Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four highlighters that range from a light champagne to a darker copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Hard Candy is described as a “mood-changing golden peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with an iridescent pink-to-peach shift paired with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blends out well and doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Urban Decay OC (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Gumdrop (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Holo Gold (002) (DC, $56.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Twilight (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Swipe Right (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Pink Sapphire (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimosa is described as a “radiant golden peach.” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered brown with a smooth, pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very silky texture that diffused easily over the skin. I felt like the reflective quality was high enough that it didn’t emphasize pores or texture, but it is very metallic and is an intense highlight (as described). On me, this is more like a highlighter/blush duo. The color stayed on well for eight hours. Viseart Highlight #3 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Huda Beauty Tahiti (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Paradise (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Persona Del Mar (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Bronze (PiP, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Galet (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Chasing the Sun (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine My Day One (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Glossier Play Deep Copper (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Bronze Gold (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Luxe (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Dew Drop (P, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Padded Down (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Sol Mate (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starburst is described as a “rush of cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t get cool pink at all, and I can’t find the cool pink aspect no matter the room or lighting; even in the pan, it is warm-toned. It was intensely pigmented with a lightweight, silky feel that blended out easily on the skin. This one shouldn’t add a lot of color on most skin tones, but it will yield a very strong sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for eight hours. LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Pixie Pearl (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). OFRA Covent Garden (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sugar Trap (P, $7.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kings Road (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Rose Gold Flash (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sydney Grace Down the Aisle (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Flesh Beauty Certain (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poker Face (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Pink Delight (008) (LE, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Air (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crushed Pearl is described as a “glimmering pink and silver.” It’s a light champagne with subtle, warm and golden undertones and a metallic finish. This shade slightly emphasize pores, and it was actually the most metallic on the skin. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t as smooth to work with as the other three shades–slightly powdery. I didn’t have any trouble blending or diffusing it out on the skin, and it didn’t give an ashy or chalky result either. The powder lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Craze (-, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Pink Glow (002) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Kings Road (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Flesh Beauty Certain (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Liquid Starlight (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Stunner (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Go Honey (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Sephora Dusk (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter
Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter

Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter
Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter

Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter
Anastasia Hard Candy Highlighter

Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter
Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter

Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter
Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter

Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter
Anastasia Mimosa Highlighter

Anastasia Starburst Highlighter
Anastasia Starburst Highlighter

Anastasia Starburst Highlighter
Anastasia Starburst Highlighter

Anastasia Starburst Highlighter
Anastasia Starburst Highlighter

Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter
Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter

Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter
Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter

Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter
Anastasia Crushed Pearl Highlighter

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes
On eyes:
  • Anastasia Surface of the Sun Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Wine Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Truffle Glitter Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Chocolate Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Blue Suede Shoess Eyeliner
  • Anastasia Icy Eyeshadow
On lips:
  • Tom Ford James Lips & Boys Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Yay! I was so looking forward to reading this even though I purchased the palette already. They are SO reflective, but very pretty. I found them to emphasize pores a bit (not usually a problem for me), but I think now it may be user error, if i am not buffing in enough or maybe going a bit too low on the cheek? Anyway, great review as always and I am excited to see the review on That Glow, too (which I didn’t get yet). I’ve got highlighter fever, I think!

Do you have any other highlighters that do it by chance? Hopefully you still like them, though, on! 🙂

My tip would be to apply with a less dense brush if you aren’t already!

I do still like them… worst case scenario they will be huge eyeshadow pans!

I have been using the Real Techniques setting brush, which seemed fine with my Becca powders but might not be fluffy enough for these. What is your favorite brush for strong highlighters like these?

These are very pretty, but too warm and too metallic for me to use as highlighters. I think I would like Crushed Pearl and Starburst as eyeshadows, though. I can see how Starburst is significantly less warm than Hard Candy and Mimomsa, but I’m not seeing it as cool, either. It sometimes seems like cool shades are becoming scarce!

Oh, yeah, definitely not orange, but still a warmer shade (looks coral in the pan even from afar). I do like that the site actually stated you could use them on the eyes!

How can I pass on these in less than two seconds and still be considering Chanel? Back when the Anastasia site was early releasing their new eyeshadows there only I saw these. I researched them fast as a highlighter addict. They did nothing for me. I just bought eyeshadows. Seeing this I feel good about that. I know the shades I stick to. These are lacking or dupes in a formula I don’t feel drawn to. Don’t get me wrong they are gorgeous! Great quality and price! Palettes make it fun! But they are everywhere now in every color. Some of these look like a few in UD Gwen Stefani Blush Palette. They are also too shiny for me unless accenting which does not need a palette. You look beautiful in all of them! Loving the lips and eyes too. Helpful true review. 🙂

These are simply magnife! I do, however, have a conundrum here, though. Because I already have CP Highly Waisted, and Butterfly Beach, which reminds me of Mimosa just enough to make me wonder whether I ought to get this one. Very tempting because the performance of all 4 is superb!

Maybe it depends on how often you wear either of the CPs? Do you long for a powder version of either? Would you use the powder to amplify one of the CPs?!

I was using both constantly, always one or the other until I bought MAC Shaft Of Gold and received (mysteriously!) LM Matte Radiance Highlight 01. Still DO love Highly Waisted and Butterfly Beach, just haven’t been reaching for either as much lately? Highly Waisted just feels more “summer” to me, so that explains that lack of usage, but Butterfly Beach looks more year-round! Hmmm, powder could be a great backup, though!

Love the pink-peach duo chrome in Hard Candy! I don’t need 4 more highlighters, wish they sold single compacts so you can just buy that one

BTW, Love your eye look! I’m curious about Anastasia shadow in Truffle Glitter – I swatched in store and was blown away by how stunning it was, but I couldn’t tell the quality. The tester had been dropped, so the pigment had shattered and had been pressed back together. If it scores well, I will buy.

Starburst is gorgeous!
I’m sad about hard candy. I was hoping it would be a dupe for Tom Ford pink glow highlighter but nope. Nothing comes close.
It’s such a unique yet absolutely gorgeous color. Very hard to find those two together.

Lovely! But I just caved moments ago and ordered Hourglass iridescent .. finally.

These might run a bit high voltage for me, but I still think they are really pretty and you look great, Christine!

This is a lovely palette if you’re able to wear a range of highlighters and want intense highlighting. My preference is for more subtle highlighting, so this palette is not for me but I really like the concept.

Le sigh. These look marvelous. Alas I bought the hourglass strobe in incandescent and I just bought the Gwen Stefani cheek palette. I don’t know that I really need more highlights.

I find it interesting that you said Gilded Honey is more shimmery and brighter than Mimosa, but said Mimosa is extremely reflective and metallic, though GH is still a nice, pretty highlighter I find GH to be sort of a muted, soft beige gold not what I would consider super metallic, yet Mimosa is even less shimmery?

Christine, do you know when these will be available in Sephora?
I only seem to find it at the ABH website…

Just purchased both palette’s this morning! I was only going to go for That Glow, but i couldn’t resist the Gleam set. They’re both beautiful and not as glittery as the individual illuminators are.

Really pretty. These would be fantastic shimmer wash eyeshadows, too! I have the Becca Afterglow palette so will probably skip this one, but I like it.

Does hard candy really have golden undertones? Or is the shift just pink to peach? I was sort of wondering if it resembles orgasm blush at all.

Hey, I was wondering…how does the texture compare to becca pressed shimmering skin perfectors. I have a few of becca highlighters…the glow kits caught my eye. Are they the same in texture and highlight? Or is one better than the other?

Hi Christine, I had a highlighter related question. Which would be better to get at the moment – anastasia sun dipped glow kit or becca and jacyln champagne pop kit with the prosecco pop? I’m a nc42 skin tone and looking for more everyday then night out highlighter. I’m kind of new to highlighters as well. Was trying to figure out which one was better value for money. Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Better value? Well, the ABH palette is huge and the pans are easily removed, so you can rearrange at will. If you just want highlighters, the ABH palette has more variety. If you want a blush/highlighter combo, then the Becca palette will make more sense.

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