Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Sultry palette has been one of the most awaited holiday releases of 2018. I ummed and ahed for a couple of weeks before I finally gave in. This isn’t my first ABH palette, I’m also the proud owner of Modern Renaissance, so I had a certain level of expectations.
Price point, packaging and quantity
Quantity: There are 14 shades of 0.83g each, so that’s a total of 11.62g. Price per gram: €4.38 (roughly ten times more expensive than Morphe or Revolution shadows). Out of the 14 shades, 12 are new. There are 7 ultra mattes and 7 metallics.
Packaging: the Sultry palette comes in a glittery copper UniCarton which emulates the palette itself (there’s no fallout, mind you) and is, in my opinion, their most gorgeous packaging so far.
Like all ABH palettes, it has a mirror (but I hid it with the UniCarton for the picture). It also comes with a double-ended brush.
The shadows are made in the USA and the brush in China. The palette is cruelty free.
Review and swatches
Texture: all the shadows feel very creamy, velvety and soft to the touch. ABH shadows are usually softly pressed and the Sultry palette is no exception. Expect some kickback in the pan and some fallout on your cheeks, which is usual with the brand.
Pigmentation: If you have ever tested ABH metallics, this won’t come as a surprise: the pigmentation is out of this world. The mattes work in more subtle ways. They are pigmented, but not in-your-face-you’ll-never-blend-me-pigmented. As a matter of fact some of them (Bloom, Birch, Noir) even require a bit of building up, but you can see they were made to be blended seamlessly into each other rather than create cute arm swatches.
Application: These shadows don’t even need a base or a wet brush. The metallics apply perfectly with one swipe on the lid (again, you’ll get fallout) and the mattes blend into each other wonderfully, as I said before.
Staying power: it’s just perfect.
Would I recommend the Sultry palette?
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I actually wonder what took me so long to buy the Sultry palette. The quality is outstanding and the metallics make it perfect for this time of year. What’s great is that you’ll also be able to create great neutral looks thanks to all the versatile mattes.
The Sultry palette is marketed as cool-toned, and that’s probably the only thing I find odd about it because it looks to me as a quite balanced mix of cool and warm tones.
But, really, overall, I recommend this palette to anyone who likes good makeup, whether they’re a beginner or a pro. I don’t regret this purchase in the slightest.