Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

Fresh is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a golden champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it was soft, blendable, and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Venezia is a subtly, gold-shimmered bluish-teal with a faded quality and a frosted finish. It was prone to fading, and it was a more powdery, drier textured eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen dry. As a heads up, this really seemed just like Topaz with a new name. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was fairly soft, though a little dry feeling. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a vbirant, berry-plum with warm, copper-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, buttery-smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bengal is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was somewhat powdery. This also seemed like Caramel, just renamed. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

China Rose is an orange-coral (just a hint of pink/red in it) with a golden, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the dusty side. (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep, matte black. It had good color payoff, but it was harder to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from light beige to deep brown to a pop of aqua and peach. Some shades are nice, other shades are a little powdery or dry, so it’s more of a mixed bag. There’s a dryness to a lot of Anastasia’s eyeshadows that keep them from feeling like a truly fantastic eyeshadow, but a good primer can help them go on more smoothly without having to really pack it on (to retain vibrancy). The Aqua shade was a total dud and shows up as a muddy mess on the lid without a sticky, white base. I am always surprised at how well they wear, despite the drier texture, though, even without primer (about eight hours for most shades). If you have a few of Anastasia’s palette, there tend to be a few repeats per palette.

Nude is a cool-toned, pink-tinted beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was dry, slightly stiff, and difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sienna is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was nicely balanced between soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Taupe is a warm-toned, medium taupe brown with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery, but it was blendable and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but had decent to good color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aqua is a light-medium aqua blue with a pearly sheen. It was very sheer, powdery, and prone to fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresh Peach is a lightened, medium orange with a frosted finish. It had a drier, powdery feel but decent color payoff, though it needed to be patted and packed on to stay reasonably vibrant. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glisten is a medium-dark copper orange with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation. The version in this palette performed better than the one in Amrezy. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Caramel is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though a bit powdery. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold Bar is a yellowed gold with almost cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was a little crumbly and dry, but it was blendable and had good pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains ten shades ranging from shimmery gold to medium matte black. Each eyeshadow is 0.025 oz. It’s a so-so palette with a few nice shades, some less impressive ones. There are no total misses, but the two brighter shades didn’t translate as richly as they looked in the pan/swatch applied–I couldn’t get that green to pop no matter how many times I patted it on! The wear was good, though, across the board, and most of the eyeshadows wore well for eight to nine hours before fading.

Legend is a brightened, light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery (it seemed to have a whiter base). It lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glisten is a medium-dark copper orange with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was a little dry. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Topaz is a golden, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade didn’t show fading until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Iridescent Purple is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that had a slightly drier consistency. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Emerald is a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a golde, frosted finish. It seemed promising when swatched, as it had decent pigmentation, but it seemed to fade almost instantly on the eye–I would pat it on, blend, and poof! looked more like a khaki brown. That khaki brown color stayed like that for the next eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but had decent to good color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caramel is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though a bit powdery. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Morocco is a muted, reddish-copper brown with a matte finish. it had decent color payoff, but it was also on the powdery side. It didn’t show signs of fading for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Plum is a deep, burgundy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, though a bit powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LBD is a medium black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a drier, slightly powdery, consistency, which resulted in semi-sheer color payoff. This shade showed some fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Anastasia Lavish Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Lavish Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Lavish Set ($38.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows (0.031 oz. each), brow pencil (0.013 oz.), black eyeliner (0.01 oz.), dual-ended brush, and tweezers. It definitely offers plenty of product for your money. This review is focused primarily on the eyeshadows, but I did really like the tweezers–good grip, spring, and squeeze mechanisms so tweezing was easy, in addition to the eyeshadows. Overall, the really high-frost, high-shimmer shades were nice–soft, buttery, and nicely pigmented. The more matte shades were a little powdery but had good payoff generally. When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore well for almost eight hours and showed slight fading after eight hours of wear.

Cream is a pale, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and not too powdery. See comparison swatches.

Antique is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a frosted finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while the pigmentation was right on the money. See comparison swatches.

Rum Cake is a muted, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth texture that applied very evenly and with excellent color payoff. See comparison swatches.

Moss is a medium-dark, olive green with a golden chartreuse sheen that’s slightly frosted. The consistency of this one was on the drier side, which resulted in color payoff that was just so-so. See comparison swatches.

Truffle is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a pearly finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it had a fairly soft and smooth texture–it was just a tiny bit drier than the best shades in this palette. See comparison swatches.

Ballet is a warm-toned, peachy-pink with a mostly matte finish–it’s really a matte finish for the actual color, and then there are very tiny silver micro-sparkles that lay on top but really get dusted/blended away as soon as it is applied. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a bit sheer at times. The texture was somewhat powdery, which meant it was prone to fading and blending away. See comparison swatches.

Orange Soda is light-medium orange with warm, yellow and orange undertones and a matte finish. This was the most powdery shade in the palette, and it had good pigmentation but had a tendency to sheer out when applied due to the powdery texture. See comparison swatches.

Sienna is a medium-dark, reddish, coppery brown with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not powdery. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sapphire is a medium-dark plum with a subtly warm-toned coppery-brown undertone and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was buttery and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Black Diamond is a medium-dark brown with warm, brown undertones and a smattering of very, very fine emerald green and gold shimmer (it looks mostly matte applied). It had decent color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry and not as blendable as I’d like to see. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the really high-frost, high-shimmer shades were nice--soft, buttery, and nicely pigmented. The more matte shades were a little powdery but had good payoff generally. When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore well for almost eight hours and showed slight fading after eight hours of wear.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($19.00) is an easy-to-use, multi-tasking product to keep your brows looking polished and in place throughout the day. It’s available in three colors: Caramel (warm golden light brown), Espresso (rich dark brown), and Granite (grayish taupe). The one pictured above is the Caramel shade, which is a bit too light for my tastes, but at the same time, the formula is sheer so it does help make my brows look less severe and very natural. I recommend Espresso for those with dark black/brown brows like mine, though–it’s a much better color match!

Brow gel is designed to keep your brows in place; it’s very similar to gel that you’d use in your hair in the same sense that it gives you hold. Since these are tinted, they can also help fill in sparse spots in your brows and eliminate the need to fill in. I find that when I use Anastasia’s Brow Gel, my brows are held in place all day long, even though they tout that you can easily toss it in your purse for touch-ups! (You definitely can, it’s not a heavy tube or anything, but I had no reason to touch-up!)

Anastasia states that the botanical formula plumps the hair follicle, which helps to give the appearance of fuller, thicker brows. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you if it was true, because my brows looked to be normal fullness once they were set with this. Because of the tinted nature of the product, I found it hard to truly tell if my brows were all plumped up (mine aren’t too sparse). I think if you had sparser brows, you might be able to ascertain whether it does or not! One thing I do wish they’d change is the size of the applicator brush; it’s basically a mascara wand, but it’s just a little large for my brows. If you have very full brows, you probably would have no issues with the size.

You can find yours at Sephora.com.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit ($32.00) is a totally new product to get 2009 started off on the right brow, err, I mean foot! ;) The kit consists of a tri-colored baked brow powder as well as a tri-colored baked highlighting powder. The trios are terracotta baked and can be used wet OR dry–using it wet won’t ruin the product like it often does for regular powder products. What’s fun is you can also use these wet for eyeliner in a pinch! Both trios come housed in a sleek silver compact that’s lightweight and small enough to keep in your purse. I found using a stiff angled brush was ideal for getting my brows defined to my specifications, and then any eyeshadow brush works well to highlight just under and above the brow to better accentuate the brow’s shape.

This lovely brow kit doesn’t release until January 29th, 2009 — BUT you can win one of your very own right here at the blog!

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