Yup, I know.
This was hit a looong time ago. Almost two years.
HOWEVER, in my defense, I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon immediately. Once I realized that this Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette is awesome it was kinda too late for me to get one. I noticed that they mysteriously labeled their palate with vol. 1.
In my head that meant that we would see vol. 2 soon after. Maybe with a whole different set of colors. After some time, I realized that ABH is keeping quiet about a sequel. There were no leaks, no previews, no teasers… And I was still left out of their party with this palette.
That’s why I’ve decided to bite the bullet and buy this, now “outdated”, lip palette. I did ask for advice on Instagram and almost 90% of you agreed that I should get it. So I listened.
Since most of you probably read, watched or even used this palette, I will not get into too much detail. I won’t bore you with technicalities or go on and on about packaging.
I will try to keep the info here as interesting and useful as possible.
First of all, if you haven’t, go check out the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website for this Lip Palette.
You can find all basic info there, and for some honest details about this palette keep on reading.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette vol. 1
Packaging - 10/10
Texture & Pigmentation - 9/10
Longevity - 9/10
Price - 9/10
- Very practical and well thought product
- Comfortable on the lips
- Mixing is easy with their formula
- Sleek packaging with spatula, brush and a mixing plate
- Great shade range
- Would prefer an angled spatula made out of metal
- It is easy to run out of white or black when you mix your own shades
I’ll try to keep it short here.
Palette comes in a regular black box protected by a layer of black cardboard inside.
All necessary info is found on the back side of the box as you will see in the photo below. Details, ingredients (although I recommend checking out the official site for ingredients simply because it is easier than reading this tiny font), description, accurate representation of all the shades and their numbers, etc…
The palette itself is also protected by a film of plastic so you won’t have to worry about scratches. Even the aluminum mixing plate is packed separately in its own sleeve. You also get a dual-sided brush and spatula.
Lip palette contains 13 “regular” shades and 5 primary colors used for mixing (although there is no reason why you wouldn’t wear them on their own).
I like the fact that they simply decided to number the shades because I find it easier to remember my favorite color mixes. I also love that they’ve decided to keep the top lid simple and transparent because it makes it look even more tempting – I can even forgive them that they omitted a mirror because of it.
Inside of the palette is a thin plastic film with shade numbers. To be honest I threw that immediately because with naming like this I find it unnecessary.
The brush is soft and actually quite fluffy for a lip brush. It is easy to pick up product with it and fill in your lips, but don’t expect that you can make detailed lip art with this brush. The other side of the brush is occupied with a simple spatula. I would prefer if this was also made of aluminum as is the mixing plate. Luckily, the plastic is firm, so I didn’t have issues with a material. On the other hand, I would prefer if the spatula was angled or just made differently. Using a straight spatula means either using only corners of the mixing plate (which can become messy once you put it back on the table) or trying to use middle and leaving some product on the spatula because you can’t easily scrape it off.
It is not a large issue, but I did notice it after I mixed a few shades.
Overall, Anastasia Beverly Hills did a great job on the packaging and the thought put into it is certainly visible.
Texture & Pigmentation
I will go through the shades first one by one starting with the numbered and then the primary colors. Overall, the shades are creamy and pigmented, but there are always some exceptions in primary shades to be talked about. They set to a semi-matte finish after you apply them, but you have more than enough maneuver time to blend it and apply it without rush. On my prehydrated lips, it took about a half an hour for the mixture to fully set.
I’ll mention the shades as ABH officially described them so that I don’t have to reduce them to just numbers. If I haven’t talked about the performance of a specific shade you can consider it really good!
- #1 – Peachy Pink
- A darker salmon shade. Great on its own (although it may wash out some skin tones) and as a mixing shade. Can sink into fine lines of lips, so I’m kinda sad that the formula isn’t a bit better.
- #2 – Red Oak Brown
- This brown shade has a lovely red tinge in it. I believe it would easily suit a variety of skin tones.
- #3 – Burnt Orange
- This is a must-have color in recent eyeshadow palettes, but it looks equally stunning on the lips. Even and pigmented.
- #4 – Rich Oak Brown
- A muted darker nude. It neutralizes strong eye makeup and is a staple in this collection.
- #5 – Burnished Berry
- This is a very muted plum. Not really for summer, so I didn’t dip in it so often, but as soon as we step into fall I’ll be rocking this daily.
- #6 – Rich Mahogany Brown
- A deep rich brown. It is like a darker version of #2, so I feel like they could have easily omitted one of those two shades. Although I can’t argue with them, this color is gorgeous.
- #7 – Vibrant Coral
- A bright coral shade that won’t go unnoticed. Even if you don’t like the shade itself, it can easily be mixed to give a really special vibe to other colors. Just be careful, you really need a tiny bit of this shade because it is extremely pigmented.
- #8 – Warm Sandy Brown
- Even though they officially call it warm, I feel like this is more of a neutral shade. You can easily add any color to it without looking like a clown. A really versatile shade.
- #9 – Vibrant Orchid Purple
- Every palette needs to have a real purple shade. Just perfect on its own, but can really give a kick to the neutrals in this pan. Because it is so bright it may sink into the lines, but with a shade like this, you have to forgive it.
- #10 – Berry Pink
- Sultry shade that can be easily lightened or darkened to suit everyone’s needs. I love it! It wears off lovely.
- #11 – Soft Oak Brown
- Even though it looks a bit light it is neutral and soft so you can easily incorporate it into your makeup look. Looks great in the center of the lips because it makes lips look more voluminous. On its own, it can make lips look older by the way it sinks into the lips.
- #12 – Vibrant Pink
- A cool toned pink shade that gives off Barbie vibes. In my eyes, this is a primary shade that should be mixed into everything! On its own, it is not as pigmented as I would like so it requires a bit of maneuver while applying this. That’s why I like to mix it in other shades instead of wearing it on its own.
- #13 – Blackened Berry
- A deep berry that looks lighter on the lips than it does in the pan. Once you apply it, you can see the berry tones peeking through. Unfortunately, as with most of the darker shades – it may look patchy unless you carefully apply it.
- Primary #1 – White
- I know I’m being fussy here, but I had to treat these primary shades the same. I wouldn’t recommend wearing this shade on its own because it is very drying. Of course, it is meant to be mixed in and it does so easily. I would prefer it if we could get a double pan of this shade because I have a tendency to mix it into everything. But that is probably due to me creating pastels with my every try.
- Primary #2 – Black
- This right here is a winner! I know that most of you don’t wear black lipstick daily, but this black is so pigmented and creamy that you’ll be tempted to incorporate it into your daily look.
- Primary #3 – Red
- Bright neutral red. It is a classic. Pairs great with nudes and if you are a sucker for a red lippie you’ll probably pan this shade really fast.
- Primary #4 – Yellow
- Has similar issue like the white (patchiness), but for completely different reasons. While white is too dry, this one is too glossy and emollient. Again, none of this is noticeable when mixing. But if you plan on doing just a yellow lip it will probably move around your lips easily.
- Primary #5 – Blue
- A cool blue with really intense pigmentation. It seems slippery (oily) at first, but it sets and won’t move on your lips. You could definitely rock this shade on its own.
Like I said, all shades are very pigmented. You’ll see in the swatches later how little I needed to use to cover my lips. It is also easy to create ombre lips with shades like this. Just try to avoid pressing your lips together while it sets.
They can dry your lips when you wear them for a longer time because they are mattes after all. Nothing to worry about, they nailed that sweet spot between matte enough to be long lasting and not too matte so that it won’t over dry your lips. They also pair nicely with a clear gloss over them, again being careful that the color set before you add a glossy top.
First of all, let me just start by saying that this is not as long wearing as ABH liquid lipsticks. You were probably expecting that, but I still need to put a disclaimer.
Still, they stay on for solid five to six hours (if you don’t eat in the meantime). I’m not a fond of touching up when there is a whole palette to carry with you, so I just remove it completely when I notice the signs of wear (or of my dried lips).
Speaking of touching up, it will probably be an inconvenience to store a bit of your mix for touch-ups. You’ll probably even have moments when you are too lazy to apply it with a lip brush in the first place. Those are the moments when you’ll just reach for your regular lipstick bullet or liquid lipstick. I can totally understand that. It is a hassle to mix, apply and then clean everything. For the sake of hygiene please do clean the brush, spatula and the mixing plate after you use it. Once you “contaminate” the pots with shades, there is no going back. They are too creamy to be disinfected properly.
Before I deter you from getting this, let me just show you my first few mixes I did with this palette. I’ve decided to show you both the shades used and the amount because varying the amount of certain color will alter your final shade completely.
If you are not feeling particularly creative or there are shades you’d like to create but simply don’t know how I’d recommend visiting Pinterest for fresh ideas. Some of mine are shown below.
The retail price of this palette is $48. At first, it may sound like a lot of money to cash out at once, but when you put it in a perspective you realize that they’ve made it really affordable in the long run.
When you sum up the price of all your lipsticks, I’m guessing you’ll easily pass the value of this lip palette. Yet, here you have endless options of mixing your shades. Having 18 lipsticks (even your regular drugstore ones) would cost a lot more than this palette.
I know what you’re going to say – you get less product here than you get in a lipstick bullet. And that is true. But you know what is also true – most of the time (dare I say always) you won’t even finish your lipstick. You probably won’t finish this palette, too. But at least you have a lot of choices here.
For example, I could never justify buying a green lipstick that I would wear twice in my lifetime. Having this palette I eagerly mixed a green shade like I showed you above and rocked it for a day without feeling guilty that I would never return to it later. Simply because I didn’t have to. There isn’t a green lipstick in my collection that stares at me judgingly because it isn’t ever used.
Point made. There is no reason for you to skip on this palette if you are a real lipstick junkie.
You can buy it from Official Anastasia Beverly Hills site through this link.
You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can order it from Ulta by clicking here.