Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette ($45) is a new, limited edition Spring/Summer 2019 14 shade palette that contains bright pops of color combined with a few warmer neutral shades. I’ve become quite boring in my old age which means this eyeshadow palette wasn’t terribly appealing to me but I love Anastasia’s eyeshadow formula so much that I decided to purchase it and see if I could get some fun looks out of it for Spring and Summer.
The palette is made in the USA however, it does contain three pressed pigment shades that are “not intended for use around the immediate eye area”. Stupidly, I noticed this AFTER I played with it. The shades are Bahamas, Cannes, and Palm. Palm came as a slight surprise because it’s just a boring old matte brown why would it be issue around the eye area? None the less these shades may contain ingredients not approved for use around the eye area by the FDA. That being said, if you’re willing to take the chance just keep in mind that there is staining involved with some of these shades. Both Bananas, Cannes, and even Seychelles (which is find for use around the eye area) all had a staining effect on my lids (I swatched on my arm and even on my arm they stained! You’ll see a photo below of what I mean). It was visible for about two days after I applied my eye look. It took about three to four washes before it started to fade. This applies of course, to the US only as the palette isn’t deemed unsafe in Canada.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette holds a total of 0.28 oz of eyeshadow and comes with a double-ended blending and eyeshadow brush. The palette is a striped navy and white design that’s gives off a nautical vibe.
The palette contains 14 shades with most of the finishes being matte and the remaining being metallic shimmers and one satin. All the shades are intensely pigmented with the traditional powdery yet silky texture that ABS eyeshadows are known for. The metallics had a very, very creamy feel and glided on my lids very easily. They are loosely pressed but they are easy to pick up with a brush or dare I say even a finger. I experienced very little fall out during application which did surprise me. I had absolutely no problems applying these eyeshadows, blending them, or wearing them. They wear strongly on my drier lid without creasing or fading (no primer underneath). I’m always terribly impressed with the way ABS shadows apply, blend, and wear. They have a really good formula that’s a pleasure to work with.
I want tell you all about how I loved this palette and how amazing it is. But it wasn’t for me. This is a palette for all the color lovers out there. Everyone who loves a good, bold look. As I said above I’m a complete bore lately. I really like light, fresh looks or nude ones! I don’t feel comfortable in aqua or hot pink eyeshadow anymore.
That being said….! Color is fun no doubt and I like creating an aqua look now and again or I LOVE going bold with a really deep blue. But this palette sort of fell flat for me in someways because I had a hard time pairing up looks. For one look I used Bahamas, Cannes, and Seychelles but it felt complicated to combine those shades and blend them out correctly. That’s obviously my fault for lacking good eyeshadow application skills. I had also had hard time pairing a few other shades together and contrasting them. I lack imagination I guess. I tend to like shadow palettes to be straight forward. Where I can just glance at them and know that this goes with that or that goes with this. If I have to think too long about creating a look using shades I start feeling like things are becoming way to complicated. Of course, this is my own fault and in no way having to do with ABS. But I do wish the shades just jived together a little easier.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette isn’t for beginners that’s for sure. Nor for anyone who isn’t into bolder looks. Those who have been awaiting a colorful, bold palette might feel like this is a great pick up! It just wasn’t for me sadly.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition palette that contains 14 eyeshadows. The palette is $45 and contains 0.73 total of eyeshadow (0.025 oz each). The palette is a colorful assortment of shades combined with a few warmer neutrals. It’s almost all matte but there are some gorgeous, creamy metallics thrown into the mix as well. Some of the shades may not be safe for use around the eye area and do stain lids (which will last two to three days and fade after a few washings). The formula of all the shades applied and blended perfectly with very little fall out. The metallics were a stand out with a very buttery texture. They applied very easily with a finger if you should desire. The colors are very bold and pigmented so, if you’re looking for more warmer looks for Spring/Summer this isn’t the palette for you!
- Very pigmented.
- Brilliant formula that’s soft, creamy, and easy to apply and blend!
- Some shades stain lids and may not be safe for use around the eye area sadly.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette is ideal for anyone who loves bold, bright pops of color!