October 2, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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4 stars out of 5

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette review and swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette ($45) is a new 14 shade palette that launched for Holiday 2018 that includes 12 all new shades and two bestselling shades to create a smoky eye look. According to the brand this is a “cool-toned” palette but I’m honestly feeling like it has more warmer shades than cooler tones but feel free to correct me.

I mean I sort of get where they are going with the cooler tones as there are a few shades here that lean towards being cooler but one you start applying, blending, and fiddling around with these shades I think the looks that come out of the experience are quite warm. The palette also fails to bring together anything new or unique but it’s still an assortment of colors that I am happy to have all housed in one place none the less. The one thing you can always count on with Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette is the fact the shades always work well together and that would be the case with the Sultry Eyeshadow Palette. There’s no guessing games here, all the shades just work really, really well together and it’ll be a great essential palette for work, evenings out, and plenty of sparkly Holiday looks.

The palette comes housed in some of the base packaging I’ve seen to date from Anastasia Beverly Hills! Both the compact and the box that it comes is glittery coppery bronze (it does have a gritty feel and texture). It’s quite an upgrade from the typical velvet covered compacts the brand prefers to house their eyeshadows in. As I said above it holds 14 shades each of which is 0.29 oz each and $45. Typically ABH Eyeshadow Palettes contain 14 shades that are 0.28 oz each and $42 so, the price is a little higher this time around but you are getting a smidge more product. As always the palette comes with a dual-sided brush but I do wish at some point in the future they might fit in a get-the-look guide as well!

Shades include:

  • Cinder (metallic cool-toned beige taupe with gold flecks)
  • Fresh (ultra-matte ivory pink)
  • Twig (ultra-matte mid-toned taupe)
  • Pearl (metallic pearl white with a soft pink undertone)
  • Teak (metallic golden brown)
  • Steampunk (metallic topaz bronze)
  • Dystopian (ultra-matte dark ash brown)
  • Rose Quartz (metallic soft peach with a pink shift)
  • Cyborg (metallic silver with a violet undertone)
  • Ember (metallic bronzed khaki)
  • Slate (ultra-matte slate grey)
  • Bloom (ultra-matte coral pink)
  • Noir (ultra-matte deep black)
  • Birch (ultra-matte mid-toned yellow taupe)

As I said above the palette has shades that all really work well together. There’s a great selection of bronzes, taupes, browns, and even some grays and black for a more traditional cooler smoky eye. The only shade that was out of place here was Bloom with is a cool matte pink coral. It’s a weird color to include and I’m curious how people will use it in looks. How do you think it would best work!? As I mentioned above the palette doesn’t really contain any truly unique shades I mean I see several shades I can easily replicate from some of my Too Faced Palettes like Steampunk, Cinder, and Teak. There are just all very common bronze-y browns that appear in many different palettes I own. None the less, I’m still quite happy to have them in on place with other shades that play nicely with them. If you can get past the unoriginal aspect of the palette you might find yourself comfortable using this for daily evening looks or even as a great travel palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Swatches (Fresh, Pearl, Steampunk, Rose Quartz, Ember)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Dystopian, Cyborg, Slate, Noir)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Swatches (Bloom, Birch, Cinder, Twig, and Teak)

The palette contains 7 mattes and 7 sparkly metallics all of which have a soft, loosely packed formula that has some fall out but not as bad as one would imagine with a formula like this. The shadows have a very soft, silky texture and apply and blend very easily on my lids with excellent pigmentation. Again, ABH rarely fails in the quality department and the shadows are fantastically formulated as always.

Do you need the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette? Probably not but I don’t regret the purchase and I’m happy with the quality!

Will you be indulging in it?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette launches October 5th at the retailers below!

Where to buy

Sephora Ulta Beautylish

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow is a new, limited edition 14 shade eyeshadow palette that launched for Holiday 2018. This palette includes 12 brand new shades as well as 2 cult-favorite shades in an assortment of taupes, bronzes, browns, and more traditional smoky shades like black and gray. The palette is marketed as a cooler toned palette but I felt like it ran warm once applied and blended. The palette is $45 making it $3 more than the typical $42 ABH Eyeshadow Palette however, the eyeshadows are a smidge larger at 0.29 oz each compared to 0.28 oz. It’s not a terribly unique palette but overall, I don’t regret the purchase sine the eyeshadow formula is velvety smooth with excellent application, blendability, and pigment!


  • Beautifully formulated eyeshadows with excellent pigment.
  • Great selection of smokier shades for glam evening eye looks.


  • Not terribly unique, shades can be easily replicated if you own a lot of eyeshadow palettes.
  • Not exactly cool-toned.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette should be a tempting pick up for those who collect the brand’s palettes or anyone looking for a sparkly dramatic look for evenings out. This palette does have some fab shades that will create great looks for holiday parties and nights out.

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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  • Wendy Sue

    I don’t think Sephora and Ulta have it yet, but I do hope they’re getting it soon because I don’t want to order from Anastia directly. Looks pretty on you Muse!

  • kjh

    Totally safe for work, a real basics palette, with one Whee shade, that is actually pretty neutral and coordinates with peach/coral face/lip. Suspect it’s not all that easy to put together 14 neutrals. Couple of nods to cool, no killer glitter for fallout city. This is a real nice daytime, professional palette. Bet you get a lot of use out of it.

  • Carol G

    Yep, you said it: unoriginal. Plus I agree with the weird inclusion of Bloom. Another underwhelming palette. Which is good, in one way, because money saved!

    • Isabella Muse

      it really isn’t terribly unique sadly! I don’t regret it at all but I def wish it was something fresh and different!

  • Ann Marie

    I have come to the conclusion that I don’t mind the fallout at ALL. I reach for all my Anastasia palettes because you know you just have to tap to get all that pigment. I’m tired of digging into my palettes and not getting color payoff. I ordered this without even seeing reviews or swatches but they look beautiful and I’m excited to get them!

    • Isabella Muse

      i feel the same way! I’m glad I got it even if it is a rerun of shades because I know I often reach for by ABH palettes as well! The awesome!

  • Nikki7434

    I’m so drawn to this palette! Not sure why lol chances are I have these shades already! But, if you had no eyeshadow or were just starting out with makeup, this would be perfect… Damn though… I kind of want it anyway… ^_^

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m weak! I know for a fact some of these shades are easily duped but I indulged anyway!

  • Melissa

    I don’t have any of the other ABH palettes – no particular reason other than they didn’t inspire me, although I always intended to get Modern Renaissance at some point as its a cult classic. But I was a little scared off by the terrible reviews of Subculture …. regardless, when I saw this palette, it was a no brainer for me. I am obsessed with gray and taupe-y smokey eyes – and the initial looks I saw posted from this were stunning so I finally bit the bullet. Granted, I know a lot of people are saying there are some similar/same shades as other ABH palettes, but since I don’t have others, it’s a non-issue for me. But OMG it’s quickly up there with the original Jaclyn Hill palette as a favorite. I’m obsessed with Twig, Slate and Cyborg – the palette is worthwhile for that combo alone. They are beautiful – pigmented, blendable. And honestly really easy to work with (just use a light hand with the brush to minimize kickup in the pans). I have received more compliments on this combo (with a little Noir thrown in for drama) the past few days than I can remember with anything else lately (well, JH Vault Dark Magic gives some great cool toned smokey looks, too, that inspired compliments). If you like the cool toned smokey look, I say go for it, especially if you don’t have any of the other ABH palettes. I’m very happy with my purchase.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my gosh I am so glad this worked out for you melissa πŸ™‚ That’s great news! I truly enjoy all the ABH palettes I’ve purchased! They are always really formulated well (subsculture did have issues though haha). I hope you enjoy it fully, wear in health!

  • Kate

    Yup, the usual with ABH: it’s always a selection of ordinary shades, except for that one shade you think you don’t have which makes you buy the palette. As weird as it may sound, the shade that caught my eye is slate. I think I have all the others somewhere in my 2834 warm neutral palettes πŸ˜€

  • Tara

    Hey Muse! If you could only pick up one palette and you narrowed it down to the ABH Sultry and the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice, which would you pick? I can only get one and I can’t decide!