I adore a good highlighter (who doesn’t?), but I’m not someone that would jump on every new highlighter release, yes, you can say I actually have pretty good self-control in this department. But when I see the highlighter from Anastasia Beverly Hills collaboration with Amrezy, I clicked on the “check out” button so fast that I didn’t even see the price.
I have now been using this highlighter for two weeks straight, and I have to say, it does not disappoint at all. I’m still as amazed at its beauty as I saw it for the first time (if you have seen the post on my latest cultbeauty haul, you may remember that I literally screamed when I received this highlighter), I mean, did you see the gorgeous package it comes in? I’m not exaggerating when I say there has been many times that I just stared at this highlighter, and feel speechless at its multidimensional glowing gloriousness.
This highlighter feels creamy to the touch, and applies to the skin smoothly without emphasizing pores or texture. When applied to the high points of the face, it melts to be part of your skin, rather than sitting on top of it, which is my personal pet peeve with any powder products. I love the fact that you can easily control how much glow you want to get with this highlighter – you can achieve a nice subtle, dewy look or amp up the game for a wet, blinding effect without any glitter.
I was initially concerned that the highlighter would look too dark on me as it seems to have a strong golden undertone on the pan. But I was wrong, comparing to other golden highlighters I have seen, this one has a much lighter golden tone, and strikes a perfect balance between champagne and gold, which makes it a universally flattering shade. It also lasts well on my skin: I would apply it in the morning at 8am, and still see the glow on my cheekbone at 6pm.
I know Anastasia Beverly Hills’ glow kits are many people’s favorite, but I have never bought one as I don’t see myself using all 4 shades in a palette (see, told you I have self-control), so I cannot compare the formula between the glow kit and this highlighter. But I did pull out other similar highlighters for a comparison:
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is quite similar in texture when you swatch the two side by side with finger, both are very creamy to the touch. ABH x Amrezy highlighter has a more noticeable golden undertone, and the Balm is leaning more on the champagne side.
Becca champagne pop has a deeper/stronger golden tone, which makes it a tad too dark for my light to medium skin tone. I have since gave it away.
NARS Albatross (the original one) has an intense opal golden undertone, pulls very yellow on me, and accentrate my skin’s olive undertone in an unflattering way. I’ve also since given it away.
Dior Diroskin Nude Air Luminizer 001 is not as intense as the ABH one, and has a pink undertone to it. But one thing these two highlighters have in common is that, when applying with a brush, you don’t get a lot of powder kick back and the finish is on the subtle and soft side with one light swipe, but you can build up the intensity easily.
So the bottom line is that if you are in the search of a new highlighter, get on the bandwagon fast before this limited edition sells out. It really is top notch from the package to the formula, and unless you are extremely fair, I reckon this highlighter could be your cheekbones’ best friend.