Today I will be reviewing the newest addition to the glow kit family, Aurora. The kaleidoscopic highlighter palette was inspired by the Northern lights. The shades even have astrological names. Aurora includes sparkly highlighters that are said to provide intense iridescent and metallic finishes. The palette retails for $40 USD and $52 CAD at Sephora.com and Anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
The palette comes in a holographic sleeve with a pink and purple ombre design. The palette contains six highlighters and resembles its sister palette, Moonchild's packaging. The inside contains otherworldly shades of duo-chrome blues, purples, and pinks. The formula is finely milled and soft, it doesn't get gritty from the sparkles as do the powders in The Ultimate Glow Kit. I haven't experienced any glitter fallout. The highlighters are intensely pigmented and very buildable. They can be worn alone or together to build your own holographic or unicorn glow. All shades are versatile in the sense that they can be worn on the face, eyes or body. The brand recommends mixing the powders with oils for a body highlight. You can increase the intensity of the highlights by applying them with a wet brush.
Eclipse and Lyra are my favourite shades from this palette and the two combined look amazing (watch demo video below to see them in action). I needed a light hand when applying Spectra because it looked muddy on my skin tone. Luna and Orion are my least favourite shades as they are more cool toned and don't look good on my tan complexion. Nonetheless, I can use them as an inner corner highlight or on the lids and body. Most of the colours have beautiful colour shifts but were difficult to capture on camera.
Colour Descriptions (via anastasiabeverlyhills.com)
Eclipse – Pink champagne pearl with a peach reflect
Luna – Mother of pearl with an icy orchid reflect
Spectra – Sparkling lilac pearl with an iridescent blue-green reflect
Helia – Yellow gold pearl with a turquoise reflect
Orion – Blue pearl with a purple amethyst reflect
Lyra – Rose gold pearl with a champagne orchid reflect
Aurora vs. MoonChild
The Aurora palette is a complement to the Moonchild Glow Kit (reviewed here). I initially was going to pass on the Aurora palette because I don't get much use of my Moonchild Glow Kit. In comparison, the two are quite different. Moonchild is a primary a cool toned palette and Aurora has warm and cool tones. While the shades in the Aurora palette are vivid and bright with gold metallics, Moonchild has frosted shades with silver metallics.
Overall, I'm really pleased with this palette and I'm so happy I picked it up, at a discount might I add. I used my Sephora VIB $15 coupon for this purchase. With that said, I don't mind that I won't get as much use out of the blue highlighter shade as the others. If you're trying to determine which palette to purchase, Moonchild or Aurora, I would base that on the type of tones you prefer. I'm a warm toned girl and I love gold metallics so Aurora takes the win for me.
Have you purchased the Aurora Glow Kit? What's your favourite Glow Kit?
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