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Anastasia Scorching Sand Stick Highlighter Assessment & Swatches

Anastasia Hot Sand Stick Highlighter Anastasia Hot Sand Stick Highlighter ($ 34.00 for 0.28 oz.) Is a medium-sized copper with warm, bronze-colored undertones and a lighter, golden sheen that gives it a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque paint release in a single layer so I had to use a lighter hand to get better buildable coverage than it should have.

The texture was light and pliable at first, but felt more powdery once it came in contact with my skin, and I felt like I had to work very quickly to ensure a mixed layer of product as it wasn’t that maneuverable after drying. It was easiest to work with bare skin, and when I tried to use it over foundation I had to apply it with my fingertips (instead of a brush, which is a recommended method per brand – it even comes with a brush ) at one end) as a brush tended to push the product around and create some lifting / staining. This shade lasted a good seven and a half hours before noticeably fading.

CONTINUE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

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Formula overview

$ 34.00 / 0.28 oz. – $ 121.43 per ounce

The formula is said to have an “adjustable glow” with an “ultra-smooth” consistency that “melts easily” on the skin. The opacity was described as “buildable” which was true – most shades were medium to semi-opaque, but the more emollient nature of the product made it bleed slightly as I practiced, so they built up better once I started applying them to me in the face.

The consistency was slightly softening, thin, and glides well, but dried quickly and had a powdery finish. It looked a little drier and wasn’t as flattering on my normal to dry skin as other cream-to-powder formulas, so it may be better for oilier skin types. I had no issues with the product lifting the foundation, so it worked fine on both bare skin and complexion products – as long as I used my fingertips to apply and blend.

Because of the fast drying time, I found fingertips to be the most flexible and easiest to apply the product. Using a brush made the job more prone to uneven flow, bundling or lifting of base products. The formula lasted between seven and eight hours for me.

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Butylene glycol dicaprylate / dicaprate, dimethicone, mica, polymethylsilsesquioxane, isotridecyl isononanoate, polyglyceryl-2-triisostearate, calcium-aluminum-borosilicate, paraffin, synthetic fluorophogopite, polyethylene, microcrystalline, microcrystalline wax, capquyl-acyl acetate, sorbitan arylate wax, EUPHORBIA, sorbitol ceran aryleate, saxyl aciferaryl acetate GLYCERIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491)

Disclaimer: The ingredient lists are available from the brand (or retailer) at the time of publication. Please always check the product packaging, if any, the applicable ingredients list for the product you purchased, or the brand or retailer website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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