Here it is, the palette that made me realize that I just don’t like ABH eye-shadow. I own more than a few and it seems odd even to me that I am writing the brand off when it comes to eye-shadows but I just don’t like them! When Subculture was being torn to shreds on the internet, I didn’t get it – it was just as powdery, just as patchy and just as tricky to work with as my Modern Renaissance palettes (I’ve been through two) and I didn’t see an issue with it. Also, I think that Subculture remains my fave palette from ABH simply because of the wild shade array – I don’t love the monochromatic feel to this new palette. Anyway, I am a firm believer that any product can work with a little finessing and I just always assumed that everyone raved about their shadows so this must be fine. It isn’t fine and I just don’t think that ABH has a good formula, and I am saying it, this will be the last palette that I purchase from the brand.
I love the flocked packaging and the muted orange goes so well with their older palettes. You get 14 pans of shadow, a good mirror and a dual-ended brush. I actually do use the brush, I have watched so many YouTubers chuck the brush but I use it for eyeliner and it works well for smudging out a smokey eye. The Soft Glam palette is a very warm-toned palette with primarily orange-peachy-brown tones. The first two shades, Tempera and Glistening do nothing for me as they are so pale but if you set your primer or have a different skin tone than myself, these might come in handy. Lots of similar shades, as you can see but my other issue with this palette, as with others is that it doesn’t matter what shades you use, all of my combos look the same. The shadows, while highly pigmented in arm swatches just muddy up into a single shade on the eyes. Aside from Dusty Rose (my personal fave) you are getting a ton of orange – Noir is a really nice matte black so you can deepen whatever orange look you have achieved but it’s really just a bunch of oranges. The blend is meh, I don’t like my shadows to be so pigmented that a dab covers my entire eyelid and that’s how these shadows perform so you end up having quite a lot of blending to do.
I am disappointed and mostly underwhelmed but I should have figured out that I don’t like this formula like 5 palettes ago so joke’s on me. My final thoughts; good for arm swatches and not much else.
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