Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour & Highlight Stick
Easy to blend
Nice matte finish
Lasts through the day
Easy to apply too much
Not a diverse enough shade range
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour & Highlight Stick
We put the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour & Highlight Stick to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Highlighters come in all textures, shades, finishes, and then some. Whether you’re wanting your skin to glow, or need a matte finish that sculpts and shapes your bone structure, a highlighter is never a bad idea, especially when it delivers great results. As a pro makeup artist, I’ve tested hundreds of highlighters from powder to liquid and creams throughout the years. Every once in a while I come across a product I’d use both on myself and in my professional kit, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour and Highlight Stick are one of them.
Ahead—my full review and expert tips on how to use this product.
Best For: Oily Skin, a matte highlighter or concealer you can use to highlight areas of the face such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, brow bone, and more.
Potential Allergens: Dimethicone, Silica, Titanium Dioxide
Byrdie Clean: Yes
About The Brand: Founded by celebrity brow guru Anastasia Soare, ABH began with eyebrow products and has since launched an entire makeup category from foundations to lipsticks. ABH products are available nationwide and globally in over 25 countries.
About My Skin: I love a good highlighter
Highlighters? I’ve tried them all. Seriously. From shimmering glistening creams and liquids to matte powders and creams, I love a good highlighter and never go a day without wearing one, I’m not kidding. I am a daily makeup wearer, and I usually opt for a natural look with my preferred staple products such as foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, cream blush, mascara, and a soft lip. I have combination/oily skin that is sometimes sensitive, so I do well with matte finishes when my skin is extra oily. Some brands of highlighters I use regularly are Westman Atelier, RMS Beauty, and Armani Beauty.
How To Apply: Map it out
There are a few different ways you can apply highlighter, and if you’re working with a matte finish like this product, you can apply it on the forehead, nose, cheekbones, browbone, and even chin. I applied the highlighter to all of those areas on my face, minus the nose because that’s what I prefer, and blended it out with a foundation brush. You’re going to want to map out where your highlighter and contour both go for your particular face shape, and MUA Caroline Baribeau gave us some expert application tips. Baribeau stated it’s important to start on the high points of the face, “You’re going to want to place highlighter on the high points of the face and think of the cheekbone as a cylinder. If the sun was hitting it the brightest spot would be at the top of the cylinder ( the top of your cheekbone) and it gets progressively darker on the underside (where your contour would go).”
Does it matter the order of when you apply your highlight? Baribeau recommended, “I like to add highlighter last as it is usually the lightest and brightest color and could get lost under other darker complexion shades. I like to think of it as the finishing touch.”
The Results: I loved it
I truly loved this matte highlighter as an alternative to more shimmering highlighters I’ve used in the past.
I noticed right away the product is very easy to blend and malleable, which hasn’t always been my experience with matte formulations.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how the banana shade matched my fair skin beautifully. At first glance, I thought that the color might be too yellow. It’s important to note that this product could also be worn as a concealer, but I didn’t utilize it for that, because it wasn’t the correct shade for under my eyes. Overall, the highlighter lasted all day and didn’t run or smear off my face, as some highlighters that have a luminescent finish tend to do. I am excited to have found another high-performance makeup product that I can use on both myself and at work.
The Value: Fairly priced
For a stick highlighter that gives long-wearing benefits, is easy to apply, and has a buildable formula with easy packaging you can use at home and on the go. The price of $25 is consistent and fair with other competitors.
Similar Products: Shop these other options
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($50): Find a lighter shade in this formula and use it as a highlighter that dries down to a soft finish. You can build the coverage from sheer to full and also utilize this product as a concealer. There’s a wide range of shade offerings, 42 in total.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick ($44): This foundation stick can double as a highlighter, providing up to 24 hours of coverage, is oil-free, and comes with a built-in kabuki brush that aids in blending. The 22 available shades dry down to a soft matte finish and offer full shine control.
Overall, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour and Highlight Stick delivered impressive results for a matte highlighting stick. If you’re in the market for a new matte cream highlighter, we recommend giving this one a try.
- Product Name Contour & Highlight Stick
- Product Brand Anastasia Beverly Hills
- UPC 689304354011
- Price $25.00
- Weight 0.35 oz.
- Color Banana
- Shade Range Banana, Shadow, Fawn, Mink
- Ingredients Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline/cera Microcristallina, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/cire De Candelilla/candelilla Cera, Kaolin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Magnesium Silver Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain/peut Contenir: (+/-) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) <1611491>