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Anastasia Beverly Hills just released a new palette called Sultry. They used to hold off on a lot of palette releases but have joined every other brand in releasing something new every month. This was the last eyeshadow palette I’m buying until like next spring or summer (not sure when I’m just putting myself on hold). Unlike the other ABH palettes this one costs $45 as compared to $42 for fourteen shades, and has a glittery packaging instead of a velvet one. The sultry eyeshadow palette is your essential smoky eye palette with fourteen shades with a lot of metallic shades to create any type of glam to smoky looks.
Shade Descriptions & Swatches:
- Fresh (matte ivory pink)
- Pearl (metallic pearl-white w/ a soft pink undertone)
- Steampunk (metallic topaz bronze)
- Rose Quartz (metallic soft peach w/ a pink shift)
- Ember (metallic bronzed khaki)
- Bloom (matte coral pink)
- Birch (matte mid-tone yellow-taupe)
- Cinder (metallic cool-tone beige taupe w/ gold flecks)
- Twig (matte mid-tone taupe)
- Teak (metallic golden brown)
- Dystopian (matte dark ash-brown)
- Cyborg (metallic silver w/ a violet undertone)
- Slate (matte slate grey)
- Noir (matte deep black)
Tutorial using this palette for a dramatic smoky halo eyeshadow look:
Thoughts on Sultry Palette
Like other palettes you also get a nice sized mirror and double-ended brush, but the brush in this palette is not the same as the ones in the other palettes. The blending side is scratchy and hurts your eye. I’ve tried it multiple times and I seriously don’t like it compared to all of the other palettes they’ve released. And will be getting rid of this brush while the other ones I keep.
I found the formula of this palette very similar to all of their other palettes. The mattes are velvety, creamy, and easy to blend but have a bit of kick back in the pan. I don’t normally comment on the kick back if the shadows perform well. But after trying Subculture (which I loved), I feel like I need to comment that all of their palettes have a good amount of kick back. Especially if you accidentally swirl the brush in the pan, just avoid doing that and you won’t deal with a lot of powder going every where. The metallics are also very buttery and shiny though some come across more as glitter than they do as metallics due to flecks in the shadows. But overall, I like ABH’s formula which is why I have all of the palettes now (I still need to do a review for Prism that will be coming soon).
One thing I disagree with ABH on is that this is a cool tone palette. It’s not, there are a few cool tone shades but overall the entire palette is neutral minus the one coral/pink shade. So is it so different and unique to every other neutral palette? No, and some of these shades you can find similar ones in other ABH palettes. I’m going to do an ultimate comparison of all of the ABH palettes after I review the Prism palette. So well I like this palette a lot, I don’t think it’s so different from anything else that it justifies the extra price for this palette.
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