I can’t be the only one that’s had this moment. You hear about this new “cult favorite” product everywhere you go; YouTube, Instagram you name it. You finally get your hands on it after scrimmaging through your savings or after it’s finally back in stock. It’s finally in your hands, you dream of it all night. Finally, morning, it’s time. You swipe that brush across the pan and slather it onto your face, or sometimes it’s less instant than that, sometimes the moment happens later on in the day when faced with your reflection. No matter the situation, the moment is the same; SHIT, wait what? This looks terrible?!?!?!??! There’s always the desperate attempts to re-try it again throughout the week, maybe you applied it wrong? Maybe you got a dud batch? Maybe it’s your skin, definitely your skin right? OMG maybe you got a fake!? How, how, how, can something everyone loves not work for you at all? It must be you, not the product, right?
This happens to me more often than not, and so I’ve decided to write a (probably weekly) segment called “It’s not you, it’s me” where I offer my review of a product that everyone loved but I hated, and try to argue my case. As you can already see by the title and the featured image; I decided to go hard with the first edition.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits have earned themselves a cult-like following; worshipping the palette and devoted to the glow. Naturally, as any recovering highlight-overdose-ee, I immediately bought one. I initially wanted it in ‘That Glow’ but it was out of stock and so I settled for ‘Gleam,’ I needed this kit. I had spent the past month only using Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Becca Collaboration, and so I had grown well-accustomed to that intense sheen-y strobe of light across the tops of my cheeks; to put it simply, my body was ready. Apparently, the feeling wasn’t mutual.
I swiped my Sigma F35 across the pan, mixing two of the shades together; swept it across my cheeks aaaaand nothing. Ok, not nothing, sorry I have a flare for the dramatics. But it was the most natural highlight I had worn in months. It also wasn’t helping that it was really emphasizing any slight texture I had on my cheeks. So I went in for round 2 the next day, this time with my Real Techniques Bold Metal 300 brush, I knew this one really packed on the product while also blending it in; I couldn’t go wrong with this if I tried. Again, underwhelmed. This is not to say that this is a failed product for me, it was just falsely advertised by my favorite beauty gurus! I was promised the most intense highlight of my life and god damn it, it wasn’t! Another element that didn’t work for me was the colors, now Gleam is the lighter palette with more pearl-y shades, and still there were only really two colors that I could use with my light-medium skin tone. The other two shades were way too dark, and when I considered trying That Glow from my friend, none of those shades were light enough for me to highlight with; blush or bronzer toppers? Sure.
So I was disappointed, especially considering that the individual ABH highlighters had given me life on numerous occasions. In general, the brand never disappoints me, and these highlighters never disappointed anyone. So it must be me? How could this be the same product everyone talks about unless it were me or my skin that just wasn’t working with it?
So, let me know below your experiences with the palette. Perhaps it also disappointed some of you, or perhaps you have some tips for me! Either way, I’m sure it’s not the palette, it’s me.
Thank you for reading!