You all know by now that I am ALL ABOUT HIGHLIGHTER, so when I heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills has released a collection of “Illuminators” (£28) I had to check them out. I headed on over to BeautyBay (my go-to source of ABH products), checked out the shades they had on offer, picked the one that looked most suited to my skin tone – Peach Nectar – & clicked purchase.
ROOKIE ERROR. If I’d checked the ABH website, I would have quickly realised that BeautyBay are actually only stocking two of the four shades produced: Riviera (strong pink undertone) & Peach Nectar (strong peach undertone). The two missing shades are Starlight (pure white) & So Hollywood (golden undertone), both of which would have been much better suited to my pale with neutral undertones skin. Ugh.
Impulse purchasing aside, I figured I’d pull together a quick review with some swatches & hopefully help stop you from making the same mistakes I made.
The packaging is classic ABH: slightly glossy black with gold lettering, which is great except for the fact that it holds fingerprints like nothing else & quickly looks a little grubby. The compact feels sturdy though & the catch isn’t too stiff – a pet peeve of mine as I always end up chipping my nail polish trying to get things open.
The highlighter itself is embossed with this beautiful fan pattern & the embossing is deep enough to ensure that you won’t lose it the first time you sweep a brush over it. I feel like the product doesn’t look particularly dark in the photo above but a lot of that is the reflection & as you can see in the swatches below it looks significantly darker & more pigmented on my skin.
As you can see, Peach Nectar is significantly warmer-toned & darker than both Becca’s Moonstone & theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer. It’s also far more shimmery & I personally found the high glitter content really difficult to work with as it made it hard to apply precisely & really emphasised my pores. I definitely prefer the natural glow of Moonstone & generally only wear Mary Lou Manizer in the evening when the high shine doesn’t look so out of place, so the ABH Illuminator is a step too far.
I’m really trying to make Peach Nectar work as I don’t want to waste £28 & maybe come Summer when I’ve tanned the shade will be more flattering & the glitter won’t feel as OTT, but right now it’s just not happening. Unless your skintone is naturally very dark & warm, I’d really recommend investing in either Becca’s Skin Perfector in Moonstone or theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer, both of which are far more universally flattering products.