Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator: Review & Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand I haven’t really used a lot from. I had heard great things about their new Illuminators so I went to a Macy’s to check them out. I will say Starlight is quite stunning and deserves the hype. The other shades were nice but not colors I typically use for highlighting. I have way too many highlighters and didn’t need another, but Starlight was way too pretty to pass up, especially for the price compared to a lot of other pricey highlighters, it’s pretty reasonable.
Per Anastasia’s website: “Like a filter for your complexion, this brush-on highlighter contains a mosaic of brightening powders that impart a lit-from-within glow. The mirrored compact makes on-the-go touch ups easy and fail-safe.” The retail is $28 for a 9g compact. Starlight is described as a “white gold”. It’s a luminous white that had both gold and pink in it. It’s neither warm nor cool, it’s pretty neutral. Starlight is complex, it looks different depending on the light. At first it looks almost beige or dirty white in inside light, but outside it becomes more white.
It’s not a finely milled as say Chanel, but it’s not glittery. It does have a good punch, it’s not a sheer or really subtle highlighter. However, you can control how much impact depending on the brush you use. This is kind of like my MAC Lightscapade on steroids. For the price it’s worth checking out. It’s currently sold only at Macy’s, besides online at Macy’s and Anastasia’s website.
Compared to Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighter, which is a silver gold, Starlight has no silver so it’s warmer and has a pink tint to it. Starlight is less finely milled than Chanel, both the Chanel and Anastasia are more potent highlighters, but again that can be controlled with application and the brush you use.


Compared with Chanel Camelia de Plumes:

Swatches: Top Chanel(Blended then Heavy), Bottom Anastasia(Heavy then Blended):



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