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Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the hottest brands. Their social media strategy is brilliant – they’re constantly sharing looks and photos from their fans. On top of that, their products are generally amazing.
I’m a big fan of their shadow formula, though admittedly, it’s not for everyone, nor is it the most consistent. Modern Renaissance was a huge hit for me last year, and is still one of my favorite palettes today. There were clearly mixed reviews on the colorful, mostly matte Subculture palette. The Prism palette dropped shortly after Subculture, and I bought it instantly without seeing any reviews.
I’m sharing my review of Prism, a limited edition palette with “universal neutrals and prismatic metallics.”
Shades + Swatches
There are 14 shades in the palette:
Lucid (duo chrome white gold with pink reflect)
Eden (ultra-matte coral pink)
Unity (ultra-matte nude ochre)
Sphinx (metallic warm bronze)
Osiris (duo chrome midnight violet with red reflect)
Sphere (ultra-matte electric green yellow)
Obsidian (ultra-matte deep black)
Dimension (duo chrome silver grey with pink reflect)
Parallel (ultra-matte truffle)
Pyramid (metallic yellow gold with green reflect)
Throne (duo chrome blackened blue-green with multicolor reflect)
Saturn (ultra-matte terracotta)
Eternal (metallic violet copper)
Lure (ultra-matte ashy lilac)
Swatches of the top and bottom rows are on my arm in direct sunlight.
The range of shades and finishes is quite broad. It may not seem very cohesive in many respects, but a huge pro to this palette is that the options are endless.
Most of the shades are buttery and smooth, much like Modern Renaissance. A light hand with a brush is needed because the shades are very pigmented and can produce powder kick-up. The kick-up makes the shadows super easy to blend.
A couple of shades are kind of duds in terms of payoff and pigmentation, namely Obsidian. The matte black is just a grey. I could also do without Osiris, basically a matte black with some sparkles. It just doesn’t look as beautiful on as in the pan.
Other than that, I’m super impressed with the mattes. Sphere, the electric yellow, is surprisingly wearable and shows up well. Lure is amazing as a transition for my cool-toned skin. Unity and Parallel will work well as a neutral base for a variety of skin tones.
The metallics and duo chromes are so gorgeous. I particularly love Sphinx, Dimension, and Pyramid. Throne is really beautiful too, especially to add a pop to a smoky eye.
I’d say I prefer Modern Renaissance over Prism, but I definitely can have both. Modern Renaissance is almost flawless to me – it’s incredibly cohesive, but can produce many different looks. Prism is a lot of fun, but may occasionally require single shadows or another palette to complete the look.
Thus far, Prism has been said to be limited edition and retails for $42.
Have you picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette? ↓