TBN: Legendary Products Edition-Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette Review
This is ABH's most celebrated palette after Modern Renaissance and after months of use, I'm still torn about it. It's so good and disappointing at the same time. Let me explain by starting with its (many) good points first.
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This warmer neutrals palette is a holy grail if, and *ONLY* if: you're a more mature person, well into your thirties and upward, looking for an amazing, super-versatile, everyday palette for work. If you fit into this category, you'll enjoy the mattes and shimmers immensely. You won't get bored; you can combine these in so many ways, always staying within that safe, work-appropriate spectrum. You can also dial these up for a sophisticated but intense smokey look for night.
More specifically, the shimmers are beautiful and blend smoothly both with a finger or brush, the Sultry shade being the star here. The medium-coloured mattes are ok, if a little patchy at first, but the real strength of this palette for me are the dark colours. Cyprus Umber, Mulberry and Noir, are fantastic for sculpting eyes, so easy to seamlessly apply and combine. They look intimidating but are actually foolproof to work with. Start by picking up a little with the tip of your brush to get a feel for them and the rest will follow.
If you belong to a younger crowd, this is a wonderful staples palette. If you can afford it, go for it- but consider this a base for your eyeshadow collection and not the star. You can count on this for perfect crease mattes and very chic metallic toppers. It will work great with other, more adventurous, palettes. You don't get groundbreaking looks with this. If used alone, it will enhance your natural features in a soft glam way (yes, the name is very spot on), and that's pretty much it. But there's a lot to be said for excellent basics, so don't rule it out. If, however, you are looking for an affordable alternative so you can build your eyeshadow collection, Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes are great.
And now for the bad news. The colours don't last on me. They should, but they don't. I've tried every primer and every trick up my sleeve, but after the two-hour mark, these fade and blend into one, albeit pretty, colour on the lid. It's such a shame, because the colours are absolutely lovely. I need to stress at this point that the vast majority of reviews never mention this at all. It's obvious that these don't play well with my particular skin type and I seem to be the exception. If you are interested in this palette, you'll probably be fine with its lasting power but I am obliged to report on my entire experience.
Would I recommend this? Despite my own personal -considerable- hiccup, yes, I would. For me the price is right and if you only have this and nothing else in your makeup bag, you'll be more than happy for a very long time.
The palette is available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2DNtrRk
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