Anastasia Beverly Hills // Master Palette by Mario
I am so impressed with this palette. I love the colors, the formula, and even the little brush that comes with it. I was a little skeptical at first glance, thinking I probably couldn't pull together too many different looks. But after looking more closely, and playing around with it, I realized how versatile this palette is. With shades like Bronx, Claudia and NYC to add smokiness, I realized the options were aplenty.
For $45, you get 12 shades, a double-ended brush, and a mirror inside the cardboard packaging. The packaging is fine, nothing to write home about. I am, however, happy they didn't go with a velvet covering like the Modern Renaissance Palette which gets SO dirty.
There are three matte shades and nine shimmer shades. If I had to make one teensy tiny change to the palette, I would add a light matte shade for under the eyebrow or an allover dusting. I was determined to use only colors in this palette and I ended up applying Lula all over, which is the lightest matte shade. The look was fine, but very smokey. Hollywood is the lightest shade in the palette, but it's shimmery. So there are definitely no super subtle looks with this palette. Smokey, sensual, rich and warm looks are really all you'll get if you're light, light-medium skin toned... and who doesn't love that. If I'm going to pull out a palette to use, most likely I'm wanting a fairly dramatic look. I have plenty of single shadows to use for a simple one-swipe look.
I used Lula all over, 5th Ave on the center of the lid, Bronx at the outer corner and Hollywood under the brow and towards the inner corner.
I thought these blended out so beautifully with little effort. (I used the Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion as a base.)
Here are brush swatches on my arm with primer:
I am really loving this palette so hard at the moment. It took a palette like this to tear me away from the VB x Estee Lauder Eye Palette!