ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS RIVIERA PALETTE | REVIEW, SWATCHES AND 7 LOOKS
Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you my review of the ABH Riviera Palette, one week after I purchased it! One week, you might ask? Oh, I promise you, that is enough time.
I have created seven eye looks, have used all of the shades, and have used most of the shades more than once. Given my experiences so far with this palette, I feel more than confident that I can give you a thorough review! So if you are interested, let’s get into it!
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette comes in a navy and white nautical striped box with metallic gold details. I actually think the box is so pretty.. and it’s just a, well a box.. While ABH palettes have classically in the past year or two been covered in velvet, this palette is instead a canvas material with nautical stripes. The lettering is gold metallic. I am loving these themed details, although I am still concerned about the functionality of fabric-covered palettes. I am always getting eyeshadow on my fingers during application, so transferring that to the palette packaging is pretty likely for me. I’m not sure how easy canvas will be to clean.. But I will do my best to keep it pristine!
This palette comes with 14 NEW shades, 5 of which are mattes, and 6 are metallics. A different addition to this newest palette is that it includes three pressed pigments. This is the first time in a while where an ABH palette has included all new shades.
"Set sail with 14 ALL-NEW paradise-inspired mattes and metallics, from vibrant jewel tones to bright pops of color. Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette is an essential springtime color collection featuring classic neutrals and seasonal tones that are perfect for creating your ultimate vacation looks."
- The full-pigment powder formula delivers high color payoff and intensity
- Contains 14 all-new shadows and pressed pigments, with 8 ultra-mattes, 4 metallics and 2 duo chromes
- Wide shade range allows you to create everything from cool- and warm-toned neutral looks to daring bright eye looks, shimmering glam looks and bold smoky eyes
- Includes a dual-ended brush and a large mirror housed inside travel-friendly packaging
- Cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and dermatologist tested
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $59 CAD ($45 USD) and comes with 0.35 oz of product… yikes! That is not a lot of product compared to typical eyeshadow palettes with this many shades, in fact it’s way below average. HOWEVER, this is progress for ABH, if you can believe it. In past years ABH palettes (before Sultry) have been priced at $55 CAD ($42 USD) and came with only 0.28 oz of product, so at least the increase in price is accompanying an increase in product!
Sails: Matte white
Yacht: Duo Chrome mauvy taupe with a violet shift
Seychelles: Metallic aqua marine
Palermo: Metallic jewel pink
Seaside: Duo Chrome silver with a subtle blue shift
Inheritance: Metallic true gold
Mediterranean: Metallic sky blue
Estate: Matte soft pastel peachy pink
Cabana: Matte muted birch mustard
Coastline: Matte pastel soft peach
Bahamas: Matte bright bold candy hot pink pressed pigment
Monte Carlo: Matte cool mid-tone pink
Cannes: Matte bright violet purple pressed pigment
Palm: Matte dark chocolate brown pressed pigment
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, I’m just going to go ahead and spill the beans: I 100% recommend this palette. When trying to think up what I don’t like about it, I pretty much come up with nothing.
The pigmentation of all the shades range from good to great, with perhaps one exception. Estate is a very light peach shade, and I just don’t notice much color payoff when using it, even on my light skin tone. However, it is great for blending out other shades, so I end up using it a lot. Bahamas, Cannes and Palm are all pressed pigments, so they are all quite pigmented, but manageable and easy to build. When you go in with pure pigment, there is certainly potential to run into blending issues. I found these shades pretty easy to work with, but perhaps the blend in the outer corner isn’t quite perfect if you look up close in these eye shots you will see below. In person though, I was very happy with the blend.
As for the metallics, I pretty much love them all. Swatching in store, I was definitely concerned because I thought some of them seemed thin. No need to worry! These metallics pack beautifully on top of a concealer base, and a wet brush certainly helps too. I especially love Seychelles, Seaside and Mediterranean because those are some of the more interesting stand out shades in the palette.
The mattes all definitely have the typical amount of kickback found with ABH shadows. The shades packed on well if that was what you wanted to do, and when you applied them they stayed true to color.
Lastly, I never encountered any issues with fading with wear: the shades stayed vibrant all day! One thing to note though is that staining was an issue with Bahamas and Monte Carlo. The staining was really bad with Bahamas, and minimal with Monte Carlo. I was surprised I didn’t get much or any staining from Cannes!
My 7 Looks with ABH Riviera Palette
Left Side Look: Cannes: Outer corner, lower crease and outer lower lash line. Monte Carlo: Crease and lower lash line. Estate: Transition. Sails: Brow bone. Seaside: Inner lid. Mediterranean: Center lid.
Right Side Look: Estate: Transition. Coastline: Crease and lower lash line. Palm: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. Sails: Brow bone. Seychelles: Lid. Inheritance: Inner corner.
Left Side Look: Cabana: Crease/transition. Coastline: Crease and lower lash line. Palm: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. Yacht: Lid. Seychelles: Lower lash line.
Right SIde Look: Bahamas: Outer corner, crease and outer lower lash line. Monte Carlo: Crease.Estate: Transition. Sails: Brow bone. Inheritance: Inner lid. Palermo: Center lid.
This Look: Monte Carlo: Crease, outer corner, outer lid and outer lower lash line. Coastline: Crease, center lid and lower lash line. Estate: Transition and inner lid. Bahamas: Outer corner, crease and outer lower lash line. Sails: Brow bone and inner lid.
Left Side Look: Cabana: Crease. Palm: Outer corner. Sails: Brow bone. Inheritance: Lid.
Right Side Look: Monte Carlo: Crease and lower lash line. Cannes: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. Sails: Brow bone. Palermo: Inner lid. Seychelles: Center lid. Mediterranean: Outer lid.
This palette is pretty much an A+ for me! Yes, I did mention a few teeny tiny faults, but they just aren’t issues to me. I think the blending looks great in person, although you might spot some minor imperfections when looking at up close shots. And yes, Estate isn’t super pigmented, but if it were it would come off as a really chalky shade because it is so light. As it is, it is the perfect transition shade.
Overall, the experience when using this palette is perfect. I found it required no work, it was just fun, and really, it was easy! I 100% recommend if you are looking for a half neutral half colorful palette and like the ABH formula. I might even venture to say that this may be their best palette yet…
Have you tried or plan on trying this palette? Which look is your favorite?
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