Brands release new makeup products pretty much everyday and eyeshadow palettes seem to be a reliable money-maker. We often see variations on the same theme; making the details of the formulas, usability, wearability, and even the packaging more important than ever. This huge explosion of makeup consumerism over the past few years has become almost exhausting. This is coming from someone who absolutely LOVES it!
I’ve had this palette since it came out this time last year. I wrote an original review on it but wanted to revisit the palette and update some of the looks. In this age of massive consumerism that is often physically tangible (at least for me), I think it’s important to honor the dollars you spent and use what you already have.
ABH eyeshadow palettes are generally beloved by all beauty lovers; they are soft, pigmented, and looks seem to fall into place pretty easily. What more could you want from your palette?! I have Modern Renaissance and Norvina (review here) and love them both dearly. Keep reading for some general information, application tips and looks, and my overall review!
The palette features 14 eyeshadows: seven are brand new, three are from Modern Renaissance, and two are founder Anastasia Soare’s favorite single shades. The formula is just like the brand’s other palettes: a little bit of kick-up but the shadows are pigmented and blend out themselves. If you’ve always wanted to try an ABH palette but Norvina or Modern Renaissance don’t do it for you, Soft Glam is the more approachable sister. These are the shades and their tones:
- 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- 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
- Cypress Umber- ultra-matte dark coffee
- Noir- ultra-matte deep carbon black
As I keep mentioned, ABH shadows are very soft with a lot of pigment. It can be tempting to go in heavy, but I find using the tiniest amount and building from there leads to more blended, “natural” looks. I almost always use a glitter glue for any shimmer shade to prevent transferring and help the shimmers come off strong and last. I like to use smaller brushes to concentrate the color rather than larger fluffier ones and get them everywhere, but that’s more of a personal preference.
Orange Soda as my first transition shade in the crease. Burnt Orange right below and blended upwards into Orange Soda. Sienna in the outer V and blended up. Glistening all over the lid.
Dusty Rose all over the lid. Rose Pink patted on top with a wet brush. Orange Soda in the crease and blended into Dusty Rose. **TIP: You can easily do these steps the other way around, your call.
Burnt Orange and Siena in the crease. Mulberry on the lid and blended upwards.
Dusty Rose in the crease. Mulberry in the outer v and blended into the crease. Sultry with a dense packing brush in the outer v to the middle of the lid and blended with Mulberry. Rose Pink all over the rest of the lid.
Burnt Orange and Rustic blended in the crease. Mulberry in the outer-v and blended up into the crease. Noir layered over Mulberry. Start with the tiniest bit and build until you reach the intensity you want. Sultry all over the lid.
I overall really like this palette. While it’s your run-of-the-mill warm-neutral eyeshadows, they are still versatile and easy enough to use. As I’ve mentioned, ABH shadows are soft and tend to pack a lot of punch. If you aren’t used to handling eyeshadows of that nature it may require a slight learning curve but nothing that you can’t handle! I often pair this palette with other shadows and liquid glitters. It’s a one-stop shop and you don’t need to do that, but why not get yourself a palette that can do both!
There are three shades I don’t like (all shimmers): Glistening, Fairy, and Bronze. I just think the undertones of these particular golds are off; I prefer the golds in the Modern Renaissance and Norvina palettes and often will pair their shades together.
If you aren’t a fan of warm neutrals, this palette probably isn’t for you. Lucky for you, ABH is often creative with their color stories so chances are you may love a future release. I would suggest the newest Sultry palette as well!