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Anastasia Beverly Hills "Soft Glam" Palette // Swatches & Review

. Sunday, 1 April 2018 .
This is one of those things that I was so convinced I wasn't going to buy, because although it looked gorgeous (and trust me it is gorgeous) I couldn't really justify spending that much money on an eyeshadow palette. But then I watched Georgia Marie's recent YouTube video in which she featured the palette, and the next thing I knew it was in my basket! The palette contains 14 shades, which are a mix of mattes, metallics and iridescent finishes. It retails for £43 but I purchased it through Feel Unique which has a fab 'Refer a Friend' programme which meant I only actually paid £33. If you'd like to sign up to the site feel free to use my link, it means you'll get £10 off and so will I!


The palette has been described as a 'softer' version of the iconic ABH "Modern Renaissance," and I'd definitely agree with that. Despite thinking the MR looked incredible, I never purchased it because I knew I wouldn't get enough use out of it to justify the price. Whereas I find this to be a lot more wearable and includes more classic colours, as opposed to the MR which I think is very on trend currently but might not stand the test of time. The palette features 7 shades which have been seen in ABH palettes before and 7 totally new shades. Personally, I prefer it when palettes feature all new shades, rather than reuse old ones. However, because I don't own any other ABH palettes it doesn't really bother me. Plus I feel like the shades all work well together and allow you to create a multitude of different looks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Swatches

Tempera

This shade is described as an "ultra-matte velvety beige" on the website and essentially it is exactly the same colour as my skin tone! This is going to be perfect for popping all over my lids to even out the skin tone and set my eyeshadow primer. A little bit underwhelming but still a very useful shade to have in my collection.

Glistening

Glistening is a soft gold with an iridescent finish. The texture of this shade was a bit drier than the others making it much less intense than the metallic shades, so it is perfect for days when you want your makeup look to be a bit softer. You can also build it up slightly by dampening your brush with some fixing spray. It's a warm toned gold so it works well with a warm toned brown blended into the crease. 

Orange Soda

Orange Soda is essentially exactly what it says on the tin; it's a matte peachy-orange shade. I have to admit that I don't think I'll get much use out of this one. I know a lot of people love warm orange/red tones but I've just never really got into it for some reason. But I'll still play around with it to see if I can incorporate it into a look at all. The texture of this one was more powdery but this does not seem to affect the colour pay off.

Rose Pink

I'm just going to have to come out and say it. This is my favourite shade in the palette by far. I've really been into pink eye shadows recently. Rose Pink is a beautiful rose gold shade with a pink iridescent hue. I think this is going to look beautiful with the shade 'Dusty Rose' in the crease. My only issue with it is that it is not as firmly pressed in the pan, which means you need to be quite careful with it to avoid getting a lot of fall out. It is however, beautifully creamy in texture and blends really well to provide an even coverage. 

Sultry

Sultry is a warm chocolate brown with coppery hue to it. It is very similar to Rose Pink in that it is opaque and soft but not firmly pressed into the pan, meaning you need to be careful not to pick up too much product. I imagine this shade is going to be perfect for creating dark, smokey eye looks but with a pop of metallic shimmer. 

Bronze

Bronze is, as its name would suggest, a metallic bronzy-gold. Not quite as pigmented as Rose Pink and Sultry but builds up well, particularly when applied with a dampened brush. However it is similar in the sense of being loosely pressed, so you need to be careful to avoid fall out. Personally, I am a big fan of the colour as I think it really suits both my skin tone and eye colour. 

Mulberry

Mulberry is the final shade on the top row. It is another matte in a plum-ish red shade. For me this is the one shade that I do not think is accurately represented by the swatches for some reason. If you want a more accurate representation of the colour I would say to look at the first image where you can see it in it pan. This one did not blend quite as well as the others but is still a pretty shade and can definitely be worked with, it just requires a little more effort. I would love to create an eye look featuring this shade but I'm not sure that I'm quite brave enough! I will definitely be playing around with it though to see what I can create.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Swatches

Dusty Rose

If Rose Pink is my favourite shade in the palette then Dusty Rose is definitely my second, plus as I've already mentioned, I think the two would look fab paired together. Dusty Rose is a matte medium mauve shade that I am just in love with. It's not too pinky nor too purply, it's just the right in-between shade for me. It also isn't too bright, which I think makes it more wearable on a day to day basis. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this shade is and it blended really nicely. 

Fairy

Fairy is a true, bright gold shade. It wasn't quite as pigmented as the other metallic shades, however it could easily be built up or made more intense with the use of a damp brush. It also doesn't have the same issue that some of the metallics had whereby they were too loose in the pan. Fairy is firmly pressed but was still smooth and easy to blend. 

Burnt Orange

As I've already mentioned, I'm not a huge fan of orange shades, despite them being really on trend. Burnt Orange is a matte, muted deep orange shade. The shade has good colour pay off but still blends really easily. I could imagine using this shade to create a beautiful holiday/summer inspired looks! 

Sienna

I would best describe Sienna as a reddish rust colour. It is a matte, reddish-brown which has a good amount of pigment, but didn't blend quite as easily as some of the other shades so I would advise building the shade up slowly. This is perfect for people who are loving those warm-toned eye looks right now. 

Rustic

Rustic is a medium, mid-tone brown with a matte finish. It is very richly pigmented but smooth and easy to blend. Personally I am a big fan of popping a little bit of a matte brown in the crease of my eyes on a daily basis, just to accentuate my eyes a bit more. This is definitely the perfect shade for that. Not too dark but just enough to add a bit more definition. 

Cyprus Umber

Cyprus Umber is a dark, coffee shade. It is matte and has quite neutral undertones. Similar to Rustic in the sense that it would be great for wearing on its own just to accentuate the crease, but with a bit more intensity due to it being darker. Despite being quite dark it blended out really nicely, however the shade isn't completely opaque. I think that's a benefit though, it allows you to use a dark shade in a slightly less intense way or gives you the option to build it up more if you want to. 

Noir

Noir is, as you would expect, a true-black shade. It is matte and very opaque but could have done with being more blendable. Less is definitely more with this shade and it is quite dry, which is possibly why it wasn't as easy to blend. But, credit where credit is due, super dark shades like this are always hard to get right. It does blend, but will take a lot more effort than the other shades in this palette. Personally I'm not sure I'd get much use out of a black shade, but it could be used to create a good effect if pressed into the lash line, to create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

Which out of these shades is your favourite? 

This is one of those things that I was so convinced I wasn't going to buy, because although it looked gorgeous (and trust me it is gorgeous) I couldn't really justify spending that much money on an eyeshadow palette. But then I watched Georgia Marie's recent YouTube video in which she featured the palette, and the next thing I knew it was in my basket! The palette contains 14 shades, which are a mix of mattes, metallics and iridescent finishes. It retails for £43 but I purchased it through Feel Unique which has a fab 'Refer a Friend' programme which meant I only actually paid £33. If you'd like to sign up to the site feel free to use my link, it means you'll get £10 off and so will I!


The palette has been described as a 'softer' version of the iconic ABH "Modern Renaissance," and I'd definitely agree with that. Despite thinking the MR looked incredible, I never purchased it because I knew I wouldn't get enough use out of it to justify the price. Whereas I find this to be a lot more wearable and includes more classic colours, as opposed to the MR which I think is very on trend currently but might not stand the test of time. The palette features 7 shades which have been seen in ABH palettes before and 7 totally new shades. Personally, I prefer it when palettes feature all new shades, rather than reuse old ones. However, because I don't own any other ABH palettes it doesn't really bother me. Plus I feel like the shades all work well together and allow you to create a multitude of different looks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Swatches

Tempera

This shade is described as an "ultra-matte velvety beige" on the website and essentially it is exactly the same colour as my skin tone! This is going to be perfect for popping all over my lids to even out the skin tone and set my eyeshadow primer. A little bit underwhelming but still a very useful shade to have in my collection.

Glistening

Glistening is a soft gold with an iridescent finish. The texture of this shade was a bit drier than the others making it much less intense than the metallic shades, so it is perfect for days when you want your makeup look to be a bit softer. You can also build it up slightly by dampening your brush with some fixing spray. It's a warm toned gold so it works well with a warm toned brown blended into the crease. 

Orange Soda

Orange Soda is essentially exactly what it says on the tin; it's a matte peachy-orange shade. I have to admit that I don't think I'll get much use out of this one. I know a lot of people love warm orange/red tones but I've just never really got into it for some reason. But I'll still play around with it to see if I can incorporate it into a look at all. The texture of this one was more powdery but this does not seem to affect the colour pay off.

Rose Pink

I'm just going to have to come out and say it. This is my favourite shade in the palette by far. I've really been into pink eye shadows recently. Rose Pink is a beautiful rose gold shade with a pink iridescent hue. I think this is going to look beautiful with the shade 'Dusty Rose' in the crease. My only issue with it is that it is not as firmly pressed in the pan, which means you need to be quite careful with it to avoid getting a lot of fall out. It is however, beautifully creamy in texture and blends really well to provide an even coverage. 

Sultry

Sultry is a warm chocolate brown with coppery hue to it. It is very similar to Rose Pink in that it is opaque and soft but not firmly pressed into the pan, meaning you need to be careful not to pick up too much product. I imagine this shade is going to be perfect for creating dark, smokey eye looks but with a pop of metallic shimmer. 

Bronze

Bronze is, as its name would suggest, a metallic bronzy-gold. Not quite as pigmented as Rose Pink and Sultry but builds up well, particularly when applied with a dampened brush. However it is similar in the sense of being loosely pressed, so you need to be careful to avoid fall out. Personally, I am a big fan of the colour as I think it really suits both my skin tone and eye colour. 

Mulberry

Mulberry is the final shade on the top row. It is another matte in a plum-ish red shade. For me this is the one shade that I do not think is accurately represented by the swatches for some reason. If you want a more accurate representation of the colour I would say to look at the first image where you can see it in it pan. This one did not blend quite as well as the others but is still a pretty shade and can definitely be worked with, it just requires a little more effort. I would love to create an eye look featuring this shade but I'm not sure that I'm quite brave enough! I will definitely be playing around with it though to see what I can create.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Swatches

Dusty Rose

If Rose Pink is my favourite shade in the palette then Dusty Rose is definitely my second, plus as I've already mentioned, I think the two would look fab paired together. Dusty Rose is a matte medium mauve shade that I am just in love with. It's not too pinky nor too purply, it's just the right in-between shade for me. It also isn't too bright, which I think makes it more wearable on a day to day basis. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this shade is and it blended really nicely. 

Fairy

Fairy is a true, bright gold shade. It wasn't quite as pigmented as the other metallic shades, however it could easily be built up or made more intense with the use of a damp brush. It also doesn't have the same issue that some of the metallics had whereby they were too loose in the pan. Fairy is firmly pressed but was still smooth and easy to blend. 

Burnt Orange

As I've already mentioned, I'm not a huge fan of orange shades, despite them being really on trend. Burnt Orange is a matte, muted deep orange shade. The shade has good colour pay off but still blends really easily. I could imagine using this shade to create a beautiful holiday/summer inspired looks! 

Sienna

I would best describe Sienna as a reddish rust colour. It is a matte, reddish-brown which has a good amount of pigment, but didn't blend quite as easily as some of the other shades so I would advise building the shade up slowly. This is perfect for people who are loving those warm-toned eye looks right now. 

Rustic

Rustic is a medium, mid-tone brown with a matte finish. It is very richly pigmented but smooth and easy to blend. Personally I am a big fan of popping a little bit of a matte brown in the crease of my eyes on a daily basis, just to accentuate my eyes a bit more. This is definitely the perfect shade for that. Not too dark but just enough to add a bit more definition. 

Cyprus Umber

Cyprus Umber is a dark, coffee shade. It is matte and has quite neutral undertones. Similar to Rustic in the sense that it would be great for wearing on its own just to accentuate the crease, but with a bit more intensity due to it being darker. Despite being quite dark it blended out really nicely, however the shade isn't completely opaque. I think that's a benefit though, it allows you to use a dark shade in a slightly less intense way or gives you the option to build it up more if you want to. 

Noir

Noir is, as you would expect, a true-black shade. It is matte and very opaque but could have done with being more blendable. Less is definitely more with this shade and it is quite dry, which is possibly why it wasn't as easy to blend. But, credit where credit is due, super dark shades like this are always hard to get right. It does blend, but will take a lot more effort than the other shades in this palette. Personally I'm not sure I'd get much use out of a black shade, but it could be used to create a good effect if pressed into the lash line, to create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

Which out of these shades is your favourite? 

8 comments

  1. They're such pretty shades and such a gorgeous palette!

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    1. I definitely don't regret buying it, even though my bank balance is looking a bit sorry for itself now haha ❤

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  2. I absolutely love the look of this palette but because I already own Modern Renaissance I can't justify spending another £43 on this palette when some of the shades are repeated! If it had completely new shades you can bet I would have already purchased it by now! My favourite shades from this palette are definitely the pink tones like Dusty Rose and Rose Pink! Great post hun!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. Yeah if I owned the MR I definitely wouldn't have bought this one, but I thought this one suited me a lot better! ❤

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  3. All the shades look beautiful, I especially like rose pink and dusty rose too! X

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  4. They are all so gorgeous! Totally up my street! Glistening, Rose Pink and Dusty rose have to be the ones I would try first though :)

    Perrine
    www.ola-banana.com

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    1. This palette is literally my dream aesthetic! ❤

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