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The Highly Coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator

30 May 2016

A month ago, I had never tried anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It almost seems a crime not to have owned a single product from a brand that has taken the beauty world by storm — and rightly so. From what I've seen, they can't seem to put a foot wrong.

While their insanely famous brow products look great, I've never been drawn in*. I'm lucky enough to have fairly decent natural brows, so lightly filling them in with any old taupey-brown powder or pencil usually does the trick, and I'm happy with what's already in my kit. But everything changed when the fire nation attacked Anastasia Beverly Hills brought out their Illuminators in 'Starlight' (a pale pearl), 'So Hollywood' (a light champagne gold), 'Riviera' (a silvery taupe) and 'Peach Nectar' which is the shade I own.

I'm super late to the bandwagon, but I have to say, the packaging and presentation of this highlighter is out-of-this-world. It's by far the most beautiful-looking highlighter I own, to the point where I feel happy just looking at it, as silly as that sounds. Really though, just LOOK at it. I'm not sure how they came up with the idea of embossing the highlighter like that but it's stunning and so unique.

Peach Nectar is a warm, peachy orange that has multi-dimensional shimmers. It wouldn't quite be a highlighting shade on medium or fairer skin tones, but you can certainly use this as a blush topper to add shine and warmth to your cheeks. 

Now, if you're into subtle, lit-from-within highlighters that add glow without being shimmery, I'd probably steer clear of these. They're very pretty on the skin, but you can definitely detect shimmer, though it isn't in chunky glitter territory. I typically use a fan brush to get a light dusting on my cheekbones, but you could probably build this up to be really pigmented and fleeky if you used a denser brush.

These used to be hard to get a hold of for those of us living outside the US, but they're now stocked in a few online retailers. I purchased mine from Cult Beauty for just under $50 AUD using a coupon, but you can also get them from Beauty Bay or Net-A-Porter.

I'm really keen to try one of the ABH Glow Kits (here and here) everyone's been raving about. I think they'd work out to be decent value for money, but at the same time, I don't really need four new highlighters and I'm trying my best to save for an overseas trip that might take place at the end of this year. Sadly, I think this is a case of 'my best just isn't good enough', so I may have to place myself on a spending ban. I can't be trusted.

*Is that not the greatest unintentional pun you've ever seen?
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