The ABH Nouveau Palette is one of the most recent releases from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It is supposed to be somewhat green themed, containing 3 green-hued shades and one green-blue shade along with complimentary colors to go along with them. There are 5 mattes and 7 shimmers. Of the 5 mattes, 3 of them are pressed pigments and aren’t intended to be used near the eyes. Those are the shades Paloma, Wisteria, and Metro. I have done several looks already and used those shades on my own eyes without any negative effects, not even staining. From the use I’ve gotten out of this palette so far, I am enjoying the quality of the shades. The mattes are generally highly pigmented and apply and blend smoothly. Liberty is the only one that requires a bit of extra love to get the smoothest application. The shimmers aren’t thin or dry and give off a good amount of shine with a little bit of fallout from some of them.
Wings is a pale golden green. There are no large chunky particles in this shimmer but they do vary in size so the reflect sparkles in the light and has a little bit of dimension. In the pan, next to the other shades, this looks more green than it does by itself. It can look more like a neutral if used alone or with other neutrals. If paired with some opposing colors, it will help to bring out the green a little more.
Isle has a very warm yellow gold sheen when swatched or placed on the eye. In the pan, this shade looks like it has a pinky coral base, but I don’t notice that at all once it’s on the skin. The shimmer consists of uniform size, fine particle and creates a tamped down metallic look.
Belle is a light bronze with a smooth, nearly metallic finish. Small particles, uniform in size.
Wisteria (pressed pigment) is a mostly matte warm lavender. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer in it but it mostly looks like a matte on the skin. This is probably one of the best, if not the best quality pastel lavender I have tried. Super smooth, highly pigmented, not dry looking on the skin.
Lili is one of those shades that you look at in the pan and go “what color is this?”. It has a warm pink shimmery base with larger specks of shimmer that reflect light blue, green, and purple. Of all the shimmers, this is the one with the largest particles. Still, they aren’t so big that I get tons of fallout or that they look like glitter.
Hope is an olive green shimmer. Like the shade Wings, the shimmer particles vary in size and create more of a sparkling shimmer finish.
Paloma (pressed pigment) is a pale, pink-leaning nude with a nearly matte finish, similar to the finish of Wisteria. There is a little bit of super fine shimmer but it doesn’t show up much at all on the eye and ends up looking matte. This shade is highly pigmented so I reach for it a lot to give me some extra coverage on the inner corner where my concealer doesn’t fully cover the blue/green of my under eye circles. There is something a little bit chunky about this shade though. It’s not terrible but it’s noticeably different in texture from many of my other pale nude matte shades.
Fleur is a matte light brownish pink. Good color payoff and blends out easily and smoothly.
Liberty is a greyish green with a matte finish. The color payoff is good but it doesn’t blend out as easily as the other matte shades. Needs a little bit of extra time blending and layering to get it to look smooth. When blended out, it stays mostly true to color only warming up a tiny bit as I sheer it out.
Peacock has a warm reddish brown base with a subtle blue sheen. It has a sparkling shimmer finish like Wings and Hope with larger bits of sparkle that look reddish purple in the light. Based on the way this looked in the pan, I was expecting the blue sheen to be a little more obvious than it is on the eye.
Metro (pressed pigment) is a reddish orange. Good color payoff, blends easily and smoothly even without the help of a transition shade.
Muse is a deep brown with a satin finish. So far this is the shade that has the most fallout. Definitely need to be careful to tap excess off the brush and use plenty of powder under the eyes so it doesn’t stick.