New in from Anastasia Beverly Hills

When Anastasia releases something new; the internet loses its mind and this time they've gone with three launches! I'd been umming and ahhing over the new palette since last month (I try to be more considered with my beauty purchases these days and give myself some time to think about it properly) so I honestly could not believe it when the Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette* | £43 |, Amrezy Highlighter* | £29 | and Powder Bronzer in Saddle* | £29 | showed up on my desk at work following their launch on Cult Beauty (best Monday ever). This will be more of a mini-review for the palette as I've been using it every single day (utilising all the shades bar one) but I have only had it a week and a half but I'll doing a comparison post at a later date with the Modern Renaissance, which will be more in-depth. I wanted to pop this up now though because ABH is Cult Beauty's Brand of the Month, meaning free worldwide shipping, which I know international readers always love and a free trio of their warm nude liquid lipsticks with ABH orders over £50 - plus it's nearly payday (and maybe you got a bonus and wanted to thank yourself for being awesome this year!) 

Soft Glam

This comes in the usual Anastasia packaging, which is functional and pretty travel-friendly, though I do find the felt finish can get a but mucky. It comes with a double-ended brush (I don't tend to use these though). There are 14 shadows in here and it has very slightly more mattes than shimmers. I do think the shade range is very balanced - you have an array of crease colours to create different looks and a good few lid shades. I know a lot of people are claiming this palette isn't edgy enough for Anastasia but I personally really liked the story behind it and it works for someone like me, who wants a palette they can wear day in, day out, whether that's on a night out or to the office. There are some repeated shades from previous palettes and the permanent range, so if you're a big fan of the brand it's worth assessing how many new colours you're getting in here that you'll definitely use. The only shade in here I don't use is Noir because I never reach for matte blacks - this palette actually has a bit of a twist because the cream shade Tempera has a sheen, so I highlight my inner-corner with this. Outside of that: this is all me!

The YouTube world imploded over the Subculture palette, which I've never tried, though I have to say that both the Anastasia palettes I have are pigmented and do kick up a fair bit of fallout. I generally just tap my brush into the colours and that's plenty of product for me. The formula blends out nicely and I love that I can create distinct looks with these shadows. The shades are really wearable but there are those little twists (like the yellow-gold shimmer, Fairy, and half-glitter-half-metallic deep brown-purple, Sultry). There's a nice mix of finishes in here from matte to soft shimmer to sheen to metallic, which I like because it means this palette is day-time appropriate but you can also add an extra little 'pop' for evening looks.

In terms of the individual shades (besides Noir, which I don't use), I can't really name a dud - these colours all work so nicely for me! I'd say the longevity is good, though I wouldn't necessarily reach for this palette on a day when I know I want my eyeshadow to look totally fresh even in the evening straight from work. 

Amrezy Highlighter

I'm not going to lie: when I first saw this on social media, I kind of thought 'oh, another gold highlighter' and moved on. I wasn't actually familiar with Amrezy before this collaboration was announced but she's huge on Instagram. However this was a pleasant surprise - instead of something along the lines of ABH So Hollywood or Laura Geller's Guilded Honey, it's a sort of light gold, frosty-toned shade. Ok, if you own a million warm gold highlighters then maybe you don't need this, but if you want something a bit different from what else is out there then check it out! I'd also recommend it for people who want to try gold but are maybe slightly fairer or less warm in their undertones.

This highlighter comes in the standard plastic Anastasia cheek product packaging (which has a nice weight to it) but with golden-copper detailing to differentiate it (as this one is Limited Edition) and of course the way it's pressed creates a gorgeous effect. It's a totally glitter-free formula that gives a blinding, metallic finish. The powder itself is very smooth and I don't find it emphasises the texture on my skin. It gives a gorgeous, intense highlight on me that I'm really liking.

Powder Bronzer

I know with the excitement of a highlighter and eyeshadow palette, this launch might get a little overlooked, however I'm really into this bronzer. It's pigmented, but not too pigmented, and blends out beautifully. It isn't patchy or uneven and doesn't become so over the duration of the day. It has a matte finish and looks nice and natural on the skin. 

The colour of Saddle is perfect for my skin tone - it's warm but not orange and deep enough to show up and give that little bit of definition. It has a slightly reddish tone, which is a nice change for my makeup looks. If you're in need of a new bronzer then I definitely recommend checking this one out, because it's the sort of everyday shade you'll use to death!

Are they worth getting your hands on?

Really, this all depends on your makeup needs. For me, Soft Glam adds something new and different to my eyeshadow looks without being totally out of my comfort zone, and as Anastasia have such a great formula, I'm so glad they have something like this in their range. These palettes aren't cheap but this is something I know so many people will get a lot of use from. I love the finish and slightly frosty, blinding look of the Amrezy highlighter, so if you're in the market for a different take on gold then check it out. If you already own a lot gold highlighters (like me!) then ask yourself if you really need another! Finally, for the bronzer, I think this is the dark horse of the range and maybe not as many people will talk about it, but I know I'll be reaching for this all the time on a day-to-day basis because it just does everything I want a bronzer to do.

Have you tried or got your eye on any of the new Anastasia launches?

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Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own.


  1. The bronzer sounds really good! There's not a lot of bronzer releases lately, I feel like they are starting to become a more "boring" product. But finding a nice bronzer for your skin tone is so important.

    I've seen that highlighter everywhere, and just like you I thought "it will just be another gold highlighter that's probably too dark for my skin tone". And I do find that most people say "oh this actually looks lighter than I expected" but I also find that when I see it in youtube videos, it looks good as long as the light hits it. People can't really tell on themselves usually, but I find that it has quite a dark undertone, so the minute they turn their cheek away from the direct (studio) light, it looks like they have a dark shadow almost, right where they've placed the highlighter. I think people really need to be more careful praising a highlighter as being "for all skin tones" when it's actually this dark in undertone... But it does still look lighter than I first expected it to be, I must give it that. Just my honest opinion and why I won't be looking at it twice ;-)

    Finally, the Soft Glam palette is on its way to my house! I couldn't resist. I have so many warm shadow palettes already (like you, haha!) but I do think this looks a bit different and unique. It has some shades in there that I really wouldn't expect in any other warm toned palette (like the pink and mauve shades, and the matte black). I'm really excited to dip my brushes into it and see if the quality is much better than the Subculture (which I own and love, but it does kick up quite a bit. I don't mind it though).

    I love your review posts a lot Jasmine! I'm excited to see more of these honest reviews on here!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  2. I have wanted to try Anastasia for AGES. The highlighter looks gorgeous, as does the eyeshadow palette and bronzer! Loved this review and run down of the products! xx


  3. I hope you know that you have done an amazing job.
    Keep it up, beauty.


  4. I bought Soft Glam and am in love with it but didn't think the highlighter and bronzer were anything special. Damn, now I am tempted to buy both. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  5. The shades in this palette are so beautiful!

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

  6. The soft glam palette looks beautiful! A very wearable palette! xx

    Jasmine | http://jasminelaurenfancy.blogspot.co.uk

  7. The bronzer is gorgeous! I'm not as much of a fan of the highlighter, although it looked beautiful in the packaging the shade seems actually too cool-toned for my liking. The palette is beautiful too though!

    Julia x
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  8. It all looks gorgeous! The eyeshadow palette has a great selection on shades and finishes, nothing too out there which is good Me my personal taste. I always use a matte black as a liner because I just can’t seem to do well with actual liners hahah. Lovely post!

    -Sophie xx

  9. I have the palette and I have to say that I am loving it. Almost as much as the MR palette, but I will have to see how much I reach for it!

    Danielle xx

  10. Thanks Charline and I hope you enjoy Soft Glam as much as I am! I've still not reached for anything else and it's been 2 weeks :) x

  11. I feel like bronzer is the kind of product that doesn't draw you in as much as highlighter or eyeshadow but this one does everything I want a bronzer to :) x

  12. It's perfect for everyday wear! x

  13. Yeah I know a lot of people like it for that! x

  14. I think I may love it more...haha x

  15. I brought all these and I love them! The highlighter is amazing. I actually brought the bronzer in two shades, one for highlighting and one for contouring because I love the formula so much! xx


  16. That eyeshadow palette is so beautiful, but I'm worried there are just too many yellow toned shadows in it for me, but I know her pigmentation is always amazing! I've been eyeing up the Amrezy Highlighter for a while and I swatched it and it's sadly too gold and dark for my skin, so gutted! xx



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