Y’all ever use a palette that just gave you feels as if it came from another planet? The colour scheme and finishing for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette give me that exact type of feel. I love the clean laser cut logo on the velvet black packaging, though my main concern with it is that it can easily get dirty. Extremely enticing packaging that is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye though.
Retailing at $42 USD / $55 CAD, you get an ethereal schemed palette filled with 14 shades, 7 ultra mattes, 4 duo chromes, and 3 metallic shades. The palette itself was advertised as their holiday palette for 2017. One of the most captivating aspects of this palette for me is the amount of layering that can be done with the duo chromes, especially on top of black colours tend to shift even more. I myself immediately wanted to do a smokey eye with this palette, and as much as I love cool tones, I figured I’d try a look with a different shade this time and used Throne.
Before I show you the look I created, I wanted to show you detailed shots of each individual shade like I always do. I apologize for some of the shades seeming blurry, my lenses are a little bit wonky right now. I do love how it captured how the reflects look.
Lucid: A duo chrome shade, more of a topper colour. It has a white gold base with pink reflects in it, when swatched it’ll look fairly sheer until the light hits it. Gorgeous for the inner corner, a highlighter or to switch shades as a topper.
Eden: Peachy pink ultra matte, a true coral color.
Unity: An ultra-matte ochre bone shade, perfect for setting, blending out, and highlighting.
Sphinx: A fine metallic warm bronze copper shade. The pigment in this shade is more finely milled than the other metallic shades, which seem a little bit more chunkier.
Osiris: A duo chrome midnight violet shade, with a deep black base and magenta and blue reflects. You can really see how the reflects are being picked up in this shot.
Sphere: This image does no justice on how truly vibrant this ultra matte shade is. It’s a neon electric yellow lime shade.
Obsidian: One of the deepest darkest pigmented matte blacks I’ve ever tried. I did have a little bit of difficulty blending out this formula.
Dimension: A grey silver duo chrome shade with pink reflects.
Parallel: An ultra-matte warm truffle shade.
Pyramid: A chunkier metallic yellow gold formula with green reflects (This image is really capturing the green mixed into the gold)
Throne: A metallic duo chrome shade, with a black base and blue-green reflects. A peacock shade or oil slick.
Saturn: An ultra-matte rusty terra cotta shade
Eternal: A chunkier metallic copper with violet undertone to it. More of a cool copper tone.
Lure: A captivating muted lilac mauve ultra-matte shade.
The shades I used for this look were Obsidian, Sphere, Throne, and Pyramid. You can see all the reflects and metallics shine through up close.
I didn’t want to take away too much from this look so I paired this smokey eye with a nude lip. For a full list of products on this look, check out my Instagram post here.
Again, I feel like you can virtually create thousands of looks with this palette because of all the layering possibilities. However, I don’t think this palette is very beginner user-friendly, especially when it comes to artists and enthusiasts starting out. Yes, the shades are very captivating, but looking at the palette as a whole from afar, it may seem as if a lot of colours are thrown in and seem out of the place. ABH palettes are more of an artistry product than other palettes where you know which shades are meant for the base, highlight, shading, etc.
I personally do enjoy this palette quite a lot but I won’t necessarily recommend it – I would only recommend this palette for more advanced artists and users who are more into editorial looks, not a day to day user. A lot of the metallic shades are stunning and swatch beautifully, but apply best with your fingers. I noticed while applying the shades, a ton of product actually stick onto the finger itself, and I feel like I may have wasted product that way, but it was the best way to pack it onto the lid for the most amount of pigmentation you can get. A little can go a long way with the matte shades, but remember to be gentle when dipping in the pan, because fall out tends to be picked up from the pan. There is a lot of pigmentation in these formulas and they’re packed in very well, so be gentle!
The last thing I have to say about this palette is that I hope in the future, ABH would work on these colours more solely as single shadows, so artists can reap the benefits of bigger pans for shades they may use more. I honestly would love to see a neutral palette be produced by ABH, as I know they can get more use on a day to day basis for most consumers. I do appreciate the artistic approach that they have been reaching out for in the community, and the colours and hues are very compelling and gorgeous – but I’d like to see more focused work from them.
I still have a lot of love and respect for ABH and love their products, I hope this review doesn’t give off the wrong impression. This review is solely on the Prism Palette and what my thoughts and feelings are about it. From the beginning of time, I’ve watched Norvina’s snaps, the production and development that went into this palette and understand how much work and dedication were put into it. From a consumer standpoint, it is a stunning palette, but not every person can use it.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and an amazing Monday.
Disclaimer: Product reviewed was purchased with my own money, I am not paid/affiliated with Anastasia Beverly Hills, this is not a sponsored post. Opinion is solely my own and is 100% transparent and honest.