Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette Review

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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

abh sultry palette

Price: Europe: €50.95 (bought mine from Beauty Bay), UK: £46 (can be found on Cult Beauty), US: $45 (can be found on Beautylish and many other places)

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. 

sultry palette

Review and swatches

sultry palette
sultry palette
First row (backwards, just because)
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Second row (backwards too)

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?

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.

Here’s a pin for your beauty board:

sultry palette review and swatches


  1. xoletsgetlost
    January 9, 2019 / 1:20 am

    I NEED this palette in my life lol. Good thing I got a Sephora giftcard for Christmas!!!! <33
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Kate
      January 12, 2019 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks for commenting. You won’t regret it!

  2. October 30, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Stop making me want to buy eyeshadow!

    • Kate
      October 30, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      hehehe! It’s better than the morphe one (but fewer fun colours!)

  3. October 28, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    Ughhhh I’ve been looking at this palette. Everytime I enter Ulta I stare at it, swatch it, and walk away without it. This just makes me want it more. Plus the packaging makes me feel like a queen. Can’t wait to see some looks!

    Cheers xx

    Rachel |

    • Kate
      October 29, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      You wouldn’t regret the purchase. Price point is high, but it’s great quality!

  4. October 28, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Wow! This palette looks gorgeous and the shades are so beautiful! I’m loving Steampunk and Rose Quartz. I do think it’s worth spending a bit more to get a good quality palette with a range of lovely shades. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kate <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Kate
      October 28, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks, Bexa!

  5. October 28, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I absolutely love the look of this palette, I have very few high end palettes myself and am really considering adding this to my Christmas wish list! 💕

    • Kate
      October 28, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      You won’t regret it if you buy it 🙂

  6. sarahsarsby
    October 27, 2018 / 10:46 am

    I have the Norvina palette which I’m in love with and think the quality is great. This Sultry palette didn’t really do much for me though as I find it a bit boring and dull looking. But it seems to swatch so nicely xx

    • Kate
      October 27, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Yeah it’s much more neutral than the Norvina. But whatever color story they go for, the quality is always there.

  7. October 27, 2018 / 3:13 am

    Amazing review! I do find that a few palettes which do fall out a little tend to have better pigmentation. I have never tried out a ABH palette, other than their eyebrow kit, but this looks like a great palette, I can see them working well for most seasons.

    • Kate
      October 27, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Their palettes are as good as their brow products. They’re known for having very pigmented and softly pressed shadows.

      • October 30, 2018 / 5:03 am

        I just realised I do have one, it’s the one that has a lot of beautiful fall colours and it’s just amazing. My sister did a look on me two days ago and I loved it!

        • Kate
          October 30, 2018 / 1:48 pm

          What’s it called?

          • November 1, 2018 / 5:14 am

            Modern renaissance eyeshadow palette, the shades are simply stunning.

          • Kate
            November 1, 2018 / 7:14 am

            it’s their best 🙂

  8. October 26, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    I love all the nude colors…looks like I better pick up yet another palette. where to put them all, hmmm?

    • Kate
      October 27, 2018 / 10:33 am

      I ask myself that question every day lol

  9. katesbeautyhome
    October 26, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I have been loving the look of this palette I agree it is their best packaging yet. I love the layout of it and feel I would get a lot of use from the shades available. It looks perfect for the festive season. Can’t wait to see some of your looks with it.
    Kate x

    • Kate
      October 27, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Absolutely! The great thing about ABH is that you can pretty much throw any bunch of shadows and it always turns out great. I have the same thing with Modern Renaissance. I don’t know how they do it.

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