A little while back I purchased the whole Daytime Collection from Anastasia Beverly Hills when it was released. I’d seen it teased along with it’s sister set The Sunset Collection but knew I’d better suit the tones in the Daytime range. (Although I’m still very much coveting the palette in the Sunset Collection too!) Released as a web exclusive and being limited edition meant that I snapped mine up as soon as it dropped. I loved how it was sold as the PR package, and I think it’s really cool that brands are now selling their version of their PR packages, so that the rest of the world can experience that buzz. As it was packaged like it was PR, the Daytime Collection set included the quad palette, two lip products and a pair of sunglasses. All within a cool box. I was sold instantly.
When it arrived I was surprised at how much better the colours looked in real life. Being an online exclusive, there hadn’t been a huge amount of swatches circulating before the on-sale date, so it was a bit of guess work as to what the colours would look like in the flesh. I was really pleased to see the nice warm, golden tones that I know I can work with a lot so from the get-go I was pleased. Although the glasses were a bit of a bust for me – I gave them to my toddler to play with as they’re not the sort of thing I’d wear at all. A nice touch, but not for me. However they hadn’t been the reason for investing in the whole collection box – it was merely a cost thing. The Daytime Collection box cost £51 in total and there was free shipping too. Individually the three products would have cost £73, (£20 each for the lipsticks and £33 for the palette) so it was a no brainer to get the collection box.
The lipsticks in the Daytime Collection are both metallic finish – yas! ABH are known for their matte formula but I’m not a matte girl at heart and I’d pick a cream or metallic finish over matte any day. So this was another reason Daytime was right up my street. The two shades are:
Bellini – a soft but fun coral toned pink with orange and gold flecks. If peach tones are your thing, this is for you!
Sunset Punch – a soft metallic mauve. More purple tone mauve in this one, it’s still very pink and perfect if you like rose/pink or mauve tones.
As with all Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks, I find their staying power to be really intense. You can eat and drink through wearing these and still not need to reapply. You might notice the line at the entrance to your mouth become harsher and more obvious after food, but other than that you can do quite a lot before you need to reapply. The quality is excellent and neither shade lose their metallic finish during wear at all. Which is pretty impressive and makes them worth every penny.
The quad is one of the typical and refillable quads from ABH. I already have one of these, it’s just standard black with the logo, so it’s nice that this one is coloured to match the design of the range. And the same as the normal quads, the pans pop out to be replaced or mixed etc. So if you have a massive DIY palette, you can easily add these in etc. Shades-wise the Dayime Collection contains two mattes and two metallics. The mattes are those perfect transition and crease shades and they blend really nicely together on the lid. There’s a pure orange and then a more muted orange-beige which comes out quite tan. Together they make the perfect base for the metallics.
Speaking of the metallics, there’s few brands who’s formula give me the same feels when it comes to this finish. But ABH do it every time, their foils and metallics are up there at the top of my list. (See my Sultry review if you don’t believe me!) Swatching them, they feel like actual butter and on the lid they’re so creamy. You may worry that because of how soft and buttery they are, that they’ll fall into lines during the day, but I’ve never had that problem with this brand – they stick to the eye and where you’ve applied with little to no budging, especially into fine lines. And the colours are pretty kick-ass too: a pure gold and a rose-gold tone to bring a sunset eye look to life.
Having been wanting to try more ABH single eyeshadows recently, I jumped at the chance to get 4 more, because individually they’re priced at £12 each, so again there was a good saving with this quad. Which is my overriding option of the Daytime Collection – it’s definitely one to buy. It’s excellent value and you make a huge saving by investing in the box, the colours are warm, easy to use and versatile enough for all skin tones. Plus the quality of the ABH products is second-to-none so you know you’re getting make up gold when you buy them.