Hello everyone! Happy (or not) Monday!
Lately, things have been so busy, and I am forever feeling behind. Now that the semester is finishing up I am doing a lot of marking, but soon that will be over and I will be able to focus on more important things, like my masters thesis, and makeup. Priorities, right?
Today I bring you the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette. When this was first released, I knew that I was going to get it. Now this was a strange reaction for me, because usually when neutral palettes are released, I couldn’t roll my eyes harder. But there’s just something about the ABH formula that makes me lose all of my inhibitions. Additionally, as hard as it may be to believe, I don’t really have a neutral go-to palette in my collection that includes mattes and shimmers. So I knew this was it.
Something that was really too bad though was how early it was leaked. It was leaked in January, which left us waiting such a long time for it to release! Oh well, it’s here now, and it is beautiful!
Packaging and First Impressions
One thing that is not beautiful in my opinion, is the packaging. I have never hated the soft velvet packaging more than now. This light shade of mustardy yellow is just not attractive, and does not remind me of “soft glam”. But what makes it worse is that I have already stained the outside of this palette so much, and I’ve only been using it for two weeks. The picture below is it in its pristine state, but if you were to look at mine now, it has deep shadow stains over at least 1/4 of it. Eyeshadow is a messy business, so being able to clean the packaging is a must, in my opinion.
Inside, the shades are truly beautiful, and the eye can instantly put together looks. Some palettes are just hard to figure out, but this one is very easy, with its warm neutral and cool neutral shades. I think the fact that this neutral palette includes both browns and roses makes it more unique. Seems like it would be common, but most palettes are either all browns, or all pinks, and not a mixture of both.
This palette includes 14 shades, with 9 mattes and 5 metallics/shimmer toppers.
Price and Quantity
This palette is priced at $55 CAD ($42 USD) and has 0.28 oz of product. ABH eyeshadow palettes are notoriously high-priced for the amount of product that you get, and you can really see this when you compare to other eyeshadow palettes. Check out my Wow! or Waste? of the ABH Spring Releases to see how this one compares.
Here are the claims from the ABH website:
“Featuring fourteen essential shades, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect collection of easy-to-blend, full pigment shadows. With a long lasting formula, this palette is complete with bronze metallics and iridescent finishes ideal for a nighttime look and neutral mattes for daytime.
Tempera: Ultra-matte velvety beige
Glistening: Iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect
Orange Soda: Ultra-matte pastel peach
Rose Pink: Rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue
Sultry: A hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown
Bronze: Metallic gold bronze
Mulberry: Ultra-matte mulberry
Dusty Rose: Ultra-matte dusty lilac
Fairy: Multi-imensional light gold
Burnt Orange: Ultra-matte deep orange
Sienna: Ultra-matte earthy brown
Rustic: Ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown
Cyprus Umber: Ultra-matte dark coffee
Noir: Ultra-matte deep carbon black”
Pigmentation and Performance
True to usual ABH style, I found that all of the shades were pigmented and very buildable. However, I did find that two of the shades were definitely drier than the others, and those were Orange Soda and Mulberry. I wouldn’t say that this impacted how they performed, but it was something that I noticed.
When first looking at the palette, I think some might be wondering about the three gold shades in the palette. I mean, how different can they be? Glistening is actually more of a sparse peachy gold shimmer that works more as a topper. This shade is like a really gentle metallic, that is really subtle-y pretty. On the other hand, Fairy and Bronze are more true metallics, that can be built up to be opaque. The only difference is that Fairy is a light gold, whereas Bronze is a more antique, deeper gold. On the eye, they do look different, although not by a whole lot.
In a lot of my looks you will notice that I used the same line up of mattes: Orange Soda, followed by Burnt Orange, Sienna, and Cyprus Umber. The kind of L-shape that these shades form in the palette are really the best neutral warm shades to build up the crease of a look. If you want an impeccable blend, you want to use as many shades in a gradient as possible. ABH has seriously thought this through and they really succeeded with the shades they chose.
One shade that I really haven’t used is Rustic, because it is more of a cool-toned brown with some yellow in it. When I did cool-toned looks, I didn’t really use any mid-tone browns, so I have yet to gain some experience with this shade.
Overall, this palette performed just as well as any of the past successful ABH palettes. As usual, there was quite a bit of kick back in the pan, although not as much for the dry shades. I didn’t experience a lot of fall out. The shadows blend like a dream, and the pigmentation is great, with no fading throughout the day. I really have no complaints about this palette at all.
Below are some of the looks that I created.
Tempera: Brow bone and inner corner. Even though Tempera is described as an “ultra matte”, it is so not. This is very much a satin shade that looks really beautiful on the brow bone.
Orange Soda: Crease and all over the lid. The perfect shade to start your transition, and can really be built up to be quite orange-y. This shade was on the drier side though.
Burnt Orange: Crease. A great shade to deepen that transition. This shade is also in the Modern Renaissance palette.
Sienna: Crease and outer corner. I love using this deep terracotta to really warm up and deepen looks.
Cyprus Umber: Outer corner to deepen. This is a great deep brown to deepen any look, whether cool or warm. I have never had problems with blending this dark shade. This shade is also in the Modern Renaissance palette.
Glistening: Pressed all over the lid as a topper. This shade is that more sparse peachy gold shade that just adds a touch of shimmer to the lid. Like I said, it is really gentle and pretty.
Tempera: Brow bone.
Orange Soda: Crease.
Burnt Orange: Crease.
Sienna: Crease and outer corner.
Mulberry: Outer corner and dragged into the crease. This mulberry shade is really interesting, because it doesn’t always come off very berry-ish. It kind of just accentuates whatever shade you are applying on top of. It is kind of a chameleon in that way. This is the other shade that I found to be pretty dry.
Cyrpus Umber: Outer corner to deepen.
Fairy: Inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This was a pretty, light gold, but there wasn’t really anything special about it.
Bronze: Outer half of the lid. Even though this gold is deeper, I wouldn’t say that it really stood out on the eye as a different shade. It was very beautiful though.
The Ultimate Soft Glam
Tempera: Brow bone, inner lid and inner corner.
Orange Soda: Crease and middle lid.
Burnt Orange: Crease and outer lid.
Sienna: Crease and outer lid.
Cyrpus Umber: Outer corner and outer lid.
Noir: Outer corner and outer lid. I do feel like Noir could maybe have blended a bit better, but I maybe could have tried harder to blend it as well. Noir may have been a bit dry as well, but I didn’t use it a lot.
Tempera: Brow bone and inner corner.
Dusty Rose: Crease. This is a nice dusty lilac shade that blended really nicely. This was definitely my go-to transition shade for the cooler-toned looks that I did.
Mulberry: Crease and deepened in the outer corner.
Rose Pink: Pressed all over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This rose shade is so beautiful!! Also, all of the metallics, with the exception of Glistening, were so rich and picked up and applied so easily.
Sultry: Outer 1/3 of lid. Although it looks a lot deeper in the pan, this shade is like a slightly darker version of Rose Pink, with some more plum in it. When you swatch it, it looks really dark. But it actually applied lighter on the lid than I thought it would, which you will also see in the next look.
Tempera: Brow bone and inner corner.
Dusty Rose: Crease and smudged on the lower lash line.
Sultry: All over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. The name for this shade is so apt!
Noir: Outer corner and dragged into the crease to deepen.
Rose Pink: Applied wet on the lower lash line.
I am very happy that I purchased this palette, and it will definitely be my go-to from now on. Lately, when I wasn’t doing a Palette Roulette or a certain look for a certain reason, I had been feeling lost on which palette to use. Well, this palette is the answer.
Now that it is spring, I love to do more rosy-toned looks, and this palette totally satisfies that. But it also satisfies warm neutrals, which are also really beautiful. This palette is definitely the ultimate bridal palette, and I would certainly recommend it to colour and neutral lovers-alike. This may be “another neutral palette”, but it is a great neutral palette, and I would argue, THE neutral palette to have.
Have you tried this new ABH palette? What do you think? Is it just another boring set of neutrals, or do you agree that it is special in its own way? Comment down below!
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