and thus on your face.

Chunky Glitter

The glitter is horribly chunky and the powders themselves are very dry, which makes it difficult to work with. There’s a lot of fall out despite there being next to nothing on the brush or your cheeks.

I’ve found that switching to a powder brush does pick up slightly more product but I get the best results when applying with my finger (I know, it’s like I’m 14 again) and blending out. Whilst I will continue to use this because a) I’ve already got it and b) I do like the shades contained it isn’t one I would repurchase or recommend, it’s very annoying that you need to faff about with it so much to get any kind of result and I’m not a fan of the really big chunky glitter in a highlighter.

Anastasia Beverly Hills are one of my absolute favourite beauty brands so it’s slightly gutting to get a disappointing product from them, although to their credit it’s the first for me.

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  • Gemma
    27th January 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Wow how dissapointing! I hate glitter, who wants glitter on their face?! The packaging looks so plain compared to their other glow kits too xx

    • Amy
      27th January 2017 at 1:16 pm

      I know :(. If it was going to be glittery I think it should have been a lot more finely milled. <3

  • Karen Williams
    27th January 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Awe no. I would still probably love it!!! I love highlighter.

    Karen x

    • Amy
      27th January 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Haha πŸ™‚

  • Laura Louise
    27th January 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Great review & love your honesty! What a shame. I purchased the set with 4 shades in when I was in the U.S last and in all honestly I’ve not tried it yet (Makeup Artists Problems!) I hope it’s better than this one! x

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:32 am

      Ah fingers crossed, my quad is a lot better in fairness <3

  • Allure La Vie
    27th January 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Oh no what a shame. I am glad I didn’t purchase this. Xx

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:33 am

      I was a bit gutted! <3

  • Mammafulzo
    27th January 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Oh no what a shame, it is so annoying when a product isn’t as good as you’d hoped, these are very hyped up too, my daughter is an MUA and was looking at them but she will be glad she didn’t buy one now, I’m pleased you can still use it though and the shades are nice πŸ™‚ xxx

    Zoe β™₯ MammafulZo

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:33 am

      Completely! I love the original Glow Kits and use them constantly, so it’s really annoying to find this one is different when they’re essentially the same <3

  • Roxie Ferguson
    27th January 2017 at 4:48 pm

    That’s too bad. I have my eye on the Sweets one. I think it’s supposed to be better quality. It’s a shame we don’t have a Sephora so we could swatch them first.

    Roxie |

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:34 am

      The Sweets one looks lovely and more similar to Gleam so fingers crossed. It is, but then again my bank balance would suffer haha <3

  • Makeup Musings
    27th January 2017 at 8:05 pm

    You can NEVER have too much glow and im a HUGE fan of ABH glow kits!

    Annie xx |

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:34 am

      I am too generally so was disappointed this one was a let down <3

  • Cassandra Myee
    27th January 2017 at 9:31 pm

    That’s such a shame that it didn’t perform well, chunky glitter highlighters just don’t do it for me! Thanks for the honest review though x

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:35 am

      Same here! Thanks Cassandra <3

  • Sophia Meola
    27th January 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This has been on my beauty wish list to try for weeks now. Such a shame it didn’t work out for you – would love to try it out in store before purchasing but I don’t think anywhere in the UK has it

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog


    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:35 am

      It’s always a bit hit and miss ordering without swatching, hopefully ABH will be easier to get in store here one day <3

  • Ela
    27th January 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Aww, that’s too bad! I expected more from ABH. Their previous Glow Kit got such rave reviews.
    Ela |

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:36 am

      Same here! I love my original Glow Kit so expected this would be the same <3

  • Yiotou_La
    28th January 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Too bad this palette is below average,you would expect to have the greatest quality and when you need to apply it using your fingers instead of a brush due to poor quality, you know it is definitely not good! Great review Amy! x


    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:36 am

      Totally! I’ll stick to our Β£3 amazing highlighter in future haha <3

  • elizabeth
    28th January 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I’m definitely not a fan of chunky glitter either! I only trust cream highlighters haha, but even they can be overly shimmery – I love a very delicate shimmer to create a dewy, rather than sparkly, look πŸ˜€ even though it was a miss you still have me oogling over the beautiful packaging from your stunning photos – you capture it soso beautifully! xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:37 am

      I love cream highlighters but have got some weird texture on my cheeks at the moment which cream shows up terribly haha. The chunky glitter isn’t much better in that respect! Thank you so much <3

  • Kenzie Harvey
    28th January 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Ooo i do not like glitter chunky! Great that you can see ‘cult’ brands are not for everyone. It does look beaut though!

    Kenzie x
    Kenzie | LemonaidLies – Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:37 am

      Same here, I’ve never had a disappointing product from them before this but it’s a shame to see from one Glow Kit to another the quality has dropped slightly <3

  • Georgia Hathaway
    29th January 2017 at 7:38 am

    This looked great until I read about the chunky glitter! I would definitely prefer something more subtle. What a shame!

    Georgia x

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:38 am

      It is a shame, thanks Georgia <3

  • Rachel Stinson
    29th January 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This looked so promise – I am sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you. Chunky glitter is never a good thing for me. I love your honesty though πŸ™‚ xxx

    Rach |

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Rach! <3

  • fannyanddailybeauty
    30th January 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, that’s such a shame, but I did see a couple of influencers speaking about the exact same issues! As you said, it doesn’t happen often with ABH so all we can do is hoping that the next releases will be better!

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:38 am

      Oh really? I wish I had seen that first haha, I purchased it slightly quickly because I’ve loved all my other ABH products and even Glow Kits. Fingers crossed <3

  • Jacquard Flower
    30th January 2017 at 1:53 pm

    It looks so pretty so it’s a shame it didn’t perform as well as you wanted! Great review

    Gemma x

    • Amy
      1st February 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Gemma <3

  • Bellissa Femaleadda
    2nd February 2017 at 5:56 am

    The best thing about this palette is it contains all the shade.

    • Amy
      2nd February 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yes that’s what I liked about it too, it’s handy having so many shades (if they perform well haha).

  • Bernadette
    3rd February 2017 at 7:03 am

    I was eyeing this palette today and wondering about it. It’s a shame that it didn’t work out.

    • Amy
      3rd February 2017 at 11:19 am

      It is! <3

  • Ela
    10th February 2017 at 12:19 am

    I’ve read and watched some reviews saying that this has real big chunks of glitter, that’s why I wasn’t interested in it at all. Too bad you weren’t forewarned πŸ™ You coulda saved your money.
    Ela |

  • Caked To The Nines
    20th February 2017 at 3:16 am

    It’s so disappointing that this glow kit just wasn’t great. I have the Sun Dipped glow kit and love it so much so I was thinking about getting this one, but I’ve seen so many people say it’s not worth it. Hopefully they bring back the others instead of this.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines