Makeup Spring 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer and Amrezy Highlighter

March 6, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills has launched a few new complexion products for their Spring 2018 lineup and among them are the Powder Bronzers ($28 / 0.35 oz -10 g) as well as the limited edition Amrezy Highlighter ($28 / 0.31 oz – 9 g) . Both caught my eye from teasers leading up to their release date and I will say right up front I love everything I purchased. Previously the Spring 2018 collection was exclusively available on Anastasia’s official website but has gone live today on Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and Beautylish!

Powder Bronzers

At this point in my beauty addicted life, I seriously thought there was little room for more to love in the bronzer department. As most of you babes know, I’m a total bronzer addict and have tested about every formula known to man. But one type of bronzer I stay far away from are those with matte finishes simply because they just don’t look good on me. They make my face fall flat, look dull and one-dimensional. I tried to resist purchasing the Anastasia Powder Bronzers but every time I saw new swatches pop up I became more curious since the matte finish had a certain soft sheen to it that I had never seen before in other matte formulas. Basically, it didn’t look like a straight flat matte. After binging on Youtube first impression videos one day I decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzers have some of the richest pigment I’ve ever encountered in a bronzer but are so easy to smooth out and build up. I recommend to go in with a light hand because the color deposit is borderline shocking and historically it’s easier to layer than it is to tone down. The bronzers have an ultra soft yet dense texture and feel almost creamy but not quite. They blend beautifully and evenly into the skin and the colors instantly warm up the complexion with a smooth, natural finish for an effortless sunkissed look. Featuring a finely milled formula, at no point do they experience any fallout, not even in the pan. Lasting power is incredible, they wore literally all day on me without fading or oxidizing.

I picked up the shades Saddle as well as Rich Amber. Saddle is a warm golden amber while Rich Amber is a warm, neutral honey. The range offers six color variations that cater to light, medium and deeper skin tones. With this line I think those who have a fairer complexion will find something that won’t turn orange or muddy on your skin. For deeper skintones there are a couple shades at the deeper end of the spectrum that have amazing pigment so you should be able to layer for a beautiful Summer radiant look.

Closeup images of the colors

Swatched on the arm

I pulled some comparison swatches of bronzers that are not exactly matte, but also not the most shimmery – batch 1 includes: Becca Sunlit Bronzers in Bronzed Bondi and Capri Coast (reviewed here), and Nars Laguna.

Comparison batch 2 are all matte and include the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette contouring shades.

Amrezy Highlighter

Since I go hard for a good highlighter, I could not fight the urge any longer to also pick up the limited edition Amrezy Highlighter and have been completely obsessed with this since I got it. Just like Anastasia’s Glow Kits, this is a high-octane highlighter that gives both the cheeks and eyes a flawless radiant glow. It has an ultra-smooth, firm texture that is very easy to work with and has a second-skin weightless feel. Luminosity is on the more dramatic side similar to the Glow Kits but is very wearable for the everyday as long as you blend well using a fluffy brush. One swipe is usually all I need to achieve that signature brilliant Amrezy glow and two swipes produces a very strong shine. If it’s borderline reflective you desire, try applying it wet but I’m not sure the world is ready for that lol – neither layers emphasize pores or skin’s natural texture. It has amazing pigment and medium coverage right out the pan which is buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The color is described as a light gold but to me reads more as a warm, light-medium champagne gold. Wear time is really good, on average lasts well beyond the 10 hour mark without losing intensity or the shimmer separating from the color.

Closeup image of the color. How dope is the wave embossed surface!?

Swatched on the arm. In the pan the highlighter looks like a straight light gold but once it’s swatched on my medium skin it pulls more towards a champagne gold. Of course mileage will vary depending on your skintone

Swatch comparisons below of the current more brighter gold-toned highlighters I own that are similar-looking to the Amrezy sitting in the pan, including: ABH That Glow Glow Kit – Sunburst, Becca Light Chaser Highlighter in Pearl Flashes Gold (reviewed here), Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette – the middle shade (reviewed here)

Comparison batch 2 includes: MAC Get it Glowin’ Hyper Real Glow Palette (reviewed here)

Bottom line, there’s lots to love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring launch! I haven’t purchased any ABH since the Glow Kits and single eyeshadows made their debut but so far I’ve been beyond impressed with everything I have here. I highly recommend checking these out. Prior to testing the Powder Bronzers I would never have dreamed of taking a liking to a matte finish bronzer, let alone love it as much as I do now and both shades have joined my list for top picks. They’re definitely some of the most natural-looking bronzers that gives the skin a sunkissed look. The color options give you a decent range to pick from depending how natural or deep you want your bronzer to be. Even though I will always prefer a little shimmer or sheen in my bronzers, between the solid quality and strong performance, these are really among the best in terms of matte options and I have not been able to get enough of them.

The Amrezy highlighter is pure love for me. It’s excellent in terms of quality, pigment, smoothness, lasting power and texture. Initially I thought this was going to be too frosty for my skintone but actually compliments it extremely well. This is going to be an amazing addition to my Spring and Summer highlighter lineup!

Have you tried anything from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring collection? What are your favorite pieces?

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