When Anastasia Beverly Hills announced they were launching eye shadow singles, I was so excited. Their contour powders are amazing, so I had a good feeling about the eye shadows. I was ready and waiting on launch day to pick up a few shades to swatch and review!
- .06 oz each pan
- retail for $12 each, 4 for $40, or 8 for $70 which includes an empty palette (as seen in my photos)
- available online at Ulta . Macy’s . Sephora . Nordstrom
The 8-shadow palette is the best deal, but, it definitely felt like a lot of money up front. And then I crunched numbers…
– MAC eyeshadows retail for $7 each for the refill pans, .05 oz, and you need to purchase a palette ($20) for storage. Or $17 each with a case. 8 shadows x $7 +$20 palette = $76 total
– Stila eyeshadow singles are $18 each, .07 oz, case included. $18 x 8 = $144
ABH shadows break down to $8.75 each for the shadow and case. Great deal for this incredible formula!
You can also order a Z-Palette, $20, which is an empty, super durable magnetic flat container that you fill with whatever pans you want – blushes, eye shadows, etc.
A Z-Palette is traditionally more for a professional makeup artist, so they can put all their favorite shades in one place and not have to open a million containers. These palettes are amazing for space saving and creating your own color palette of the shades that work best for you.
The texture on these is so, so smooth. I found them to blend easily and last at least 12 hours with primer. They don’t irritate my eyes at all.
I want my makeup to do what it’s supposed to do (contour, highlight, etc.) but then also disappear almost into my skin so that it doesn’t look like I’m really wearing makeup, no harsh lines, etc. I’m 3 for 3 on that with Anastasia products: dipbrow, contour kit, and now these eye shadows.
Also, I went to brush a hair off my face and touched my eyelid. I couldn’t believe how silky the eyeshadow felt. This was after 12 hours of wear and it felt like silk, not a hint of chalkiness in sight.
This is a huge win factor for me. I had customized a Z-Palette before that I use quite a bit, so I liked the idea of being able to create my own eye palette.
I am very fair and I’ve been wanting to create a lighter, matte shadow palette in neutral browns and earth tones. I have a lot of palettes, but the darker shades tend to get not used as much in them. Picking 6 lighter and medium shades and 2 darker ones was a perfect combo for me.
I used this palette yesterday on myself and a fair skinned client and loved the shades on both of us. Super natural looking but still made the eyes pop. My client texted me and said “I just stared way too long at myself in the mirror.”
That gave me a good laugh and is also a great message to get after doing someones makeup. I’m totally obsessed with these shades and I love that I’m getting full use out of each color.
There are shades available in every finish and color you can think of. I order one satin finish and seven matte finishes. I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with matte shadows.
I ordered a satin to see the difference in the finish. I ordered Bling, Orange Soda, Soft Peach, Warm Taupe, Hot Chocolate, Deep Plum, Burnt Orange Matte, and Birkin. Side note: these are all excellent shades for strawberry blondes and redheads.
And now, my favorite part: Swatches…
“Soft Peach” in the crease and across lid, “Bling” in inner corner and under the arch, “Hot Chocolate” over Lancome Kohl eyeliner in black and in outer corner.
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