The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario ($45 US/$59 CAD) may just be my new go to eyeshadow palette for Fall. This is my first Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette. I don’t know why seeing this one finally put me over the edge, but it did, and I ordered it the day it was released. If the other ABH palettes are as good as this one then I am going to have to get more. I am so, so impressed.
The palette was created in collaboration with celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Mario is probably best known for being Kim Kardashian West’s makeup artist. The black and gold palette is constructed of sturdy cardboard and has a lid with a nice sized mirror and magnetic closure. It also includes a lovely double ended eyeshadow brush. The 12 shades are:
- Hollywood – metallic wheat gold with a satin finish)
- NYC – rich chocolate brown with a satin finish)
- Kim – tan with a satin finish)
- Muse – rose gold with a satin finish)
- Marina – champagne with a metallic finish)
- Claudia – slate with a velvet finish)
- Lula – soft taupe with an ultra-matte finish)
- Isabel – burnt orange with an ultra-matte finish)
- Violeta – dark chocolate with an ultra-matte finish)
- 5th Ave – gold leaf with a metallic finish)
- Bronx – metallic olive with a satin finish)
- Paris – gilded brown with a satin finish)
The shadows include matte, shimmer, and metallic finishes. The colour palette is very warm, and features shades that are mostly mid-toned. This may be considered a drawback of the palette, as it is not a true all in one eye look palette. You will have to dig out a nude base shade/brow bone highlight, and possibly a dark brown or black shade depending on your preferences. If you are fair you may also want to incorporate a lighter crease shade than what is offered in the Master Palette by Mario, but the mattes here blend out so beautifully that I had no trouble using Lula and Isabel in the crease. While the shades included may be considered quite similar in tone, I find that on the skin they aren’t too similar. Yes, your eye look is going to be warm, but there is actually quite the variety of shades in here. Some lean more gold, more pink, or more red. I often find myself needing to supplement an eyeshadow palette with a base shadow so, while I wish it could be an all in one palette, I can’t be mad at this palette because the shadows are absolutely INCREDIBLE. They are so amazingly pigmented and ultra creamy. They blend like a dream and are so easy to work with even though they are so intensely pigmented. The mattes are heavenly and the metallics have a colour payoff and finish that gives a foiled effect without the need to wet your brush.
I have worn this palette a few times now and I have loved every look I’ve created with it. Unfortunately I never snapped any photos since I was busy rushing places over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend when I was testing it out. I will try to get some look posts up using the palette in the future if anyone is interested in seeing it.
I can’t recommend this palette enough. Unless you absolutely hate warm toned neutrals, I think you will love it!