If any makeup product was going to be imitated, it would have to be the Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Glow Kits.
Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Glow Kits are one of the hottest makeup products out at the moment. I mean a palette of 4 high intensity highlighters, which you can use separately or mix to get a more personalised glow sounds amazing right?! I managed to get my hands on one of the glow kits and it is definitely worth the hype. However, it was not easy for me to get! It kept on getting sold out, every time it was back in stock! The thirst for these highlighters is really really real! It took me ages to get my hands on ‘That Glow’, and I had to ship it from America which was not cheap!
I wanted to see how a fake ‘Glow Kit’ compared to the real one.
I bought the fake one on Aliexpress for £10.76 (free international shipping), which is peanuts compared to the $40/£40 price tag of the real one, not including the cost of shipping (and potential custom charges if you are shipping internationally).
As I mentioned in my last fake Colourpop post (here), the problem with these fake makeup products are the untested ingredients. These fake makeup products have untested ingredients so you are basically taking a risk whenever you wear it. I personally don’t think it is worth the risk. My face is precious to me! Call me vain or whatever but it is true. Also, it is very likely that the fake products are not cruelty free, which may be an important element for you.
From afar, the packaging of the fake Glow Kit was almost spot on. If I didn’t have the real one, I would not be able to tell it was fake. The fake one was the same size. It felt sturdy and secure just like the original one. However, when I looked closely, I started to notice small differences in the detail.
One thing I did notice was the writing on the packaging. The writing on the real Glow Kit is embossed. The writing is stamped into the packaging if that makes sense. However, the writing was not embossed on the fake palette.
I didn’t realise that the shades were removable in the real Glow Kit…sorry I was just mesmerised with the highlighters! They are magnetically attached in the real palette. I tested this in the fake one, and the shades were also magnetically attached and easy to remove. However, the writing at the back of the shades in the real palette was a bolder font size than on the fake shades. The silver of the real highlighter shades was shinier than the fake shades.
I did also notice that the colour illustrations on the back of the fake palette were different to the real one. For example, the picture of the ‘Bubbly’ shade on the fake palette was alot pinker than the illustration on the real palette. There is also a slight colour difference in the packaging between the two palettes.
(Real highlighters are on the top; the fake ones are on the bottom)
(The fake palette is on the left; Real palette is on the right)
(For each highlighter shade, the fake shade is on top, and the real shade is on the bottom)
The main difference between these two palettes were the shades especially ‘Golden Bronze’ and ‘Dripping in Gold’.
The fake ‘Sunburst’ and ‘Bubbly’ shades were almost identical to the real shades, however the fake ‘Golden Bronze’ shade was very different to real one. The fake ‘Golden Bronze’ was more like a dirty/vintage gold colour, whereas the real shade is a deeper gold colour. The difference is clear. Also, the fake ‘Dripping in Gold’ is more yellow based than the original ‘Dripping in Gold’.
CONSISTENCY & TEXTURE
The highlighters in the fake palette were as velvety smooth as the real one. It is scary how they manage to replicate that. However they were not pigmented and as soft as the real highlighters. I used my fan brush on one of the shades in the fake palette and I noticed that it did not pick up as much product as the real one. I had to apply more product to get that glow.
The real ABH palette is amazing because you only need a tiny amount to get the glow. The highlighters in the real palette are smooth and really soft so your brushes easily pick up the product with just a simple light sweep. The palette is actually amazing guys. Well the real one is!
I think it is safe to say that the fake ABH palettes can be an attractive alternative especially when the only place you can buy the real Glow Kits is from the anastasiabeverlyhills.com website. However, remember that you are not sure what ingredients are in the fake palette. The fake palette has just copied everything on the back of the real palette…so how do we know what they have truly put in the palette?
You can buy the real ABH Glow Kit from here.
Have you bought a fake ABH Glow Kit? What was your experience? Feel free to comment and subscribe 🙂