I’m finding it harder and harder to write intros to my posts because I always feel compelled to explain why I bought this or that product. I have zero intention to rationalise my purchase of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette. As the great philosopher Ariana Grandus put it perfectly: ‘Volo eam, et obtinuit eam‘
This is my third ABH palette (with Modern Renaissance and Sultry) and the brand’s first attempt at creating a bolder, more colourful colour story.
Price point, packaging and quantity
Quantity: 14 shades of 0.73g each. Total: 10.22g, so that’s an average of €4.79 per gram. It’s slightly more expensive than the Sultry palette (review here), but three of the shades are pressed pigments, so I guess that justifies the slightly higher price point.
Here are the shades:
- Sails (Matte white)
- Yacht (Duo Chrome mauvy taupe with a violet shift)
- Seychelles (Metallic aqua marine)
- Palermo (Metallic jewel pink)
- Seaside (Duo Chrome silver with a subtle blue shift)
- Inheritance (Metallic true gold)
- Mediterranean (Metallic sky blue)
- Estate (Matte soft pastel peachy pink)
- Cabana (Matte muted birch mustard)
- Coastline (Matte pastel soft peach)
- Bahamas (Matte bright bold candy hot pink pressed pigment)
- Monte Carlo (Matte cool mid-tone pink)
- Cannes (Matte bright violet purple pressed pigment)
- Palm (Matte dark chocolate brown pressed pigment)
It has to be noted that the packaging warns customers against using the pressed pigments around the immediate eye area.
Packaging: really cute and hard to resist. I don’t usually buy makeup because of the packaging, but it’s definitely a bonus when it’s as gorgeous as this.
The palette also includes a mirror and a double-ended brush, as usual.
The shadows are made in the USA. The brush is made in China.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette is cruelty-free.
Review and swatches
Metallics: they are very softly pressed and almost crumbly.
Mattes: are soft and velvety to the touch and there’s quite a bit of kickup in the pans when you dip your brushes. This is very typical of ABH shadows.
Pressed pigments: they feel a bit drier than the other matte shadows.
The pigmentation of the metallic shades is out of this world. They perform amazing, wet or dry. All of them are beautiful, but the gold metallic (appropriately named Inheritance) really stands out.
The matte shades, on the other hand, need a bit more building up. This is something I’ve mentioned before about ABH shadows. In a way you can commend the brand for being so consistent with their formula.
As you would expect, you get a bigger bang for your buck from the pressed pigments.
Again, as usual, the ABH formula is prone to fallout, especially when it comes to metallics. If you’ve done your base makeup already, wet your brush before you apply them or you’ll have to take out your good old makeup wipes.
The mattes aren’t as problematic. They’re quite powdery but that makes them blend together beautifully.
If you want to make the pressed pigments work, you’ll need to tread lightly. If you apply too much shadow all at once, you’ll have a very hard time blending it and making it look somewhat presentable. This is particularly relevant to the purple shade Cannes. Bahamas and Palm work in similar ways but are slightly more forgiving.
My reviewing skills might be off, but I’ve found the staying power of these shadows a bit inferior to the usual ABH formula, which is really odd because nothing about the Riviera formula is different from other palettes I own. I’ll have to play with the palette a bit more to come to a definite conclusion.
The pressed pigments, particularly Bahamas, will cause a bit of staining.
Would I recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette?
My general rule of thumb with Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes is always the same: buy it now, worry about the bills later.
- Beginners: if the reason you bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera palette is the shade Bahamas or Cannes, you are in for a disappointing ride. These are not easy shades to work with and will not look as good as they do in the pan without a bit of carpal tunnel.
- Is it work appropriate? Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of neutral mattes in this palette and many of them would be perfect for work, especially for spring/summer eye looks.
- Sensitive eyes: you might want to have some experience with pressed pigments before you slather your eyelids with these three shades.
If you are interested in increasing you fomo, check out my post on new makeup launches for Spring 2019.