It’s been a while since I’ve properly bought eyeshadows – I’ve been exploring my collection and enjoying what I have. And I’ve been finding myself reaching for this quad of eyeshadows I picked up in the U.S. more and more lately. I’ll admit I don’t really think eyeshadow when I think of Anastasia Beverly Hills – I think brows, contour kits and more recently, illuminators – but these eyeshadows have really impressed me.
Some of the shades that I had my eyes on were out of stock when I was over in the States so, after a lot of swatching, I eventually settled on this pretty little quad. Touch of Lilac is a Metallic frosty white with a little bit of lilac, a lovely and subtle inner corner or brow bone highlight. Amber is a rich gold in a Satin finish – probably my favourite of the quad and one that I’ve been reaching for a lot. Dusty Rose is a lilac brown in a Velvet finish, a beautiful mauve-y brown that’s perfect for the crease. And finally, Birkin is an Ultra-Matte warm beige mauve. I bought this partly for the name and partly because it looked like a slightly warmer than Dusty Rose.
The formula, for the most part, is impressive. Particularly in the shimmery shades. They have great pigmentation and very little fallout. They apply really well onto the eyes but don’t go patchy when I try to blend them out. I have noticed that if I’m not careful to prime my eyelids then things can start looking a little chunky after a day’s wear, however. The mattes are a little harder to work with – they can apply a little patchy and often take a bit of work to build up the pigmentation. Birkin is by far the hardest to work with, the ultra-matte formula doesn’t seem to work on un-primed eyelids and it takes quite a bit of blending before it stops looking patchy but the velvet finish, Dusty Rose is slightly easier to work with. But nevertheless, after working with them and blending, the finished product does look great.
I definitely intend on extending my collection – there’s something really enjoyable about being able to pick and choose what shades you want in your own palette and the range of shades in the ABH is seriously impressive.