Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette | Review, Swatches and 7 Looks!

Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you my review of the ABH Riviera palette, one week after I purchased it! One week, you might ask? Oh, I promise you, that is enough time. I have created seven eye looks, have used all of the shades, and have used most of the shades more than once. Given my experiences so far with this palette, I feel more than confident that I can give you a thorough review! So if you are interested, let’s get into it!

Packaging and First Impressions

This palette comes in a navy and white nautical striped box with metallic gold details. I actually think the box is so pretty.. and it’s just a, well a box.. 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!

This palette comes with 14 NEW shades, 5 of which are mattes, and 6 are metallics. A different addition to this newest palette is that it includes three pressed pigments. This is the first time in a while where an ABH palette has included all new shades.

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packaging texture

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Set sail with 14 ALL-NEW paradise-inspired mattes and metallics, from vibrant jewel tones to bright pops of color. Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette is an essential springtime color collection featuring classic neutrals and seasonal tones that are perfect for creating your ultimate vacation looks. 

  • The full-pigment powder formula delivers high color payoff and intensity
  • Contains 14 all-new shadows and pressed pigments, with 8 ultra-mattes, 4 metallics and 2 duo chromes
  • Wide shade range allows you to create everything from cool- and warm-toned neutral looks to daring bright eye looks, shimmering glam looks and bold smoky eyes
  • Includes a dual-ended brush and a large mirror housed inside travel-friendly packaging
  • Cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and dermatologist tested


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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Price and Quantity

This eyeshadow palette is priced at $59 CAD ($45 USD) and comes with 0.35 oz of product… yikes! That is not a lot of product compared to typical eyeshadow palettes with this many shades, in fact it’s way below average. HOWEVER, this is progress for ABH, if you can believe it. In past years ABH palettes (before Sultry) have been priced at $55 CAD ($42 USD) and came with only 0.28 oz of product, so at least the increase in price is accompanying an increase in product!

To compare the value of this palette to others on the market I selected mostly high end palettes that either include half neutral half colourful shades, or all colour.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Number of Shades Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Juvia’s Place Zulu $28 1.14 9 $25/oz
2 Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Eyeshadow Palette $55 1.14 18 $48/oz
3 Violet Voss Flamingo PRO Eye Shadow Palette $60 1.2 20 $50/oz
4 Huda Beauty Obsessions: Electric $35 0.45 9 $78/oz
5 Viseart Coy $100 0.84 12 $119/oz
6 Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette $69 0.48 16 $144/oz
7 Urban Decay Born to Run $64 0.42 21 $152/oz
8 Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera $59 0.35 14 $169/oz
9 Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina, Soft Glam, Modern Renaissance, etc. $55 0.28 14 $196/oz
10 Natasha Denona Tropic Palette $162 0.75 15 $216/oz

Well, it didn’t do so hot in terms of value. The value of ABH palettes has always been bad when compared to other high end palettes, mainly because they have always included such a small amount of product. Even with the increase in product in this palette, I’m not at all surprised by the ranking. I know most of us are never too concerned about using up all the product in an eyeshadow palette, but because ABH shades have less than half the normal amount of product in a palette pan, the plausibility of running through a shade is real. Especially since the ABH formula has so much kickback. Overall, the bad value just means that this palette better be amazing!

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, I’m just going to go ahead and spill the beans: I 100% recommend this palette. When trying to think up what I don’t like about it, I pretty much come up with nothing.

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The pigmentation of all the shades range from good to great, with perhaps one exception. Estate is a very light peach shade, and I just don’t notice much colour payoff when using it, even on my light skin tone. However, it is great for blending out other shades, so I end up using it a lot. Bahamas, Cannes and Palm are all pressed pigments, so they are all quite pigmented of course. However, they didn’t knock my socks off (ex. the hot pink in Colourpop Ooh La La has way more payoff), but almost in a good way. They were pigmented while still being manageable and easy to build. When you go in with pure pigment, there is certainly potential to run into blending issues. I found these shades pretty easy to work with, but perhaps the blend in the outer corner isn’t quite perfect if you look up close in these eye shots you will see below. In person though, I was very happy with the blend.

As for the metallics, I pretty much love them all. Swatching in store I was definitely concerned because I thought some of them seemed thin. Well there was no need to worry: these metallics pack on beautifully on top of a concealer base, and a wet brush certainly helps too. I especially love Seychelles, Seaside and Mediterranean, likely because those are some of the more interesting stand out shades in the palette.

ABH Riviera labelled

As for performance besides blending, again I didn’t really run into any issues. The mattes all definitely have the typical amount of kickback found with ABH shadows. The shades packed on well if that was what you wanted to do, and when you applied them they stayed true to colour. I had issues with two mattes in the Norvina palette literally changing on the eye as I applied them; that definitely didn’t happen here. Lastly, I never encountered any issues with fading with wear: the shades stayed vibrant all day! One thing to note though is that staining was an issue with Bahamas and Monte Carlo. The staining was really bad with Bahamas, and minimal with Monte Carlo. I was surprised I didn’t get much or any staining from Cannes!

So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through. Each look was created on a set concealer base, although I always apply metallics on top of wet concealer.



Shades Used
Outer corner, lower crease and outer lower lash line. This is a beautifully pigmented true purple that packs on really well and blends pretty well. The blend could perhaps be a little better, but like I said I was happy with how it looked in person.
Monte Carlo:
Crease and lower lash line. This is a great medium pink that works especially well for blending out Cannes or Bahamas.
Transition. As mentioned earlier, this is a very light peach shade that works well as your transition shade between brow bone and the eye look. It finishes off the blend nicely, but doesn’t offer a ton of payoff. I’m pretty ok with this since I usually like to use a shade like this to finish off a blend, as compared to a white.
Brow bone. This is a decently pigmented white, which means you should be careful to not go overboard if you are using it to blend out a shade or on your brow bone.
Inner lid. This is a shade I can’t wait to use more. It is a grey blue that seems to shift a bit depending on which shades you are using it with. In this eye look it actually looks a bit lavender, perhaps because it is paired with Cannes.
Center lid. This is a stunning medium indigo that seems really unique to me. Again, I can’t wait to use this shade more!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Psychedelic Sister” is on the waterline. Lashes are Ardell Faux Mink 812.



Shades Used
Crease and lower lash line. This is a beautiful medium peach that has pretty good pigmentation! I love this kind of a shade paired with cooler colours, especially blue!
Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is a great brown, although it doesn’t strike me as a pressed pigment. I found the pigmentation to be average for a deep brown, not unlike other browns in the ABH line. I do feel like the blend could perhaps be a bit better between Coastline and Palm, but again it looked great in person. And it blended beautifully with Seychelles.
Brow bone.
Lid. What a stunning blue!!! I honestly didn’t think it would be anything special because I have quite a few metallic blue shades that I love. But the tone of this one is just so pretty!
Inner corner. This is a yellow metallic. I love that it is quite bright, leaning on the more yellow side than gold. Upon first swatch this was the shade that I thought was a bit sheer, but it packed on really nicely.

Urban Decay 24/7 Heavy Metal Liner in the shade “Pyro” is lining the crease. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline. Lashes are Ardell Faux Mink 812.



Shades Used
Outer corner, crease and outer lower lash line. This is definitely a bam in your face neon pink, however, it was pretty easy to work with, with manageable pigmentation. It also blended well!
Monte Carlo:
Brow bone.
Inner lid.
Center lid. This is a pretty pink metallic, but it honestly doesn’t strike me as anything special and it doesn’t really excite me. I do want to use it again though, because maybe I will appreciate it more with time. Maybe it’s just because it doesn’t seem to have as much shine as the other metallics.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Perversion” is on the waterline. Lashes are Ardell Faux Mink 812.



Shades Used
Crease/transition. This is a mustardy yellow matte, that has good pigmentation. I honestly don’t love the tone of this shade; I wish a bright yellow or true yellow matte had been included in the palette instead. Because I have applied Coastline over this shade you don’t notice Cabana as much, but you will see it at full force in the last look!
Crease and lower lash line.
Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Lid. This is a classic champagne, despite the description saying it has a violet shift. I literally say no duo chrome-ness at all. This is a good basic to have, if you like to pair neutrals with pops of colour on the lower lash line etc.
Lower lash line.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Deep End” is on the waterline.



Shades Used
Monte Carlo:
Crease, outer corner, outer lid and outer lower lash line.
Crease, center lid and lower lash line.
Transition and inner lid.
Outer corner, crease and outer lower lash line.
Brow bone and inner lid.

To be clear with what is going on in this look, on the lid there is a gradient of Sail, Estate, Coastline, Monte Carlo and then Bahamas. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Heartless” is on the waterline. Lashes are Ardell Faux Mink 817.




Shades Used
Monte Carlo:
Crease and lower lash line.
Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Brow bone.
Inner lid.
Center lid.
Outer lid.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Deep End” is on the waterline.



Shades Used
Cabana: Crease.
Palm: Outer corner.
Sails: Brow bone.
Inheritance: Lid.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Perversion” is on the waterline.

Final Thoughts

This palette is pretty much an A+ for me! Yes, I did mention a few teeny tiny issues, but really they just aren’t issues to me. I think the blending looks great in person, although you might spot some minor imperfections when looking at up close shots. And yes, Estate isn’t super pigmented, but if it were it would come off as a really chalky shade because it is so light. As it is, it is the perfect transition shade.

Overall, the experience when using this palette is perfect. I found it required no work, it was just fun, and really, it was easy! I 100% recommend if you are looking for a half neutral half colourful palette and like the ABH formula. I might even venture to say that this may be their best palette yet…

Have you tried or plan on trying this palette? Which look is your favourite?

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12 thoughts on “Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette | Review, Swatches and 7 Looks!

  1. Those are some incredible eye looks and you are gorgeous by the way!

    I’ve always though ABH as a brow company but I’m hearing so many great things about their palettes that I’m probably going to cave one of these days and invest in one:)

    1. Wow thank you so much! You are so kind! Their other products are definitely starting to take over the business I think! I highly recommend their palettes! The only one I haven’t really liked is Norvina.

  2. I love the first look you created with the purple and blue shades from the palette! It definitely looks very versatile and I can see how each shade can be used in multiple ways 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It is perhaps one of my favourite colourful palettes ever? Yes, I think it is, I just decided lol.

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