ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS ‘SOFT GLAM’ PALETTE: REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Soft Glam’ Palette ($42)

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.

Here she is! My newest baby from ABH! The palette has fourteen eyeshadows that are .02oz each, same as Modern Renaissance, Subculture etc. It also has the same godforsaken fuzzy packaging. This time in a lighter color, guaranteed to look absolutely disgusting in matter of days. But that’s really the only bad thing that I have to say about it.

*sidebar- ABH is one of my pet brands. You know, one those brands that you’ve used forever and with which you feel a connection. I’m not on PR or anything (I fucking wish) so I’ve bought all of my numerous ABH products. But I still slightly question my ability to be objective. Like how some people think that their kids can do no wrong. Of course I always do my best to write fair reviews but I thought it was worth mentioning that I might be a little biased*

The palette is cruelty free but not vegan and made in the US. It retails for $42. I haven’t heard whether it’s permanent or LE. The shimmers in this palette are unreal. I don’t know if it’s a new formula or what but those metallics, especially Sultry, have me shooketh. There are a LOT of repeats (7) which I’m sure will be a deterrent for most. Personally it doesn’t really bother me. It’s meant to be an essential palette, so they included their essential mattes. As I’ve mentioned previously, most brands are guilty of taking an existing shade and making it a teeny bit darker or lighter and slapping a new name on it. How many brands have a matte black in every palette, each with a different name? I’d rather make an informed decision to buy (or not buy) a palette knowing that there’s repeats instead of figuring it out after the fact. Plus let’s face it, if you’re a makeup junkie you’re always going to have dupes. Just my thoughts on matter. Let’s get into the review and I’ll mention the repeats as we go!

Tempera: ‘Ultra-matte velvety beige’- this one is also in the MR palette and sold individually. Imo Tempera has a satin finish not matte. It’s not shimmery but it has a hint of sheen. It’s one of my very favorite brow bone highlights.

Glistening: ‘Iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect’- I think their description for Glistening is dead on. It’s a gorgeous, creamy gold with a subtle pink cast. Great pigmentation and application. All around perfect gold.

Orange Soda: ‘Ultra-matte pastel peach’- another classic ABH shade. It’s a light, matte orange and a pale girl’s best friend. The mattes in this palette are very soft and highly pigmented but they do have a lot of kick up. Just be gentle. Tap your brush onto the pan. Don’t aggressively jab at it, like it owes you money. Orange Soda is in the Lavish palette and is sold individually.

Rose Pink: ‘Rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue’- When I think ‘rose gold’, I think of beige gold with pink undertones. Like MUG Grandstand for instance. Rose Pink is pink not really gold. The texture is just perfect. I’m telling you, the shimmers in this palette are next level. Every time that I open this palette, I’m compelled to do at least three finger swatches. Just for funsies.

Sultry: ‘A hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown’- Sultry is my favorite shade in the palette. This one and ‘Bronze’ have a more foiled finish. Their pigment particles are a bit larger than those in the other shimmers but they’re both just as smooth, creamy and delicious. Sultry has teeny little flecks of blue sparkle that you can see if you closely at the swatches.

Bronze: ‘Metallic gold bronze’- their description of Bronze is pretty perfect. I would just add that it’s glittery. And like I said above, it has a creamy foiled formula.

Mulberry: ‘Ultra-matte mulberry’- it’s a deep red brown comparable to MUG Cherry Cola in color. It’s ridiculously pigmented and not the least bit patchy but again it’s soft. I can’t stress this enough, do NOT swirl your brush around like a 10 year old ADHD kid who’s off their meds.

Dusty Rose: ‘Ultra-matte dusty lilac’- another classic ABH shade. Dusty Rose is in the Artist palette and sold individually. It’s also very similar to Lure from Prism and Buon Fresco from MR. It pairs beautifully with these warm tones but it makes me long for a mauve shimmer with which to pair it.

Fairy: ‘Multi-dimensional light gold’- Fairy is a light peachy gold with a metallic finish. I can’t think of single person who wouldn’t look beautiful in this color.

Burnt Orange: ‘Ultra-matte deep orange’- I would describe it as a mid-toned brown with orange undertones. It’s a perfect crease color for me and a beautiful transition color for deeper skin tones. Burnt Orange is found the MR palette and it’s sold individually.

Sienna: ‘Ultra-matte earthy brown’- Sienna is one of ABH’s most popular shades. It’s sold individually and included in the Lavish and Maya Mia palettes. It’s a mid-toned red brown with orange undertones.

Rustic: ‘Ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown’- Rustic is deeper than Sienna and also a bit more yellow. The formula is the same as all of the other mattes in the palette.

Cyprus Umber: ‘Ultra-matte dark coffee’- it’s a deep neutral brown, not too warm and not too cool. It’s also in the MR palette.

Noir: ‘Ultra-matte deep carbon black’- last but not least Noir is in the Tamanna and Shadow Couture palettes and sold separately. ABH has several other matte blacks with different names. Noir is super black and pigmented. Less is definitely more with this guy!

And there you have it! We’ve made it the end! Like I mentioned in the beginning, my only constructive criticism is the damn fuzzy packaging. I love the formula of these eyeshadows and for me the colors are perfection. There is a good bit of kick up but it’s not unmanageable and a small price to pay for the level of color pay off it provides. There are a ton of repeats so I wouldn’t say that you NEED it but I do think that you would use it regularly and enjoy it. How do you feel about the seven repeats?? Is it a deterrent or no?

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    • I’m thinking that, despite the pain in the ass it is to keep clean, ABH may want their newer palettes to be easy to identify and reach for when we’re getting ready in the AM. Who knows…?? That’s the best answer I can come up with since they continue with the fuzzy packaging but just change the exterior colors 🤔

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  1. It’s a beautiful palette, but it’s so redundant in my collection, I won’t entertain even a thought of getting it. I have MR and several singles from it, and the rest of the colors are duped multiple times with shadows from other brands. I won’t pay $42+tax for colors I already have. There will be other more interesting palettes from ABH in the future. I hope.

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  2. Although there are a lot of dupes in this palette, I think it has enough neutral as well as “glam” shades to be travel with. Although the packaging is still the same as previous palettes, I think is a plus because it a sturdy one. I’m not sure if I’ll buy this or not, I certainly don’t need it. But my God its pretty!!! Thanks for your beautiful swatches and review. You have, once more, enabled me into another probable unnecessary makeup purchase. 🙈

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  3. I have it and modern renaissance and prism and the dupes don’t bother me as they are in shades i will definitely pan. Tempera and mauvey shades are my jam!

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