Anastasia Highlighting Palettes – Review & Swatches

I’m what you might call a “highlighter junkie.” After lipstick, it’s probably my favorite makeup product and since it boomed a few years ago, I’ve amassed quite the collection. Among my favorites, (Becca Opal, Glossier Haloscope, ColourPop Super Shock) are the beautiful Anastasia Highlighting Palettes.

I own 3 – Sun Dipped (for summer), Sugar Glow (for winter), and Moon Child (for trips to outer space).

Highlighting palettes can be hit or miss. It’s unlikely that all 4 shades in one palette will be winners for your unique skin tone and coloring – but with a great formula, and the right eye or lip look, I find the Anastasia highlighters to be truly versatile.

I’ve gotten wear out of almost all the shades in the Sun Dipped and Sugar Glow palettes. The Moon Child palette is obviously not for every day but I love it for a creative weekend look.

Anastasia Highlighter Palettes

Sun Dipped

Anastasia Sun Dipped

As you can see, the darkest shade, (“Bronzed”), in this palette is too dark for my skin tone but I’ve worn it as an eyeshadow and loved it for a shimmery “halo” eye look. The lavender tones in “Tourmaline” might look off-putting but I actually find this shade to be surprisingly wearable. I could envision this shade working beautifully on darker skin tones as well.

And of course, “Summer” and “Moonstone” are your classic gold and pink highlighters respectively. No highlighter palette would be complete without one gold and one pink, am I right?

Sugar Glow

Anastasia Sugar Glow

Literally, every single shade in this palette is a winner for me. There’s not a bad one in the bunch. Marshmallow is like a step lighter than your classic champagne highlighter – a pale white/gold shimmer. Butterscotch and Gumdrop are similar, but Gumdrop is just a hair darker and pinker. I wear “Starburst” as a blush more than anything, but like all Anastasia highlighters, it definitely adds some serious glow so use with caution.

Moon Child

Anastasia Moon Child

I’m not even going to try to pretend that this palette is wearable. This one is for the true makeup lovers or people who want to try some unexpected colors.

The two purple highlights are sooooo on-trend right now (Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet after all…) and worn on the eyes or cheekbones, these shades give an instant inter-galactic glow.

The green shade, “Lucky Clover,” looks scary in the pan, but actually looks pretty golden on me. A quick google image and you can see that it looks pretty golden on others as well.

I love wearing “blue ice” with a cool red lipstick or pairing the silver shimmer of “Star” with berry tones.

“Pink Heart” is obviously the most wearable of the bunch but if you’re looking for a wearable highlighter palette, I’d definitely recommend either Sun Dipped or Sugar Glow over this one.

The Gist

Overall, Anastasia’s highlighters are amazing quality. I’d definitely put them in the same category as Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors for their pigmentation and glow power. If you prefer a more subtle highlight, these probably aren’t for you.

Have you tried any of the Anastasia highlighters? What are your favorite highlighters? Would love some drugstore recommendations.

Glow on, lovelies!


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