Anastasia Beverley Hills Shadow Couture Palette

Okay, so it seems like I’m a little bit late on the Anastasia boat, but I promise you, I bought this palette like 2 months ago and just forgot to write about it.

20150913_151553Firstly, let’s talk about packaging.

It’s sleek, it’s compact, it’s sturdy… but most im20150913_151634portantly, IT HAS A MIRROR!

Which is always nice.

Secondly, the shadows themselves, are some of the best I’ve ever come across.  Not only am I referring to the really well thought out colour range, but also the quality and pigmentation of the shadow.

What I like the most about this palette is that I found very wearable.  Yes, there are a few pops of colour, but I feel like you could really do so many different looks with this palette, going from bare-faced natural, to full glam.

Soft Peach: for many skin tones this shade can work perfectly as a transition colour, but for me, since I have a more olive complexion, I like using it to diffuse darker colours when they start to get muddy, or even as a highlight shade on the brow bone.

Spoiled: a soft peachy colour that I feel would suit a lot of different skin tones.  It’s a little more glittery than the other shades (rather than shimmery), but I still really like it as a l20150913_152420id shade on my more “natural” days.

Morocco: is definitely my favourite colour out of the palette.  It’s a gorgeous, reddy, brick brown.  It’s awesome for warming up any look or even as a transition shade.

Fudge: is exactly what it says, a delicious fudgey brown, perfect for deepening the crease.  It’s not too cool and not too warm, just a happy medium.

Heirloom: is a lovely jewel toned, shimmery purple.  It’s a really lovely colour but I do find that it’s texture is a little more chalky than some of the other shadows (especially the matte shadows).  Despite that, it still looks great packed on the lid, especially over a black base.

Azure: is a STUNNING, vibrant, metallic, royal blue.  I have nothing like this in my 20150913_152358collection, it’s so amazing! It’s great for adding that “pop” of blue to any look.

Bellini: such a cute little peachy, shimmery shade.  I love using this on the lid for my more warm toned smokey eyes.

Intense gaze: an intensely shimmery pink.  It’s so so pretty but I haven’t had a chance to use this shade much because I feel like the pink may not compliment my brown eyes.

Pink Champagne: is the most amazing colour, it literally looks like champagne bubbles, because it’s so metallic and shimmery.  The texture reminds me a bit of Makeup Geek foiled shadows, it’s very soft and buttery.

Metallic: a very unique green based gold.  I love using this in a black smokey eye, I like popping it right in the centre of the lid and in the middle of my lower lashline.

Chic: can only really be described as a green tinted silver, really cool for an inner corner highlight.

Noir: the… greatest black… in the history of the universe (I think).

An absolutely fantastic palette from Anastasia, so well thought out and versatile!  You can create so many different looks from just this one palette.  Even the brush is pretty good!  I’ve noticed that it does shed a little, but it’s still a nice blending brush for the crease.

I highly recommend this palette this palette.  The shadows are easy to blend and the colour range is great, my only peeve is that Heirloom is a tad chalky (but gorgeous nonetheless).

The MAC 217: worth the hype?

No.  It really isn’t.

If you’re a makeup lover, such as myself, I’m almost positive that you’ve heard about the acclaim20150315_152335ed blending brush from Mac, the 217.  It’s been recommended by some of my favourite makeup gurus, the pixiwoo sisters, Tanya Burr and Chloe Morello, so as you can imagine, I was significantly disappointed when I came across this renowned product and discovered that it was no where near as good as it was hyped up to be.

Firstly, when I first bought this brush, it was okay, it was a great shape, awesome for multipurpose use; getting into the crease, blending out and defusing eyeshadow as well as just adding a wash of colour over the lid.  However, I never enjoyed t20150315_152338he coarseness of the bristles, I found it uncomfortable to blend shadow.

Secondly,  after a few washes, I’ve noticed that the bristles have become flayed and the brush itself has almost completely lost its shape, due to this, its almost impossible to use this to blend out your20150315_152358 crease work, since it is now much too large.

Thirdly, it sheds, maybe not that much, but for the price that I paid for it ($37), I’d certainly expect it not to shed.  In comparison to brushes such as my Sigma brushes which retailed for less than $10’s each, they’re a huge let down, since I’ve owned my Sigma brushes for far longer than this mac brush and they have not lost their shape or shedded.

Lastly, if you were considering purchasing a brush such as the Mac 217, do not fear, there are MANY other crease blending brushes that do the same job for a much smaller price.  The best find I’ve come across is the L&Y 217 blending brush, it reta20150315_152401ils for just under $7, the bristles are much softer, although still firm enough to blend out your shadow, it doesn’t shed and hasn’t lost any shape.