Anastasia Birkin, Gem, Gold Rush, Metallic, Suede Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff with a very powdery consistency that was difficult to use on bare skin, as it would sheer out and get everywhere. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Urban Decay Daydream (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sand and Clay (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Skinny Dip (LE, )(95% similar). Colour Pop Mo Problems (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #7 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Dominant (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Morphe M.F.E.O. (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Two Peas (PiP, $4.50) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Naked Sleep (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Wake Up Call (P, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cannelle (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat Call (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Unconditional (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot J313 Honey (LE, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Beyond (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shooting Star (PiP, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Camel (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Desert Vibes (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Vibe (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that applied well without sheering out. The color was faster to fade at seven hours of wear. Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glaze It (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Virgin Gorda (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Pink Sand (PiP, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Strawberries & Cream (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot J301 Pink Satin (LE, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Pale Fire (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Orange Topaz (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Eyes (Enhance) (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, light yellow gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly dry overall. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Anastasia Fairy (PiP, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #2 (DC, )(95% similar). Smashbox Goldenrod (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rust (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Butter Cake (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Gold Shimmer #2 (LE, )(95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whenever You Call (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rule Breaker (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Fun in the Sun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Privilege (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Play by Play (P, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $7.00) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with warm, brown tones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a lightly dry, dusty consistency that made it harder to apply evenly, though the color itself was fairly blendable. It started to fade after seven hours. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Unwind (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sample Sized (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Etrusque (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop The Game (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Worth the Wait (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 10 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Golden Topaz (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Citron (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden beige with warm undertones and a pearl finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended well and didn’t lose its intensity on bare skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Rendezvous (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Montparnasse (Left) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild My Glamour Squad #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Compass (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Nuance #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunrise (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Play by Play (P, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Cream Pop (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Famed (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). 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 palette for $40 ($10 per eyeshadow), or purchase eight and get an 8-well palette for $70 ($8.75 per eyeshadow). The palettes are thick cardboard palettes with tabs on the side for easy removal/rearranging. There are several different finishes, and the performance can be better or worse depending on the finish, though it also ranges from shade to shade. 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 have not tried the sparkle, satin, or velvet finishes as extensively as the other finishes, personally.

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Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gem  Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow
Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow
Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow
Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow
Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow

Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow
Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow

Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow
Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow

Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow
Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow

Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow
Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m surprised that Birkin performed so badly, especially when it’s similar in tone to two of the other shades! Also Anastasia shades have been pretty good across the board in this series of standalone pans.

100% agree. If a formula works:keep it! lol. I’ll always love MAC. Old MAC. The good permanent trued and true. Now it’s so hit and miss. My excitement went down. I feel ColourPop is starting to pull a MAC. I propose a solid permanent line, info and warning about formula change, and 100% quality. By now there’s no excuse. I should say I’ve found ABH replaces colors where needed. Those work well for me. Some MUG too. 🙂

Well, I’m glad Anastasia allows you to create custom palettes with this, because you can skip all the poor performing shadows and just go for the good ones

Hi Katherine! That’s exactly what I do! It’s liberating to choose. Knowing you’ll love what you order. I do! I buy direct from ABH for better color selection and newly released ones. Loving them! Made a valentine quad for a friend with shades I love, own, she’ll like. Aubergine, Plum Smoke, Macaroon, Chocolate Crumble. Pretty!

Awesome! 😀 I just put hers together. Those 4 together ? Look beautiful in the quad. Chocolate Crumble is a surprise mauve violet tone with rose gold in a bronzey brown buttery smooth color. Goes well with the other 3! Out of mine I trust remembering when she’s complimented me I chose them. They came in fast safe no problems. Easy. Impressed. Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

Because of seeing that Gem is a super close dupe of MAC Lorelei, of which I missed out on, I need that one in particular! Also loving the silky look of Suede, too. It’s just right as an inner corner shade.
Birken looks *blech* awful. Especially bad because this is an easy shade to get right! It’s all good because I have MAC Soft Brown.
The two golds are gorgeous, but gold is a shade I have plenty of : UD Blitz, MAC Vicuna, CP Cheap Date, etc.

Birkin is pretty much textbook for how NOT to make an eyeshadow, yikes! Wonder what happened there, as it’s not usually a difficult colour type – well, look at Gem! Strange.

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