Friday, April 17th, 2015

Anastasia Artist Palette
Anastasia Artist Palette

Anastasia Artist Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a set of “12 highly-pigmented eyeshadows” in “summertime’s bright colors.” There are two really disappointing shades in this–the navy blue and cobalt blue–that look like an absolute disaster on the skin without a white base underneath. In general, I have found Anastasia’s eyeshadow formula to perform poorly without a primer or white base underneath it for the more vibrant shades and anything that isn’t a metallic or frost finish. The more shimmery shades have better adhesion to bare skin, and they tend to be less powdery, so they don’t sheer away to nothingness when applied. Some of the shimmery shades can be soft enough that they get crumbly and appear almost dry or apply unevenly without a primer. I always want to like Anastasia’s palettes, but I’m often let down, and unfortunately, that was the case here. Without primer, it’s a lot like throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something sticks… evenly.

Dusty Rose is described as a “matte mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, muted plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was fairly powdery, even though it was blendable. It applied better than I thought it would as it didn’t sheer away to nothing and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is described as a “velvet eggplant.” It’s a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and lighter purple shimmer for a more pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a softer, thinner texture that had a more velvety, silky feeling to it and seemed to be a shade that applied with more nuance if you used your fingertips than a brush, as it tended to look less shimmery when applied with a brush. I had some issues with it “sticking” and not wanting to diffuse along the edge. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Anaconda is described as a “shimmery green.” It’s a medium-dark forest green with warm, golden frosted shimmer. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that applied well to bare skin and didn’t need primer to function. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches> / compare dupes side-by-side.

Punch Fuchsia is described as a “velvet bright purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, pinky-purple with a violet sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen dry, so it didn’t seem to stay as intense on the lid. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Buttery is described as a “velvet soft yellow.” It’s a soft, pale yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky, almost cream-like feeling in the pan, which applied with good color payoff on bare skin and didn’t look chalky. It is a little powdery, though. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Velvet is described as a “velvet navy.” It’s a muted, deepened navy blue with cool undertones and a sprinkling of lighter blue shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t translate much on the lid, and this is one of the worst shades in the palette. It is dry, powdery, sheer, thin, and difficult to blend and apply to the lid. It stuck in random places, and I tried packing it on six or seven times and none of it would stick beyond what initially landed. It had faded by five and a half hours of wear. It absolutely needs a white base to have a chance of performing half-decently. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Coal is described as a “matte black.” It’s a dark black with a mostly matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good pigmentation with a slight powderiness, but it wasn’t too bad. It needs a primer to help it blend, as it tended to adhere but become very stiff to diffuse/blend out along the edges. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unicorn is described as a “shimmery periwinkle.” It’s a cobalt blue with a hint of purple with a smattering of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is sheer, dry, powdery, short-wearing, and generally a real pain to use. It doesn’t build-up, because it doesn’t stick to bare skin but rather dusts away with a gentle breeze (or brush!). It seemed to last about five and a half hours, but there was so little in the first place, it’s not surprising. This is the type of color and finish that seems difficult for brands (in general) to do well. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Phresh is described as a “matte bright yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it did sheer out and wasn’t easily blended on bare skin. Again–I’m sounding like a broken record–this palette really doesn’t work without a primer of some sort, due to the thinner, drier nature of the eyeshadow formula. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Baby I’m a Star is described as a “sparkling brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a thin, stiffer texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, and it applied better when I was using it in practice than it did on my arm. I wish it was easier to use. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orange You Fancy is described as a “shimmery orange.” It’s a brightened orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. The texture is incredibly soft, but it is also drier and crumbly, so there is a ton of excess product that gets picked up and dislodged from the pan. Though it is pigmented, the drier texture seemed to apply unevenly to my eyelid, so it didn’t appear as pigmented on. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beigely is described as a “shimmery beige.” It’s a golden pewter with warm undertones and a more metallic finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was smooth but a little stiffer in the pan. It’s not stiff per se, but it wasn’t as soft as the other shades in the palette. It ended up being easier to work with on the lid, as it applied more evenly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Anastasia Artist Palette
Anastasia Artist Palette

Artist Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

From velvety to matte to shimmery, the Anastasia Artist Palette lets you flaunt highly-pigmented eye shades. As an artist, Anastasia was drawn to developing a palette that spoke to summertime’s bright colors. This palette features ultra-pigmented eye shadows that impart true-color and the season’s bright, eye-popping hues.

  • Dusty Rose Matte mauve
  • Aubergine Velvet eggplant
  • Anaconda Shimmery green
  • Punch Fuchsia Velvet bright purple
  • Buttery Velvet soft yellow
  • Blue Velvet Velvet navy
  • Coal Matte black
  • Unicorn Shimmery periwinkle
  • Phresh Matte bright yellow
  • Baby I’m a Star Sparkling brown
  • Orange You FancyShimmery orange
  • Beigely Shimmery beige

Availability: Now at ULTA; coming soon to Sephora

Update: It looks like it is removed at the moment from Sephora’s website as of 3PM PST (it seemed to have disappeared an hour or two before). If you go to Anastasia’s brand page and sort by new, the palette still showed up, but you couldn’t access the detailed page for it. If it is in your “loves,” it shows up as “out of stock.” I don’t have information regarding whether it will be back in stock.

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “watermelon pink.” It’s a bright, neon pink with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is warmer, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is intensely pigmented with really smooth, even color coverage. It didn’t settle into lip lines, and it doesn’t look really dry on lips, but it does have a very flat, ultra-matte finish, so if you prefer a little sheen, this formula might not be for you. Over time, I felt the formula was noticeably drying by the fourth hour of wear, and it was very drying after six hours of wear, though it lasted well for almost eight hours. It did fade from the center more than the edges, but it only faded subtly, so it wasn’t too apparent.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “royal purple.” It’s a medium-dark, eggplant purple with warm pink undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is brighter, purpler. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is lighter, pinker. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it isn’t fully pigmented and there’s a sheerness to it, so if you have naturally redder lips, I’d expect this to look less purple on. It had an almost two-tone aspect to it, as parts of it looked pinker and other parts looked purpler, and this was especially noticeable along the edges. The texture is thin, watery initially but dries down and adheres to the lips. You’ll want to be careful while waiting for it to dry down, as it gets tackier and tackier while it sets, so if you touch your lips together while it is drying, you’ll lift the color off in sections. Once dry, it’s nearly transfer-proof for me, and I don’t have any issues drinking coffee with this on. It will make it through most of a meal, but it will depend on how much oil is in your meal. On me, the color wears for six hours, but it is moderately drying and gets uncomfortable to wear after three hours of wear for me.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink.” It’s a neon magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is darker. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented and applied with smooth, even color coverage. The texture is thin, but it dries down nicely after about forty-five seconds. It’s important to keep your lips from touching while it is drying down, as it goes from watery to tacky as it dries down, and once fully dry, then it is mostly transfer-free. I noticed that it looked dry/flaky on the very inner portion of my lips (the edge right before it’s actually inside your mouth), so the formula can be unforgiving there. It lasted well for six hours, but it started to fade more noticeably from the center after that. It was somewhat drying over time, unfortunately.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and an ultra matte finish. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, less pink. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte finish” that will last “all day.” It’s very pigmented, yet it’s a shade that goes on unevenly with visible streaks initially and seems almost watery when applied. Luckily, it seems to self-level so that as it dries down, the unevenness disappears (so I would recommend not fussing with making it appears perfectly even while it is wet). As it is drying down, it gets very tacky, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t press your lips together while it is drying down, or else color will lift. The consistency is more unforgiving in this lighter shade than American Doll, and it immediately started to pull into lip lines. This only worsened as the color wore on, even though it had minimal transfer on my coffee cup, but it looked settled and made my lips look cracked after a mere two hours. It was very drying, and it was extremely difficult to wear it past five hours–my lips felt so parched that they hurt.

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