The Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette ($30) recently released with the ABH fall 2015 collection. It’s a beautiful palette with an array of shimmer, metallics, and matte shades. The packaging is absolutely beautiful, but let’s see if the shadows hold up!
This palette has shades for everyone to draw them in, for me it was the beautiful metallic shades. I think this palette would be best for a more dramatic/nighttime eye as there are other palettes that will work better for a natural look. If you’re into warmer toned shimmers this palette is for you, but if you’re a matte or cool toned guy or gal, this might not be your best choice.
The packaging is very pretty, it almost reminds me of the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette, but sleeker. The palette is small enough to travel with and stays shut quite well.
The inside of the palette houses a fair sized mirror that would be useful for applying makeup on the go or touching up, but I wouldn’t recommend using it to apply makeup.
The included brush is a dual ended synthetic (?) brush that would be nice for blending and maybe even as a crease brush if you were on the go. It’s not the best brush ever, but it’s definitely a step up from the brushes included in her older palettes.
Soft Peach: A matte nude peach with good pigmentation, buttery and smooth.
Spoiled: A light mauve nude with gold glitter. Not very pigmented, very powdery
Morocco: A ultra matte warm burnt orange shade. Pigmented and smooth.
Fudge: A ultra matte warm fudge brown. Pigmented and creamy (my swatch does it no justice)
Heirloom: An blackened eggplant with lighter pink glitter. Not very good pigmentation (I built it up a lot for the swatch), dry, and powdery. It looks like almost black with pink glitter on the eye, not easy to blend.
Azure: A metallic ocean/royal blue. Very pigmented and buttery
Bellini: A satin golden peach. Pigmented and buttery
Intense Gaze: A satin bronzy pink. Pigmented and buttery
Pink Champagne: A titanium silver pink. Pigmented, buttery, and super shimmery goodness!
Metallic: A metallic brassy gold. Pigmented and buttery
Chic: A shimmer taupe gray. The least pigmented shimmer, but none the less still pigmented.
Noir: A matte warm black. Pigmented but a little dry
These shadows are all very pigmented and buttery, with the exception of Spoiled and Heirloom, but I do have a little trick if you want to apply these with more ease. Since some of the shadows can run the tiniest bit powdery, I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer to ensure that there’s no fallout and the colors are true to pan.
While trying to make these not so favorable eyeshadows amazing, I decided to spray my brush with Mac’s Fix+, this worked well in improving the pigmentation and powderyness of these eyeshadows. Mixing eyeshadows with Fix+ has a bit of a drawback, it makes blending these eyeshadows a bit more difficult, because of this I would recommend using these shades where they won’t need to be blended to the max.
Even though two out of the twelve shadows weren’t amazing, I would still recommend this palette because the other ten shadows are very nice and the price is right! If you’ve been looking for a palette with warm mattes and jewel toned shimmers this palette has your name written all over it.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Couture World Traveler Eye Shadow Palette is now available instore and online for $30.
As a bonus here’s a closeup of the most unique shade in this palette, Pink Champagne!