As you probably already know from my Norvina Palette and Sultry Palette reviews, I am a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows. Although they are usually more known for their brow products, their eyeshadows are on par with the best of the best. Which, in my world, are Pat McGrath, MAC Cosmetics, and ABH. So it’s usually a safe bet that I’m first in line to buy every new palette upon its release. However, when it came to the Spring launch of the Riviera palette, I was hesitant.
Why, you ask, was I hesitant to buy a brand new product from one of my favorite brands? Honestly, it came down to personal preference. Although I usually only wear black, white, cream, gray… (You get the picture). I try to add a little color to my life through my makeup. But somehow this palette felt like a whole lot of color and I wasn’t sure I would be able to incorporate the Riviera palette into my life enough to make it worth it. And then I swatched it.
As to be expected, the formula is buttery and creamy and super bendable. But the colors. Oh my goodness the colors. In person, the shades and pigments are absolutely gorgeous. I think Seychelles, Seaside, Mediterranean, and Bahamas are the true heroes in this palette. In my look below, I used Bahamas, Cannes, Palermo, Seychelles, and Estate. For my look in my video tutorial, I used Cabana, Coastline, Palm, Mediterranean, and Inheritance. I wanted to give you guys multiple looks to show how you could create a bold look, as well as a more “daytime” look.
Overall, I think the Riviera palette is a fantastic palette for anyone wanting some bold summer colors in their life. However, I do have to mention that you can find similar colors elsewhere. So, if you have a very large collection that already contains some or all of these shades, I say save your money and use what you have. If you only want one or two of the colors in the palette, I say skip it and look into less expensive options.
Colourpop has some fantastic similar colors. Plus, ABH has a huge collection of 65 individual eyeshadows. Although they won’t have the exact colors in the Riviera palette, you’ll find some similar options. However, if you don’t have any of these shades, you’ve fallen in love with more than just a few of them, or you want some major boldness in your life, then spend away!
Check out my full review, swatches, and a second glam look in my video below. Bonus, the video also includes a review on the new ABH eyeshadow primer and ABH loose highlighter. Enjoy!
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