Hope you had an amazing weekend and celebrated with all of your friends, family and loved ones.
I noticed a lot of my fellow makeup junkies received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators under the Christmas tree and a lot of people have asked me whether it is worth picking up. To be honest, looks-wise these highlighters make me weak at the knees. The art-deco style embossing is beautiful even though the black compact with gold lettering is very simplistic.
I initially picked up Peach Nectar because I thought it would be best suited to my skin tone after seeing this picture online.
And when I got it, it finger swatched beautifully but didn’t have enough of a BAM! on my cheekbones. I like my highlight to blind passers-by if you know what I mean. Peach Nectar somewhat reminded me of my NARS Orgasm blush. NARS Orgasm is a beautiful pink with lots of gold shimmer so it doubles as a blush/highlighter when I wear it. Similarly so, Peach Nectar has an apricot base and looks like a shimmer blush upon application. Perfect for those rush days when this can double as a two-in-one product.
And that’s when I decided to pick up So Hollywood. It’s gold-toned whereas Starlight is more silver-toned. The formula of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators are soft and smooth with no chunks of glitter or much fallout. They are super pigmented so a little goes a very long way. I don’t see hitting pan on this in any foreseeable future.
It is pricey compared to MAC In Extra Dimension and Estee Lauder Powder Gelees but I can promise you, you NEED this in your life if you want a KAPOW! highlight without looking like a disco ball. Don’t get me wrong, use enough and you’ll surely be rolling on the dance floor but a light hand with the perfect amount of blending makes these some of the best highlighters I’ve ever tried (I’ll be doing reviews on the other soon).
In the meantime, here are some similar toned highlighters I own to So Hollywood. Peach Nectar is in a shade class of it’s own.
As I said the packaging could have been a little more exciting but where that lacks, the formula makes up for it tenfold. I’m adding Starlight and Riviera to my 2016 wishlist already and even if you get your hands on just one, I promise you won’t regret it.
Anastasia Berverly Hills Illuminators are available from Muse.SA for R699. They are part of the permanent range so no hurry to get it.
Have you tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators? What are your favourite highlighters?
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