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Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four sparkling, metallic highlighters in a cardboard palette. It’s new and limited edition, and it is also exclusive to the brand’s website. As you might expect with the Glow Kit, it’s not for someone who only likes a subtle highlighter; it is most suitable for someone who likes bright, bold, sparkling, and/or metallic highlighters. For some skin tones, three of the four shades may also work as luminous blushes. Sassy Grape and Butterscotch have larger sparkle/glittery flecks in them, while Marshmallow and Taffy are smoother and have a finer shimmer overall. All four shades were pretty pigmented, wore for eight to nine hours, and were blendable on the skin, but all four did emphasize the texture of my skin; Marshmallow I could apply without emphasis if I was careful, but the other three still added texture to the skin even when applied sheer.

As a note, two shades–Sassy Grape and Butterscotch–showed part of the powder lifting away from the edges. I dropped my palette a few times onto hardwood from 2-3 feet, and it didn’t seem to get any worse; then I pressed the powder together with my fingers and repeated dropping it, and they didn’t re-separate. However, I have seen almost a dozen photos of people receiving their Sweets kit with shades entirely broken (often Butterscotch, sometimes Sassy Grape or both). From what I have read, nobody has had an issue with Anastasia replacing and resending a palette.

Marshmallow is a bright, white gold with a cooler, whitish base and warmer, pale gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was soft without being too loose in the pan. It worked well with feathery brushes like a fan brush as well as more traditional blush or highlighter brushes. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Grape is a medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was metallic and highly reflective on the skin. It did emphasize my skin’s natural texture noticeably when worn all-over the cheeks, and when I tried it as a barely-there highlighter, I still had a little bit of emphasis, but it was not as noticeable. The powder itself was looser in the pan, though soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Butterscotch is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade has a very intense, reflective finish on the skin with barely any product as it is very pigmented. It has some noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin, and the more metallic finish paired with the denser, thicker consistency overall did result in emphasis of pores/skin texture for me. I think that it does reflect so much light that the emphasis wasn’t as noticeable as you might expect it to be. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Anastasia White Sand (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taffy is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. Though it wasn’t as sparkly as Butterscotch, it had a high-shine finish that reflected a lot of light and had some mild emphasis of skin texture/pores on my skin. This shade lated for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Light Year (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Valley Girl (P, $7.50) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Sweets
Sweets
Sweets
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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Marshmallow

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Sassy Grape

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A-

Butterscotch

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A

Taffy

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Clinique Nude Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. It had sheer, buildable coverage that could get up to semi-opaque (three layers) with a very soft, smooth, and blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. There are three shades available, and this is the lightest of the three (they get progressively darker). On my light-medium complexion, it gives just a hint of warmth that evens out the natural redness in my cheeks and gives a low-key sheen–enough that my skin looks awake and brightened but not metallic or shiny. I think fans of subtler highlighters will like this finish, whereas if you tend to gravitate towards more frosted and metallic highlighters, you’ll find this too subtle. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Nude Glow
Nude Glow

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Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit
Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes six, shimmering, sparkling highlighters. Three of the shades have a slight duochrome (very subtle–I think it works on cheeks, but it’s hard to capture in a still photo), while the other three are more consistent in color all the way through. I think it’s a really intriguing, versatile palette for those who like to experiment with color and layering with various blushes and bronzers. Anastasia does indicate this palette can be used on eyes as well (the other Glow Kits mention face and body but not eyes), so that may be an alternative use for some. The biggest issue I had with the palette was that some shades were a little drier/looser in the pan, and of course, these are sparkly and metallic, so they can emphasize pores, depending on how much you apply.

As a note, it does contain slightly less product than the 4-pan Glow Kits (which have 1.04 oz. of product) but is not significantly less (the upside is you get more shades, and if you rarely pan your products, it’s a better value to have the additional shades).

Blue Ice is an icy white base with blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was sparkling and lightly metallic on the skin. The texture is a smidgen loose in the pan, but it didn’t create a mess in the pan and did not look dry or sheer out too easily on the skin. It can emphasize pores if worn at semi-opaque or greater coverage, but when I used it as a highlight over another blush, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Saphyre (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin' (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Star is a light silver with subtle, cool undertones paired with a metallic sheen. The amount of shine and reflectiveness in this shade is insane–it is very, very metallic and looks brighter on as it catches the light than viewed straight-on. The texture was soft and blendable, but it was also a little dry. It did emphasize my pores/skin texture noticeably. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is less pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Horseshoe is a bright, light pinky-lavender with iridescent purple and pink shimmer. This shade had a drier, looser texture–almost gritty with the way the larger sparkles separated from the powder–that applied better to the skin than it looks as a heavier swatch. The highlighter blended out well, but even at sheerer coverage, it did emphasize pores and my skin’s natural texture (which is something that isn’t always a deal-breaker, but it is worth noting). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luna (P, $7.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Heart is a dirty, light beige with hints of green in its base that shifts from light pink to cooler violet. This was the least metallic in the palette, though it had more noticeable sparkly bits that sat on the skin. The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without a hint of dryness. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Trafalgar #2 (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Iridescent (112) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Blush (Self-Made) (LE, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rockstar (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Sheers & Voiles (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Prism (P, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lucky Clover is a very light, warm white that flits between yellowy gold and greenish gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture (just a touch dry). It only emphasized pores if I wore it at near opaque coverage. The color started to break down after eight and a half hours of wear. Looxi Beauty Voodoo (P, $7.50) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Posh (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Flame (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Moon is an icy, bluish-silver with strong, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s enough shimmer and pigmentation in this shade that it doesn’t look chalky or ashy against my skin tone, despite seeming to be white-based. The texture was very soft and a little went a long way, so I’d highly recommend using a light hand when applying this one and building up. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Viseart Blue Diamond (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is warmer, less pigmented, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Star (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Flowers 2 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Moonchild
Moonchild
Moonchild
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Blue Ice

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Star

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C+

Purple Horseshoe

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A-

Pink Heart

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A-

Lucky Clover

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B+

Blue Moon

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MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel soft pink with sparkles.” It’s a very light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. This particular shade is very, very light, so it will work as a highlighter on most complexions and on very fair skin tones as a barely-there highlighting blush. The texture was firmer without being stiff or chalky, while the powder was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that gave a subtle glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Beauty Powder Play It Proper
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder
MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a fine pearl, plus larger sparkle. Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC How Beautiful (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. The powder’s consistency was a little firmer with a slight chalkiness, and with the larger sparkly bits, it just wasn’t as smooth or as finely-milled in feel. It blended out fairly well on the skin and yielded a soft sheen, but there are sparkles that sit on the skin, so if you aren’t a fan of that, you might want to look elsewhere. The color lasted for eight hours before fading along the edges.

MAC Beauty Powder Glow Rida
Glow Rida
Glow Rida
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder
Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00)(90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I reviewed Stardust previously). The texture was soft, lightly powdery, and blendable on the skin. It kicked up excess product in the pan easily, so I would recommend using a lighter touch than usual to avoid creating too much of a mess each time you use the product. The powder sat well on the skin and didn’t emphasize the texture of mine at all, and the sheen is noticeable but subtle overall. If you like more metallic highlighters, this one is going to leave you wanting more, but if you find a lot of highlighters to be too much, then this might be your cup of tea. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading on me. There was a stronger, more powdery scent coming from the powder, in case you’re sensitive to scents.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Champagne Campaign
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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