Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette | First Impressions + 3 Eye Looks!

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share with you a quick post with my first thoughts on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera eyeshadow palette!

I have to be honest, when I first saw the announcement for this palette, it totally made my day! This is the type of colour scheme we have been asking for ABH to produce for a while now, and they really did it right. They included some neutrals to please the majority of their consumer base, as well as a good amount of brighter colours to please those with the more and more popular thought that neutrals are oh so over. However, I will admit that I felt some trepidation when it came to actually purchasing the palette. I did not enjoy the Norvina palette for multiple reasons, so I was concerned that I would face similar problems with this palette. But I went for it anyways!

outer packaging


While ABH palettes have classically in the past year or two been covered in velvet, this palette is instead a canvas material with nautical stripes. The lettering is gold metallic. I am loving these themed details, although I am still concerned about the functionality of fabric-covered palettes. I am always getting eyeshadow on my fingers during application, so transferring that to the palette packaging is pretty likely for me. I’m not sure how easy canvas will be to clean.. But I will do my best to keep it pristine!


packaging texture


This palette comes with 14 shades, 5 of which are mattes, and 6 are metallics. A different addition to this newest palette is that it includes three pressed pigments. I bet you can guess which shades those are… the hot pink, purple and brown!

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Shade Descriptions

Sails: Matte white
Yacht: Duo Chrome mauvy taupe with a violet shift
Seychelles: Metallic aqua marine
Palermo: Metallic jewel pink
Seaside: Duo Chrome silver with a subtle blue shift
Inheritance: Metallic true gold
Mediterranean: Metallic sky blue
Estate: Matte soft pastel peachy pink
Cabana: Matte muted birch mustard
Coastline: Matte pastel soft peach
Bahamas: Matte bright bold candy hot pink pressed pigment
Monte Carlo: Matte cool mid-tone pink
Cannes: Matte bright violet purple pressed pigment
Palm: Matte dark chocolate brown pressed pigment

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My First Impressions

So far I have created three looks with this palette and I can honestly say I had ZERO issues with it. With all of these looks that you are about to see, I used a concealer base set with powder. The pigmentation and performance of this palette was great! Creating each look went so smoothly; this palette was a true pleasure to use. When swatching, I was a little concerned as the shimmers seemed a bit sheer, but they packed on top of a tacky base remarkably well (I use concealer). Using a wet brush also helped amp up the shine. As for the mattes, they all applied true to colour, seemed to actually stay that way (I had trouble with some mattes in the Norvina palette literally changing colour on the eye), and they were able to maintain pigmentation during blending. They were also very buildable, and blending was a breeze, as usual with ABH shadows.

The only thing that I will note is that I did experience staining with the shades Monte Carlo and Bahamas (it was quite bad with Bahamas). This is to be expected since Bahamas is a pressed pigment, and even regular pink eyeshadows can stain.

Three Looks

For now, I am just going to list all of the shades used in each look. When I post my full review of this palette next week, I will explain how I created each look and give my specific thoughts on each shade.





Shades used: Bahamas, Monte Carlo, Estate, Sails, Inheritance, Palermo



Shades used: Estate, Coastline, Palm, Sails, Seychelles, Inheritance



Shades used: Cannes, Monte Carlo, Coastline, Mediterranean, Seaside

Final Thoughts

You have my sincerest go-ahead to go get this palette! As I have already said multiple times, this palette has performed flawlessly for me so far, and I don’t anticipate any future issues since I have used all of the shades except for two. If you are loving this colour scheme and can foresee yourself getting some real use out of it, I really do think you should go for it! I can not wait to play with it more!

Have you bought this palette or do you have plans to? Which look is your favourite so far? And which colour combinations would you like to see me do in the future?

sign off 2019

25 thoughts on “Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette | First Impressions + 3 Eye Looks!

      1. I’m not sure yet. I’m leaning no, the colors are beautiful but I’ve bought sooo much since ending my no-buy. I want to catch up on reviews first before buying anything else new!

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  1. The colours are really pretty, you can create a number of looks with this palette and it’d be great for summer especially! I love the pink and purple looks you created for this post 😊

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  2. I love that they went with canvas for the packaging, it goes so well with the nautical/beachy theme! The white is going to be hard to keep clean though, yikes!

    Gorgeous looks, as always! The colours are so vibrant, and I’m glad the formula worked well for you!

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  3. Whoooa! What an absolutely gorgeous color story. I love it so much. ❤ I also am a fan of that packaging although I do see the worry about it easily dirtying up.

    These are by the far the prettiest looks you've ever created, Nova!!

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    1. Aw thank you so much Hunida! This is definitely my favourite palette of the year. And really the best palette I’ve used in a while!


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