The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter launched on the Beauty Bay website back in early June, but they didn’t launch at any other ABH stockists, so I decided to order one of the shades to try, and Anastasia Beverly Hills only announced the collection in the beginning of July.
So it was strange for the collection to launch at Beauty Bay a month before it was announced, but I was excited to be able to try the stick highlighter formula ahead of the official launch.
Alongside the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter collection, ABH also launched a range of cream bronzers and a range of cream blusher sticks. After trying the highlighter stick, I decided not to try either the cream bronzer or cream blusher formula, as I sadly don’t like the formula of this highlighter stick.
“Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter is a shimmering, ultra-smooth cream highlighter for instant light and luminosity in just one swipe. The weightless formula melts effortlessly into to a second-skin seamless feel for the perfect glow every time.
Stick Highlighter is buildable and easy to blend, gliding onto skin with a soft-focus effect that blurs and diffuses for a skin-perfecting finish. It grips with a non-sticky, flexible hold that doesn’t streak, patch, or smudge the complexion layers underneath.”
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter is available in six illuminating shades, and claims to deliver a completely customisable glow with comfortable wearability.
This Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter has a dual-ended design, with one end of the highlighter stick housing a dense, kabuki brush for blending the highlighter, and the opposite end features the twist-up cream highlighter stick.
I chose the lightest of the six shades, which is Pink Diamond, and the shade is described by ABH as being a glistening icy pink with diamond reflects. Now, if I’d have read that description prior to purchase, I definitely wouldn’t have bought Pink Diamond.
However, when I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Highlighter, there weren’t any shade descriptions available, so I’m gutted by how super, super glittery Pink Diamond is.
The description mentions ‘diamond reflects’ which is clearly the glitter, but wow it’s practically a stick of glitter. I couldn’t capture how truly glittery it is, but it’s intensely glittery, and that’s just not my vibe.
The ‘pink’ in the shade name is a little misleading, as there’s nothing pink about this shade either, it’s a straight-up glittery champagne, and I hate how it looks on my skin.
The glitter makes my skin look textured and uneven, which isn’t something I’ve experienced with other cream highlighter sticks. It also has a strange, greasy consistency, which doesn’t lend well with the chunky glitter.
I’m so disappointed as this highlighter is £32 / $34, but the greasiness means it doesn’t work on the lids, so it’s not like I could repurpose it. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by any ABH products before, but for me, this stick highlighter is a big fail, and it’s not something I’d recommend.