Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & SwatchIt’s here. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators have been popping up in my Instagram feed for months now and I’ve been desperate to get my hands on one. So you can imagine my excitement when one of the beauties finally landed on my doorstep yesterday morning. Angels sang when I opened the compact to that beautiful powder and the camera came out so I could snap a few pics of the design before messing it up with my fingers.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch

I couldn’t decide on which shade I wanted to purchase when they all went live on the website, they were all so flipping pretty and there weren’t a lot of swatches around so I went with Riviera, the rose gold from the collection. Needless to say I have my eyes on the other three in the collection after falling in love with this one and seeing more and more swatches pop up of the others in the collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & SwatchAnastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch

The formula is beautiful. When swatched with a finger (lightly, I didn’t want to ruin the design too much!) it’s super pigmented and creamy and because of the design on the powder, a brush picks it up beautifully too, effortlessly applying just the right amount of product to the cheekbones. It’s first impressions, sure, but so far, I’m so in love. Needless to say, after applying copious amounts to my cheekbones yesterday I spent a few minutes just admiring my cheekbones in the light.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch(hope you enjoy this little gif, just to give you an idea of how flipping glowy this powder is!)

I was surprised by how light the shade was when I swatched it on my skin, I was expecting something a little darker but I’m definitely not complaining – Riviera is the perfect pinky highlight on me. It looks entirely natural on my skin but shows up beautiful in the light. It’s far from those highlighter shades that have a tendency to look a little too noticeable or stripy on the cheekbones. It’s glowy without being too in your face.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch ComparisonsAnastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Review & Swatch Comparisons

As you can see from the comparison swatches, Riviera is like nothing else I have in my collection – noticeably more rosy than the other highlighters in my stash. This means that it looks seriously gorgeous with my pink undertones. Honestly, I can’t recommend these enough.

I sense an early(ish) contender for my September favourites…
Have you picked up any of these ABH highlighters? Which is your favourite shade from the range?

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  • I tried to place an order last night, they have taken my money but said there was an error.. Grrrr! I tried to order Peach Nectar, I wanted Riviera but it looked really pale in the pictures online, as I couldn’t find many swatches! Will definitely be picking up Riviera now too!

    Mel x | Loads of Lifestyle

    • Ah so annoying! Hopefully they sort it out. Yeah, I was really unsure about what it would look like on my skin because there weren’t enough swatches around but I’m glad I took the chance!

  • It’s gorgeous!!! I didn’t have my eye on these but that design is just stunning. Love the shade you picked too, and the gif 🙂

    Daniela |

  • I feel you on not wanting to mess up the design! Lol!! This is such a gorgeous shade, I need to check these out!

  • Guh so gorgeous! Everyone has seriously been upping their highlighter game. I’m gonna wait it out and just go crazy swatching everything in Sephora before I buy anything haha!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • Shilpa Shetty

    This looks really awesome,… I want these,.. I added these to my lust list already 🙂 thank you for the review,…

  • The Sunday Mode

    Ah these look beautiful, the design on the product alone is enough to make me want to buy it!

  • this is beautiful! i would love to try ABH highlighters, although i dont this particular shade, as stunning as it is would suit my paler complexion.

    • I love it on my pale complexion but I can totally see how some others would be more suited to it! They’re awesome 🙂

  • Literally just saw this come up in an email today! The zig zagged pattern scared me a bit but oh man looking at the swatches, it’s so dreamy! I only have the Mary Lou-manizer at the moment, and it gets a bit too shimmery so I’m looking into other options… now putting this ABH on the maybe list 😉

    Cherie / sinonym

  • Oh this is just soooooo beautiful!!!

  • I placed an order on Anastasia Beverly Hills site of this highlighter earlier today as well as ‘So Hollywood’. These highlighters are beautiful! Can’t wait to get my delivery.

    Ang xx |

  • THE GIF! That made this post honestly hahah, #datreflection! So so so pretty, I want to get some of these x

    Katina |

  • The Made Up Maiden

    Dammit. I really want this! And So Hollywood! I’ve fallen in love with swatches and the pattern is just stunning.

    THAT GIF just KILLS me!

    Great post! xx

  • I had no idea Anastasia made highlighter! This isss sooo pretty from the packaging to the glow! I’d be picking this over becca!

    Would love if you check out my blog! Just followed you on twitter and instagram 🙂Raincouver Beauty

  • Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  • WOW, IT’S SO PRETTY. I liked that you have comparison swatches. I really like that it’s rosy, would add a lovely glow to the cheeks!

  • I believe they’re only available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website at the moment, but they ship internationally 🙂