One of Anastasia’s contributions to the holiday season is their limited edition “Want You To Want Me” collection which includes 9 eyeshadows in a removable palette of their own, a small black liquid eyeliner in Jet, a small brow gel and a double-ended brush in a velveteen box with bronze trim. The eyeshadows are in their own, smaller velveteen box, and the rest of the items sit in a the main box. Both the palette box and the main box have mirrors. For presentation, you can’t beat this set – the packaging is elegant and classy, and you can take the eyeshadows out if you want to travel with something a bit smaller.
But of course what matters is what’s inside, so let’s talk about that.
You get nine eyeshadows in the brown/pink/purple family. There’s something natural and earthy about these colors – even the pink and purple shades lean toward colors you might see in the sky or plant life rather than on an artist’s palette. This collection is meant to be reminiscent of the 70s, and the softness of these colors is nostalgic. But “soft” doesn’t mean “sheer.”
Platform Wedge is a light beige with a hint of pink and a matte finish. It’s highly pigmented and quite creamy, which makes it very easy to work with whether you want to apply it full-strength or sheer it out to highlight the brow area.
Front Row Center is a shimmery light peachy color that’s just a couple of shades deeper than Platform Wedge. It’s also very creamy with terrific color payoff and coverage in one swipe.
Ziggy is a blue-toned medium purple with silver and purple shimmer. The texture is a tiny bit drier on Ziggy than on some of the others, so the texture is more velvety than creamy. It can tend to sheer out a little more than you expect when you blend it, so use a light hand. Without primer, Ziggy can also tend to crease a little after a few hours. With primer, I never had this problem.
Members Only is the second and final matte in the palette. It’s a medium tan with neutral undertones. This one is a little bit sheerer than Platform Wedge, but it still has plenty of pigment. It has a velvety feel.
Power Ballad is a metallic taupe, almost a pewter. It’s very creamy, with nice pigmentation and color payoff. It blends easily without sheering out.
Jellies is a frosty light-medium pink with cool undertones. This one was surprisingly buttery, especially for a pink – often a color that comes out a bit drier than some. It’s also quite opaque. The first time I used it, I thought I’d do a soft look featuring it on my lids, but it has a depth that makes it more bold than I expected. It’s actually a rather unique color, at least going by my collection.
Graphic T’s is a deep brown with shimmer that’s mostly silver but also a little bit gold. The overall effect is a neutral deep brown shimmer. This one has stellar pigmentation and color payoff, and because it’s so dark a little goes a long way. It works very well as a shadow, though a few pieces of shimmer may fall out depending how you apply it.
Brass in Pocket is a neutral brass metallic. It’s one of my favorites because it goes on like butter and is just so easy to work with.
Iron On is a deep purple with brown undertones and pink and purple pieces of shimmer. It’s creamy with great color payoff, but like Ziggy it can tend to sheer out a little more than expected as you blend it.
Jet Liquid Eyeliner
The black liquid eyeliner in Jet that comes with this palette blew me away. It’s a dark inky black that dries very matte, and applies so smoothly without any skips. It’s got a very tiny brush, which I like because I prefer the option of making a very thin line (you can totally tightline with this brush). What comes out on your brush when you pull it out of the tube is enough to do both eyes, and it stays wet for long enough for that, too.
This was my first experience with the infamous Anastasia Brow Gel, and they got me. Just a little of it holds brow hairs in place as well as a lot of super hold hairspray, and it’s infinitely easier to work with because you can gently brush it just where you need it, no more, no less. The wand is a well-chosen design that gently moves hairs into place – I comb my brows first, but then use the wand to push the strays that have already boinged back out of line into place.
The double-ended brush with this kit is the same as the one in the No. 1 Palette I reviewed before. It’s smaller than you might like, but it definitely works – I have applied entire eye looks with these brushes, and while it might take a tiny bit more effort, it’s worth it if you’re trying to travel light by not bringing a lot of brushes. (At home, I always opt for my regular brushes, but it’s nice to know this one’s a functional choice!)
This is a quality palette and collection. The colors are soft neutrals that can be subtle or bold, but all tend toward a sort of office appropriate, sophisticated look. The liner is amazing, the brow gel is a gem, and even the brush works well. The packaging is versatile and beautiful, and worthy of “oohs” and “aahs”, making it a nice choice for a gift.
Available at Sephora($34). Scroll down for more pictures!
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the brand for consideration. My opinions on it are, as always, completely honest. [/box]