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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills X Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit & an affordable alternative!

I have a bit of a grĂ¡, as we say in Ireland, for Anastasia Beverly Hills products - meaning I have a soft spot for them. The eyeshadows are in my top 3 in terms of formula and pigmentation, I also love the brow products and lip glosses. The liquid lipsticks are hit & miss (I hated Pure Hollywood but really like Allison so am unsure if the formula has changed?) but they make great highlighters. I bought So Hollywood from their initial range of highlighters and then received one of their Glow Kits in That Glow for my birthday last year, which I recently followed up with Sun Dipped when it was re-released. When I saw that this Nicole Guerriero palette was being released, I was in two minds about whether I was going to buy it because I already own so many highlighters and I am actually trying to be more mindful with my spending this year but then I kept seeing beautiful images of it everywhere and it was haunting me - the fact that it is limited edition sent me over the edge and made me buy it! Spoiler alert - I have no regrets but I also have an alternative palette to show you that isn't limited edition, is less expensive, is of the same quality and is easier to get hold of. I'm not saying that it's a dupe because that is a very controversial topic these days, plus the other palette was released long before this Anastasia/Nicole one and it isn't exactly the same but it is an alternative.

This Glow Kit is housed in the same heavy cardboard packaging as the original Contour Kit, with a sleeve in the same packaging as the palette itself and magnetic closure. I personally like the pink shimmery packaging but understand that it may not be to everyone's taste. Inside are 6 highlighters in varying shades of pink, coral and champagne. This palette is not for the faint-hearted - these are intense highlighters but they are all very wearable. They look quite glittery in the pan but there are no chunks of glitter in there, it's just very shimmery. The formula is what I have come to expect from Anastasia Beverly Hills - creamy, smooth, finely milled and pigmented. 

Some of the shades don't work for me as highlighters right now but I can use them as shadows and I think in summer, when I have some colour, I will be able to make use out of most of the shades. The intense white 'Forever Lit' just won't work for me, apart from possibly an inner eye highlight but I think if I was younger and going clubbing, then I would be topping other highlighters with it. 

My favourite shades so far are in the top row and top 3 shades in the swatches: Kitty Kat, Forever Young and Day Dream. Glo Getter and 143 are very similar, which is a shame but still both beautiful shades. I have been using my Natasha Denona No 16 Powder Shimmer Brush to apply these powders and it works well, but it is essential to tap the excess off first due to the intensity of the product. I haven't tried using them with a damp sponge because that will only serve to intensify them even further and I personally don't want to do that!

Overall, I have to say that I am very happy with this palette - I love the packaging and (most of) the shades in it. I love the texture of the highlighters and also the longevity (after 8/9 hours, they are still very visible on the skin). This palette is limited edition and is sold out on the Sephora website but is still currently available on the U.K. Anastasia site here for £39.

Now for the less expensive alternative, which you will have seen in my St Patrick's Day post here. The SoSu by Suzanne Jackson Highlighter Kit also comes in heavy cardboard packaging, with an outer sleeve and has a magnetic closure. What I love about this palette is that it comes with a large mirror inside the lid, something that is missing from the Anastasia Glow Kits.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicle Guerreiro Dupe

The shade range is similar in both palettes - Daydream in the Anastasia/Nicole Palette is very similar to Peach Smoothie in the So Su Palette, Forever Young in the Anastasia/Nicole Palette is very similar to Moon Sparkle in the So Su Palette, 143 in the Anastasia/Nicole Palette is very similar to Melted Gold in the So Su Palette and Forever Lit in the Anastasia/Nicole Palette is very similar to Unicorn Dust in the So Su Palette. They aren't dupes but are very similar and the quality is on a par in terms of texture, pigmentation and longevity. I must stress that the So Su palette was released long before the Anastasia/Nicole Glow Kit so there is no copying here!

The So Su Palette is part of Suzanne's permanent range and is priced at €29.95, which is roughly £25, so there is a saving of £14 or around $8 compared to the Anastasia/Nicole palette. Cloud10Beauty ship worldwide for free on orders over €40 or from £2.50/€2.50 on orders under €40 so if you can't get your hands on the Nicole palette or would prefer a less expensive alternative with a mirror, I can highly recommend the So Su palette. Did I need both? No! Did I want both? Yes!

Are you a highlighter addict like I am? Are you tempted by either of these palettes? Does something being limited edition make it more attractive to you? I would love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments below!

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