Hello Friends! Today I’m here to give you my review on the brand new Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette.

ABH Riviera Eyeshadow Palette

Isn’t the Riviera palette just such a beauty?

I debated on getting it for a couple days, and then decided to take the plunge! It’s seriously such a stunning spring/summer palette – and I don’t regret purchasing it at all. If you’re someone who likes to play around with some colour, then this one will be right up your alley.

Let’s take a closer look at those shades, shall we?

Riviera Palette

Bahamas, Cannes, Seychelles, and Mediterranean really speak to me on an emotional level.

Now, lets take a take a peek at some swatches. They’re all finger swatches done on a bare arm with no primer.

Riviera Swatches Riviera Swatches

The formula seems pretty much the same as all of the other ABH eyeshadow palettes. The shimmers are soft, and the mattes are a little powdery.

In terms of colour, I’d say the matte shades are the winners of this palette. They’re so vibrant!

I will mention that Bahamas, Cannes, and Palm are all pressed pigments, and not in fact, eyeshadows. Pigments tend to be… you guessed it! More pigmented! They are also not recommended for use around the eye area. Which is interesting, considering this is an EYEshadow palette. And, pigments do tend to stain your skin – you’ll probably see this more with the shades Bahamas and Cannes. Bahamas did stain the skin on my eye. A layer of foundation wasn’t even able to cover it – so I’m not too impressed about that.

I’ve only used this palette a few times so far, and I like it, but I’m not IN LOVE with it – you feel?

Even though I have six ABH palettes, I’m actually not a huge fan of their matte eyeshadow formula. To me it’s powdery, occasionally chalky, and sometimes hard to work with. There are a few matte shades that I absolutely love, but for the most part I’m not a fan.

I did have some difficulty using a few of the mattes in the Riviera palette too. Bahamas gave me some trouble – it seemed the more I tried to blend it in with other shadows, the more it actually came off. In the end I did get it to work, but it was a bit of a struggle. Next time I use it, I’ll probably prime my eyelid with concealer and not set it with any powder like I usually do. That way the powder can really stick to the skin well since it’ll have some tackiness to it.

Here’s a peek at one of the looks I created with this so far:

Riviera eyeshadow look

Please ignore the fact that my pores are the size of Jupiter (aka. the largest planet).

I used the shades Monte Carlo, Bahamas, and Cannes to create this look.

Even though I’ve had some difficulty with this palette so far, I haven’t written it off yet. I can see it’s potential, I just need to learn how to work with it a little bit more. The colours really inspire me, and I’m excited to see what I can create with it.

Overall, it’s definitely a palette that I see myself using in the future. It’s a great addition to your collection if you want to incorporate some brighter colours into your looks. You can totally create a bunch of looks with this palette on its own, the only thing you might need is a nice crease colour. Palm is a nice brow, but it’s a little too dark in my opinion.

Do you think that you’ll end up purchasing it? Or is this one a pass? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,