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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator Review and Swatches

I knew you guys would love MAC's Oh Darling! It's a 24K stunner. Today, let's talk about Anastasia Beverly Hill's So Hollywood! I purchased it at Sephora around the same time as MAC's Oh Darling (hint: Anastasia Beverly Hills always has a HUGE SALE around Thanksgiving). Well unbeknownst to me at the time ('15), Oh Darling was a HIGHLIGHTER ... So Hollywood an ILLUMINATOR! There is a difference you guys! One will be very intense (highlighter) and the other not so much (illuminator). Well, So Hollywood is an exception to the rule. It's the most intense illuminator I've ever tried or seen. I mean, look at Laura Geller's Gilded Honey on my face (which is an illuminator) and now look at So Hollywood. See the difference? :D Where MAC Oh Darling is 24K gold, I would say So Hollywood is just a notch down in the gold category. Maybe 14K or Antique Gold. It's softer. It applies a lot "thinner" than Oh Darling, but there is still MUCH BLING. The pigmentation is awesome. I applied it to my cheeks, nose and lips so you could compare and contrast it to the other gold highlighters I'll be reviewing this week. I love So Hollywood. When you really get into and study makeup, you find out not everything is the same. There are variances in texture, tone, the way it applies and color. I've really started paying attention to these things. It helps to know, what to reach for when you need something.

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator is Supersweet



  1. Love your reviews. Keep them coming.

  2. I love the detailed review! It is definitely quite strong for an illuminator, I like the golden undertones :) xx

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  3. Oooo...I didn't know Anastasia has a sale around Thanksgiving. Thanks for the tip, Kim:) And can totally see why the rating is Supersweet on this. Sometimes, there are days that illuminators are just enough with no need for contouring/highlighting, and this So Hollywood looks like it's perfect for that job:D

    PS Kim, my husband really loved your comment on my last post:D He said thank you!

  4. Ooh I want this one too!!! I only got my first ABH highlight recently (nicole's glow kit) and it's probably the blingiest highlight I own. So Hollywood looks gorgeous!

  5. Kim you are a golden goddess!! I can tell from your photo that the pigmentation of this is quite intense and the look is definitely glammed out. It's so true that different texture and finishes will apply with varying results and it's something we can only learn through using/playing with them.

  6. What a beautiful highlighter!!! I love it :)


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  7. I can definitely see a difference between So Hollywood and Oh Darling, but I do love the look of both of them - and I would probably be more interested in an illuminator than a highlighter, since I prefer my make-up quite subtle. Thanks for a great review, Kim!

  8. Oh wow, what a beautiful shade Kim, you wear it so well.
    I love the packaging too.

  9. I would def say this looks more like a highlighter than illuminator too. Regardless of the name, its gorgeous!

  10. Another gorgeous highlighter! Beautiful Kim!

  11. I know a lot of beauty bloggers, like yourself, as well as IG girls that LOVE Anastasia's highlighters and illuminations and I've always admired how gorgeous they look on, but have never tried them myself. That said, this is absolutely gorgeous, Kim! I really love the Oh Darling you reviewed yesterday, which I really want to try, though I'm hesitant because I've broken out pretty bad with other MAC face products, so perhaps I should try this one instead? Or try my luck with the MAC highlight, not sure because they're both so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  12. This is sooo pretty Kim! I'm going to have to add this to my wish list!! I love the Anastasia highlighters and this one definitely is beautiful!

  13. It looks beautiful on you, what a nice shimmer! :)

    Had no idea that there were highlighters and illuminators too or what the difference was Kim, so thanks for sharing! :)

    Hope you are having an awesome week! :)

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  14. It's just too pretty to use. Love the design so much. That glow will make you shine from space Kim. So stunning! Xxx

  15. Wow it looks stunning!! I love the design of the inside and I love you also added it on your lips, you look amazing Kim xx


  16. "So much bling!" a very accurate description from you Kim haha, I love it! The name is SO fitting for this shimmering, gorgeous illuminator!!

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  17. This is such a pretty colour! Looks so good on you :)

  18. This shade gives a glow. So nice.

  19. Ooooo! It's so freaking stunning on you, Kim! I have yet to try ABH highlighters but I know the formula is one of the best!

  20. Haven't tried much from Anastasia but I really want to. You look beautiful as always xx

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