Nyma Tang reviewed the brand's new Soft Glam palette ($42, Anastasia), Amrezy highlighter ($28, Anastasia), and bronzers ($28, Sephora), and unfortunately, she had a very surprising experience with how the shades turned out on her skin tone.
Tang was also really excited to try the Amrezy highlighter, although it ended up being somewhat problematic. "I'm afraid it's going to be too light for me and look a little powdery on my face," she shared.
Tang swatched the highlighter and immediately noted how pigmented it is, even though it looked like a chalky rectangle on her arm.
Her final thoughts? "It comes off silver on me. It doesn't look like a true gold on me."
Though Tang ultimately decided she didn't mind the silver look, it says a lot that a highlighter meant to be a "light brilliant gold" looks completely silver on Tang's complexion.
"If you build it up too much, it will look gray or white and like a streak," she explained.
Luckily, the brand has two new highlighters formulated just for dark skin dropping this summer. Let's hope Tang can find a true gold in that lineup.
But that's not all Anastasia Beverly Hills has to fix.
She pointed out that Anastasia Beverly Hills had a very obvious incentive to make sure its bronzers were up to par: Look at the foundation range!
"I've used their foundation stick before and I think it's a pretty good foundation stick and I really like it," she said.
"I just don't understand if you're doing bronzers, like why not look at your foundation range and see, 'OK, well, this is how deep our foundation goes... Why would we not apply that to our bronzers as well?"
The customers buying those deep shades are going to need bronzers that work for them too, right?
Tang is highlighting an issue A LOT of people overlook in the now-trendy inclusion conversation in beauty.
Unfortunately, it seems many brands only correct the items they get dragged for, instead of improving their overall approach to complexion products.
The cycle is clear: Fans ask for inclusion after bad foundation drops and the brand fixes the foundation only. Their social media mentions calm down and "discrimination" stops being added to headlines with their brand names in them.
What these brands certainly know but don't act on is that dark-skinned people need more than just foundation. Stuff like highlighters, bronzers, concealers, and yes, even setting powders need to be created so they flatter dark skin complexions just as much as they do lighter ones.
It's obvious, yet it's not being done and likely won't be addressed until someone calls them out and gets media attention for it.
Thank goodness for people like Nyma Tang.