Anastasia Liquid Glow Highlighter
Anastasia Bronzed is a moderately warm-toned, medium-dark copper with a pearl finish. It is a permanent highlighter that retails for $25.00 and contains 0.68 oz.
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Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow ($25.00 for 0.68 fl. oz.) is a deep copper with warm, red undertones and fine gold and bronze pearl. The sheen was subtle with semi-sheer coverage applied to the skin and had noticeable sparkle (though it seemed quite fine, not chunky or glittery and did not add texture to my skin). The subtle glow did not translate well on camera, though I could see a faint sheen in person.
Unfortunately, this shade applied unevenly to the skin, regardless of whether I applied directly onto bare skin or skin with foundation on top. I applied with a brush as well as patted with a fingertip (in an attempt to minimally distribute the product and only blend along the edges to try to maximize the coverage). The texture was thin, spreadable, and dried down fully so it did not feel wet or sticky on the face. It lasted for seven hours on me before it seemed to break down.
It's supposed to be a "weightless liquid highlighter" that will give "an intense glow" that can be worn "separately on face and body." The formula was smooth, fluid, and not too thin that it felt overly watery or spread unevenly. I tested it over bare skin for wear, and it did the best there, as it was easier to spread the product out evenly. It dried down fully (no wetness/stickiness) and lasted for a solid seven hours on me before breaking down. The disappointment came when I tried to layer it on top of liquid foundation, as it lifted and moved my foundation quite a bit (I tried it over Tarte Rainforest of the Sea and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, as well as over lightly set foundation). I also tried mixing it into my liquid foundation for an all-over dewiness, and it definitely added some dewiness.
I watched the brand demo this product after initially applying and getting a very subtle effect, as I had used fingertips for my initial application and they demoed using brushes. I tried using a similar-shaped brush and still saw subtle glow, and I very much tried to mimic the amount that the brand explained was necessary (a little dab!). When I tried to layer and build up the coverage/intensity on bare skin, it was totally doable, but over foundation, it was impossible as it just smeared around, looked clumpy, and lifted my foundation off wherever I applied it (and in the brand's videos, it seemed like the models were wearing foundation). The best application was with a slightly dampened sponge applicator (like a beautyblender) and a soft touch, as it seemed to move the product around the least.
Ultimately, it worked more like the typical liquid highlighter, which tends to be a subtler delivery system for glow (and in that case, the product quantity was a bit below standard as those subtler liquid highlighters tend to have around 1 fl. oz. of product).
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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