Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit

I've said it before, but I am just as obsessed with highlighters as everyone else seems to be these days.

Even back when when my skin was oily, I always liked a little extra glow along my cheekbones, but now that my skin has gotten drier, it's an absolute must for me when I'm doing my makeup. My face also looks too drab if I don't dust a little highlighter over the tops of my cheeks (I'm also one of those people who loves highlighting the tip of the nose too).

So I am always looking for new highlighters, both in terms of formula, texture, and color.

From pretty much the first moment that I saw the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit, I was head over heels in love -- but I held back on getting it because I told myself that it probably wasn't the most practical addition to my collection.

Of course, after seeing enough Instagram photos of the palette in action, I couldn't hold out any longer and I finally bit the bullet and picked it up.

And boy, am I glad I did.

The Moonchild Glow Kit comes in sturdy cardboard packaging that is a blue iridescent color. It doesn't have a mirror on the inside, which is mildly annoying, but not a deal breaker for me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit
The palette contains metallic highlighter shades: Blue Ice, a shimmery white with blue reflect; Star, a shimmery mix of silver, mint, and platinum; Purple Horseshoe, a shimmery lavender with a blue reflect; Pink Heart, a pearly white with pink reflect; Lucky Clover, a shimmery yellow green with gold reflect; and Blue Moon, a shimmery blue with silver reflect.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit
The two things that I probably like best about this highlighter palette is that it features some fairly unique shades and they're virtually all cool-toned.

Personally, I have a difficult time finding highlighters that aren't fairly warm. In particular, it seems like gold-toned highlighters are pretty common, so I love that Moonchild has Star, a silvery toned highlighter.

Pink Heart, Blue Ice, and Purple Horseshoe are probably my other favorite shades in the palette, though I really do love all of them.

From l. to r.: Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe

From l. to r.: Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, Blue Moon
While the highlighters are fairly metallic, they blend into the skin very easily so you can get a really pretty, soft glow. And while the shades are somewhat unconventional for highlighting -- blue, lavender, and green, for example -- their blendability makes it easy to sheer them out so they look more natural.

Still, the effect of the palette is very ethereal, which I personally love. The whole unicorn highlighter/glow thing is pretty big now, and this palette works very much with that trend.

If you aren't crazy about the idea of highlighting your face with blue, green, or purple highlighters, they also make really lovely eyeshadows -- and I'll even dab the powders over lipstick on the center of my lips.

I feel like it's worth nothing that there's some overlap with the Moonchild Glow Kit and the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette -- with Blue Ice being similar to Saphyre, Purple Horseshoe being similar to Amethyst, Pink Heart being similar to Opal, and Lucky Clover being similar to Emerald -- so I don't think it's necessary to have both.

If I had to choose between the palettes, I would probably recommend the Moonchild Glow Kit. It is slightly more expensive -- $40 vs $32 for the Alchemist Holographic Palette -- but you get more shades, though the Kat Von D offers slightly more product (6 grams vs 4.2 grams).

Bottom line, if the colors in the Moonchild Glow Kit speak to you, I wholeheartedly recommend picking it up -- you won't be disappointed.

You can purchase the palette on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit? What's your favorite highlighter at the moment?

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