This palette is EVERYTHING. I had my eyes on it since it came out, but since Anastasia Beverly Hills is not so easily available in the UK (I believe this particular palette is only available on Cult Beauty) I couldn’t get my hands on it for ages as it was completely sold out for months. As soon as I saw that Cult Beauty had restocked it, I ordered it immediately and I’m so glad I did, I absolutely love this palette.
Packaging is very important to me, because there’s tons of brands that offer similar if not identical products making it very hard to choose which one to buy. Thus for me the selling point often comes down to packaging. The box the palette comes in is beautiful. I love the soft lilac mauve shade and the cardboard is quite sturdy and surprisingly it’s designed to open and close very easily even if you have long acrylic nails. I tend to keep the outer packaging of more expensive items, not sure why, but I do and I found that most outer packaging is almost impossible to open with acrylic nails. Although it’s not really an important quality for many people, I personally love it as it shows that a lot of thought has gone into every aspect of the palette. The actual palette is in the same shade, but has a velvet finish similarly to the original Urban Decay Naked palette and it looks stunning, but I really don’t like it as it collects a lot of dust which is impossible to get off making the palette look dirty very easily. Not only that, but after I had put this palette in my makeup bag once some of the edges had rubbed off leaving the corners of the palette white. The inside of the palette is made up of shiny black cardboard which I personally think looks pretty cute, but in reality I don’t really care what the inside of the palette looks like as long as the shadows are laid out nicely. The palette also comes with a mirror and a double ended eyeshadow brush.
Colour and Pigmentation
The palette holds 14 shades of neutral and berry toned eyeshadows which are mostly matte, but has a few shadows with slight to full shimmer. I found that the shadows are very pigmented, especially the shimmer colours which I was surprised about, because other palettes I’ve tried usually have more pigment in the matte shades rather then the shimmer ones. The texture of the eyeshadows is very soft, but they are more on the powdery side rather than buttery, therefore they do have some fall out when they’re applied with a brush. However, they blend like a dream. I’m completely in love with the actual colours of the eyeshadows as I think they are so versatile and would suit most people. I have blue eyes so the orange toned shades are perfect to make my blue eyes really stand out.
The shades in the palette include:
Tempera – light beige with satin finish. I’ve seen a lot of people state that this is a matte shade, but every time I swatch it on my hands and arms it does have very minimal shimmer to it. This one is a barely there kind of shade on my very pale skin, but I think would make for a beautiful inner corner and brow bone highlight shade on darker skin tones.
Golden Ochre – earthy yellow with matte finish. This one actually comes out more on the orange rather than the yellow side on my skin tone, but I love it regardless as it makes for a perfect transition shade.
Vermeer – iridescent shell/white champagne with pink undertones with metallic finish. This shade is my favourite shade in the whole palette. I know it’s more on the basic side in comparison to the berry shades, but it’s so pigmented and makes for a gorgeous everyday all over the lid shadow on my very pale skin and a perfect inner corner and brow bone highlight on darker skin tones.
Buon Fresco – antique lavender with matte finish. This shade is somewhat similar to the packaging of the palette and it’s the most unique eyeshadow I’ve ever seen, I love it.
Antique Bronze – metallic sable with a satin finish. This one is a nice shimmery warm brown, perfect for a brown smokey eye.
Love Letter – raspberry with matte finish. I love the name of this shade and it’s actually one of my favourite shades in the palette as it’s quite bold and feminine. I love putting this in my crease.
Cyprus Umber – dark coffee with matte finish. This one is really dark cool toned brown shade which is perfect for an everyday look smokey eye.
Raw Sienna – neutral amber with matte finish. This one is very similar to Golden Ochre, just slightly darker and makes for another beautiful transition shade.
Burnt Orange – deep orange with matte finish. I love this one to deepen up my crease and the name of this makes me think of orange chocolate and Christmas.
Primavera – shimmery gold dust with metallic finish. STUNNING. I absolutely love it, another one of my favourites.
Red Ochre -sienna with matte finish. This one is a cool brick-red brown which I love to deepen my crease with.
Venetian Red – crimson with matte finish. This one I found is not as pigmented as the others, but nevertheless it’s a beautiful shade.
Warm Taupe – earthy grey with matte finish. This one makes for the perfect contour colour for my really pale skin. I need a bigger version of this, please.
Realgar – brick with matte finish. Everyone I know loves this shade and so do I, it’s beautiful.
This palette is £41 from Cult Beauty, but I purchased it with a 15% discount, so it ended up being £34.85. I think £41 is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette and even though I bought it for about £6 cheaper, it’s still very expensive. However, I definitely think this palette is worth it. I fell in love with it the first time I used it and it contains some really unique shades. With the discount, each shadow works out to cost around £2.48 each which is an amazing price for a good quality shadow. You can receive a 15% discount on orders over £20 on Cult Beauty if you use the code YOU15 once you’ve registered and filled in your beauty preferences on your account regards to your skin type, favourite brands etc.
Overall rating: 5/5
Have you tried this palette? If so what do yo think of it and if not are you planning to?’