Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter reviewed and compared
Want to know how the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter compares to other top highlighters like Becca's Champagne Pop? Read our review.
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The highlighter collaboration between Amrezy and Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the most hyped collabs this year. When we wrote about it a few weeks ago, it was the most read story in the entire shopping, fashion and beauty section of finder, so we decided that we had to buy it and try it. We thought this product deserved more than the average review so, as a team, we tried and tested this product and collated our thoughts on whether this highlighter lives up to the hype.
First things first, does it really shine bright like a diamond? The answer is both yes and no.
This highlighter is marketed as one of those bam-pop-pow highlighters that has the potential to blind you. But the team and I found that in reality, it's a lot more subtle than the images show. We packed the product on both bare skin and over makeup. The result was more of a subtle sheen than a blinding pop.
However, if you go hunting for the right light, you can definitely make it look like it does in Amrezy's Insta snaps. We took a few photos of the highlighter on bare skin in direct and very bright sunlight and the result was pretty intense.
But if you're out of range of direct sunlight, the effect is a lot more subtle. You can see examples below.
Alex wearing Amrezy in direct sunlight
Alex wearing Amrezy in indirect sunlight
The next thing we wanted to know was how this product fared on different skin tones.
The light rose-gold tone of this highlight appears as one of those highlighters perfect for medium skintones, but both Anastasia Beverly Hills and Amrezy have shown how this product can be used on all skin colours.
Amrezy Highlighter swatch on warm undertones
We decided to see how this product would fare on different undertones. We tried this product on two kinds of medium skin tones, Alex who has cooler undertones and Monisha who has warmer undertones. The highlighter definitely suited both the cool and the warm undertones, despite the golden colouring of the product, which one would assume would marry better with warm undertones. This was a nice surprise.
The final thing we wanted to know is what makes this formula so special?
Both Anastasia Beverly Hills and Amrezy have talked about how this formula is different from other highlighters in that this formula has absolutely no fallout, especially when compared with cult favourite Champagne Pop. The Amrezy Highlighter has the same consistency as a powder product but it doesn't fall off your brush and doesn't move around once applied. This is a very big tick for anyone who values precision. I personally hate when highlighter falls all over my face and, as a result, I generally stick to cream products. This is one of the few powder-based products that makes me reconsider switching from cream-based.
As a last test we decided to compare this highlighter to three others: one cult product, one competitor brand and one drugstore brand.
We picked Becca and Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop product as our cult highlighter. It's Becca's most popular powder highlighter to date. We picked a gold eyeshadow/highlighter from Tarte as the competitor highlighter. And we chose a highlighter from W7 Cosmetics as our drugstore product.
We swatched the four together to compare.
Amrezy was the most easy to apply. It glided over the skin very easily and gave a frosted sheen to the skin. Becca's Champagne Pop is probably a more flattering shade since the powder itself is comprised of different toned particles. However, Champagne Pop had a lot of fallout! Tarte's eyeshadow/highlighting product was easily applied and very pigmented, but the shade definitely didn't match and blend into the skin as well as the others. As for the W7 drugstore product, while the quality of the powder was actually lovely, the colour looked quite ashy on medium skin tones. It's probably a colour only suitable for light and fair skin tones.
Want to buy the Amrezy Highlighter?
You can snap it up from Cult Beauty or from Anastasia Beverly Hills's online store. We'd recommend buying it from Cult Beauty because the shipping price is lower, around $8-$9 depending on the exchange rate of the day. The shipping rate from Anastasia Beverly Hills is about $20-$24 depending on the exchange rate. Of course, these are the estimated shipping rates to Australia. It might be different depending on which country you're in.
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