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). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #7 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sand and Clay (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Skinny Dip (LE, )(95% similar). NARS Dominant (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Mo Problems (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Shadow Hill (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Morphe M.F.E.O. (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Naked Sleep (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Two Peas (PiP, $4.50) is darker, warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Wake Up Call (P, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cannelle (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Buffed (LE, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Or Whatevah (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Innocent (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Sandalwood (Remastered) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Shooting Star (PiP, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Electric Look #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dada Issues (PiP, $17.00) is darker, 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. MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Lick the Spoon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Pink Sand (PiP, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Strawberries & Cream (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot J301 Pink Satin (LE, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (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). NARS Virgin Gorda (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Glaze It (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Pale Fire (DC, $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). Wet 'n' Wild Nude Awakening #4 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is lighter (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. ColourPop Butter Cake (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Fairy (PiP, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry Gold Shimmer #2 (LE, )(95% similar). Smashbox Goldenrod (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #2 (DC, )(95% similar). Urban Decay Rust (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whenever You Call (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Pixel Dust (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Rule Breaker (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Privilege (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Fun in the Sun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $7.00) is brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Play by Play (P, $4.50) is darker (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. MAC Vicuna (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Unwind (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Worth the Wait (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sample Sized (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (DC, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Etrusque (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop The Game (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). KVD Beauty Thrasher (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (PiP, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (PiP, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Golden Topaz (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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 Montparnasse (Left) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Jinxie (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rendezvous (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Compass (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild My Glamour Squad #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Nuance #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunrise (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop 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 Famed (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $17.00) is darker (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

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Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow
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Anastasia Suede Eyeshadow
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Claire L Avatar

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.

Joy Avatar

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. 🙂

Katherine T. Avatar

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

Joy Avatar

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!

Joy Avatar

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! ❤️

Nancy T Avatar

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.

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