Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits in Sweets & Moonchild (Review & Swatches)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits in Moonchild and Sweets

This whole whacky coloured highlighter craze is hitting and I am definitely falling rapidly in love with it! For SO LONG we’ve had very general highlighter colours – your basic champagne, pink-white, gold and… that’s about it. There’s not a whole lot of variety amidst that so it’s really, REALLY nice to see something completely unique in that area of makeup.

And Anastasia Beverly Hills delivers when it comes to offbase coloured highlighters. I recently picked up both their Sweets and Moonchild Glow Kits (exclusive to, sadly) and I’m stupidly excited about these!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets

The Sweets Glow Kit ($40 USD) features four metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. What drew me in to this one were not only the shades (a purple highlighter??) but also the names. That Marshmallow one suckered me right in (any Veronica Mars fans out there?)!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets

At first I wasn’t sure how the darker colours were going to play out on my skin, but I was more that willing to give them a shot!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets - swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets – swatches

In swatches, you can see the Butterscotch shade loses a big of its deepness (fine by me), although Taffy looks pretty darn pigmented (more like a blush really). Butterscotch seems to be the only shade with glitter particles actually suspended within the formula. This is worth noting because the other three shades don’t have these glitter particles and I did find that the flecks of glitter ended up in weird spots on my face (I was sporting a glitter moustache for a while).

But really, arm swatches will only show you so much… here’s what they look like on my face. All swatches are on only foundation – I’m not wearing blush or bronzer – and I’ve applied the highlighter as if it was my blush and highlighter in one, and quite heavily at that. I really wanted you to be able to see the colour difference in each shade.

Wearing Marshmallow
Wearing Marshmallow

Marshmallow is a gorgeous white with gold reflect to it. The duochrome of this shade is so, so freaking gorgeous! You can see me apply it to my face in my recent video tutorial.

Wearing Sassy Grape
Wearing Sassy Grape

Sassy Grape is, aptly, a frosty grape. I was stunned with just how much I love this shade as a highlighter and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately. I tend to pair it with a purple blush (Urban Decay Bittersweet, to be specific) and I’m always in awe of just how gorgeous it looks.

Wearing Butterscotch
Wearing Butterscotch

Butterscrotch comes out a bit paler on my skin than I was expecting from the pan – but I’m okay with it because it still makes it wearable on my skin tone. There are flecks of glitter in it which I wasn’t expecting, so just be aware of that when you’re using this shade.

Wearing Taffy
Wearing Taffy

Taffy is definitely the shade I’ve worn the least because it has a lot of pigment to it. I wear this more as my blush and highlighter in one.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild

So after I bought the Sweets Glow Kit… I was kind of sitting there going “I need the other one too”… because you know what… when a product is that awesome, I basically want all of the shades I can get my hand on! So I bought the Moonchild ($40 USD) palette as well!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild

This kit has six shades instead of the usual four, and they’re slightly smaller pans.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild - swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild – swatches

While I appreciate the green and pink highlighter so much in this kit, I do find it veers very, very blue and silver. I wasn’t able to capture Lucky Clover very well with my camera, but rest assured it’s a very lovely green highlighter (something I never, ever thought I would say!).

Wearing Blue Ice
Wearing Blue Ice

Out of the two blue shades, Blue Ice is definitely my favourite. On me, it leaned slightly purple as well.

Wearing Star
Wearing Star

Star was really weird looking when I first put it on, and I’m struggling to think what kind of blush I would pair with it, BUT on its own, once I got used to that silver sheen, it really started to grow on me.

Wearing Purple Horseshoe
Wearing Purple Horseshoe

Sadly, Purple Horsehoe wasn’t as purple as I thought it was going to be (especially given the colour in the pan), so I don’t find it that different from Sassy Grape.

Wearing Pink Heart
Wearing Pink Heart

Pink Heart is STUNNING! It’s a luminous pink highlighter with a hint of a neutral-green base in the pigment (sounds weird, but if you know the MAC eyeshadow Vex, you’ll get the idea).

Wearing Lucky Clover
Wearing Lucky Clover

Lucky Clover is making my heart sing because I have an affinity for green and clovers, so I’m allll about this shade. I’m disappointed with my photography on this shade, I don’t think it comes across as it did in person, which is slightly more green, although not at all unwearable.

Wearing Blue Moon
Wearing Blue Moon

Blue Moon is a blue-silver shade that’s basically a cross between Blue Ice and Star. It’s okay, but again… there’s a lot of blue in this palette.

Overall Thoughts

Do I even need to say it? I love these Glow Kits so, SO much. The colour are unique and fun to use. They’re vibrant enough that the underlying coloured pigment comes through, but not so over the top that it looks like a big ole streak of eyeshadow used as a highlighter instead.

I find that Moonchild has a lot of similar shades, but the pink and green make up for that for me. I’m so happy that I’m seeing something completely new in the highlighter world – it’s a breath of fresh air, you know? And while the colours may seen a bit out there for some people, because they’re so luminous, you could get away with applying these lightly so that only a hint of colour shows. Of course, if you’re like me and you want others to appreciate your purple highlighter from afar – slather it on and let your highlight gleam!

Giveaway Time!

Now here’s the best part! Anastasia Beverly Hills accidentally sent me TWO packages of the Glow Kit in Sweets, and since they were carted back from the States the lovely Shawna, I sure as heck wasn’t going to send one back to them on my own dime! So I’m hosting a giveaway!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets - giveaway!!!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets – giveaway!!!

One winner will receive:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway starts on September 19, 2016 and runs for two weeks.
  • Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
  • One winner will win the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets pictured and described above
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. If they fail to respond within that time frame, I will pick another prize winner. (And so on.)
  • β€œGiveaway accounts” will not be considered for this prize. (If you want to know what I mean by that, please click here.)

Good luck!

153 thoughts on “Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits in Sweets & Moonchild (Review & Swatches)

    1. I wish Veronica Mars had lasted so much longer! Definitely time for a series rewatch!

      I agree with you – cream can be nice, but a powder is just so much easier to work with!

    1. That is also one of my absolute favourites. I love it not only on myself, but I seem to always ask other people what they’re wearing whenever they have Watt’s Up. Love!

  1. I like Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sweets looks amazing! You look so pretty with this on you!

    1. That Otherearthly powder turned out to be amazing, didn’t it? When I firs saw it I was like oh god what IS this shade going to be? But it’s really gorgeous!

    1. I agree with you – I was originally all over Moonchild, but I’ve definitely been reaching for Sweets more. I also feel like Moonchild has WAY too many blue tones in it.

  2. My current favorite highlighter is Becca pressed Pearl. I really wish Sephora carried these two palettes in Canada! Shipping from the US sucks.

    1. US shipping to Canada is atrocious. I’m lucky I had two friends bring me back the palettes, because another friend ordered it to Canada and not only paid the horrid shipping fee, but also got dinged on customs. Brutal.

  3. I recently purchased Laura Gellar’s Baked Gelato Illuminator in Charming Pink so I’d say that’s my favourite right now… but, I feel like my favourite highlighter is constantly changing, haha! Oh the struggles of makeup addiction. Amazing giveaway, thank you so much for doing this!
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  4. I’ve been eyeing the Sweets palette for months but haven’t been convinced of its wearability. Your swatches are so helpful! Seeing the products applied to the face is completely different than just arm swatches. This looks so much more wearable than I thought it would be.

    1. It’s more wearable than I thought it would be. I was expecting more of a stark colour change between the shades, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much it blends in to look (relatively) natural. I’m so glad the face swatches helped you! I’ve never photographed highlighter this well before so I was pretty darn happy myself!

  5. I’ve been having a small (lol) love affair with Sleek Solstice lately! Fabulous swatches and review – thanks for the chance! xo

  6. I love Taffy and Butterscotch because I’m really getting into warm fall tones. I’m currently still hooked on Becca highlight and Jeffree Star’s ice cold when I really want a glow.

  7. so pretty! i love how they look on your skin i’ve never really seen the shades in a good lighting. sweets is my favorite πŸ’–

  8. These highlighters are gorgeous! No wonder so many people rave about them. I actually just started highlighting/contouring my face, so I don’t have many options to choose from yet. At the moment I just use the NARS multiple in Copacabana or Gator Wings in the Swamp Queen palette by Tarte.

    1. You know… I never thought of it that way – but I definitely don’t wear many (if any at all) shimmery blushes, which is probably why I gravitate towards highlighter a lot. Because you’re right – shimmery blush, plus shimmery highlighter is a lotttt!

  9. Ooh they all look so pretty on you! I don’t really have a favourite highlighter at the moment. I can tell you I have serious buyers remorse with benefits watts up. The cream sinks into my pores when I’m not wearing foundation and then slides off my face in a few hours. If I try to wear it on top of foundation, it really effs it up and makes it slide (Lauders DW). So much regret haha.

    I’m *patiently* waiting for my latest Sephora order to arrive which includes the becca opal kit. I’m a bit late to the party on that one but better late than never πŸ˜‚
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    1. Oh really! I love my Benefit Watts Up! That’s a shame that it’s not working out on you. πŸ™
      That BECCA opal kit looks amazing! I haven’t bitten the bullet on it because I’ve got a ton of BECCA highlighters… although I still don’t have Opal!

        1. Woohooo! Glad you love it!

          Omg the Cover FX ones… I’m planning to pick one up during the Sephora VIB sale in October/November. I’m just trying to narrow down which one I want. I definitely do not NEED one, but it seems so unique that I figure I at least need to give it a shot!

  10. I wear a lot Bobbi Brown’s sunset glow this last weeks…it’s difficult not to collect highlighters I think !
    Never try Anastasia makeup…perhaps somedays, I hope so !
    Thanks a lot for this giveaway.

    Nancy ( from France)

  11. I’m trying to find a good highlighter atm. That’s why winning this giveaway would be so amazing! I love how they look on u in the photos! Gorgeous!

    1. Is that one of their eyeshadows? I don’t even really know how I figured out highlighting… must’ve been from YouTube videos since I really doubt I would’ve figured it out on my own!

  12. Oh my gosh, Chelle. I’m so happy I can share my love for highlighters with you! In terms of my favourite highlighter(s), because let’s be real, it’s hard to choose just one, is probably Laura Geller Gilded Honey, and I recently bought the Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant from the US! It’s a total dupe for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks! Thanks once again for hosting this giveaway!

    1. It is 100% impossible to choose just one – agreed!
      Ahhhhh Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey! I still don’t own that! But I’m at the point where I can’t justify yet another dang highlighter, you know? All my friends rave about it!
      Good luck!

  13. MAJOR Veronica Mars fan here! I’m currently using The Manizer Sisters palette (has Mary, Cindy and Betty Lou in it) and I got my hands on the MAC Other Earthly highlighter (saw your blog post on it and when it hit stores, I grabbed it!)

    1. Yay for VM fans! I definitely need to do another watch through of that series again. Loved it so, so much!

      Oooo you’re reminding me to pull out Otherearthly. I keep forgetting about it!

  14. I’ve been waiting this review! They are beautiful.
    My current favourite highlighter is Essence So Glow! in Bright up your life. I’m a dry skin girl and this cream to powder highlighter is my no.1 choice.

    1. They are absolutely gorgeous. Now that I’ve been using them for a while, I wish there was a red or orange toned highlighter in the mix too! Would be nice to pair with my fall toned eyeshadow looks right now.

  15. I don’t have a favorite highlighter. I’ve not been using highlighter in my make-up routine, but after seeing your review, I’ve realized I need to. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway πŸ™‚

    1. OH! I LOVE THAT ONE! It’s definitely one of my favourites, but I feel like I reserve it for the holidays or some other ridiculous thing like that. But lord it’s pretty.

  16. I don’t have any highlighters yet but I want one! My sister came to visit me in MD a few weeks back and applied one of the shades from her Glow kit and it looked SO pretty.

  17. I’ve only recently started to look into highlighters. I have oily skin and in the past I always thought highlighters would just make me look oiler. Now I see that they can provide a healthy glow over my attempt at keeping a matte background. I’m still not certain exactly where to apply them on my face but I am experimenting. I would love to win this Anastasia palette!

    1. I know a lot of people highlight a LOT of areas on their face, but for me I just keep it to the tops of my cheekbones because I tend to think that area is not especially greasy and won’t be mistaken for oil!

  18. I’ve been super boring with my makeup lately, but these palettes are too fun not to play around with. I’m using the Maybelline Master strobing stick lately, and it’s so good. Very comparable to the Clinique chubby stick in hefty highlight.
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  19. I thought some of these colours would be a little daring to wear, but seeing them on you, I’ve fallen in love! I do have a question: do you have to fill out every entry in the RaffleCopter form? Good luck to everyone in the competition. xx

    1. Sorry, only just seeing this now – was a crazy weekend with IMATS. The giveaway is over, but you only need to fill out the entries that you can complete. For example. if you don’t have a Twitter account, you wouldn’t be able to submit those entries.

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