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ABH GLOW KIT: LOVE/HATE

8 Feb

I usually post on Sundays, but I was preparing for a Superbowl party so things got a little pushed back. Sorry about that. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Today I’m going to talk to you all about my love/hate relationship with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. Because I am a makeup artist, I bought both, on myself I tend to use “gleam” more, rather than “that glow”ย  but both palettes contain a variety of colors that would work on a variety of skin tones.

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I’m wearing all four colors from the GLEAM GLOW KIT in different spots of my face.

OK, there’s the thing, I was not impressed with these palettes at first. I did not like how they were laying on my face or on my friend (i test products on myself and friends before I use on clients). It just looked patchy and just too uneven!

I’ve learned with these that you have to apply some sort of powder before you lay down the glow kit product. To me, that’s a little annoying because with my other highlighters or illuminators I never had to have a powder barrier.

They also weren’t working with the usual brushes that I’m so used to using with over highlights or strobing powders. I had to use a larger, dense, VERY SOFT and very fluffy brush for the glow kit to come out to how i like it (blended and not patchy). I ended up going with the Sephora 55 Airbrush -which is typically used with liquids. I bought this when it came with a brush kit. And I used to work for Sephora so I got a discount. Anastasia made a brush specially for her illuminators which is $25. I don’t have the brush so I can’t speak on it but I’ve heard is good.

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The Sephora 55 Airbrush $34

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It’s buildable which is nice so if you use a light hand you can put a nice natural glow. Crushed Pearl (Gleam’s lightest shade) is PERFECT for fair skin tones even though it looks dark in the pan. It’s slightly lighter and less yellow then starlight (ABH illuminator).

All of the colors are pretty misleading actually. And some of these swatches below aren’t accurate either (they are abh’s). Because as you can see in the first picture I posted (with me holding up the palette) i am fairer then the lightest skin in the swatches but crushed pearl is still lighter then my skin tone, making it a perfect highlight for the fairer skinned ladies.

Starburst also appears lighter on me then in the swatches below. I only use hard candy as a blush topper and Mimosa as a bronze topper on myself, but I know that these colors will work on a variety of skin tones.

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They are pretty decently priced. You can get a lot of product for $10 a pan ($40 total) and you can remove them out of the packaging if you want, but it’s really nice and sturdy so I’m keeping them in their packaging.

These are somewhat long lasting. I would definitely use a setting spray!

Are they worth it? Well, ABH says that these are limited edition palettes, but I bet that she will come out with singles of these. If you are strapped for cash, and you already have an ABH illuminator, I would wait on these. They’re very nice, but not AMAZING.

***I still prefer the Hourglass lighting/strobing powders to Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminators and highlights. Hourglass Cosmetics are expensive but so worth the money if you can splurge. Whenever I purchase them I make sure I can get them on a discount. BUT Hourglass doesn’t make their makeup mua friendly. The packaging is bulky (albeit beautiful), you can’t customizie, you can’t depot, so you’re just left with lugging around a bunch of compacts. They have made the lighting edit palette, but it’s so small that it’s insulting. I have purchased and repurchased the lighting palette, which is larger and contains one of the strobing powders.ย  IN SHORT, Hourglass needs to make a LARGER palette with all of the strobing powders -but in good sizes.

thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚ tell me what you think and let me know if you want swatches!

raleighncmakeupartist

 

SHADOW BATTLE: Viseart vs. MakeupGeek

31 Jan

OK you guys I’m finally doing this review/comparison on Viseart and Makeup Geek shadows. Please share your thoughts down below…hope you enjoy mine.

So I did similar eye shadow looks on two different days, basically a bronze/brown smokey eye. Now I’ve used these shadows before, you may have seen my holiday makeup looks. I’ve used both brands alone or simultaneously.ย  I’ve experimented with both brands and feel like I can make a good review at this point.

 

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These are kiss lashes in case anyone is wondering. They are my favorite. you can get them at wal-mart or drugstores. they are so comfortable!!!!

This is viseart shadow from the 01 matte palette and the 03 bridal satin palette and viseart gel liner (mixed with some inglot duraline solution)

 

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Pardon the top knot. I had just gotten back from a top knot party. ๐Ÿ˜‹ so anyways… These are makeup geek shadows in moondust, glamourous, and bitten in the crease with an urban decay pencil liner I think.

UGH bitten…it looks so pretty in the pan but then once you start applying it, it just goes EVERYWHERE. it doesn’t look to bad in the picture but that’s because i put a bunch of concealer on top of it. There’s blendable and then there’s this…where it’s just like a two year old smearing food on a wall. That sh*t goes everywhere!

I will say that I do love most of their duochrome shadows (and probably darn near all of their foiled shadows). OMG typhoon is my favorite. just to give you a recap of typhoon:

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MAKEUP GEEK: Typhoon Duochrome (lid only) and of course VISEART hanging in the crease (from the 08 Editorial Matte palette)

 

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More Makeup Geek: Fortune teller, ritzy, and cocoa bear I really adore this gold and Viseart does not have one this quite yellow.

Some may argue that Makeup Geek Shadows are more unique and brightly colored…but Viseart did this:

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To get the sparkles i applied Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liner in Glam Rock.

and this:

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Pardon all of the stray hairs

EFFORTLESS. That’s what I think when I think Viseart. Even when I was trying to do the negative space cut crease. The pigmentation is there, it’s blendable, it’s buildable, it’s beautiful. Overall, I would have to say that I prefer Viseart Eye shadows. I think they are better quality and have more consistent quality throughout their shadows. I have to work a lot less with all of the Viseart shadows and it’s pretty hit or miss with the makeup geek shadows. That being said, I do not think Makeup Geek has bad shadows. I think they have really nice ones and then they have a lot of duds. If I had to return one brand of of shadow and never use it again it would be Makeup Geek.

OK OK…right now you’re probably like, “are you sponsored by them or something?” ha no… i wish. I will say that in terms of inconsistency Viseart does have a select few shadows that appear different in the pan, but you are pleasantly surprised at the color once your swatch or apply. But that is really only with a handful of colors. Most of them are true to pan color and will glide on your lids like a dream and lay beautifully.

Here’s my score for the SHADOW BATTLE:

APPLICATION – Viseart wins

COLOR PREDICTABILITY – This one is tied, for the most part the colors are true to pan

COLOR PIGMENTATION – This one is tied, there a some let downs with each brand, but overall they are both very pigmented.

CUSTOMIZATION – Makeup Geek takes it, you can purchase what ever shadows you want orย  ordered pre-made palettes, I will say though, Viseart arranges their shadows nicely in most of the palettes

QUALITY – Viseart takes this one. Although most of the foil and duochrome Makeup Geek Shadows are out of this world. BUT MG just has too much fallout.

PRICE – They are actually pretty comparable. This one is a tie, but leaning towards MG because you can customize and purchase less. Foiled shadows are a wopping $10 a piece (same size mind you) and the duochrome, shimmer, and matte shadows are $6 a piece. On average Viseart shadows are about $6.66 a piece. The bridal satin palette is the same quality of the foiled shadows (maybe a touch less foily) but you pay less for a great product.

OK so who won? Viseart 4 vs. Makeup Geek 4

Each brand of eye shadow shines in different ways.

Have you tried these brands? Which is your favorite?

And let me know in the comments if you want to see swatches!

Up next week is the Anastasia Beverly Hills LOVE AND HATE Glow Kits Review.