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Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario [Swatches + Review] by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Oct 13, 2016
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 Sephora.com:
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):
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.
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!
Disclaimer: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.