Anastasia is best known for their eyebrow products, but they also make a number of permanent eyeshadow palettes which are supposed to make you look younger if you use them without anything under them (not even primer) for four weeks or more. The box goes into detail about the clinical trials they’ve done to prove this, and this actually put me off buying these for months. They looked so gorgeous to me every time I saw them in the store, but (a) I don’t really need the “lift” they promise just yet and (b) I don’t wear anything every day for four weeks, because I’d get bored. I did not test the anti-aging claims of this product: I only tested it as eyeshadow.
Palette No. 1 (Sephora, $30) is a collection of eight well-coordinated neutral and purple colors, mostly very shimmery.
I think Anastasia may want to reconsider their marketing. The anti-aging claim is awesome if it works, but it gave me the impression the shadows might not perform so well as shadows. Additionally, Sephora’s website says they provide a “sheer wash” of color, which suggests not so much on the pigmentation front. Fortunately, they way the shadows felt when I tested them at Sephora overcame my initial perceptions.
These shadows have a velvety texture – they’re not particularly “creamy” or “buttery”, but neither are they dry. They glide on in a silky sort of way. There’s plenty of pigmentation in these, but it’s so blendable that you’d have difficulty creating harsh lines with it if you wanted to (whereas with some highly pigmented shadows, you can find yourself doing that unintentionally!). I suspect that’s where the “sheer wash” description came from, but they’re opaque, not sheer, so I’d just call them “soft colors.”
I have tested these a good bit both wearing them directly on my lids, as the packaging advises to get the anti-aging effects, and with primer. Again, I can’t tell you about the anti-aging claims, but they do work incredibly well without primer – and should, since that’s how you’re supposed to wear them. Without primer, I’ve still had: no noticeable fallout, long wear, no creasing and no noticeable fading.
Swatches and Descriptions
The colors are simply numbered 1 through 8.
Color 1 is the only matte in this palette. It’s a good matte – it needs a little building up, as many mattes do, but it works. This is the only color where pigmentation is not terrific, but it is still good. Color 2 is a shimmery golden caramel, with just enough pink undertones to make it tone well with the other colors here.
Color 3 is a metallic pale raspberry – pink with blue undertones. Color 4 is a warm chocolate brown with a little bit of sheen – it can pass for a plummy/purply shade when used with some of the more pink/purple colors in this palette, but it’s also just a nice warm brown when used with the neutrals.
Color 5 is a very pale raspberry with a frosty white finish. At first I thought it was so whitened that I could use it as a brow highlighter, but it’s packs a pretty good pale cool pink color punch (say that three times fast!). Color 6 is a cool-toned shimmery brown.
At first glance, this pair may remind you a little of Bare Minerals Showstopper Duo,, but it’s actually much pinker and a little deeper. Color 7 is a medium lavender with blue undertones and sparkle. It’s less blue than Beautiful Iris by Mac, but it has that same fairy tale feel to me. Color 8 is a medium plummy purple with a sheen finish. Parked next to Color 7, it looks tame, but it’s actually a bold, distinctive color, too.
This is a neutral look I did with the palette – I intentionally chose one of the more “boring” looks because it’s so easy to make fantastic colors look awesome in an eye swatch. But I love the subtle depth of these.