It wasn’t long ago that the beauty world went crazy as the news of another ABH eyeshadow palette was revealed. This year has seen Soft Glam and Norvina arrive – both of which had rave receptions. And both of which were completely different – Soft Glam was the new nude tone palette and Norvina was the pretty pink and fairy tale version. Both of which I snapped up quicker than you can say A.B.H. And both of which I’ve used a lot. You can’t fault the A.B.H formulas – their eyeshadows are some of the best in the beauty world and I really rate them highly. So when I saw Sultry start leaking on Instagram, I knew I’d be snapping it up – even before I saw the shade selection.
Differently to other palettes in the collection, Sultry was described as being the cool tone palette for smokey eyes. At first glance the grey and silver tones caught my eye – I’d never seen those colours in an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette before, and just the name ‘Sultry’ implies it’s going to help create sultry and seductive eye looks, which just so happen to be my everyday go-to style of eye make up. The swatches online looked like they ticked the cool tone, smokey box and I was sold. Snapping it up quicker than quick the day it released. I think I loved this palette from the get-go more than any others from A.B.H. Smokey eyes are my thang.
Before my palette arrived, I started to notice people complaining online about how similar Sultry was to Soft Glam. Which made me go ‘Whut?!’ because I hadn’t seen any sort of link in the palettes. Admittedly I’d seen the words ‘cool tone’ and ‘ABH’ and was sold so probably didn’t look that closely, but they were completely different right? One is a cool toned smokey eye dream and the other is a nude, champagne range of colours. One effectively cool the other on the warm spectrum – so how could they be similar? Well, thing is…people were right. I purchased Sultry as soon as it dropped because I wanted a cool toned palette – these shades suit me the most. As much as I love all the warm palettes etc (because let’s be honest 95% of palettes are warm toned) I always go back to my original eyeshadow roots – cool tones. For whatever reason they really suit my colourings. So a cool toned palette from ABH was my dream come true. But when it arrived it wasn’t cool toned at all…
I’m going to start by saying this: the palette was in no way a disappointment. I swooned hard as soon as I opened it – and the glittery packaging made a cute difference to the normal palette covers from ABH. BUT the shades themselves are indeed on a similar colour spectrum to Soft Glam. The very first thing I noticed was that there are probably 2 or 3 true cool tones and the rest are more of the normal warm tones you’d expect in an ABH palette. And of all the shimmers and glitter finishes – only one is cool. Which is probably the only tiny disappointment I have – guess I’m still waiting for a brand to make some true cool toned shimmer palettes! The colours in the ABH Sultry are beautiful, there’s no denying it. I love them and have used this palette a lot since it arrived. But for the sake of being honest – it’s not what you can technically call a ‘cool tone palette’ in my opinion.
Am I disappointed? No. Would I have purchased it anyway? Yes. But I was expecting a cool tone palette and it’s not. As a die-hard ABH fan, I buy all their palettes so this would have been joining my collection either way. And I genuinely reach for this a lot, because it does offer more cool tones than any of my other ABH palettes.
Pigmentation-wise it doesn’t disappoint. Other than the iffy Subculture palette (we don’t talk about that) Anastasia Beverly Hills nail the almost perfect eyeshadow formula. They’re one of the best in the business and one of the reasons I hoard their palettes like the true fan-girl that I am. Sultry offers pure pigmentation again – rich, deep and the highest payoff formula. If you’ve ever used an ABH palette before you’ll notice that the palette creates fall-out when picking up the product, but when applied to the eyes – there’s rarely ever any fall out there. Because there formula works so well at sticking to the skin and not budging. It stays in place all day long without lessening or falling into cracks. It’s the high performance of their shadows that gets its cult status.
Blendability of the shadows in the Sultry palette is also excellent. They work together, blend naturally and perfectly and allow you to really create perfect looks as you build up the colours to meet your requirements.
See my video swatching the colours HERE:
Overall I adore the Sultry palette, although I was surprised to not see the physical shades more of the cool tones I’d expected, it’s nice to see a cool-er toned palette from ABH than we have seen so far. And the shades are so versatile that I don’t think there’s a skin tone that wouldn’t be able to smash out amazing eye looks with it. I highly recommend Sultry as a great palette to try and if you’ve not got anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills yet: this one is the perfect palette to start with as it has cool and warm tones and their famous shimmer finishes as well as matte and satin. You literally can’t go wrong with the Sultry palette.
If you’re making an order, I highly recommend picking up the Holiday Collection Metallic Liquid Lipstick Set. I know that metallic finishes are my favourites and the three colours in this set are perfect for Christmas – your deep and sultry red, a pop of ice white and a warm gold. I love these and can’t wait to create some fun Christmassy looks with them.
Shop the whole Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday 2018 Collection