Friday, June 22, 2012

Product Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills
See and Be Seen Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills' Limited edition See and Be Seen kit is a one-stop-shop that includes everything you need to add a little sizzle to your summer makeup routine. Available exclusively though Anastasia and Sephora, this four-piece set includes:

2 Hydrafull Glosses (0.07 oz each) in Heiress and Plastic
Hydrafull Glosses in Heiress (left) and Plastic (right)

Both Heiress (a cool, vivid coral) and Plastic (bright, blue-based Barbie pink) shades are available exclusively in the See and Bee Seen kit. I'd call both shades "jelly" finishes- well pigmented but still somewhat sheer, with no noticeable shimmer or milkiness. These are my absolute favorite kind of colors for summer- they look juicy and fresh, like you just ate a Popsicle!

Hydrafull glosses are smooth and non-sticky, though the thicker formula provides tons of moisture and longer wear. I also found that these two shades left a stain behind as they faded, something I consider a plus. Also, If you're in the market for a lip-plumper, Hydrafull pulls double duty with the addition of a collagen-stimulating peptide. Most plumpers out there only temporarily inflate lips, and they do it by using a ton of irritating botanicals (peppermint, clove and hot pepper extract are common choices) to create temporary inflammation. Peptides work with your skin's natural processes to stimulate the production of collagen- reducing fine lines and potentially creating fuller lips over time.

These glosses retail at $18 each, which is a little steep if you compare them to, say, MAC Lipglass, but the more comfortable formula and added plumping benefits make Hydrafull a must-try!

Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel (0.32 oz)

Brows are an essential step to looking well-put together, especially if a beachy no-makeup makeup look is your goal. Don't let this tinted gel's shade fool you: the golden taupe is a great option for almost all hair colors. Platinum bombshells will get natural looking fullness and definition, whereas non-blondes will benefit from perfectly placed brows and a subtle highlighting effect from the gel's golden sheen.

Illumin8 Eyeshadow Duo in On Set (each shade is 0.04 oz)

This duo includes two summer standbys: a sandy, pale copper and a warm luminous bronze. Both shades are smooth and well-pigmented with a bright, metallic finish. Use them separately or side-by-side for a simple daytime look, but if you're feeling bold, pair them up with a vibrant teal liner for the perfect summertime color burst.

And now...swatches!

Top: Illumin8 Eyeshadow Duo in On Set
Middle: Hydrafull Gloss in Plastic
Bottom: Hydrafull Gloss in Heiress

Retailing at $44, there's no doubt See and Be Seen is a great value (with $80 worth of product, it's basically like getting two full-size products for free). It's a no-brainer way to revamp your makeup bag for summer. If you haven't checked out Anastasia Beverly Hills, you really can't lose- unless you wait: this kit will only be available for another few weeks, so hurry!

The products featured in this post were submitted for review consideration by a representative of the company. What does this mean? I didn't pay for it. My commitment is to you, my readers, and myself (it's called integrity, I like to have it). The opinions expressed in my product reviews are my own, based on my own research and experience; I am not paid in any way nor is the final outcome of the review influenced by the featured company.


Phyrra said...

I just love the gloss, Plastic. This is such a nice kit.

my said...

i found a lot of good reviews about Anastasia Beverly Hills and for this, I will definitely love to buy this one..

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