This is my first Anastasia eye shadow palette and I am very happy with it. I have been using it just about every day since I received it so that I can form some opinions, and also just because I have been reaching for it it automatically!
The palette appealed to me because of all the browns and red tones. The reason I like this so much is that it has many neutrals along with bolder warm colors. Mustard browns are my go- to’s lately, and this has awesome ones- Raw Sienna and Golden Ochre. Red Ochre and Realgar are amazingly pigmented and can bring life to a crease or smoked out under eye. The two magenta/ pink shades Venetian Red and Love Letter are the two colors that really drew me in when I first saw it.
This palette is great for when I want to do a brown smokey eye, a simple nude eye with a pop of sparkle with Vermeer or Primavera, or a warm crease with Burnt Orange. There are no shades in here that will be neglected because they are all so wearable. There are only three shimmers- a champagne light pink, light gold, and antique plum warm brown. I appreciate that they didn’t add a black because almost every palette contains one and I use black very rarely.
The formula reminds me of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour palette because they are very blendable and I get some fall- out when I touch colors with a brush. I don’t think I could get a harsh edge if I tried! Fall- out is annoying but some of my favorite eyeshadows (Kat Von D, Makeup Geek) have that so I need to get over it at this point. The brush that comes with it is nice and I will be getting plenty of use out of it as well. The packaging is a lovely soft pink velvet fabric.
I included photos of the look I wore today using this palette. I did a brown smokey eye with Raw Sienna as the main color. I know I will be hitting pan on this shade first! It reminds me of Makeup Geek Tiki Hut or Bobbi Brown Camel.
Eyeshadows: 1. Golden Ochre as transition shade. 2. Tempera to brighten the inner corner. 3. Raw Sienna blended throughout my crease, onto the lid, and smoked out under the eye.
Liner: MAC Costa Riche Eye Pencil
Mascara: L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black layered with Maybelline Lash Sensational
Complexion: Benefit Pearl Meets Girl (base), Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, RCMA No Color Powder
Concealer: Tarte Aquacealer, Bare Minerals Well Rested
Bronzer: Milani Baked Bronzer
Blush: Nars Goulue
Brows: Colourpop Arched Auburn
Highlight: Becca Champagne Pop
Lipstick: Buxon Lip Foundation in Nude
When trying to point out some negative aspects to this product, I am coming up blank. This is unlike other palettes available. If you have been on the fence about this product, I encourage you to go for it.