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.
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.
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.