Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit - Review and Swatches

Hi, friends! Happy (late) Thanksgiving! I’m curious what all of you did for Thanksgiving – did you do the traditional turkey meal? This year, my mom’s side of the family gathered at my house for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. My mama slaved away in the kitchen for hours to make a delicious turkey for all of us.

After eating, it was shopping time! Sometimes I think that it’s kind of sad that our society has become so focused on Black Friday that we forget what Thanksgiving actually celebrates, but at other times, I’m like, “YASSS GOOD DEALSS SAVE ME MONEYYY.” Did any of you get some amazing Black Friday deals?

For today’s post, let’s take a look at the Anastasia Beverly Hills kind of newish Glow Kit, the Sugar Glow Kit! I actually ordered this over a month ago, but it just kind of got lost in my “to try” drawer. There have just been so many new products being released recently, that I can’t keep up!


Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ABH Sugar Glow Kit!

Anastasia’s newest glow kit features 4 new metallic shades: Marshmallow (white gold), Gumdrop (duo chrome pink lilac), Butterscotch (honey gold), and Starburst (icy pink). How cute are the shade names?!

This palette is vegan and cruelty-free, and is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

3 of the shades are actually returning popular shades from previous Glow Kits; Gumdrop is the only new one. 


According to

These shades for highlighting eyes, face, and body feature a buildable metallic-lustre formula and can be applied wet or dry. Layer them together or wear separately on the face, eyes, and body. Marshmallow, Gumdrop, and Butterscotch can be worn on lips.

-For a natural glow, tap Brush A23 on the powder and sweep over high points of the face

-For an intense glow, gently push the bristles of Brush A23 into the powder and apply to the face (each sold separately).

Now, let’s take a look at the Swatches:


Top row: L-R, Bottom row: L-R

Top row: L-R, Bottom row: L-R


Immediately after looking at it and swatching all of the shades, I was shook with the duo chrome shade, Gumdrop! I don’t have any other duo chrome highlighters, so it was so cool to see!

All of the other shades are beautiful as well, especially if you have a light/medium skin tone. But, at first glance, Gumdrop definitely stood out in my eyes.



While I was swatching the shades, the first thing I noticed was how buttery the powders are. I only have one other ABH Glow Kit, and it’s the Nicole Guerreiro collaboration, so I’m not extremely familiar with the formula of ABH’s highlighters.

However, comparing to other branded highlighters that I have, I must say that these are some of the creamiest. If I were to compare it to the Nicole Guerreiro Glow Kit, I’d say this one is creamier because the Nicole Guerreiro Glow Kit has bigger chunks of glitter that tend to fall out everywhere (I still love that one, though!).

This one seems like it would give you more of a nice sheen, rather than a sparkle that really reflects off light.



I tried out the palette throughout last week and this is how it went:

The first shade I tried was Gumdrop (obviously!) with a fairly loose-bristled highlighting brush from wet n wild (similar to the Morphe M510), and I was so underwhelmed!

I could barely see it on my cheekbones and I was about to be really disappointed. Then, I figured it might be the brush, so I tried it with a more dense brush, an unnamed Morphe brush (got it in one of their sets with unnamed brushes), which is similar to the recommended A23 brush by Anastasia. It was so much better with this brush!

The other brush swept over the skin too lightly for this powder to really show up. Although it was so much better with the second brush, I must admit that as a whole, I was definitely let down by this shade.

The duo chrome is really cool and it’s definitely visible on the skin, but the shade itself is just not bright enough for my preference. I like my highlight blinding! That is totally my preference, though! If you like your highlight more subtle, then maybe you’ll love this shade!

The next day, since I wasn't feeling Gumdrop, I tried Butterscotch, which is the honey gold shade. This shade is beautiful! I absolutely love it.

I’ve been using the Master Chrome highlighter by Maybelline recently, but felt like it was too much of a true gold for my skin tone. BUT THIS ONE! This one is the perfect gold for fair skin tones.

It’s pretty subtle if you just lightly sweep it over your skin, but it’s definitely buildable, just as the description on Sephora says.

The following day, I used Butterscotch again, but wanted it to look even more blinding, so I tried layering Starburst, the icy pink shade on top of it, and I do not recommend this...

Maybe it’ll work for you, but on my skin, it ended up looking too white and almost ashy. It seemed as if I had highlighted that area of my face with concealer and didn’t blend it out well. It wasn’t a metallic, reflective type of highlight – it just looked white.  

And last up, I tried Starburst by itself. Long story short, I'm not a fan. Just as it made my highlight look ashy when put on top of Butterscotch, it did the exact same thing when worn by itself.

It's almost like it comes off as just light pink-white powder on my skin. I don't see enough glow.

I've been too scared to try the shade Marshmallow yet LOL. I just assume that if I think Starburst looks like white powder, this one will be just as bad. But, I definitely will give it a try soon. At the very least, this shade looks like it would be good to use as an inner-corner and brow highlight. 


Final thoughts:

It's really strange because as a whole, this palette looks really powdery on my skin compared to how creamy it felt when swatching it. And the swatches look so much better than when I used them on my face!

Maybe I need to put it on with a finger and then blend it out? Maybe it doesn't like my setting powder? It could be that, but I've never experienced that with any of my other highlighters. I prefer a kind of wet-looking highlight, so it could just be my preference.

Also, I would like to point out that it has great reviews on Sephora, so maybe I got a dud? We can speculate all day, but the bottom line is: I'm disappointed with this product and will probably be returning it. The only shade I really like is Butterscotch, so it's not worth spending $40 if I'll use only one shade. Sad days! I really wanted to like this palette! :(

And that's it for this post, guys! Let me know what you think in the comments. Do you have this palette? Do you love it? Do you absolutely hate me for giving it a bad review? (LOL) But really, if you have tried this palette, I really want to know what you think because I'm kind of confused as to why it didn't work for me. Just by looking at it, I thought I would love it! 

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and thank you for reading! Until next time. <3

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit Review and Swatches

One last look... it looks so beautiful in the pans!


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