Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

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. J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more muted (95% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Worth the Wait (LE, $49.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gold FX (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Citrine (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Velvet Gold (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Vanilla Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milk Makeup White (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Morphe Lit (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Sunshine (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Burberry Metallic Pearl No. 1 (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Winter Bloom (LE, $4.99) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Cover FX Blossom (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Angel Food (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Wattabrat (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Pink (P, $10.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rosy and Ready (P, $5.99) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Free Soul (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Pink Delight (008) (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Amethyst (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Aura (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Pearl (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Dior Rising Star (09) (LE, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dazzlegold (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Huda Beauty Azores (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Gold Flash (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Champagne Strobe Light (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thimble (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Drop a Pin (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Strobe Gold (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Fiji (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Starburst (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Siren (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Boujee Call (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. NARS Orgasm (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Light Year (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Maldives (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge (PiP, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Coucher de Soleil II (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Valley Girl (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Inspiration (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Strobeberry (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Rose Twinkle #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Rose on Ice (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cover FX Soleil (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter
Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter

Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter
Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter

Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter
Anastasia Marshmallow Highlighter

Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter
Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter

Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter
Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter

Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter
Anastasia Sassy Grape Highlighter

Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter
Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter

Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter
Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter

Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter
Anastasia Butterscotch Highlighter

Anastasia Taffy Highlighter
Anastasia Taffy Highlighter

Anastasia Taffy Highlighter
Anastasia Taffy Highlighter

Anastasia Taffy Highlighter
Anastasia Taffy Highlighter

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Sun's Out
  • Buns Out Eyeshadow
  • MAC Chartreuse Pigment
  • MAC Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Fairytale Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Bubble Butt Lipglass

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! Back up in the A range. ? Butterscotch is my least favorite in this palette because of the glitter and the fact that it’s more conventional/ less exciting- I would have preferred a bubblegum or cotton candy pink to round out the four. That’s why I’m more forgiving of Sassy Grape- even though the texture isn’t perfect, the color is super fun. I paired it yesterday with UD afterglow blush in Rapture and it looked fantastic- I added a little City Color Gypsy in my outer corners to complete the look ?

Sassy Grape and Taffy are my faves. They’d be blush all the way for me. The’d probably be a little hard on my pores.

I really like these, they’re better for my skin tone than the moonlight set, but a tad too metallic for my taste. Pity these aren’t labeled for eyes — I’m loving Sassy Grape; I’m inspired now to find an eyeshadow in this pinky-purple tone.

I NEEEEEEED IT. I am as pale as a ghost but I love your idea of using the darker shades as blushes. Marshmallow is literally to die for though.

These ought to be great on darker skin tones. It seems most of he dupes are blushes, as marketed. Subtle, they’re not. These, on my tablet, do not show as much color differentiation as the moon palette. Nice, though.

Thank you so much for the review! and the pictures!
by any chance would you know how Marshmallow compares to Nars Albatross? Thank you for your help.

Gorgeous (but I knew that as soon as I opened the box from Anastasia)! I am wearing Blue Moon from the Moonchild Palette today and will wear Taffy from the Sweets palette tomorrow. I love these highlighters!

These are SO pretty, too bad about them emphasizing pores 🙁 I sure wish Anastasia would sell these as singles, because I already have dupes for 2 of the shades and can’t justify spending $40 for Sassy and Butterscotch. I’ve been using more intense highlighters lately because I’ve switched over to a more matte primer for summer, and the subtle highlighters don’t cut it anymore, will save those for winter.

I wouldn’t want my pores/uneven skin to look more noticeable, but I’d love to try Taffy at least! Looks so pretty *_*

I want this, but not for the face. I love a sheer, metallic wash for the eyes, and this palette gives more bang for the buck than a traditional eye shadow palette.

“I dropped my palette a few times” oh my god my heart almost stopped while reading that. I thought you’d done it accidentally then I was like “oh dear god that was on PURPOSE!”. Thank for doing things and trying things that the rest of us are too terrified to do!

I’ve ordered it and I can’t wait to use it!

No problem, Chelle!

That was the upside of dropping packaging as a rating metric – no more having to drop things all the time, lol!

This looks gorgeous! However I do have larger pores on my cheeks – do you think it would still look nice, or is there a similar highlighter out there that does not emphasize texture as much?

Similar formula or color? There are other highlighter formulas out there that are definitely less emphasizing than this one!

Still hoping Sweets Glow and Moon Child pop up in Sephora before they’re discontinued… The international shipping and conversion rates to Canada from their site is too ridiculous to justify—but the palettes look like a must-have! 🙁

Wow, what you did for review purposes amazes me! The dropping it on the floor part….I don’t think I’d have been gutsy enough to actually do that, even though I certainly do appreciate your doing so in order to show that these *may* have some sort of batch difference or something else contributing to all those other palettes arriving broken.
As much as I LOVE all 4 shades, I don’t know if I want to risk getting one of their bad apples?

There is definitely a very large number arriving broken – like more than is “normal” for powder products, unfortunately 🙁

I ordered both Sweets and Moonchild….and they both arrived shattered and unusable. Hoping my replacements arrive intact otherwise I am throwing in the towel on them.
They do look stunning though so fingers crossed!

I love this, I don’t care how many highlighters I already have, I want it when it comes to the UK! The only dupe I have is Moonstone for Marshmallow but this is bolder. Sassy Grape is the one i especially want this palette for!

This is probably the prettiest Glow Kit yet! I had my heart set on grabbing the new Sundipped but I think I’m going to buy this one first and grab Sundipped later. These colors are a bit more unique and everything a glitter junkie like me could want. I hope she releases it in stores!

Ooooh it looks pretty, but I don’t know if I will be purchasing. This might seem a little irrelevant but have you tried the Anastasia banana powder? I’m looking for a good yellowy powder to set the under eyes that doesn’t exasperate dryness, I also heard about the Ben Nye Banana Powder but not sure which one works best.

My first one that was delivered had butterscotch broken quite badly, ABH customer service were amazing and sorted it really fast by sending out a replacement but butterscotch was broken again but not as badly.

Hello, I just wanted to ask if butterscotch compares to Anastasia so Hollywood ??
It’s the only highlighter I ever wanted this bad but it sold out before i could get it :'(
I saw hundreds of swatches and videos and the way it reflects the light is so beautiful to me & I had hope when I saw this one.

Im 123 (Y365) in MUFE HD foundation, so I also dunno if it would be dark ?

Thank you !

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