October 26, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette By Mario

Anastasia Beverly Hills has been killing it this year. There has been much to love from every launch so far; the Modern Renaissance Palette, her foundation line, the Glow Kits, not to mention the liquid lipsticks that are to die for, just to name a few. I’ve been particularly head-over-heels for the Glow Kit in That Glow – reviewed here -. And as Anastasia continues to grow her beauty empire releasing hit after hit, my love continues to grow right along with the trendy brand. Recently Anastasia teamed up with none other than uber-famous makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and from this dynamic collaboration the Master Palette by Mario was birthed ($45 / 0.2 oz x 12). It’s a special edition eyeshadow collection that contains 12 neutral and jewel-toned shades in a range of matte to metallic finishes encased in a sleek mirrored compact that also includes a double-ended brush. This is the first full range eyeshadow palette I’ve purchased from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Initially I had been pushing off purchasing any more full eyeshadow palettes after my last one before this year was out – but after being tempted with tons of swatches online from the Master Palette I could not resist any longer and caved. But let the record show that I’m so happy I did.


Out of the numerous eyeshadow palettes I own, this is one that I use almost all of the shades from according to my own personal preference except for two – primarily the navy and olive colors but I’m also kind of on the fence about Marina. The rest are perfect everyday wearable neutrals that are more in sync with what I like. This palette is absolutely superb as it’s high quality across the board. Pigmentation is medium to rich but completely buildable to achieve full coverage since they are smooth and easy to layer. Texture of the colors have almost a slight creamy feel to them and are exceptionally soft. There is a minor degree of fallout during application but I have yet to find a powder eyeshadow that I have not experienced this with. All shades have great color deposit and are easy to layer and blend. The colors also compliment each other very well so there’s practically no need for an outside color to come in during any step of the process. I would have loved to see maybe a lighter-toned highlighter color besides Hollywood as I feel it may be slightly too warm for fair and light skin tones. Also, I would have preferred another matte shade like a lighter brown or a taupe. Despite the limited number of matte shades, I’m still thoroughly impressed with how effortlessly looks can be created using solely this palette.


A look at the color selection:

Hollywood – is a metallic wheat gold with satin finish
NYC – is a rich chocolate brown with satin finish
Kim – is a ultimate tan with satin finish
Muse – is a rose gold with satin finish
Marina – is a champagne with metallic finish
Claudia – is a slate with velvet finish
Lula – is a soft taupe with ultra-matte finish
Isabel – is a burnt orange with ultra-matte finish
Violeta – is a dark chocolate with ultra-matte finish
5th Ave – is a gold leaf with metallic finish
Bronx – is a metallic olive with satin finish
Paris – is a gilded brown with satin finish

Swatched on the arm:


A closer look at the colors:


Overall this palette is another solid winner for the Anastasia front-line. In terms of general quality it ranks quite high on my list. Pigment is potent and has the ability to be layered. Texture is luxuriously soft but workable despite a little fallout here and there. The shimmer level is medium to intense but not so intense that they are not wearable. Besides the lack of more matte shades, the color selection has a good mix of versatility and compliment each other so well. 


On my eyes the shades wore from morning to until evening without fading, settling or smudging. Usually I dismiss brushes that come in palettes like these because the quality is never that great. However, the brush in this palette is very functional and good for applying directly to the lids as well as blending. The hairs are not as soft as some of my blending brushes but nonetheless is still usable. In conclusion, I find that this palette performs beyond expectations and I highly recommend that any beauty lover pick this up!

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