First Impressions: Anastasia Beverly Hills Prisim Eyeshadow Palette (+Swatches)

anastasia beverly hills prisim palette

Since I had to order my Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift, I thought I would make the shop worth my while by also picking up a palette I was eyeing, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. I know people might be a bit gun shy after the whole Subculture debacle, but I was never interested in the Subculture palette in the first place. The Prism palette in comparison really caught my eye and I decided to go for it.

anastasia beverly hills prisim palette

The palette itself is really pretty.  Similar to the Modern Renaissance palette, this one is covered with black felt with some golden highlights on the front with magnetic closures.The shape and size is identical to Modern Renaissance including 14 square pans with a dual ended brush. This palette has a decent sized mirror too which is helpful.

anastasia beverly hills prisim palette

The reason this palette caught my eye was that it had some neutral colours (the browns, golds, and neutral transition shades) but also included some fun ones like purple, emerald, violet, and that neon green! As much as I like my Sweet Peach and Modern Renaissance, this gives a bit more room for fun to play.


Now the moment of truth. Is the formula like Subculture? Or more like Modern Renaissance? I have never swatched Subculture, but from reading and seeing some posts on it, I think I can gather that it was a powerdy mess.

anastasia beverly hills prisim palette swatches

I can start out by saying, that no, the shadows are not overly powder at all. I actually find this one less powdery than the Modern Renaissance. There are definitely hits and misses for me between the colours. In general, I like the bottom row a lot better on first swatch. The top row just didn’t seem to give me the pigmentation that I really wanted. The biggest let downs for me are Osiris and Obsidian. I’m so disappointed by that matte black. Not that I really use the matte back in palettes much, but this one didn’t add much!

Shades that i’m loving are Dimension, Pyramid, Eternal, Lure and Eden! I haven’t used this palette much, so I can’t really judge how it will do on the eyes.

All in all, I would say that if you’re interested in the colours, this is an interesting palette to pick up. I feel like we get somewhat same old with palettes and these ABH ones pick decently unique colours to smush together in a palette. I can’t wait to try this one out further to see how it really performs!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!


  • I was curious about this palette but I don’t think I will pick it up. Sphinx looked to me more metallic in the pan. I think it would be fun to play with but I don’t know if I would continue to use it.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    • Yeah I had a really tough time getting swatches for the whole top row. I get you Jennifer!!

  • I don’t know why but this palette just doesn’t call out to me. I think it looks beautiful as I think all palettes are but the colour scheme isn’t me. The overall feel is too “dark” for me! Eden, Lure and Dimension stick out for me as beautiful colours I would love to wear, though!!

    • Totally get you! That’s actually one of the reason why I was drawn to it, just cause I don’t have anything like it. I’m curious to see how they perform on the eyes!

  • I adore this palette but yes, I some of the shades are lack lustre and my problem with it is the metallic/ duo-chrome shades are not as intense as I like them to be. I find Sphere to go on quite patchy and Obsidian has lots of fall out.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • RIGHT? Okay you get me girl! I agree with both of those. I like the rest of the colours on the bottom though, so I’m hoping to definitely get some use out of it!

  • I love all the shades in this palette, so unique!! The yellow is GORGEOUS

    • It’s definitely unique! 🙂 Happy to continue playing with this palette!

  • Maha Matar

    Throne, Pyramid, Dimension are my faves!!! I really wanted to buy this palette but I had to restrain because I have every single ABH palette except subculture ( didn’t do it for me) and I still have not hit pan on any of them so I had to restrain myself but I love love this palette!! great swatches and great post!

    • OMG you’ve got a whole collection! I’m impressed! I get what you mean! I feel that I have so many palettes and just don’t get to use all of them as much as i’d like.

  • Interesting colour combinations in this palette. I love ABH shadows, they’re so pigmented!

    • Totally! The colour combination is definitely what drew me in!

  • I think that this palette is gorgeous! Dimension, Lure and Throne, especially. But I feel like I don’t “get” this palette and the Subculture palette because the colour combinations confuse me. Obviously it’s a personal preference, though, because people have put together some awesome looks with this!

    • I can totally get you. They are definitely different in terms of the colour selection! That’s one of the reasons I decided to go for it, just because it was outside my comfort zone!

  • Wow, I’m surprised to see how sheer Obsidian is! Especially since I know ABH has one of the best black eyeshadow on the market (Noir).

    • Right??? It was extremely patchy which I was disappointed at. Not sure if I just got a dud or what!

  • For some reason, this palette doesn’t attract me at all! Their Subculture palette does though. There’s nothing worse than a matte black shadow that doesn’t perform as expected!! Looking forward to hearing more about this one in the future 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Oh really! That’s interesting that Subculture one was up your alley! 🙂 Definitely some interesting colour combinations in that one too!

      Thanks Nicole! I definitely look forward to playing around with the palette more!