Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette

When you're a makeup junkie, it's pretty difficult to find a palette that's really unique when compared to the rest of your collection.

That's why the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette stood out to me -- it's really unlike anything else I own.

Because while it features some neutral or natural type shades (like so many of the palettes that I own), it also features bolder or more dramatic shades -- and yet everything shadow in the palette is wearable, even for someone like me who has very fair skin and doesn't do well with brighter shades.

The palette comes in a cardboard compact that's covered with a textured gray material for a sleek look. There's a small mirror on the inside lid that would probably only work well for touch-ups. It also includes a double-ended brush with a flat shader end and a fluffy blending end.

ABH Self-Made Palette

ABH Self-Made Palette

From l. to r.: Pink Champagne, Metallic Plum, Self-Made, Witchy, Blush, Blossom, Buttery

From l. to r.: Deep Purple, Treasure, Hot & Cold, Sherbet, Isla, Spirit Rock, Hot Chocolate
Inside, there 14 shadows: Pink Champagne, a glittery rose gold; Metallic Plum, a metallic dark purple; Self-Made, a copper-bronze with a satin finish; Witchy, a sparkly khaki gray; Blush, a light beige with a pink duo chrome; Blossom, a metallic mid-tone pink; Buttery, a matte yellow beige; Deep Purple, a bright blue purple; Treasure, a metallic champagne; Hot & Cold, a metallic bronze-y brown; Sherbet, a peach with a satin finish; Isla, a sea foam green with gold duo chrome; Spirit Rock, a matte black with purple microglitter; and Hot Chocolate, a matte chocolate brown.

Like the shadows in my other ABH palettes, the formula for the Self-Made is extremely nice. The shades are richly pigmented and, for the most part, have a smooth, creamy texture. A couple are a little chunky, such as Pink Champagne, but I surprised at how well they applied anyway.

Because of the variety of shades, I feel like this is a great year-round palette. There are a few brighter tones in it that would work well for more colorful spring and summer looks, but there are enough warm, deep shades that are perfect for fall and winter too.

I absolutely love Self-Made, Hot & Cold, Sherbet, and Isla, but there isn't a single shade in the palette that I haven't found a way to use.

Best of all, the palette retails for just $35 on at Ulta, Macy's, and Nordstrom (I purchased mine from Sephora, but it no longer appears to be on the website), which is surprisingly reasonable when compared to other palettes out there.

All in all, I really recommend this palette. It's versatile, performs well, and doesn't break the bank -- what's not to love?

In fact, if I was going to recommend just one palette that's come out recently in terms of uniqueness, quality, and value, it would absolutely be this one.

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette? What color combination is your favorite?

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