First Impressions and Review
The Soft Glam palette by ABH has been out for a while now, and I actually got it on the day of its release (14th Feb). I took a break from blogging for a while - there will be a post already up about this or on its way up by the time this post goes up - so I haven't touched my palette until I felt motivated enough to write a review, and to do my makeup. If you just want to look at the swatches and the look I did, feel free to quickly scroll because this will be a long post...So, let's get into it!
I ordered the Soft Glam palette on Wednesday 14th from the ABH UK website and it got to me on the 16th (or the 17th, but I'm pretty certain). It cost me £43 with no extra cost for shipping, which is the same price as the other current ABH palettes - when I got my Modern Renaissance palette it was back in the good old days when it was £41 but I'd gladly pay the extra £2.
I instantly knew I wanted the Soft Glam palette when it was leaked online and then confirmed by ABH on their Instagram. I haven't been inspired at all by their last two palettes, despite being one of my favourite brands, but just knew instantly that I needed this in my life. The colour scheme just spoke to me and is nothing like any other palette I own. If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know me and darker shadows don't always get on, thanks to my eye and skin colours, so I was going out on a whim getting such a dark palette for myself.
Here's some quick pictures of the palette, if you haven't seen it yet. I took these in natural daylight, but did take the picture on the right using the flash just in case it made any difference to what the palette looked like (which I don't think it does).
Here's the top row of the palette, straight from right to left as you would look at it. The shade 'Tempera', which pretty much blends into my arm, was in the Modern Renaissance palette and was one of the doubles used in the Soft Glam. 'Bronze' swatched a little chunky, as you can see below, but I'm hoping that won't affect the use with brushes. I also live for the shade 'Mulberry', it's so rich and pigmented. The right photo is with flash, by the way.
From top to bottom: Tempera, Glistening, Orange Soda, Rose Pink, Sultry, Bronze and Mulberry.
And here's the bottom row! I must say I think the bottom row seems to look more cohesive, but obviously that doesn't have an impact on the whole palette. 'Dusty Rose' seemed to swatch quite patchy, but that may just be because I swatched it so high up my wrist - and looking at the pictures, it doesn't look that bad. I was blown away with 'Noir', it was literally pitch black (and also didn't fully come off my arm for about three days). 'Burnt Orange' and 'Cyprus Umber' are the other two shades that were doubled from the MR palette. Once again, the picture on the right was taken with the flash.
From top to bottom: Dusty Rose, Fairy, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, Noir.
All swatches felt super smooth and buttery, almost creamy. I loved the formula of the MR palette so was hoping they'd be the same, and I wasn't disappointed so far!
A Quick Look...
Just a warning, if you're not interested in all the details and want to just see the look and my final thoughts then scroll down to the images to see how I did.
First, I primed my lids with Urban Decay's primer potion in 'Sin' and put the Naked concealer in 'Fair Neutral' on my brow bone. I then used a Real Techniques deluxe crease brush and set the products with 'Tempera'. I think 'Tempera' is more of a satin shade in this palette than it is in MR (it's quite metallic) but that might just be my opinion.
I used 'Orange Soda' as a transition shade in my crease because I find orange/yellow shadows compliment my eyes well, so I wanted those tones there somewhere. I found this shade to be must more yellow than the swatch but I used a blending brush (Spectrum B06) to apply the shadow so it may not have picked up as much of the product.
I used the same B06 brush to deepen my crease using 'Burnt Orange'. These colours blended together gorgeously and I loved how they went together, I'd definitely use these for a day to day look in the summer.
'Sienna' was then used to deepen the crease further and I applied it to my outer corner too, I applied it with a Spectrum B04 brush and blended it out with the same B06.
I had to include 'Mulberry' because I loved it so much when I swatched it. I popped it on my outer corner with a clean B06 brush (I have two because it's such a great brush to use, if you don't have one then you need one!!)
I then blended everything together quickly with a clean Morphe G17.
This is the look so far before I blended it all out with my G17.
I wasn't that impressed with my swatch of 'Dusty Rose' so I wanted to incorporate it into my look somewhere to see if it could redeem itself. I used a Real Techniques base shadow brush to apply it lightly over 'Mulberry' and about halfway across my eyelid. I blended this again with my G17.
I loved the swatch of 'Rose Pink' so I wanted to use it for my shimmer shade. I used an unbranded flat brush and first went in on the inner half of my eye without wetting the brush. I didn't seem to get the 'bam' I wanted so I then used some Mac Fix+ to get that extra effect. It did come off a little chunky after using Fix+.
'Noir' swatched so amazingly that I wanted to use it as a liner, something I rarely do. I used a Mac 266 (or 766, the number has rubbed off) to apply the shadow then I softly blended it with a B06.
I put 'Rose Pink' on the inner half of my lower lash line and 'Noir' on the outer half, just to bring the whole look together. I also put 'Glistening' in my inner corner with an unbranded, small, tapered fluffy brush. 'Glistening' was an absolutely stunning colour!
I'll list all the other products I used at the bottom of this post, if anyone is interested.
I actually loved the Soft Glam palette more than I thought I would. I'll definitely need to keep playing with it to get a complete opinion, but on first use I really liked it. The colours blended together so easily and I found the colour scheme didn't clash with my eyes as much as I thought it would - I think next time I use it I'll put more orange colours down first, though.
The formula was pretty much the same as the Modern Renaissance palette, which is a plus. I can't compare it to Subculture or Prism because I don't have those palettes, but from what I've heard it seems like ABH have been listening to their customers. In terms of fallout, there's the same amount as the MR. I did try to not dust any away while I was working with the palette so I could take a picture afterwards, but I subconsciously blew on it after using 'Rose Pink'.
Speaking of 'Rose Pink' after I'd sprayed it with Fix+ it became very chunky, which made it quite tough to work with.
Once I'd finished with my look, I noticed a little chunk of 'Rose Pink' that had made its way into 'Orange Soda' so I took a picture for reference.
My final thoughts on the Soft Glam palette are that it's great value for money if these are the sorts of colours you're into. I have a lot of different eyeshadows and palettes and I think that my ABH shadows are easily the best ones I own. I think the colours are very wearable in the sense that there are daytime shades ('Orange Soda') and evening shades ('Mulberry') so this palette will treat you kindly in terms of versatility. It's the perfect palette for bridal looks, so wedding MUAs would love this. It's also great for anyone who loves sultry, smokey glam (hence the name).
I hope you guys enjoyed this lengthy post and it was somewhat useful for you! I'd love for you to leave me a comment saying absolutely anything, just something to brighten up my day. I'll hopefully be back to regular posting soon!
I wanted to have an ABH theme for this look, I promise I'm not sponsored!
Brows - ABH dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown, Charlotte Tilbury clear Legendary Brow Gel
Lashes - Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
Base - Urban Decay Self-Adjusting primer, Benefit Porefessional, ABH stick foundation in Warm Ivory, UD Naked concealer in Fair Neutral, Fenty Beauty Invisimatte powder
Blush - Zoeva Nude Spectrum palette, shade ND010
Highlight - ABH Sundipped glow kit in Moonstone
Lip - ABH liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood