Anastasia Snowflake Loose HighlighterAnastasia Snowflake Loose Highlighter ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a silvery white that seemed to run ever-so-slightly warm in tone or else just seemed warmer based on how it reflected light. It had a slightly translucent base with more fine shimmer and larger sparkles coming together to create a wet effect on my skin, and unless built up (or applied heavily), it had a more gradual application of product and sheen. I could see this working particularly well with an assortment of blushes and the like for an intense highlight without changing the base color too much.
The texture was fluffy to me–not so much finely-milled as it was airy, lightweight, and sparkly to the touch. (I was actually thinking “Aptly named snowflake…” while trying to sift out product.) The loose powder applied well to bare skin, blended out without much effort, and it seemed to adhere and stick well to my skin despite having higher sparkle content to it. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.
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$25.00/0.21 oz. - $119.05 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to to have "more pearls, more sparkle and a higher reflect" than a typical pressed powder highlighter. It has "customizable levels of intensity" with a "smooth application" that can be used "alone" or "mix[ed] together." The loose nature of the product definitely made it a more buildable product as coverage was very much dependent on how much product was put onto the brush. That amount often was related to how much product came through the sifter, which was a fair amount with the more finely-milled, less sparkly So Hollywood shade but much less with the more sparkly Snowflake and Sunset Aura shades.
All three shades applied evenly and blended out without much effort, and while sparkkly, they weren't gritty or so glittery that the particles didn't adhere well to my skin. The shades seemed to get to a more sparkling, metallic sheen faster than Anastasia's powder highlighters have and had a bit of a wetter sheen overall. I felt that they were just shy of pore-emphasizing territory on my skin. They wore for eight hours on me on average.
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Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Octyldodecanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
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