Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette & Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a bomb week. Today I have a couple recent releases by Anastasia Beverly Hills to review for you: the Modern Renaissance Palette and the Sun Dipped Glow Kit.

Both items were released a couple months ago on the ABH website, so naturally I had to snap them right up to try out! Modern Renaissance is ABH’s first permanent eyeshadow palette and Sun Dipped is the third installment of their Glow Kit collection. To my knowledge, Sun Dipped isn’t permanent, but since Gleam and That Glow are both still in stock I expect it to be around for quite a while.

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Modern Renaissance is a 14-pan eyeshadow palette that was inspired by Renaissance art. Being an art major and earning a minor in Art History in college, I was super excited when I heard about the concept behind this palette because I loved studying Renaissance art!

The pans in Modern Renaissance are a bit larger than those in other ABH palettes but only contain about 7g of product each. This palette boasts lots of warm neutrals and red/orange shades. All shades but 2 are matte, which I like because I am a big fan of all-matte eye looks! The concept behind the palette matches the colors of the eyeshadows perfectly. All shades are creamy and pigmented. They all swatched and applied smoothly. I think the formulation of this palette is ABH’s best yet!

This palette feels incredibly versatile. I think it will work for summer, fall, winter, and even spring! This palette would also be a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Venus Palette, if you don’t wish to support the company.

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Overall, I think Modern Renaissance is one of ABH’s best palette releases ever! The formula, color selection, packaging, price… It’s all A1. I also really like that it’s a permanent addition to the collection so no one has to miss out on it! There is so much hype generated these days and it’s nice for a company to look out for its customers.

The Sun Dipped Glow Kit contains four 0.26oz powders, which comes out to just over 1 full ounce of product. I’ve also reviewed the Gleam Kit so I won’t re-iterate about the formula, pigmentation, or packaging, as it’s largely the same.

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I think Sun Dipped does a much better job of catering to all skintones than other kits made by ABH due to the wide variety of shades and differing undertones. It really warms my heart that ABH makes such a great range of highlighters because many don’t make anything as dark as Bronzed or as light as pans from other Glow Kits! My favorite shade from this palette, though, is Tourmaline. It’s such a beautiful mauve color with champagne reflects. I think it is best on medium skintones but I think it’s formulated in such a way that both light and deep skintones could also wear it well.

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Overall, Sun Dipped is an excellent Glow Kit offering from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The colors are beautiful, the formula is there, and it flatters all skintones. For $40, you can’t beat a kit like this! It would be a great addition to any collection.

What do you guys think of these products? Have you tried Sun Dipped or Modern Renaissance? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

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Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

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All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

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All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

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It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having an awesome week. I recently picked up one of the new Glow Kits by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I bought Gleam, which is the peachy-pink Kit.

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The Glow Kits consist of four 0.26-ounce powder highlighters (an ABH Illuminator is 0.32oz). So you basically get four full-size highlighters for $40! It’s a crazy good deal. The Kits offer a wide variety in shades, which make them work for a ton of different skintones, especially WOC. Not many brands make highlights that work for deeper skintones; I think it’s great that ABH took these steps to make a shade for everyone!

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The Glow Kit powders are super creamy and pigmented! The texture reminds me a lot of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, my favorite formula. Gleam offers Crushed Pearl, a pinky-silver with a crystalized finish; Starburst, cool pink with an iridescent finish; Hard Candy, a golden peach with a pink pearl duochrome finish; and Mimosa, a deep golden peach with a metallic finish.

On my skintone, Crushed Pearl and Starburst look really similar, but all the shades work really well with my skintone. Although Hard Candy and Mimosa are too dark for me to highlight with, I can use them as a blush and bronzer, respectively, or I can mix them with Crushed Pearl or Starburst to create a bunch of different shades to use. The shades are easy to control on application and apply and blend out effortlessly.

Overall, I love the Glow Kits! I think they’re a great way to try out a lot of different highlighters without breaking the bank. The formula is awesome, the color payoff is grand, and they get bonus points for being WOC-friendly.

Do you guys have either of the Glow Kits? How much do you love them? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder & Strobe Light Sculptor

Happy Saturday, everyone! I recently got one of the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and the Strobe Light Sculptor to try out. The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders come in four different shades: Iridescent, Incandescent, Euphoric, and Brilliant. I chose Incandescent Strobe Light, which is an “opalescent pearl powder imparting a celestial highlight.” Each of the ASLPs retails for $38 USD.

The Strobe Light Sculptor is an “innovative highlighting tool uniquely designed to add light and dimension to the face to create a refined, natural highlight.” It features an angled tip to “fit perfectly on the high points of the face” and a flat, felt-like side to “soften and blend for the most natural and smooth finish.” The SLS retails for $22 USD.

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All of the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders have a sheer base with micro pearl particles to give off a very luminescent, shimmery highlight. With Incandescent, I found that the color of the powder in pan did not translate into the color shown on skin unless the powder was heavily built up.

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This product does not give a YASSS SLAYYYY type of highlight. Although it’s glittery, it’s subtle and more natural. While the Hourglass powder formula works extremely well for finishing powders and blushes, I am not impressed with it for highlighting purposes, especially not at that price point. It feels extremely dry and powdery, and I found that I had to really dig into the pan to get an adequate amount on a brush and on the Strobe Light Sculptor.

Each ASLP is 0.16 oz. Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector is also $38 USD, but you get 0.28 oz instead. Furthermore, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators are $28 USD for 0.32 oz of product! The Becca formula is also much creamier and pigmented than the ASLPs, meaning a little goes a long way and the product will last you longer. The ASLPs are not terrible products by any means, I just feel like there are better highlighters on the market.

As for the Strobe Light Sculptor, it is a decent product but it’s not something you need to maximize the potential of the ASLPs. I noticed no difference in intensity or application between a brush and the sponge. You can get the exact same effect with a Beauty Blender or Real Techniques sponge and both are cheaper than the Strobe Light Sculptor.

Overall, the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder and Strobe Light Sculptor are both just mediocre products. There are other options that give better results for a lower cost.

Do you own either of these products? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlighting Powder

Hey everyone! I first heard about Bobbi Brown’s new limited edition Highlighting Powders a few months ago in one of Jaclyn Hill’s Sephora haul videos. This product was inspired by the strobing trend that became popular over the summer.

Since I am all about highlighting and the color pink, I decided to take the plunge and order this after seeing the swatch in Jaclyn’s video. This was also my first Bobbi Brown product, so I didn’t know what to expect.

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Look at it. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It’s a beautiful champagne pink with a white gold swirl that runs through it. It shimmers when it catches the light, which is exactly what you want for a strobing and highlighting powder.

As much as I wanted to love this product though, it’s a bit too dark to use as a highlighter. Which is surprising, because it looks okay in hand swatches like this one on my Instagram. On my cheeks though, it’s just dark enough to look like a subtle bronzer streak when looking head-on. Not a good look!

Other than being too dark, it’s a nice highlighter. It applies smoothly, is really pigmented, and is pretty glittery. I suppose I could use this as a blush topper or use it as a summer highlight, as it is very glittery and a kabam type highlight. I’m really bummed that it didn’t work though, because I wanted to love it so much!

If you’re interested in buying it, you can still find it on Nordstrom’s site or in-store, as well as in Sephora stores that carry Bobbi Brown. It is limited edition, however, and since it’s sold out on Sephora’s site I would buy it sooner rather than later!

What do you guys think of Pink Glow or of strobing products in general? Let me know in the comments! ❤