Writing about the PS… Glow Palette Highlight and Sculpt Cheek Palette (nameless but it’s the gold one) was on my to do list for Weeks of Beauty but then came the Cult Beauty goody bag and in it was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped. I used Sun Dipped and put it away. Today I grabbed the PS… Glow Palette and then it hit me: it’s a dupe people!
We all know by now that Primark Beauty (PS…) stepped up their game regarding the quality of the products they are selling. The packaging gets a lot nicer as well. You can see that a lot of their newest products are inspired by a certain brand/collection (Too Faced Chocolate Bars, KKW Contour Kits etc.). When I saw the PS… Glow Palettes it did remind me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits but I do have to see that there are lots and lots of brands, both drugstore and high end, that are making highlighter palettes with kind of the same appearances and obviously that’s okay.
I didn’t realize how much this PS… Glow Palette actually resembles the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit until I got the latter in the Cult Beauty 10th Birthday Goody Bag. It’s a dupe for sure and I would even go as far as calling it a knock-off, if the packaging wouldn’t be different.
So the thing with dupes is, that the cheaper dupe is usually worse in quality. Having a cheaper version is the point of a dupe after all. The original high end brand usually has more expensive packaging and most likely uses ingredients that are more expensive, but there’s also a big part in the price that’s just for the name of the brand.
The ‘original’ is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped. It retails for $40 (€36,14) and every color contains 7,4 grams/0,26 Oz. of product. The packaging is pretty huge but also strong, relatively heavy and certainly of good quality. Another plus is that you can take the pans out of the palette and transfer them to a magnetic palette, so it’s easier to travel with them.
The dupe palette is the PS… Glow Palette Highlight and Sculpt Cheek Palette (Primark Beauty). The palette does not have a specific name which I think is a miss from Primark, because they do actually sell a few variants of this highlighter palette.
This palette is a bit smaller than the ABH palette and retails for €7,- (around $7,74). The pans of the PS… palette each contain 6 grams/0.21 Oz. of product. The packaging is cute with the glitters but does feel quite cheap. It’s not the strongest cardboard and it gets ugly real fast at the ‘seams’.
You could take the pans out if you really want to, but than you will have to murder the packaging because the pans are glued to the cardboard.
Every left swatch is from the PS… Glow Palette and every right swatch is from the ABH Glow Kit. How similar are these, right!? The only differences in shades are small: the Tourmaline shade in the ABH palette is a bit more bronze, where the PS dupe is more pinkish/purple and the ABH Moonstone shade is more white/beige and the PS dupe is clearly more pink. However, when applying the shades to the face, the differences are so small that you won’t notice it.
In terms of quality of the product I do prefer the ABH shades more. The shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette are more creamy and more concentrated in shine and color. The PS… Glow Palette shades tend to be more powdery but also have a really intense glow though.
When applied on the cheek bones, there’s almost no visible difference in glow. But if I do have to mention a difference then I would say that the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighters have a more metallic, wet look and concentrated shine, where the PS… highlighters need a tiny bit more building up and their glow is more ‘everywhere’ (gosh, that’s hard to explain, haha). It’s less concentrated and because it’s a little more powdery, it will spread out more over the cheekbones.
I use the highlighters on the point of my nose, cheekbones and eyes. First I applied a neutral eyeshadow in the crease of my eye to start of the look. On my left eye (left for the viewers) I applied the PS… Glow Palette. I applied the shade bottom left in the palette all over my lid, the shade top left in the outer corner and the lightest shade (top right) in my inner corner and on the brow bone.
I did exactly the same on the right eye (right for the viewers) but then with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit.
There’s nearly no visible difference. However, I did find that the ABH shades blend together more easily. After wearing them for a little while I did find that the PS… shades went and moved around, ending up above the eyelid and making the look more messy and worn. So the Anastasia Beverly Hills shades stayed better in place on the eyes.
Left picture: PS… Glow Palette (bottom right shade on the cheek bone). Right picture: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit (Moonstone on the cheek bone).
On these pictures it looks like there’s more glow in the PS… highlighter but that’s mostly because the product was more spread over my cheekbone, were the ABH highlighter is more concentrated. However, the PS… Glow Palette shades give an actual more intense glow when applied on the cheekbones with a brush. It fades faster but the glow is actually more intense than the ABH highlighters!
So yeah… I like them both! Both are of good quality and look nice. Primark wins for price and glow intensity and Anastasia wins for packaging, consistency and quality.