Anastasia Beverly Hills is probably my safe brand, I know that whatever the product I buy, the quality is always going to impress me. The Modern Renaissance palette had, in my opinion, the biggest most deserved hype surrounding its release, which is exceptionally hard for a brand to achieve on a none influencer collaborated product. Speaking of which, I always struggle with influencer collaborations, other people get so excited and rave about them but I always think is the quality going to be there? is it worth the price point? if it is a pile of shite are people going to defend it because they stan?! (morphe vaults: all tea, all shade) So when a brand like ABH release a product on the quality level of the Modern Renaissance, I get excited because you can see the passion, creativity and hard work. Yet if I am being totally honest, although I can appreciate the following releases from ABH, the shade selections were not my cup of tea, until the Soft Glam palette was released. I have had this palette for so long, but my last year of university took over my life and I hadn’t got around to using it, nevermind reviewing it.
This palette looks like Lana Turner in a velvet box. For someone that leaves my house once in a blue moon, soft glam is my favourite style and it really just gives me old Hollywood, red carpet, Kim Kardashian kind of vibes. The packaging is lovely but my biggest complaint with the velvet is that it gets so dirty. This is no way affects the quality of the product but who doesn’t want a pretty and clean makeup setup? It comes with a double ended brush, one side for packing and one for blending, normally brushes that come with palettes end up in my bin however I find the ABH ones good enough quality to pop in my brush collection. The shades consist of nine mattes, two pressed glitters and three shimmers.
- 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: A hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown
- Bronze: Metallic gold bronze
- Mulberry: Ultra-matte mulberry
- Dusty Rose: Ultra-matte dusty lilac
- Fairy: Multi-dimensional 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
Some of the shades swatched a bit chalky, more so Rustic, Cyprus Umber and Noir, but having used the palette I can say that the swatches do them no justice and I had no issue packing/blending them in. The palette does have a fair bit of kick back, yet I am willing to forgive that due to the quality of the pigment. The palette is clearly pressed loosely in order to give maximum pigment and I didn’t find there to be too much fall out on my actual face when applying. I would recommend doing your eyes first (as any sane person should, don’t @ me) before your foundation. They blend like a dream and I found that they didn’t stick at the one part of my eye that for some reason, refuses to let eyeshadow sit properly.
Short but sweet, I love this palette, soft glam looks are my personal favourite and this is a palette that will work for beginners and professionals! You can purchase this palette for £46 at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty!