The amount of eyeshadow palettes I have is a little excessive. I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I have to physically stop myself purchasing new palettes all the time. The upside is, I can share the good, the bad and the absolutely amazing with you guys. After trying a million and one different brands of eyeshadows, I always seem to come back to my faves. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palettes.
I first heard about the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes a few years back…
Modern Renaissance had not long launched and everyone was going crazy about it. As someone who loves a drugstore bargain, I thought £43 was rather expensive for an eyeshadow palette. Surely it can’t be that good? Low and behold, I caved and eventually grabbed myself the Modern Renaissance palette and I would say that was when the addiction started! I fell head over heels in love with it as soon as I used it. The beautiful warm tone shades, the shimmers, the stunning pinks. A buttery, blendable formula with the perfect amount of pigment to create the most gorgeous and glamorous eye makeup.
I used Modern Renaissance every day for longer than I’d like to admit. Dipping in and out of a few palettes now and again but I always came back to this one. That was until the release of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette – Soft Glam. Ahhhh Soft Glam, even thinking about it makes me happy haha! In my defence, I convinced myself for a good two weeks that I didn’t need it. It is fairly similar to Modern Renaissance but with a handful of brand new shades. Let’s be honest, I needed it, just to know if it could compete with my number one!
In this blog post, I’m going to be comparing the Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam palettes. I’ll also be telling you why I think they are the best eyeshadows on the market. Prepare for swatches of all shades, my favourite shade combinations and probably a few stories along the way (you know what I’m like).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palettes
One thing you usually find with eyeshadow palettes is that they aren’t as pigmented as they look in the pan. You see beautiful shimmers and bold colours but once you dip in your brush, you are left feeling disappointed with the pigment pay off. Or perhaps the shades are strong but the palettes don’t work together. For example, I believe every palette should offer different looks but you should be able to use just one for multiple eye makeup looks. Every single shade should blend perfectly into the others, like a little family working together. More often than not, this isn’t the case and you are left reaching for another palette for a transition shade or a colour that will work better for the look you’re trying to finish.
In my experience…
One small negative that I can find is that these shadows have quite a lot of ‘fall out’ – (powder from the product falling onto your face when applying) but it is rare to find an eyeshadow that doesn’t have any at all. At the end of the day it is a powder, so what do we expect, just be careful when using dark shades as you don’t want to ruin the rest of your makeup.
A mixture of stunning matte shades and shimmers. The Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette is the perfect palette for every occasion. Neutral, calm shades for a daytime look or gorgeous red/pinks and dark browns for a more adventurous evening look. You can see what I was talking about earlier when I said all of the shades compliment each other and work together. Giving you more options to play with. Although the shimmers in the palette are not ‘glitters’ they still create a beautiful sparkle to your eye makeup. I love using the shade Vermeer in my inner corners with either the dark oranges such as Realgar or the pinks such as Love Letter. It really is a beautiful palette.
Some shades are repeated in the Soft Glam Palette. We say hello to Burnt Orange, Realgar and Cyprus Umber again. But it really doesn’t matter as you can create completely different looks with using them with the other beautiful shades. This palette is giving more glitter vibes than shimmers. Rose Pink, Sultry and Bronze are absolutely amazing and as you can see from my swatches, unlike other glitter shadows, the pigment is strong and super sparkly. One thing that I thought Modern Renaissance was missing was black, so I was thrilled to see this addition to the Soft Glam Palette. Dusty Rose and Rose Pink create such a lovely, unique look that I love experimenting with. Glistening is a fabulous shadow to use for some subtle shimmer on the inner corner or maybe if you’re feeling adventurous, a halo eye.
There we have it, my holy grail Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes. If I had to choose between the two, I wouldn’t, I’d pick both haha!! I love them both just as much as each other and although there are some duplicate shades, I think they are two amazing palettes that everyone needs. You can cover all sorts of makeup looks with these two palettes. Quick disclaimer, I do have other palettes that I love, hence the hefty collection lol. But these are the two I always come back to and are 100% my favourites. I hope you enjoyed this post and it answered any questions you might have had about these palettes. What is your favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette? If you love makeup as much as I do, you can always have a peak in -> My Makeup Bag.
Lots of Love…