Is it better to be really good at one thing…
Ok, ok I’ll address your biggest question right off the bat… yes, the Prism eyeshadow palette is better than Subculture. The shades actually blend out, there is less dust kick-up and fallout, and it just performs better. But, the formula is still not back to where it was with Modern Renaissance.
The packaging is the typical cardboard with velvet overlay we’ve come to expect (and love) from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette is the same size and style of their last few releases.
Lucid – duo chrome white gold with pink reflect
Eden – ultra-matte coral pink
Unity – ultra-matte nude ochre
Sphinx – metallic warm bronze
Osiris – duo chrome 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 – duo chrome blackened blue-green with multicolor reflect
Saturn – ultra-matte terracotta
Eternal – metallic violet copper
Lure – ultra-matte ashy lilac)
For this first look, I wanted to focus on Sphere, the bright yellow green. I patted it on the centre of my lid over Milani eye primer (no white base at all) and it’s so bright and pigmented! In the crease I have the Eden (coral pink) and Saturn (terracotta) and then I transitioned out with the beige shade, Unity.
Now here comes some disappointment. To create the halo look, I used Eternal (metallic “violet” copper) on both sides of the yellow and it’s just… not great. It took a few times to even get product to stick to my lid and there was lots of fall out. And Obsidian, that “matte black” is really quite sheer and patchy. This is about 3 layers on the lash line, using a dry liner brush.
For this look, I wanted to really put the spotlight on Dimension, the silver grey pewter shade on my lid. It is probably my fave shade in the palette. The inner corner is Lucid (white gold) and it’s a gorgeous, soft and buttery metallic shimmer. The crease and transition is Eden (coral pink) with Parallel (matte truffle) to deepen the crease, both are beautiful mattes that blend out and don’t kick up too much dust.
I applied Osiris (midnight violet) to the outer V and really struggled with it though. Lots of fallout and it just wouldn’t stick to my skin or even blend at all, although it does look quite nice in this photo. By the end of the night, my eye look was in tact EXCEPT for Osiris. It literally lifted itself off my eye and went for a walk… down my face.
For this final look, I put the focus on Pyramid, a rich metallic yellow gold. I put this on my lid and inner corner without a lot of fuss. It patted down nicely and blended a bit with no fall out. Same as the last look, the crease and transition are a mix of Eden and Parallel.
But similar to Osiris, I found Throne (blackened blue green) to be tough to work with. It’s beautiful in the pan but there’s just too much black base to it. When you blend it out even a bit, it turns black. Plus, I got a bunch of fall out with this one. I love the shade in the pan, so I’ll definitely try different bases and application techniques.
My final thoughts: Although a few shades were a bit disappointing, I really do like the Prism palette overall. It has some great mattes and shimmers, plus that yellow is unlike anything I have in my collection.
Looking for swatches? Check out Chelle’s blog.