ABH Soft Glam Palette Review + 3 Looks

ABH SOFT GLAM PALETTE REVIEWHola beauties! If you’re following me on instagram you’ve probably noticed me gushing about my first ever Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette. This is actually my very first product from ABH aside from a teeny tiny sample of the Brow Wiz pencil. The ABH Soft Glam Palette caught my eye immediately once it was announced along with the Amrezy highlighter and for once I decided I needed to splurge.

I picked this palette up during the April Sephora VIB Sale for 10% off, which isn’t much but at least it saved me $5! The shade range can create beautiful bridal makeup looks or lovely glamorous but soft looks.

ABH Soft Glam | Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

The ABH Soft Glam Palette retails for $55CAD and contains 14 x 0.02oz shades in a range of matte, metallic & iridescent shades. The value of ABH eyeshadow palettes aren’t great compared to other similarly priced brands at Sephora, the dollar value works out to $196.43 per ounce or $3.03CAD per pan. Though the value isn’t wonderful Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for their impeccable eyeshadow formula.

The Soft Glam Palette comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush. It’s not bad, I like the small firmly packed end for applying shimmer shades all over the lid. The blending side is okay for applying transition shades and light blending, but I have brushes I prefer over the one included.

ABH Soft Glam Palette | Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Colour Story & Finishes

The soft glam palette has a mix of warm orange & brown shades with a few shimmery pinks and golds. There isn’t anything too crazy in here, unless you count the Mulberry and Noir shades. This palette is in my opinion the perfect ABH intro palette because there aren’t really any colours that don’t go well together and you get a lot of matte shades to build up a smooth gradient.

There are nine mattes in the Soft Glam palette and five metallic/shimmer shades to build your eye looks with. This is a good ratio of mattes to metallics, especially for people who might be new to makeup or who just prefer mattes with the occasional pops of shimmer. I wouldn’t consider this palette a “beginner” palette, but it’s not the scariest out there to work with.

Although just about all the shades in the ABH Soft Glam eyeshadow palette can be used together I find that I am often lacking inspiration with these shades. I will often gravitate towards the same one or to looks over and over.

*There are repeat shades between the Soft Glam and MR palettes. You can find the shades Tempera, Burnt Orange, and Cyprus Umber in both palettes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Review

Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout

The matte shades in the ABH Soft Glam palette feel very smooth to the touch and swatch with insane pigmentation. I originally thought that the black shade, Noir, could use a little bit of work, but once I used it on the eyes I found that it blended out super well and applied very black to the eyelids. The mattes get an A+ from me. Just about all the shimmers/metallics are buttery and apply incredibly well, I do have a small amount of trouble with the shade Glistening, when I use it for a cut crease I really need to pack it on to my eyelids to build it up.

The mattes blend seamlessly into each other. I need to use a light hand with my brushes or else there is a lot of kick-up in the pan. Every shimmer/metallic shade aside from Glistening applies and blends well for me.

There is quite a bit of fallout in the ABH Soft Glam palette so I suggest doing your eye makeup before applying your base products.

ABH Soft Glam Swatches

Swatched with Urban Decay Primer Potion

Soft Gold Makeup Look | ABH Soft Glam

Soft Gold Makeup Look | ABH Soft Glam

Look #1 Soft Glam

I created this soft eye look with the shades Burnt Orange, Sienna, Cyprus Umber and Glistening. I built up a transition gradient starting with Burnt Orange, then went in with Sienna. I blended a little bit of Cyprus Umber into the outer corner and cut a half crease with Tarte Aquacealer concealer (reviewed here). Next I packed Glistening all over the lid on top of that concealer.

ABH Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Blushing Beauty

ABH Soft Glam Eyeshadow Looks | Blushing Beauty

Look #2 Blushing Beauty

For this third look I wanted something that resembled a Bridal look. This palette struck me as perfect for wedding themed looks so I wanted to create something soft and pink like this. I remember specifically requesting a soft pink look for my wedding! I used the shade Dusty Rose in the crease, then deepened it slightly with the shade Rustic. On the outer 1/3 of my lid I packed on the shade Rose Pink and deepened the outer corner with Sultry. I cut the crease 2/3 of the way with concealer and applied Tempera over the concealer, blending it together with the Rose Pink. I am not a makeup artist so I am sure that a professional MUA would blow this look out of the water. But I can try!

ABH Soft Glam Makeup Tutorial | Mulberry Nights

ABH Soft Glam Makeup Tutorial | Mulberry Nights

Mulberry Nights | ABH Soft Glam Makeup Tutorial

Look #3 Mulberry Nights

This third look challenged me the most. I don’t often wear dark and smokey colours on my eyes aside from maybe as an outer corner transition. I took Sienna in the crease, then deepened it with Rustic and Cyprus Umber. Next I went for a halo effect and packed the shade Mulberry onto the inner & outer corners of my eyelids. I cut the center of the lid with Tarte Aquacealer Concealer and pressed the shade Bronze in the center. This gold shade came out more of a pale gold on camera but in person it was a deep bronzey gold.

Which Look Is Your Favourite!? 

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  1. July 12, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I love your Mulberry Nights look! It is so dramatic and beautiful. Even if it was out of your comfort zone, you would never know it because you totally pulled it off! I have hit pan on 4 shades in this palette now. How is that possible?! Clearly I use it non-stop lol. I’ve now gone out to buy the 4 mattes that I use the most in singles so that I don’t run out in the palette.

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 12, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you! And omg really!? That’s so quick, I feel like this palette just came out! That’s a good idea, it’s so much easier to use the palette when you have a full stock of mattes!

      • July 12, 2018 / 5:01 pm

        Yeah… I mean I used it like crazy all through May. And always the same 4 mattes so it does sort of make sense.

  2. artofeyeshadow
    July 9, 2018 / 12:28 am

    The third look is my favorite! I’ve been eyeing this palette, but I don’t know if I can justify getting any more neutrals.

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 9, 2018 / 12:51 am

      Thank you!! Have you seen the new ABH Norvina Palette that was announced this week??? It looks so gorgeous, not at all a neutral palette!

      • artofeyeshadow
        July 9, 2018 / 9:25 pm

        I have! I kind of like those random pops of purple, but overall, the palette is a little cooler toned than I’d like so I don’t think I’m getting it… But I said I wasn’t gonna get Soft Glam either and now I’m totally eyeing it so who knows! Haha.

        • AlwaysCleia
          July 10, 2018 / 12:16 pm

          Ah that’s fair, cool toned palettes aren’t for everyone. I think I will be adding it to my wishlist, but I just bought the soft glam so I probably don’t need another $55 eyeshadow palette right now xD

  3. July 4, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    That’s so glossy. It looks wonderful.
    I wanted to follow a beauty blog but I couldn’t just find one. This is perfect, I guess.
    Well done!

  4. June 25, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    love that you included multiple looks & that third one is absolutely stunning!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 26, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Thank you! That one has been everyone’s favourite so far 😊

  5. June 23, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    As always, I feel like you wrote a lovely review! The looks you created look stunning. I’m still on the fence on whether to purchase the palette or not. Maybe if I get enough points at Ulta or something (so far I only have $8.00 worth of points). I feel like I own a lot of colors similar to these, and I can’t justify the purchase. Great post Cleia xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 24, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks Melina! And that’s totally fair, especially since I know you have the Modern Renaissance already. For me I really wanted to try the ABH formula and I think I would wear these shades more than the MR. But if you already have one and similar shades it’s probably not worth it!

  6. Makeup by Erin
    June 22, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Your looks are all soooo stunning! This palette is absolutely gorgeous, I’ve been going back and forth with buying it. Ugh, I don’t need it. πŸ˜‚

  7. June 22, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    All of the makeup looks are so stunning!! πŸ’–I think my favorite is #3, it’s bold and really pretty! I’ve never tried any of the Anastasia Beverly Hills products, but I always hear positive reviews about Soft Glam. The colors look so pigmented and it’s nice that there are nine mattes in this palette! I love me some shimmers, but they make me nervous sometimes lol!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 4, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      I’m sorry I missed this comment, wordpress filtered a whole bunch of comments from people that I regularly interact with, it’s so annoying!
      I was so surprised that everyone loves the third one the most! I’m not one to wear bold makeup out of the house I guess so it was a little crazy for me lol
      I love the ratio of mattes to shimmers on the soft glam! Some palettes are all shimmers and I find that so hard to work with

      • July 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

        Oh my gosh, you’re totally fine!! That happened to me once and I didn’t notice till days later! I felt so bad, darn WordPress!! lol! And I totally understand about not wearing bold makeup out of the house. Once I wore a little bit too much highlighter (and my mom was like, “Nunzia, why is your face so shiny?” xD hehe!! But I always think it looks gorgeous on other people, and your third look would be beautiful on a regular day and night out! πŸ™‚

        • AlwaysCleia
          July 6, 2018 / 9:45 am

          Thanks for understanding! πŸ™‚
          lol that’s so funny! I do love my highlighter but I try to tone down my makeup around my parents, my Dad always comments on it haha

  8. June 22, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Such lovely looks! I’m so in love with that palette! πŸ™‚

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 4, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you! It’s a beautiful palette πŸ™‚

  9. June 21, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    I’ve been thinking about possibly getting this palette to replace one from ulta that is limited edition because some shades are similar and this palette is fairly warm. I like that this palette has more mates than shimmers and metallics, that’s another reason I wouldn’t mind getting it lol.
    I love all the looks by the way! πŸ’œ

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 22, 2018 / 1:03 am

      There are way too many palettes that have next to no mattes and a ton of shimmers, the ratio in the soft glam is a selling point for me!
      I feel frustrated trying to use my Too Faced Natural Love palette and there are 4 true mattes with like twenty shimmers lol
      I think you’d like the soft glam if you picked it up! Thanks Rossy!!

      • June 23, 2018 / 10:10 am

        I’ve been trying to reply to this comment since yesterday and my comment wouldn’t get sent for some weird reason….Anyway.
        I was gonna say that I agree with you, not a lot of palettes have enough matte shades to create a look, so you’re stuck using the same crease colors with different eyelid shades. Which is boring to me, lol. I may end up getting this palette over the modern renaissance but I also have to look at that one too lol.

        • AlwaysCleia
          June 24, 2018 / 2:34 pm

          lol weird! I wonder why… darn wordpress
          I hate when a palette only has two matte shades, it’s so annoying dipping into other palettes or using the same shades over and over again. If you get one of them I hope you share some eye looks!

          • June 25, 2018 / 10:38 am

            It’s probably the app, I was on my ipad and on my phone..
            YES EXACTLY!! And if you like the palette, you might need a second one when traveling! πŸ™
            YES! Definitely!! I’m gonna start saving up for it LMAO

          • AlwaysCleia
            June 26, 2018 / 3:36 pm

            Yeah the comment box disappears for me sometimes on the app :S
            I don’t think I could take a palette without mattes travelling, I need my matte shades lol
            Good luck! I’m going to be on a no buy for the rest of summer, no more new makeup for me πŸ˜„

          • June 26, 2018 / 11:50 pm

            I’ve been on a no-buy since May started LMAO, so far so GOOD!! πŸ˜€

          • AlwaysCleia
            June 28, 2018 / 1:51 am

            Nice! Great job, hopefully I can do as good as you!

          • June 28, 2018 / 3:17 pm

            I’m sure you can! πŸ˜€

  10. lifeofangela
    June 21, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    The colours are so gorgeous! I do love the last look the most, it works as a nice glam bridal look πŸ™‚ I’m still happy with my neutral Colourpop palette though, so I don’t think I can excuse splurging on this one lol

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 22, 2018 / 1:23 am

      There is so much pigment in these shades, the formula is so good! I’m hearing that a lot about the third look. It’s funny, that’s not something that I would normally ever wear out of my house, I guess I need to learn to be more bold with my makeup in public!
      ColourPop has such a great formula anyways, that neutral DE palette is really great!

  11. June 21, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Loved the second look 😍

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 4, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you!! xx

  12. June 21, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Love this post! To be honest, I can kind of understand why you gravitate towards the same looks over and over again. How much can you do with these types of neutral shades? You’re right though, this is the perfect palette for a wedding look!

    I’ve been hemming and hawing over this palette since it came out – STILL haven’t decided because I don’t know if I can justify buying yet another neutral palette. We’ll see how I feel during the November VIB sale.

    Oh my gosh Mulberry Nights!!! I want to get this palette just to try and recreate the look.

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 22, 2018 / 1:09 am

      At least all the shades work together really well, I just thought I’d be able to come up with a little bit more. It’s still a great palette though!

      I would for sure wait for the VIB sale, might as well save a few dollars if you can! I probably didn’t actually need this palette either but I don’t regret purchasing it.

      That third look was so hard for me to create, I had to reapply the concealer and blend the Mulberry shade just right without losing the Bronze in the center… I like how it turned out though! Not going to lie, I was going straight to work after creating this palette and I took off all my makeup because I thought it was a little too glamorous for my job haha!

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