The New ABH "Prism" Palette: Is It Another "Subculture" Blunder?

Two weeks have come and gone and another eyeshadow palette has been debuted. I promise this isn’t going to turn into an eyeshadow palette review column, but for now, it’s all I’ve got to work with. So, after the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette dropped, read all about it here, Anastasia Beverly Hills dropped a new palette called the Prism Palette without much warning. Now, if you recall just a few months ago ABH dropped another palette, the Subculture Palette, which was VERY controversial because of the bendability, color payoff and fallout of the pigments included in the palette. Let’s dive in and see if the Prism Palette is the same or, hopefully, better than the Subculture Palette.

Starting off with schematics, the palette will put you back $42 for fourteen shades that range from universal neutrals to prismatic metallic. That puts each shade at three dollars even, a steal when it comes to ABH eyeshadows which are typically twelve dollars apiece and are about .059 ounces per pan and come individually. The palette doesn’t have much information about pan size available, but if we use the schematics of the previous palettes released by ABH the eyeshadows will each be .02 ounces, so significantly smaller than the singles but in price comparison still a good deal. Also included in the palette is an exclusive ABH brush that comes with all their eyeshadow palettes, which from personal experience with the Modern Renaissance Palette is an okay brush for people who don’t have a massive brush collection but to be honest it’s not my favorite brush to use considering I own, like, a million eyeshadow brushes.  

So now to the fun part: the colors! There are 14 eyeshadows and here’s how the ABH website breaks down each of them:

  • Lucid: Duo chrome white gold with pink reflect
  • Eden: Ultra-matte coral pink
  • Unity: Ultra-matte nude ochre
  • Sphinx: Metallic warm bronze
  • Osiris: Metallic 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: Metallic blackened blue-green with multicolor reflect
  • Saturn: Ultra-matte terracotta
  • Eternal: Metallic violet copper
  • Lure: Ultra-matte ashy lilac

As you can see there’s a large range of colors in this palette, it’s very versatile and comes with a few neutral colors that are great for blending! A quick breakdown of the packaging before we get into reviews, the palette has the same soft, velvety texture that the other ABH palettes have which gets dirty SO QUICKLY GUYS, but this one black so it’s okay. The gold detail really pops against the black matte and I think it’s a beautiful package! Okay, so now we’re going to get into reviews, once again I have not bought this palette yet so the opinions from here on out are from beauty gurus that I follow online.

We’ll start with Skelotim’s review of the palette and he lays out a great point to start that his opinion isn’t an end all be all. After that, he dives into the palette starting off by swatching the shades and immediately noticing some of the mattes, particularly Eden and Sphere. Dipping the brush in most the matte colors have a ton of fallout in the pan, but he notes that there are different ways to use brushes to reduce fallout. Using the palette, Skelotim notices that the issues that he had with the Subculture palette he seems to be having with the Prism palette: the lighter shadows don’t blend as well as they should and the darker, more pigmented colors skip and don’t pick up on the skin making it look patchy. However, he does note that the shimmer colors in this palette are much better than the Subculture palette shimmers.

Next, we’ll go to easyNeon’s review of the palette, who notes that because of the pigmentation and matte formula she did have an issue blending some of the shadows together but not as much as with the Subculture palette. She says that this palette out of the three ABH palettes is her favorite simply on colors and texture of the shimmer shades. She doesn’t find the shades supper powdery but she swatches the colors with a flat brush rather than her finger or a blending brush like Skelotim so the fallout is less because of that.

Overall, we have another controversial palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I’ve given you just two reviews, but if you’re interested there are plenty more on YouTube for you to check out and form your own opinion of the palette!

All images are courtesy of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram.