Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture | World Traveler palette - review and swatches

Eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup, I love to collect them and even though I have enough eyeshadows to last me a lifetime and some more, there's nothing stopping me from purchasing new ones. If I could I would probably buy most of the palettes available on the market, thankfully I can't afford this kind of craziness, but every now and then (quite often to be honest) I find a palette that I just need to have. As soon as I saw the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler palette popping on Instagram I fall in love with it. I have already one palette from ABH (Tamanna palette-review) and the quality is great so I hoped the new one will be just as good. I was even planning to order it straight from the ABH website but waited and that was a good move because, even though I missed it when it was available on Cult Beauty, I found it on Beauty Bay for £23 with free delivery.

Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette

The gorgeous gold and black packaging is made of thick cardboard and it's sturdy, well made and feels quite heavy and substantial, it has a secure magnetic closure. Inside the palette there is a small mirror and a dual-side brush which is actually quite useful and I managed to do my eye makeup just with it. The brush has a dense but soft part to apply the lid colour and soft and fluffy part, perfect for blending out the eyeshadow.
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette
The ABH Shadow Couture palette consists of 12 eyeshadows with different finishes, from matte, subtle shimmers to bold metallic. Some of them can be found as a single shades in the permanent line. The size of the pans is quite small, which doesn't bother me as I'm yet to hit pan on any of my eyeshadows, but it might be something to consider for some of you. The pigmentation of most shades is fantastic, they blend really easily but don't over-blend or become muddy on the eyes. They stay without creasing or fading for about 10 hours if used over a primer. I have experienced a bit of fallout with some shades but most of them perform very well. I think the overall quality of the palette is great, the colour selection is interesting with some bolder shades and the it's a fantastic value for money.
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette
Now it's time for the fun part, the swatches! Anyone gets super excited to swatch their palettes? It's one of my favourite things to do when playing with my makeup :)
As usual, I did the swatches without primer underneath, this time I took photos with and without flash to show you how the colours look in different lightning.
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette
The top row.
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette - swatches
Soft Peach - the name describes the colour perfectly, it's matte shade, very similar to my skin tone but works perfectly as a transition crease shade, it's silky soft with good colour payoff.
Morocco - medium brown with orange undertones, matte finish, great pigmentation and formula.
Heirloom - blackened matte purple with golden and purple sparkles, good pigmentation, silky soft, the sparkles tend to fall during the application so a sticky base and/or wet brush is advisable. It looks gorgeous applied over black pencil.
Bellini - beautiful golden peach with satin finish, good pigmentation and beautiful formula.
Pink Champagne - intensely sparkly, metallic pink with great pigmentation, it produces a bit of fallout during the application but using wet brush solves the problem and the eyeshadow looks like foiled one, gorgeous.
Chic - light silvery taupe, the pigmentation is not the best and it has to be layered over light base or used with wet brush to get the best of it, other then that it's silky soft and doesn't produce too much fall out.
The bottom row.
Anastasia beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette - swatches
Spoiled - I feel like the name is actually spot on as this shade spoils the palette for me, the pigmentation is poor and the golden sparkles, while they look lovely in the swatch, don't stick to the base and fall over the eye area. It looks better layered over peach cream eyeshadow but on its own is really un-usable in my opinion.
Fudge - warm chocolate brown, matte finish, great pigmentation and lovely silky formula.
Azure - bright blue with black base and satin finish, great overall formula.
Intense Gaze - beautiful burgundy pink with satin finish, great pigmentation and buttery soft.
Metallic - antique gold with metallic finish and fantastic formula, love how unique this shade is.
Noir - matte black, great formula, normally I don't get excited about black eyeshadow in a palette but the ABH ones are fantastic, blackest black and I love using it as my eye liner as it creates softer look and it's also easier to correct any mistakes then with gel liner.
So this is my review on the Shadow Couture palette, apart from two shades, Chic and Spoiled, the eyeshadows perform really well. If I could change something, I would swap the shade Spoiled for a cream/off white matte shade to highlight the brow bone and it would be perfect little palette, ideal to take when traveling.
Do you own and ABH palettes/eyeshadows? What are your thoughts on the Shadow Couture | World Traveler palette?
Come back on Friday to see what look I created using this palette :)



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