It’s Shadow Saturday again and today I am bringing you a review of a palette that I think is super fall appropriate. The palette in question? Yup, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism eyeshadow palette. I still have to review my Subculture one too, but when I was thinking of which one to do first, I felt it had to be this one. Because Prism is not your everyday palette at first glance, but still I think you can make it more wearable. Let’s have a closer look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette // Review, Swatch, Makeup Look
Anastasia palettes are of course all the rage in the makeup community. Whenever they release something new, everyone is paying attention. With the amount of recent releases though I feel that going back to some of their OGs is well worth a look too. Prism is one of those OG palettes. It was originally limited edition for Christmas a few years ago, but it is still available on the official ABH UK website. That’s where I got mine anyway. It retails for £46.00, which is quite regular for an ABH palette.
The Prism palette fits the first few ABH palettes that were released in that it has a velvet textured outside. The black makes it look very luxurious and I like the design on the front. ABH palettes always come with a mirror and a brush. We’ll have a closer look at the brush in a minute, but first let’s have a look at the palette itself.
Prism is a palette that I did not initially buy. The reason? It’s color scheme. That bright pop of yellow and some of the warm tones kind of threw me off. When I first saw this my eye was immediately drawn by Throne: the stunning green in the middle of the palette. But I didn’t want to get a palette for just one shade. As I tried more and more ABH palettes, I kind of fell in love with them and therefore I felt I had to get this too. Surprise, surprise: as out there as this color story may seen, you are able to do some super wearable looks with it.
Before we head over to makeup looks, let’s have a closer look at some details. This palette comes with a double-ended brush. You get the same brush in every ABH palette you buy. And that brush is definitely a good one. I always keep one in my travel makeup brush set, because it is that good. On the one end we get a blending brush and on the other end there is a packing brush.
The Color Story
Let’s zoom in on the shade selection you get in this palette. If you rearrange these shades differently in your head you will find this color story starts making a lot more sense. There are a few warm tones like Eternal, Sphinx, Parallel and Saturn that go very well together. Then there are some greens and golds/ yellow that work really well together too. Lastly there is a set of purple tones that also go well together. It just makes a bit more effort to put it all together. Out of the 14 shades 7 are matte and 7 are shimmer, so a 50/50 split.
Swatches do not lie! As you can see these shades all pack a punch. Even that bright almost neon yellow still goes on well after being build up a bit. The shimmers go full on, but may need some foiling or a bit of finger action to make them go on as vibrant as you see in the pan. The mattes blend like a dream and while they can still be a bit difficult to work with, it is nothing like the Subculture. They all work well and I was able to pull three stunning, yet very wearable looks as well.
The first look I want to show you was the biggest surprise to me of this palette. I used the purple shades of the palette and it’s how I found out that Dimension is actually one of my favorite all time shades. It is such a stunning lilac/ soft purple shimmer shade that just works so well with my complexion. Paired with Osiris and Lure it makes for a very wearable muted purple look. How stunning is this?
For my second look with this palette I decided to work with the warm tones of the palette. And while warm toned, these are not the kind of warm tones that wash you out and make you look weird. In fact, these warm tones go very well together and make for a nice fall look. I also blended the black along the top lash line for a bit of a smokey liner. Overall this may not be the most unique of makeup looks, but it is very wearable and great for everyday wear and not something I had expected would work.
For my third and final look, I of course had to play with two of the standout shades in the palette: Sphere and Throne. Throne ended up having a very deep base, which translated to my eye more than the gorgeous shimmer. It works best if packed on very intensely and then blended out with a different shade. I layered Sphere in the inner corner and as you can see you that really packs a punch.
My Final Thoughts
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism eyeshadow palette was a very surprising hit for me. It was the last ABH palette I bought, but it ended up being one of my favorite. It has some unique shades you won’t find anywhere else, while still having enough basics that could help you create something wearable and everyday. This is therefore an eyeshadow palette that can do it all and therefore I would definitely recommend picking this up if this palette draws you in.