Anastasia Soft Gold, Gleam, RTW, Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, lightly dense texture that was blendable and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Luz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Expose #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Persona Sassy (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Immaculate (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Buxom Born Glam (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Mythos (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Newbury Street (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Absolution (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop UR a Catch (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, pop of warm peach with orange undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff paired with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen loose but applied with minimal fall out. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Smashbox Crisp (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dream Glow (Prime) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #9 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Twinkle Twinkle (362) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Soleil (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Soo Good (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bow Wow (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ferver (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was on the dusty, thinner side, so some of it sheered out as soon as it was applied. I liked it best as a transition/blending shade, as the opacity was less of a concern, but if you want to use it as a lid or intense crease color, I would recommend pairing with an eyeshadow primer. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Texture (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Road Movie #2 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Dune (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced City Lights (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Undertone (802) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC One to Watch (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Purely Naked (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Gif Me That (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Desire (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Feel #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Surabaya II (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, chocolatly brown with warm, copper undertones and a smattering of copper shimmer. The texture was just dense enough that a lot of the finer shimmer was visible when applied, though some of the shimmer shifts as it is blended. It had great color payoff, was fairly blendable, and applied well to bare skin overall. It lasted just over eight hours on me before fading noticeably. YSL Fetiche #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Carbonized (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Baalbek (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty As Well (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Everywhere (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). Hourglass Graphite #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Zagreb (DC, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Shame (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% 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 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 Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow

Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow
Anastasia Gleam Eyeshadow

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow
Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow
Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow
Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow
Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow

Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow
Anastasia RTW Eyeshadow

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow
Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow
Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow
Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow
Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow

Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow
Anastasia Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow
Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow
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 have been waiting for you to review these colors! I have been wanting to purchase soft gold and gleam. So glad they did well. Thank you, Christine?

I have really been happy w/ the Anastasia products that I’ve purchased. I used to think they were only eyebrow products but, lately, I have seen a more broad range available at Sephora and Macy’s. The pigment in the Glow Kits and lip glosses/liquid lipsticks are outstanding, in my opinion, so I suspect these shadows are great, as well. Thanks for reviewing!

That is so good to hear, Mary Ann! I have liked a lot of the more recent eyeshadows I’ve bought from them as well as the Glow Kits!

Ooh! Gleam might be a slightly passable dupe for Too Faced Luscious from the Sweet Peach palette. It’s always such a pleasure to use Luscious, and I really want to have a similar eyeshadow in single pan form. MAC All That Glitters seems decent, but I think Anastasia Gleam might be better. Yay!

I’ve had Gleam since these shadows launched at Sephora and I absolutely love it. Coincidentally, I am wearing it today. I wanted to get Dark Chocolate Shimmer but they don’t carry it in-store (even though their website indicates it is an “in store” shade, I think) so I got Truffle Glitter instead and I like it a lot but would still like to get Dark Chocolate Shimmer.

These are really gorgeous everyday kind of colours that you could wear to work. Great ratings and a lovely eye look Christine. Yes they are dupable, but with the purchase of individual favourite colours, you can get exactly what you need.

What a nice looking quad! This is what I personally love about self-made palettes as opposed to pre-made, getting to pick the shades you know you like together, thus insuring one will actually use all the shades. Out of these 4, ones I don’t believe I have a dupe for (although I probably DO and just don’t know it!) are Dark Chocolate and Gleam. All these shades work together very nicely.

SO true! I love a really good pre-made one, but what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for someone else!

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