February 21, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($42) is the brand’s latest 14 pan eyeshadow palette that launched recently for the Spring 2018 season on their website and will later in March be available at Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s.

I realize some people are groaning agony about another nude palette but purchasing this for myself was a no brainer as I love all the shades in it. To me it’s a desert rose selection of shades that reminds me of the recently released Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette. It’s not that colors at all resemble each other it’s just that there are certain shades here that remind me of the desert at dusk which was the idea behind Huda’s palette. There are some very pretty dusky mauve roses here combined with sultry browns, shimmering golds, browns, and peaches. If you glance it at quickly the colors just jive together beautifully but there are a few odd shades here that you might question like Orange Soda which is a light matte peach. But somehow, someway, the shades just work together and I honestly had no trouble thinking up ways to combine the shades into a look.

The shadows are a range of mostly matte and softly pressed metallics and light iridescent shades. For the most part though matte does dominate here but I’m fine with that as they make a nice base and start to your look and with the metallics and iridescent shades a lovely compliment that can you can come in with later to finish off your look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette holds 14 shades each of which is 0.02 oz in size. The palette is made in the USA and comes with a dual-sided brush with soft bristles that is made in China. It features a flip to open design with a magnetic closure and a full-size mirror located in side and the shades of each palette listed on the compact. The compact is covered in a soft velvety material which I personally hate as it collects lint and dirt like a magnetic. I wish they’d move away from this design and start launching their palettes in a plastic or tin compact.

Shades include:

  • Tempera (ultra-matte velvety beige)
  • Glistening (iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect)
  • Orange Soda (ultra-matte pastel peach)
  • Rose Pink (rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue)
  • Sultry (hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown)
  • Bronze (metallic gold bronze)
  • Mulberry (ultra-matte mulberry)
  • Dusty Rose (ultra-matte dusty lilac)
  • Fairy (multi-imensional light gold)
  • Burnt Orange (ultra-matte deep orange)
  • Sienna (ultra-matte earthy brown)
  • Rustic (ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown)
  • Cyprus Umber (ultra-matte dark coffee)
  • Noir (ultra-matte deep carbon black)

As I mentioned above the palette reminds me of the desert as the sun goes down. It contains a good deal of gorgeous golds, sultry browns, and there’s even a rose or two thrown in. It isn’t a traditional nude palette by any means. The colors work really well together. Sometimes I struggle with larger palettes and fitting shades together but there aren’t any shades here that won’t work together seamlessly to create a nice contrasting eye look. Even Orange Soda, which I mentioned above, can be easily incorporated into a lighter nude look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Fairy, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sultry, Bronze, Mulberry, Dusy Rose)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Tempera, Glistening, Orange Soda, Rose Pink)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Cyprus Umber and Noir)

As with all Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes the eyeshadow formula is very soft. They remind me of melted butter. The texture is so, so soft. Especially the very loosely packed metallic which almost have a cream-like consistency and a very velvety, soft texture. They do kick up a fair bit of dusky as you stroke a brush through them but aren’t chalky nor dry. I always feel a tiny bit bad about the texture because I feel like I’m wasting a good deal of product because the lightest touch will produce a good deal of kick up but that’s just the way the formula is and I think it’s one reason we love them so much. The pigment is intense and strong on every single shade and I experienced no patchiness during application just smooth, perfect blending with the formula adhering well to my drier eyes without the need for primer.

I have to admit I loved it. I think this might the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette might just be my favorite one thus far (I say that everytime they launch a palette and will likely dub the next one my favorite).

I think I’ll make a lot of use out of these shades and they are very, very me.

Muse Approved!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available at sephora.com and ulta.com.

Anyone purchase it?

What was your experience with it?

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina D.

    I got mine yesterday and haven’t had a chance to use it. But I have to say I was blown away by how much prettier it is in person; photos don’t do it justice. I’m looking forward to using it and I do anticipate loving it. But then again, I even liked Subculture.

    • Isabella Muse

      I love it! How did you resist?! I was too! It’s way prettier in person! All the shades just jive together well too! Let me know how it goes? I liked Subculture as well! I didn’t quite get the drama that surrounded it. Yes, the shadows were soft but that’s fairly typical of ABH!

    • Isabella Muse

      I loved it. The shadows are very soft and silky they do have kick up but honestly, I just can’t even get over how buttery smooth they are ;-D

  • Christina D.

    The only reason I resisted was due to the fact that I had already made a mental note to use one of the Violet Voss palettes I bought weeks (months?) ago and hadn’t touched. In fact, it was you who mentioned that same scenario recently. I loved the VV palette BTW.

    • Isabella Muse

      I HAVE to use the one I purchased, the taupe one, over Christmas! I still haven’t touched it ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Emily

        Any chance you can try and review the Violet Voss taupe palette before the next Sephora sale? I’m really sorta done with palettes til I use up some of the ones I have, but this new ABH one and the VV Taupe Notch are both singing to my soul, and one or the other may make me break my no-palette-buy before the year is through!

        • Isabella Muse

          Def. I just been a bit behind ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be my first experience with VV so I hope I love it!

  • Susan

    I’d get this if I didn’t already have ModRen, but the repeat shades make it a no-buy for me at that price. Looks great on you!

  • diane

    this looks so pretty!! i may wind up getting this with next ulta prestige coupon. i don’t have any other abh palettes.

  • Maria

    I just received this today. The colors are very pretty in person. Just wondering, Muse, if you used your own eyeshadow brushes to apply the shades, including the shimmer ones. Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay! Enjoy it Maria! I actually used the brush in the palette to create the look I did in the review. No other brushes involved.

  • hopechan

    how do you feel about ABH using old shades in their new palettes? does it take anything away knowing some of the pans are shadows you already have (assuming every makeup lover owns the Mod Ren by now)?

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t mind the reruns. ABH’s shadows are easier to hit pan on since they are so soft and pretty small at 0.02 oz. My mod ren is beaten down and ready to be replaced so a few reruns I’m cool with plus I always like having a good assortment of shades that match up well and these do. I’ve felt the same about Bare Minerals Ready Palettes. I own about 99% of the Ready 8.0 Palettes and many contain reruns over and over but I like having an assortment of shades in one spot that go well together so not sure if I necessarily mind. There is some small part of me though that thinks, “I’m never going to get through all of this!” ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, isn’t there only one shade that appears in Mod Ren that’s in Soft Glam? Tempera is the only shade I know of? Were there more that I missed out on?

  • Ashley

    I always meant to pick up the MR, but for some reason I never did. I’m so glad I waited because this soft glam palette seems a bit more up my alley. Yay!

  • Deb

    With that, I give notice of my doom from love at first sight. It’s such a pain to get hold of this where I am though :'(

  • Deborah

    I’d love to try an ABH palette but Modern Renaissance is too warm, subuculture too bold and colorful and this one is too warm as well. I’m sure I have every single color in my collection already except orange soda. It reminds me a bit of Lorac Unzipped. Oh well, maybe the next one will be for me. Palettes really are like busses. Another will be along in a few minutes.
    It is beautiful and my favorite I’ve seen from them. Enjoy it!! It looks lovely on you.

  • Tina Quinlan Parrott

    I love all Anastasia palettes. I have them all. I love Subculture, never had a dayโ€™s trouble with it. I LOVE Soft Glam……. itโ€™s my current go to. I just canโ€™t resist it. Interestingly though I possess Mod Ren I havenโ€™t used it……I was too taken by the Mario palette at the time! I agree with you about the occasional repeat….Iโ€™d much prefer to have shades I know and love rather than a weaker substitute, and as you say, they hit pan quickly. What will they come up with to tempt me next?

    • Isabella Muse

      I enjoy SC as well! We seem to be in the minority ;-D Mario’s palette was lovely! Quite a nice selection of nudes! Agreed too! I find I hit pan fast with these so doubling up really doesn’t matter ;-D Can’t wait to see what is next!

  • Agnes

    Could you Please compare Soft glam to tartelette in Bloom palette?which one has a better quality? Which one is better for ultimate every day go to palette?

    • Isabella Muse

      I really like In Bloom but Soft Glam is def the winner for me. The shadows are much prettier and the formula is super soft and silky. You can def get some great day or night looks from it.

  • Natasha

    I am actually really gravitating towards these – they are so pretty! But I think Im going to order the Soft Glam and the new Nars cheek set you posted about when they show up on Ulta’s site this week so these will have to wait! Are you planning on picking up any of these? I will be interested to see your reviews first!

    • Isabella Muse

      I def want at least one of those new NARS Cheek Palettes ;-D will def pick one up when they launch!

  • McRachel

    I was really excited by this palette because it is beautiful. Unfortunately, the mattes pulled a lot more red on me than I really like; I am prone to looking “red” anyways, even with primer. I end up looking like I’ve been crying, or like one of the bunnies with pink eyes. Cute on bunnies, not on me. I love all the golds, especially Fairy. Overall I think the quality is great, but I don’t love it on me. I felt the same way about the TF Just Peachy Mattes. I guess I am truly a boring Beige and Taupe person.

  • Emily

    Thank you sooo much for breaking the palate down into groups of 4 colors!!! I just got it and am not great with putting looks together. When I started looking at all of the options I was immediately overwhelmed trying to figure out which colors to put together!! I canโ€™t wait to try them out!!!! you have a great eye for this!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Don’t feel bad I’m not either ๐Ÿ™‚ I always struggle pairing up shades!