I Bought the Alyssa Edwards Palette, and…Damn.

I have a relatively extensive collection of eyeshadow palettes, so there aren’t many colors I don’t already own. That being said, sometimes I’ll come across a palette I just have to have, and that’s exactly what happened when I saw the Alyssa Edwards palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I mean, come on, LOOK AT THE COLORS.


I have been consistently impressed by ABH, especially with their eye products. The Modern Renaissance palette is a staple in almost everyone’s makeup bag, and at this point, who isn’t familiar with the amazing creamy brow pomade? I didn’t have any reservations with this purchase, and even though ABH is a bit on the pricier side, I knew it would be worth it.

For a bit of background, Alyssa Edwards is actually a very famous drag queen performer, and is the inspiration behind this palette. I’m not familiar with Alyssa myself, but it’s undeniable she did an incredible job putting together these colors. Yaaas, queen!

I order most of my makeup online because I don’t have a car, but in this case I was actually close to an Ulta when this palette launched. Despite the fact that I literally picked it up on the launch day (or maybe the day after), there was actually only one palette left. So of course, I had to bring it home with me right then and there. The palette retails for $45, and is both vegan and cruelty-free. There are both matte and metallic shades, and like I said before, the colors are just gorgeous. 

I’m not sure if this is something ABH has done before in the past, or if this is a new formula, but some of the shadows were actually pressed pigments instead of normal eyeshadows. If you’re not sure what the difference is, allow me to explain it briefly to you. Essentially, traditional eyeshadows are a blend of pigments, micas, binders, and preservatives, while pressed pigments are exactly what they sound like: pure pigment pressed directly into the pan. You may see on palettes containing pressed pigments a warning that states the colors are “not safe for immediate eye area”, i.e, on the Alyssa Edwards packaging, but don’t be alarmed by this. The reason this is printed is because the red dyes used in these pressed pigments can actually stain your eyelids, but they are really nothing to worry about. It’s not dangerous- just annoying, at most. And after a day or two, the staining has usually worn off.

The staining was actually the only problem I had with the palette, but like I said, it’s pretty unavoidable and not really something to be concerned about. I’ll go ahead and insert a picture of what my eyes looked like about a day after wiping off my makeup, so you can have an idea of the severity of the staining.


Considering these colors are so incredibly pigmented, I was pleasantly surprised to not experience very much fallout. Usually with bright pressed pigments, especially from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, I have noticed a lot of fallout under my eyes when using pigmented shadows. This palette hardly had any fallout, and the colors were extremely blendable. Even if the colors may not look wearable to some, I actually love putting crazy colors on my eyes for day-to-day looks. For example, this is a look I wore to go grocery shopping, wearing the Alyssa Edwards palette, of course. Since purchasing this palette, I’ve taken it out and used it many times, including right now while I’m actually typing up this article. These eyeshadows pack the color, blendability, and longevity that I love, so it was definitely worth the money. On a scale of 1-10, I would give this palette a solid 9. I am going to take 1 point of for the staining because it makes me look like I have a terrible eye disease, but like I said, it’s not really dangerous or damaging to the skin. 

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Anyhow, I’m really happy with this purchase, and I’m glad I bought it while it was still available at my local Ulta. What about you guys? Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this palette, and if it worked for you as well!

Side note: I recently ordered some more makeup (yes, I clearly have a makeup shopping problem), and I’m so excited to write some more reviews for you! What do you want to see first, Jeffree Star’s Jawbreaker palette, or Beauty Bakerie lipsticks? Let me know!

Coming up next: What’s in Season in July?

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