Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of those brands that has completely blown up on Instagram and have released some of the most coveted products in the beauty industry. On receiving an email from Cult Beauty, my most recent purchase from the brand was made instantly and impulsively, but I don’t regret it at all…
The Shadow Couture World Traveller Palette (now sold out on Cult Beauty, but available at Sephora and BeautyBay) retails at £23/$30. It comes with twelve eyeshadows, ranging from matte to metallic, and are mostly warm neutral shades with a few brighter colours. The shade range is what really drew me into this palette – I could imagine being able to use 10 out of 12 on an every day basis, and the two brighter colours would help pull me out of my comfort zone.
Soft Peach is described as a ‘nude pastel peach with an ultra-matte finish’. This does not show up very well as a swatch as it is so similar to my skin tone but this is a really lovely shade. It has a smooth and buttery consistency and works really well as a colour to blend out shades in the crease or to use as a base shadow.
Morocco is described as a ‘deep burnt orange with an ultra-matte finish’. This is much like soft peach in texture, if anything a tiny bit drier in consistency. It does blend really easily and has great pigmentation. This kind of colour looks incredible on blue or green eyes, and reminds me of Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear.
Heirloom is described as a ‘pinky eggplant with a sparkle finish’. I would say this is one of my least favourite in the palette as it applies a little less evenly and pigmented as the rest of the shades. When it is applied in layers and packed on to the lid it is a pretty rich purple shade, but the glitter is quite subdued for what I would hope from a ‘sparkle’ finish.
Spoiled is described as a ‘gold-flecked peach with a metallic finish’. This shade didn’t disappoint, yet it didn’t wow me either. It isn’t so much metallic but it does have gold flecks running through it. This makes for a nice subtle eyelid colour that creates a pretty everyday look.
Fudge is described as a a ‘rich, chocolate brown with an ultra-matte finish’. Like Morocco, this felt a little dry in consistency when initially swatched, but I was pleasantly surprised how easily it applied and blended out on the eye. The colour is intense and warm, and really compliments the other shades in the palette.
Azure is described as a ‘vibrant blue with a metallic finish’. This has a much better consistency that Spoiled, and it catches the light beautifully. What I like about this shade is that, similarly to Heirloom, is that it almost seems to have a blackened base to it which I feel makes it more wearable. It is not too obnoxiously blue and when paired with a black it creates a really interesting and bold smokey eye that is not too bright.
Bellini is described as a ‘golden peach with a stain finish’. This was an incredibly smooth and pigmented shadow, and looks stunning when used all over the lid. It reminds me of a powder version of Mac Rubenesque Paint Pot which is one of my all time for favourites, especially for blue eye.
Pink Champagne is described as a ‘shimmery pink with a titanium finish’. This is by far my favourite eyeshadow in the palette. It is so incredibly pigmented, smooth and metallic it is hard to believe. It looks and applies much like a loose pigment, and is an incredible formulation. Love.
Chic is described as a ‘taupe grey with a shimmer finish’. This is an incredibly interesting shade that to me sits somewhere in between a gold and a silver. It was another of the better performing shadows in the palette, applying beautifully and pigmented. This is an incredibly shimmery shade, which captures the light wonderfully when on the eye.
Intense Gaze is described as a ‘bronzed pink with a satin finish’. This shadow performed very well – it is smooth, pigmented and easy to apply. Pink is not always the easiest colour to pull off but this is incredibly flattering especially when paired with the matte shades in this palette.
Metallic is described as a ‘brassy gold with a metallic finish’. It was another incredibly buttery, smooth and pigmented shadow. This is a really interesting gold that pulls a little dirty and chartreuse.
Noir is described as a ‘deep carbon black with an ultra-matte finish’. As far as black goes I would say that this is one of my favourites. It is rich, pigmented and a true black, instead of a dark grey or a blue black. It is easy to blend and works great as a way to smoke out the lash line or deepen up any eye looks.
All in all, despite a few shades not performing as well as others, namely Heirloom and Spoiled, this is a great palette. I think the colours complement each other beautifully, allowing for a countless amount of combinations. The pops of colour is also what makes this one a great choice, and a little different from the many neutral palettes that are flooding the market at the moment. At the price, it is a steal compared to other high end options, and if you can get your hands on it I would highly recommend. Have you tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows?