Hola 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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