If you’ve been under a rock: holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured highlighters have been huge lately, which I’m all about. The only highlighters I really even wear anymore are of the holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured variety. They can, however, get really fricking expensive. SO, I’m doing my second saving-you-money-monday on funky coloured face powders. Especially for springtime (WHERE THE FUCK IS SPRING), shimmery pink, blue, and green cheeks are going to be so much fun.
I have several more holographic highlighter palettes/individual pans and cream sticks, but these three brands are my favourites. A reminder about this saving-you-money series: I’m showing you products that are all similar, that I love, at different price points. The most expensive of the bunch is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit (though you get A LOT of product), the middle tier is the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette (a very very small amount of product in comparison), and finally are the budget-friendly NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders.
Side Note: thanks to my boyfriend for lending me his arm for swatching ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I definitely reach for the Moonchild Glow Kit the most. It’s $53 CAD ($40 American) so at first glance it’s the most expensive of the three. However, when you compare how much product you get, it’s way cheaper than the Kat Von D palette. Each colour pan is 4.2 grams/0.15 oz and you get 6 of them. If you live in Canada (or international) like I do, or if you’re not huge on makeup and you’re not sure if you’ll love the look, it’s much cheaper to get the Kat Von D palette because you can get it from any Sephora. You can only buy the Moonchild kit on the Anastasia website, and shipping to Canada is something like an extra $20. With international shipping included, each colour pan comes to about $12 CAD. If you’re American, shipping is free (goddamn you), and each pan comes out to about $6.60.
Though I reach more for the Anastasia kit, the Kat Von D one is definitely my favourite. The colours are beautiful- they’re the most true holographic, they’re shimmery rather than glittery and chunky, and they’re the most bold, pigmented, and smooth of the 3 brands. The palette is $44 CAD ($32 US) and you get a teeny weeny 1.53 g/0.05 oz of product per pan. You also only get 4 shades. (With free Sephora shipping, this equals out to $11 CAD or $8 US per pan, though again, you get two fewer pans than the Anastasia kit and they’re much smaller). The four colours that are in the Kat Von D kit are definite dupes for ones in the Anastasia kit so again, if you’re not sure if holographic highlighters are your thing and you want a tiny palette you can easily return, or if you live in Canada and don’t want to pay shipping, this one is the way to go in my opinion.
These new NYX highlighters are probably my least favourite of the three but if you’re on a budget, or you just want one colour rather than a whole palette, or if you just want to try them out, they’re still great quality. They’re the most affordable at $13 CAD/$8 US each. You also get the most product: each pan is huge at 6 g/0.21 oz. You can get them online (free shipping) or in stores across Canada and the US. Uh, and probably internationally too. Side note: that last reddish orange colour is CRAZY deep and I definitely won’t be using it as a highlighter but I think it would look beautiful on deeper skin. Double side note: there are a few other shades available that I just didn’t purchase.
Anastasia Pink Heart; Kat Von D Pink Opal; NYX Snow Rose
The pink shades from these 3 brands are the most similar to each other for sure. The Anastasia and NYX are pretty much identical while the Kat Von D is smoother, more pigmented, and more holographic.
Anastasia Purple Horseshoe; Kat Von D Ultra Violet Amethyst; NYX Lavender Steel
The purple shade from NYX differs quite a bit from the other two, which are quite similar. Again, the Kat Von D purple shade is much more holographic and pigmented. It’s also more shimmery and less glittery: you can see flecks of glitter in the Anastasia one.
Anastasia Blue Ice; Kat Von D Blue Saphyre; NYX Twilight Tint
I probably reach for the blue shades the most from all 3 brands. The Kat Von D is such real, beautiful true holographic bluey green goodness while the other two are a bit more bluey silver. They’re all beautiful, smooth and pigmented but obviously Blue Saphyre a bit more so.
I didn’t do a comparison swatch of the greens in the Kat Von D/Anastasia palettes since I don’t have a green from NYX, but they’re definite dupes for each other which you can see above in the full palette arm swatches.
Overall, the 3 brands have come out with amazing products and I’d say each of them are worth the money- they all give you slightly different things depending on what you’re looking for. NYX gives you huge pans at an affordable price (though you’ll sacrifice quality a little bit), while Kat Von D gives you the best quality- but you won’t get the shade selection/pan size that Anastasia gives you. Have you tried any of these products? Anything else you want me to review? LEMME KNOW. xo