A little over a year ago, Anastasia Beverly Hills graced us with one more eyeshadow palette to add to our collections. After the success of Modern Renaissance, I had been waiting for another ABH palette. I loved the quality of Modern Renaissance, how the eyeshadows worked on my eyes, so when Soft Glam was released, I knew I had to have it.
I kept telling myself I didn’t need it. It had some similar shades to Modern Renaissance, and really, the shades I tend to reach for in every palette I have. Instagram kept inundating me with amazing reviews, everyone raving about it. And I caved. Of course. With no regrets.
What I Loved About Soft Glam
The color palette of Soft Glam is stunning. Some might see it as another neutral palette, but I see it as another stunning neutral palette. What I love the most is that it has a few shades that are different – that I don’t have anywhere else. For starters, it has a black. This is extremely rare. It also has rose shades that I think go really well with my skin tone. The shade “Dusty Rose” is beautiful, and the shimmer shades work so well.
In terms of formula, Anastasia Beverly Hills is KNOWN for their formula. They had a period where it was being questioned (aka the Subculture tragedy), but with the release of Soft Glam they confirmed it was the same Modern Renaissance formula. And it is. If you’re not familiar with it, I think it’s great for makeup beginners. It is easy to blend, the shades aren’t SUPER pigmented – which means it is hard to go too heavy with it.
What I Disliked About Soft Glam
Both Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam share the same soft, velvety exterior packaging. This packaging gets dirty the moment you take it out of the box. It is frustrating. It is annoying. And there’s nothing you can do about it. If you’re like me and you care, this is an issue. However, if you don’t care what your makeup looks like, then ignore this.
The second complaint I have about the Soft Glam palette, is one many have. Anastasia’s eyeshadows have a lot of kick up. This means that when you dip your brush in it, a lot of product kicks up. The actual kick up doesn’t bother me, but I do wonder how much product gets wasted every time I dip my brush in.
Moreover, while I love all the shades, as an owner of both palettes, I would have rather they had new shades. I don’t understand the purpose of releasing new products that include shades that already exist somewhere else.
This palette has a total of 14 shades. Out of 14, 9 are ultra-matte, 3 satin reflective shimmers, and 2 metallics. The shades that I reach for the most are: Dusty Rose, Orange Soda, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, and Mulberry.
As mentioned before, Soft Glam shares a couple of shades with Modern Renaissance. The shades they have in common are: Burnt Orange, Tempera, and Cyprus Umber.
Do You Need It?
I’ve found Soft Glam to be the perfect palette to travel with. It has the most beautiful neutrals, but it also has stunning shimmers for a spicier look. Even if you’re not into shimmers, Mulberry and Noir are perfect for a bold, matte look.
Look at your collection, see if you already have these shades elsewhere, and think if having those shades in one place is important to you. If it is, and you have the money, then do it. The quality is amazing. If you already have these shades in your collection, and don’t feel the need to have it one place, skip it. Finally, if you don’t have these shades, they look like the type of shades you often reach for, go for it. The formulation of Anastasia shadows is perfect for beginners and makeup enthusiasts. This is you? Get it.