NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft glam Palette – First Impressions/ Review & Full Swatches – Everything You Need To Know! (Plus Modern Renaissance/ Subculture Comparison)

It’s here! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette has arrived! The highly anticipated follow up to the Prism Palette* and sister palette to the controversial Subculture* and cult favourite Modern Renaissance* palettes. I’ve been using this since it’s launch and wanted to share my thoughts on it asap, hence this bonus post for your eyeballs! There was always going to be worry and wondering about the similarity between this and it’s older siblings…is the Soft Glam more like the Modern Renaissance or Subculture?? Hopefully this post will give you all the answers you need!

I can completely understand the reluctance to immediately rush and get the Soft Glam, especially after the whole Subculture drama! I personally do like the Subculture but totally see that it’s not the easiest palette to work with and then I’m a huge fan of the Modern Renaissance (read my full thoughts and comparisons between the two here) so what’s the deal with Soft Glam??

The Soft Glam looks super pretty with neutral tones going towards the warmer side of things and very much having that wearable reached for everyday vibe similar to that of the MR…I have high hopes! Same velvety packaging as the rest but this time in a soft mustard shade…I don’t really mind the packaging either way and it protects the shadows perfectly, but the velvety material can be bit of a makeup/ dust magnet. You also get a double ended brush (similar to the other palettes) included which I actually don’t hate! I don’t use them for the majority of my eye makeup and lid blending, but with them being a bit stiffer they’re actually great for smudging/ smoking out the lower lash line!

The Soft Glam contains 14 pigment packed shadows…neutral mattes, soft iridescents and rich metallics. Let’s have a peep at the swatches and the shades in more depth…

✖Tempera – ultra-matte velvety beige
✖Glistening – iridescent gold with a hit of pink reflect
✖Orange Soda – ultra-matte pastel peach
✖Rose Pink – rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue
✖Sultry – hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown
✖Bronze – metallic golden bronze
✖Mulberry – ultra-matte mulberry
✖Dusty Rose – ultra-matte dusty lilac
✖Fairy – multi-dimensional light gold
✖Burnt Orange – ultra-matte deep orange (*also in MR)
✖Sienna – ultra-matte earthy brown
✖Rustic – ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown
✖Cyrus Umber – ultra matte dark coffee (*also in MR)
✖Noir – ultra-matte deep carbon black

There are a few actual shade repeats from the Modern Renaissance Palette (I’ve included those above) and a few shades that are very similar to shades in other ABH palettes, also existing ABH shadows you can pick up as singles…to me, that’s not really an issue (it’s my job, I have about 50 duplicates of everything at this stage!) although something to bare in mind if you have similar shades and don’t want to duplicate in your personal makeup stash. Check out the Modern Renaissance and Subculture swatches here to compare against the above Soft Glam for yourself.

The shadows are highly pigmented, creamy…swatch and blend on to the eyes beautifully. There is a little kick up and fall out especially with the deeper/ more metallic shades, but you’ll be glad to know it’s definitely more in line with the Modern Renaissance (I’m obsessed with/ love the MR palette, but that too has a little kick up and fall out…that’s high level pigment for you!) than Subculture! The Soft Glam’ll still work better for you if you use a little at a time and tap off any excess (I find you just need to do this and even more so to get Subculture to play ball!)…but it’s easy to work with and most similar to the MR in the way that it’s be a great choice for all makeup skill/ confidence levels.

It’s a cohesive palette that you can create all sorts of looks with…a great selection of shades and a good balance of matte and metallic. As the name suggests, as much as it’s soft glam…grunge is easily achievable too which I’m all about! With it’s choice of deeper tones and inclusion of a black (I feel like I didn’t realise how much a miss a black in a palette until this had one!) the Soft Glam is well capable of grunge glam too!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette is a winner for me! It has everything you need to take you from day through to (grungy) night…neutral enough to compliment all skin tones and eye colours and the quality/ ease of use is back with it’s MR esq formula. The mattes are smooth, creamy and blend like a dream…metallics apply smoothly dry and can be applied wet/ over a glitter glue/ tacky primer base for more intensity. Even if you own other ABH palettes, in my opinion the Soft Glam would still be a welcome addition and would work perfectly along side any other palettes. A great everyday/ travel palette and well worth picking up.

Available now online at Anastasia Beverly Hills and it’ll be coming to ABH’s online retailers 6th March and in stores after 10th March.

Looking forward to creating more looks with the Soft Glam Palette (follow me on Instagram for those) and just using it more day to day…it’s been a pleasure so far! Will you be picking it up??

Lyd x



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