Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Saddle - review and swatches


I realised this morning that I've been using this bronzer via Project Dent for almost two weeks, so it's high time I reviewed it because I'll be moving it out of circulation in the next couple of days.

I'm pleased to say that I really like it and I'm glad I bought it, although note that it hasn't hit the HG list like the Marc Jacob bronzer I recently dented (I've reviewed that here), so while I think it's great, it hasn't blown my socks off. More on that below.

ABH claims/product details:

  • A powder bronzer for the face and body that creates a natural matte, trace-less finish
  • Features a finely milled formula for buildable coverage and seamless blending
  • Sweep on the eyes for a natural contour and added warmth
  • Feels weightless on the skin
  • Available in six naturally sun-kissed shades
  • Shade range is inclusive for cool and olive undertones
  • Includes a large mirror for on-the-go touch-ups
  • RRP $50 AUD for 10g, but do wait for sales

I do like the packaging of this bronzer, and I wasn't expecting to because it can look a little box-y in photos.

But in real life it's streamlined and has some weight to it, and it's sturdy too. I also like the large mirror: it's a great size and good quality to boot.

There's the pan, direct sunlight:

Indirect sunlight:

Light and heavy swatches, direct sunlight:

Below I've done some comparison swatches alongside other popular shades, direct sunlight:

 * L-R: ABH Saddle, Becca Ipanema Sun, Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights, theBalm Bamama Mama, Benefit Hoola

Indirect sunlight:

 * L-R: ABH Saddle, Becca Ipanema Sun, Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights, theBalm Bamama Mama, Benefit Hoola


This is a really nice bronzer and I recommend it. Sure, it's not my favourite formula of all time - but it's still very good and I'm glad I bought it.

It's a smooth powder that's finely milled, although it's a little dry and dusty - which isn't my preference for powders (I prefer something more soft and creamy), but it's certainly not as dry as Bobbi Brown's formula (see review here) so I don't notice that aspect as much with this ABH product.

It applies and blends well, and I appreciate that I can apply this over a tinted moisturiser that's still a little tacky and it will blend and diffuse beautifully, so it's never looked patchy on me. I can't say the same of Benefit's Hoola, for example (I've reviewed that here), and the fact that this blends over dewy bases is a plus for me because I have dry skin and I don't like using too much setting powder.

The other thing I like about this is that it lasts well throughout the day and it's also not a completely flat matte so it doesn't look dry on the skin, which some bronzers can do if I try to build them. I don't have that issue with this formula.

Do note, though, that it doesn't airbrush the skin in the same way that my Hourglass and Marc Jacobs bronzers do, and that's why it hasn't made the HG list. Yes it's a pleasure to work with and I like how it looks on the skin, but it's not a cut above the rest so I wouldn't necessarily rush out and buy it again.

On the colour, I love that it's a deep brown with a golden undertone that's not too warm, although it's not as close to my Stila Sun Bronzer in Dark as I expected - which I was hoping for when I saw the swatches. As you may know, those Stila bronzers have been discontinued and I've been searching for something that's the same as Dark for a few years now, but I've found that Saddle isn't quite as golden or warm as Dark (I retained some of Dark for comparison swatches), so it's not exactly what I was after. Still, I really like the colour.

I think it's worth noting that this ABH bronzer is a little more pigmented than many of my other bronzers, so I tend to go in more lightly with this. I've also seen other reviewers mention that the product is more pigmented than they were expecting, so that's worth noting too.

Overall I think this is a really lovely bronzer and I enjoy it - it's a pleasure to work with, it blends beautifully and it looks natural on the skin - but it's not my favourite for the reasons mentioned and I probably wouldn't buy it again. Still, I'll use it and love it while I have it.

Lovely, but not my favourite.

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