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). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Absolution (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Born Glam (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Immaculate (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Newbury Street (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Persona Sassy (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Expose #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mythos (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS Luz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% 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. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #9 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Estrella (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Unsupervised (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sun Speck (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bow Wow (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora #happydays (DC, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Expose #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (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). Makeup Geek Purely Naked (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Undertone (802) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Dune (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gif Me That (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced City Lights (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC One to Watch (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Road Movie #2 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Surabaya II (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Feel #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (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 (PiP, ) 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). Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #4 (PiP, ) 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). 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

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Anastasia Eyeshadow $12.00/0.06 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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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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