I have been wanting to pick up an eye shadow palette that had a few colors in it to try to help me break out of my somewhat neutral comfort zone. I have been looking at the Anastasia Artist Palette for quite a while thinking that it had a nice mix of a couple neutral blending shades and quite a few pops of color. I had swatched it at Sephora a few times but it felt gritty and didn't seem very pigmented at all. I had also seen a few YouTube video reviews of the palette and they were very mixed. When I went to order the Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette set and it was no longer available to Canadians my sister suggested I go ahead and get the Anastasia one. I thought 'why not, if I don't like it I can always return it'.
The Anastasia Artist Palette contains 12 eye shadows and is at Sephora for $39 CAD + tax. You get a variety of shadows from velvet to matte to shimmer as well as a double ended eye shadow brush.
The colors in the palette are:
- Dusty Rose - matte mauve
- Aubergine - velvet eggplant
- Anaconda - shimmery green
- Punch Fuschia - velvet bright purple
- Buttery - velvet soft yellow
- Blue Velvet - velvet navy
- Coal - matte black
- Unicorn - shimmery periwinkle
- Phresh - matte bright yellow
- Baby I'm A Star - sparkling brown
- Orange You Fancy - shimmery orange
- Beigely - shimmery beige
The above pictures are swatches of the 12 shadows in order from left to right, top to bottom,in natural light. (Dusty Rose, Aubergine, Anaconda, Punch Fuschia, Buttery, Blue Velvet, Coal, Unicorn, Phresh, Baby I'm A Star, Orange You Fancy and Beigely)
I found most of the shadows swatched pretty good, Blue Velvet and Coal were somewhat dry and a bit patchy. To me the descriptions were fairly accurate except for Punch Fuschia, I found that shade was more of a duo chrome with more of a pink-y purple shift. The colors that I was most drawn to besides the neutrals are Anaconda, Punch Fuschia, Phresh, Orange You Fancy and Beigely. Buttery will make a nice base shade, Dusty Rose a great transition shade and Beigely for an inner corner highlight.
I will give you my opinion on this palette in a few weeks once I have had a chance to try out the shades to see how they wear and apply.