I remember a time when Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) was solely a brow product brand. And look at it now! According to Sephora, their most popular product is their Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. You know me, I can’t commit to a large scale palette so I was quite psyched when I learned that ABH launched single refills and a customizable palette.
I got these right before Christmas last year as gifts to myself. 😉
ABH currently offers a whopping 104 colours in their single shadow line. They’re divided into 7 finishes: Satin, Metallic, Ultra-Matte, Velvet, Shimmer, Titanium, Duo-chrome, and Sparkle (the finishes are listed differently on Sephora versus ABH’s site – I default to ABH’s descriptions).
The eye shadow singles sell regularly for C$16 each, and the empty 4-pan palette is valued at $8. Sephora offers a filled palette for $56 ($74 value), which is a $18 savings.
Each pan contains between 1.5g to 1.7g of product (Chiffon and Chocolate Crumble are 1.5g, Rosette is 1.6g, and Comfort is 1.7g) – similar to other single shadows. The packaging for each refill is very secure, each pan is housed in a plastic clam shell inside cardboard sleeves.
After extensive research, I settled on these 4 colours:
Chiffon: antique gold (Titanium)
Comfort: antique copper (Satin)
Chocolate Crumble: smoky amethyst (Titanium)
Rosette: burgundy shimmer (Titanium)
I’ve tested out these eye shadows for about a month and here are my thoughts on them.
I was most looking forward to trying the Titanium finish shades – hence why I got 3 of them! – as they look gorgeous in the swatches I’ve seen online. I would describe the Titanium finish as a shinier than a shimmer, but not as shiny as a metallic. The formulas aren’t consistent across the 3 Titanium finishes I tried. Chiffon and Chocolate Crumble are most similar – their texture are a bit chunkier and behave like pressed pigment. Rosette is drier and less pigmented, and apply more like a velvet finish. Comfort is a Satin finish and applied quite similar to Chiffon – I found both to be very smooth and pigmented. The colours are beautiful when swatched:
A major issue I faced was that while the shadows applied well on the lids with a shader brush (in a patting motion), as soon as I started to blend, the colour would blend away to nothing. I often had to add 2 or 3 layers to maintain the intensity I wanted. There was also quite a bit of fall out – I feel as though there’s a binding ingredient missing from this shadow formula. The inconsistency between the Titanium finish also meant the 3 shades perform differently: I found both Chocolate Crumble and Rosette to fade on my lids and crease at around the 6 hr mark. Comfort and Chiffon lasted better but the longest they stayed looking intact was around 8 hrs (I always use my usual primer and eye base). To put the hours into perspective – I get ready in the mornings at around 7am, and by around 1pm, my eye shadows are starting to fade and crease.
I was expecting more of these shadows since so many people rave about the quality of ABH eye shadow palettes. Plus, these are $16 each (compare that to $8 for MAC refills). I was surprised that out of the 4 shades I tried, my favourite turned out to be the shade Comfort, the lone Satin finish! Rosette was my least favourite. At the end of the day, I’m unsure if I’d purchase more ABH shadows – there are just so many brands / options out there.
Interestingly, Chiffon, Comfort and Chocolate Crumble are made in the US, whereas Rosette is made in Italy.
Actually, I do really like the ABH empty palette – it is nearly identical to the MAC 4-pan Pro palette except there are indents to more easily remove each refill pan. Unlike the MAC palette, the ABH palette itself is magnetized while the refill pans are not (the reverse is true for MAC’s system).
The best part? The ABH empty palette is now available on Sephora for only $1, no strings attached! 😮 I’m fairly certain this is new price drop – I guess the idea is that one would buy the ABH eye shadow singles to fill the palette, but I’m probably going to just refill them with other 26mm eye shadow refills (MAC, ColourPop, MUG etc). 😉
• Highly pigmented
• Wide variety of shades and finishes
• Blends well
• Colours blend away easily
• Significant fall out
• Not long wearing (fading and creasing)
• Expensive compared to other refill systems
Stash worthiness: 6/10
I should qualify that my rating is restricted to just these 4 shades that I’ve tried. Maybe this is a harsh overall rating, but I just have no tolerance for expensive eye shadows that perform poorly. I would specify that the shade Comfort is an 7/10 and the empty palette is a 9/10.
Here are some comparisons between the ABH colours and other similar shades in my stash:
Chiffon against Shu Uemura P Gold 350, MAC Sea Worship, and Coastal Scents Cherry Moss
Coastal Scents Cherry Moss is fairly similar except for the warm base colour.
Comfort against MAC Woodwinked, Ardency Inn Rose Gold, and Shisiedo BR214 Into The Woods trio (left pan)
On the eye lids, the Shiseido is similar.
Chocolate Crumble against MAC Stolen Moment, Satin Taupe, and Lancome Timeless Taupe
It should come as no surprise that I basically own the same taupe colour 3 times over. 😛 The formula on the others perform much better than the ABH though.
Rosette against MAC Rich Core, Burberry Mulberry, and MUFE D826 Fig
MUFE Fig has a similar tone but it’s much more glittery.
It’s always interesting trying to find similar shades – some of them look so similar in the pan but when swatched, they don’t look all that similar, and vice versa!
These shadows are my first ABH products. Have you tried ABH eye shadows? Or other ABH items? What do you think of them? I’m still undecided about this brand – I’ve heard their lip products are supposed to be good.