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Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario [Swatches + Review] by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Oct 13, 2016

When the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario was teased earlier this year, it instantly became one of the most anticipated eyeshadow palettes of 2016. After all, who doesn't want an eyeshadow palette worthy of belonging in Kim Kardashian's makeup artist kit? The famed artist, Mario Dedivanovic even named a shade in the palette after Kim for crying out loud! Obviously, we had to get in on this. Read on for more photos, swatches and thoughts:


Product information from Sephora:

"What it is:
A special-edition eye shadow collection created with celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.

What it does:
This palette features twelve neutral and jewel-toned shades in a range of matte to metallic finishes. The new rich, highly pigmented formula ensures bold color, while the included double-ended shadow brush provides easy application. The convenient mirrored compact slides easily into a bag for on-the-go application."



The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario houses 12 brand new eye shadow shades (.7g/.02 oz each) and features a mirror, double-ended eyeshadow brush and magnetic closure. Compared to previous Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette releases, this one is relatively smaller and measures to be about 6 x 3 in. The compact size and the included brush makes it travel-friendly. The packaging is quite sturdy and I don't have any major complaints. I just wish that the fluffy crease brush-end of the brush didn't shed as much as it does. I generally love the included brush in Anastasia palettes but for some reason, the Master Palette by Mario brush falls a little short. If you're a person to ignore included brushes, then this doesn't concern you.

A Closer Look:


The official shade descriptions according to

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

These descriptions are more or less on point. Some finger swatches in natural daylight on bare skin (in above order):

Indoor Flash:

All shades feature a very dense, smooth, soft texture that is borderline creamy to the touch. When you dip your finger into a pan, you can leave behind a mark that you would only expect to see from a cream eyeshadow. All shadows are incredibly easy to build and blend.

In Action

Here I am with Lula in the crease, Kim on the lid and 5th Ave in the center of my eyelid for an extra pop:




On primed lids, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario eye shadows will last you all day long without creasing. I can't say much to the performance of the shadows over an unprimed lid but the pigmentation really comes through without primer in my finger swatches. Fall out and kick-up are quite minimal (and really inevitable for all non-cream eyeshadow.) The shadows are all easy to blend and build and boast an above average pigmentation.

The selection and diversity of shades are very on-trend and remind me a lot of what celebrities wear that can easily translate to everyday life. The variety of finishes is also quite fair although I feel like another matte shade could've been added. At the same time, I also wouldn't want to sacrifice a current shade for another matte shade. If you're a person who tends to gravitate towards neutral and jewel-toned shades, I highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario. Grab it soon too, this baby is limited edition!

Availability: Sephora, Macys, Ulta, $45

Disclaimer: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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