So if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette! I was super excited to try this palette as, believe it or not, I haven’t tried any of their palettes before (Gasps in horror). I always wanted to try Modern Renaissance but just never got round to buying it, and so when this palette was released I just had to have it. So I ordered my palette from the ABH website but you can also purchase it now on Beauty Bay. I have been testing it for the past 5 days so I thought I would give you the rundown of my thoughts. Is it worth the money?
The Soft Glam palette retails for £43, the same as all of the other ones from ABH. This may seem quite pricey, but for 14 eyeshadows it works out at only £3 each, far cheaper than some single shadows. I tend to compare all of my high-end palettes to Urban Decay Naked palettes as I think they are the standard high-end price. This palette is £5 more expensive than the UD ones, however, with 2 extra eyeshadows, I think it balances out. This palette also comes with a double -ended brush which I think is a nice extra touch. I am always willing to pay a little bit more for good quality shadows and so I don’t think this palette is that bad.
I think every man and his dog has seen this palette floating around the internet so I haven’t inserted a picture of the packaging (but it is not hard to find on google). I actually love this packaging. Like… a lot. Like all the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes, it is a suede material. I do understand the issue that some bloggers have with this, as I am sure it will get so grubby so quickly. But I don’t care. I think it is so unique and I don’t have any other palette with this type of packaging. I also love the feel of it, so soft! The goldy-beige colour makes it look so luxurious and sophisticated and it isn’t chunky like some of my other palettes. Like most palettes, it has a magnetic clasp so eyeshadow won’t go everywhere when you travel and it feels really well made.
Okay so lets get to the nitty gritty – the stuff you are actually here for. As I said before this palette comes with 14 eyeshadows that are arranged in squares. Each eyeshadow is 0.7g and so is quite a bit smaller than the Naked palettes (1.3g) but as I will explain later, a little goes a long way! As a whole the palette is quite warm with the occasional cool toned shade thrown in. I am a warm tone gal so this palette is perfect for me, but with cool shades also I think this palette could cater for everyone. There are 9 mattes and 5 shimmers and so you can create a variety of looks, for both day and night! I love the versatility of this palette.
- Tempera – a light beige matte- perfect for highlighting the brow bone and as a transition shade
- Glistening – A pale gold shimmer with a hint of pink – looks fab in the inner corner and as a highlighter (Two jobs in one)
- Orange soda – A peachy matte shade – great as a transition shade in the crease
- Rose pink – Rose gold shimmer – beautiful all over the lid
- Sultry – warm chocolately brown shimmer – great if you want a smokey look
- Bronze – A bright gold shimmer – great to pack on the lid
- Mulberry – Matte berry shade – great for adding definition to the crease
- Dusty rose – matte cool toned pink-lilac shade – awesome for a more cool look
- Fairy – A light gold shimmer – great for the inner portion of the eye
- Burnt orange – Deep orange matte – great to build up definition in the crease
- Sienna – matte brown for a smokier look
- Rustic – matte cinamon – perfect for a more subtle matte look
- Cyrpus umber – very dark matte brown – a good way to get a smokey look without going for the black! Looks great with gold
- Noir – as the name says – a matte black – great for added smoke or as a liner
PS. I am sorry that there is no eye look picture in this post, I struggled to get a decent picture of my eye haha! Seriously though… if anyone has any tips on taking pictures of eyshadow, please let me know in the comments. The struggle is real.
I was concerned that I would have trouble with kickback that I saw lots of people had with the Subculture palette. I will admit there was more than I was expecting with this palette, so don’t tap too heavily in the pan. But it is not as big a deal as I thought it would be. A little goes a very long way with these shadows as they are soooo pigmented. I didn’t need to use a setting spray with the shimmers like I often like to do, they look great on their own. Despite the kickback, there was little fallout and all of the shadows blended seamlessly with very minimal effort. I was very dubious when I saw the kickback but once I saw these shades on my eye, It doesn’t bother me, a light hand is all that is needed!
All in all, an absolutely gorgeous palette and I can tell that it is going to become staple item very quickly! Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this palette! Have you already bought it – did it live up to your expectations? Are you dying to buy it and give it a try?
Thanks for reading, as always!