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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Since the start of the year there's been launch after launch and there was not a single product that I've been interested in, until the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette came along.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favourite high end brands. They're well known for their eyebrow products and eyeshadow palettes. There's not a single product from ABH that I dislike. I have a number of their products, from the cult favourite dipbrow pomade to their liquid lipsticks, lip glosses and I have a few of their eyeshadow palettes too.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette
The packaging is completely different to the previous palettes from ABH with the velvet exterior. They've took the Riviera Palette in a different direction using fabric with nautical white and blue stripes and metallic gold lettering on the front. It is absolutely beautiful and in keeping with the theme and name of the palette. The only thing I'm concerned about with the fabric packaging is that it will get dirty really quickly, should you be using your fingers to apply the eyeshadows. Luckily I've kept my palette in tip top condition. 

As you open the palette you'll find the same long, slim mirror that is a feature in every one of ABH eyeshadow palettes which is extremely handy if you're taking it away with you. There is also the same double ended brush which is surprisingly good at packing on shadow and blending it out.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette
 The Rivera Eyeshadow Palette is brimming with fourteen paradise inspired matte and metallic shades. Six of the fourteen are metallics and the others are mattes. The colour story is beautiful and features wearable spring neutrals and rich, bright pops of colour. It's very much a fun and colourful palette, perfect for Spring and Summer.

The shades included within the palette are:

- Sails (Pure white matte)
- Yacht (Duo chrome mauvy taupe with violet shift)
- Seychelles (Metallic aqua marine)
- Palermo (Metallic medium pink) 
- Seaside (Duo chrome silver with subtle blue shift)
- Inheritance (Metallic true gold)
- Mediterranean (Metallic sky blue)
- Estate (Soft pastel peachy pink matte)
 - Cabana (Muted mustard yellow matte)
- Coastline (Pastel peach matte)
- Bahamas (Matte bright bold candy hot pink pressed pigment)
- Monte Carlo (Cool mid-tone pink matte)
- Cannes (Matte bright violet purple pressed pigment)
- Palm (Matte dark chocolate brown pressed pigment)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette
I always seem to use the same combination of shades for eye looks lately- Seychelles, Bahamas, Monte Carlo and Cannes. I go in with Monte Carlo first as a transition shade, then I apply Bahamas in the crease, Cannes in the crease and outer v, then to top it all off, I go in with Seychelles all over the lid.

 I am usually wary of bright toned eyeshadow palettes. They are usually a hit or a miss, but I am pleased to say that the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette has completely surpassed all expectations. As Bahamas and Cannes are both pressed pigments they unfortunately stain the lids after use. That's the price you have to pay when using colours with intense colour pay off. It's nothing that an oil based cleanser can't fix. They are probably the best pink and purple shades that I have used.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
All of the shades are of wonderful quality. They're so soft and buttery and very easy to blend. Matte shades can be very difficult to get right but the pigmentation is incredible from the first swipe.

Usually with metallic shades I spray my eye brush with a setting spray to intensify the pigmentation and keep the eyeshadow in place but luckily I haven't had to do that with these. They apply well with a dry brush, but even better with your ring finger. You can build up the intensity without any creasing or fading, whether you use an eyeshadow primer or not.
I am so surprised by how much I loved the Riviera Palette. ABH certainly didn't play it safe here. In the past I've stuck to my warm toned neutrals but this palette has given me the chance to experiment and use shades I wouldn't usually wear. 

This palette is slightly more expensive than their other eyeshadow palettes, priced at £46 rather than the usual £43. If you're looking to get creative and channel your inner artist then this would be perfect for you.

You can purchase it from Cult Beauty or Beauty Bay.

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