Anastasia Mario Palette Review
Anyone who has been reading my blog for any amount of time will know that I have a real thing for eyeshadow palettes. I’m always excited when a new palette is about to launch but this palette was something else. As you all know Anastasia is one of my favourite makeup brands so when I heard she was collaborating with “Makeup by Mario” to create an eyeshadow palette I was squealing with anticipation. For those living under a makeup rock Mario is a celebrity makeup artist best known for working with the Kardashians. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Kim K fan there is no denying that she and her family (and Mario) have had an enormous influence on the beauty industry in recent years. As you can imagine I had really high hopes for these shadows.
When the palette was released I hot-footed it to my nearest Sephora to check it out. I must admit I was a little underwhelmed. I feel like I say this a lot, but I think often I let my expectations become a little unrealistic, so that when I finally get my hands on a much longed for product I usually end up disappointed. This definitely seemed to be the case here because there is absolutely nothing wrong with this palette. It just struck me as a little “meh”. The colours didn’t excite me in the same way that the modern renaissance palette did, which I think is what disappointed me the most. I love neutrals, but this palette is almost too neutral for me. Does that sound ridiculous? Perhaps I just own too many shadows in similar shades.
My other little niggle with the palette is the matte to shimmer ratio, three mattes to a whopping 9 shimmers. I would have liked to see one darker matte shade and one lighter. The shimmer shades “Hollywood”, “Paris” and “5th Ave” are all quite similar so I’d happily get rid of two of them to make room for a matte black/brown/burgundy and a matte fleshy bone colour. I think then you’d have the perfect colour range and wouldn’t need to use anything other than the shades in the palette to create multiple looks.
Having said all of that I certainly didn’t dislike the palette! I knew the formula would be top notch because the Anastasia shadows are always beautifully pigmented and gorgeously blendable, and this is no exception. They are dreamy to work with. The shades are also extremely wearable which is a big plus for most people, there is nothing I hate more than having one shadow in a palette that you just don’t touch. There isn’t a colour in there that I wouldn’t use. You can create plenty of different looks for day and night using these shadows, which makes it a great palette to travel with.
I decided to pass on purchasing the palette, mainly because it didn’t “spark joy” in the same way other palettes have in the past. Luckily for me though my sister DID purchase the palette so she let me have a little play with it. I used it to create this very dramatic arab inspired look on her:
I’d give this palette a 9/10. I think it is a fantastic way to build your collection if you don’t own a lot of high quality shadows. I already own 2 of the naked palettes and countless other nude shadows so it wasn’t needed, but if you don’t then this is great. The shadows themselves are incredibly buttery and easy to use. If you’ve not tried Anastasia shadows before then you really must.
Let me know if any of you have tried it and whether you also felt a little underwhelmed. Thanks for reading!