The Makeup Wars Team is sharing our Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Review and Tutorials with you today. My Instagram feed has been flooded with exited posts about this new palette that was designed in collaboration with world famous blogger and makeup artist Maya Janeska (@maya_mia_y) and I am happy to be able to share my thoughts on it, as well as a few look tutorials to show you just how versatile this palette can be.
The palette comes packaged in a box that looks the same as the palette inside. On the back of the box you can see an image of the shades inside as well as detailed ingredient listings of all shades.
The palette is made of sturdy cardboard and has a secure magnetic closure. It has a shiny foil finish and features a variety of colourful prints for a really eye catching and fun look. The back of the palette contains the same ingredient listing as the back of the box.
The inside of the palette features a good sized mirror on the inside of the lid, the 10 eyeshadow shades nestled in the cardboard palette, and a dual ended eyeshadow brush.
There are 5 matte shades in the palette (Nude, Deep Brown, Sienna, Warm Taupe, Caramel), 4 shimmer shades (Vanilla, Aqua, Fresh Peach, Gold Bar), and one more metallic glittery shade (Glisten).
The eyeshadows can be used wet or dry. I used them dry for everything related to this post. a) Because these shadows perform beautifully without being wet. And b) I’m too lazy to wet my eyeshadows most of the time.
The matte shades are amazing. Incredibly pigmented, velvety smooth, with a creamy feel. No chalkiness at all. I absolutely love that they’ve included an almost black matte brown. I love this kind of shade and I don’t feel we see it appear often enough in palettes. Heck even in singles. Vanilla and Gold bar have decent pigmentation but can apply a touch unevenly. Aqua and Fresh Peach have a drier texture than the other shades in the palette and have a sheerer finish. If you want a more vibrant hit of colour from Aqua and Fresh Peach then you can apply them wet. Glisten is a nicely pigmented creamy shade but can produces quite a bit of fallout so if you are going to make use of this shade in your look I recommend doing your eyes first. The other shimmer shades can produce a bit of shimmer fallout as well. The shades blend nicely into one another but be careful not to over blend as there is a tendency for some of the shades to blend away if you work with them too much.
The palette also comes with 5 step by step Get The Look cards created by Maya Janeska. These looks may be quite dramatic for some but even just by toning down the liner you can achieve a look that meets your comfort level.
Priced at only $29 US I think this palette is a good value. It’s worth owning just for the impeccable matte shades it includes. The fact you get an assortment of everyday matte neutrals with the addition of some really fun shades like aqua, coral, and gold makes this palette very versatile. This palette is definitely geared more for those with warmer skin tones as most of the shades are very, very warm. Being that I have a very neutral leaning cool toned complexion and my eyes are blue I am able to pull it off. If you have a very cool complexion than you may want to pass on this particular offering from Anastasia.
I created tutorials for three looks using this palette. I could have created endless really fun looks but I thought I would go for three very wearable, everyday looks.
Popped Neutrals – This is a great matte natural eye with a pop of fun aqua.
Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow primer and apply Nude as a base shade from lashline to brow.
Step 2: Apply Warm Taupe in the crease.
Step 3: Apply Deep Brown on the outer third of the eye and then blend it into the crease and a little bit onto the lid. (You can stop here for a very effortless everyday eye.
Step 4: Apply Aqua on the lower lash line and a bit of Vanilla on the inner corner of the eye.
Step 5: Tightline the upper lash line with black eyeliner, curl lashes, and apply your favourite black mascara. Done!
Glisten & Smoke – This is a smokey eye brightened by the very sparkly shade Glisten on the lid.
Step 1: Prime eye with an eyeshadow primer and apply Nude from crease to brow.
Step 2: Pack Glisten onto the mobile lid.
Step 3: Apply Deep Brown heavily on the outer third of the eye in a v shape.
Step 4: Blend Deep Brown into your crease and lightly blend where it meets Glisten on the lid.
Step 5: Blend out your crease with a bit of Warm Taupe.
Step 6: Pat a little Glisten on the centre of your mobile lid with your ring finger.
Step 7: Apply black eyeliner to your upper lashline, and upper and lower waterlines. Curl your lashes and apply your favourite black mascara. Done!
Warm Sienna – This look is very warm and will look great on those with blue eyes to really make their eye colour pop. Apologies for the wonky lighting in this tutorial. I had my camera on the wrong setting by accident and could only correct so much.
Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow primer and Nude from crease to brow.
Step 2: Apply Caramel in the crease.
Step 3: Apply Sienna on the outer third of the eye and into the deep recess of the crease. Apply a little on the outer third of the lower lashline as well.
Step 4: Apply Deep Brown on the upper lashline and bring it up a bit on the outer part of the eye.
Step 5: Apply Glisten on the lower lashline.
Step 6: Apply Vanilla on the inner corner of the eye and on the outer part of your brow bone.
Step 7: Apply black eyeliner to the upper waterline and lashline and apply your favourite mascara Done!
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