Anastasia Baby Cakes, Buon Fresco, Violet, Denim Smokey, Night Sky Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, pale pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was smooth and finely-milled, which made it blendable on the skin but didn’t look dry. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Studio (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Flounce (PiP, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Baptism (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Matte Pink (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterscotch (LE, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (DC, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Uncuffed (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was somewhat powdery, though it still adhered and applied fairly well without emphasizing my lid’s texture. It was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours. Too Faced Dreams (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Pony (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Haux (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Skipper (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Flash (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Contour) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Tease (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). LORAC Overcast (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Purpleberry (LE, $6.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Persona Chic (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Marzipan (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a very powdery texture that was prone to sheering out, so it wasn’t a shade that worked well on bare skin and would benefit from a lightly tacky or thicker primer. It had semi-opaque coverage that was somewhat buildable, but it tended to look uneven the more I tried to blend it out/apply. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading. Urban Decay Faded (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Orchid (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bon Nuit (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #12 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Ribbon (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Autumn Breeze (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Video Emotions (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Secret Garden Rendezvous #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Exorcism (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Soul (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Outrageously (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with cooler undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was dusty–the shimmer seemed to separate from the darker colored base to a small degree. It blended out well and lasted for eight hours. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Seascape (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (DC, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Sketch (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Riptide (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #9 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Au Fil de L'Eau #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (DC, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty White Suede #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Sydney Grace Black Ice (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tory Burch Beauty Stone Cold (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Feather (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dar5k black with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was dusty but thin, which made it harder to work with as it wouldn’t blend out easily. MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Too Faced Black Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Noir (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Let's Do It (P, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Lights Out #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Lunar Eclipse (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild My Glamour Squad #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Loverboy (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Clash #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (DC, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Les (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Lune Noire (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty (Smoke) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cursed (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Anastasia Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to be a “finely-milled, highly-pigmented” powder eyeshadow. The brand has a large range of individual eyeshadows that are available as pan-only (no compact to hold them); if you purchase four, you’ll get a 4-well plastic palette for $40 ($10 per eyeshadow), or purchase eight and get an 8-well cardboard palette for $70 ($8.75 per eyeshadow) (the 8-pan is only available directly from the brand). On average, the formula is semi-opaque to opaque, lightly dusty to buttery, wears seven to nine hours, and is fairly blendable. The Metallic and Titanium finishes seem to be the best-performing to me, but there are some really standout mattes and shimmers as well. I find the more recently released shades to be better-performing compared to Anastasia eyeshadows I tried two or three years ago. The wear varies between six and eight hours with decent to good application over bare skin (no primer).

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Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow
Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow

Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow
Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow

Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow
Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow

Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow
Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow

Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Violet Eyeshadow

Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow
Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow

Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow
Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow

Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow
Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow

Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow
Anastasia Denim Smokey Eyeshadow

Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow
Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow

Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow
Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow

Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow
Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow

Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow
Anastasia Night Sky Eyeshadow

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Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow

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Anastasia
$12.00/0.06 oz.

86%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I picked up Buon Fresco about a month ago and I find myself reaching for it so often! You just knows I love my muted mauves.

Here’s the weird part: I find Anastasia mattes work so much better on me than the shimmers. what the heck? Tbh, was expecting the exact opposite, but yeah, I’ve mentioned this before: I struggle a bit with the higher shimmer shades. Maybe I need to get through the surface layer first.

Oy..I needs the shade Denim in my stash. It’s going on the list.

Buon Fresco seems like one of those really useful transition shades – that isn’t brown. But odd that some of the shimmers are not working for you in the line-up!

Hi, Wendy! My experience has been the same with the ABH shadows. The mattes are a dream to work with, but it becomes more difficult as shimmer is added. Since I normally only want high shimmer on 3/4 of the lid near the lashline/inner corner, I’ve started using a touch of Pixie Epoxy in order to get the true-to-pan pigmentation/shimmer from those shadows. I wonder if working with the ABH shimmers is more difficult because I have drier lids — even with various eyeshadow primers (UD, Tarte, Too Faced, NARS).

Hi Cat!
Thanks for this comment. I’m actually glad to hear someone else is having a similar issue with the shimmers. I use them in exactly the same fashion as you, since I have hooded eyes and these are high shimmer, I feel they only belong on that inner corner or inner half of my lids. I do have some slight texture and my lids are definitely on the dry side. I will try the ABH beauty genius which is similar to your Pixie epoxy. I just couldn’t understand why I was having such difficulties, cannot get them to adhere properly, given every one else raves. The mattes are wonderful on me too! Thanks for the tip 😀

Sad about Violet ( some day purple shadows will be awesome) but Denim Smoky is stunning! The color and finish has a lot of complexity to it

Inspiration of the day: THIS eye look!!! Thank you for giving me a way to bring together a pale pink matte, MAC Haux and either Indian Ink or Fig 1, Christine! I already knew I was doing a purpley look today, but was beginning to feel like I got into a very warm or extremely blurple couple of creative”ruts”.

I almost picked up Buon Fresco when I purchased Baby Cakes and Blazing. So glad I didn’t as it’s included in the Modern Renaissance Palette! Love the soft, dreamy look you created with these shadows. What is that gold along the bottom?

Buon Fresco is really quite nice. Being pale, that’s probably a great crease shade for a defined soft look for me and I think it would play with both warm and cool tones well enough.

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