Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow

Anastasia Eyeshadow

Life with a toddler has definitely kept me busy. Despite my new permanent state of exhaustion, I’m still clinging to my love of makeup. I find myself doing easy neutral looks more these days because it’s all my foggy brain can handle at the moment. The creativity/brainpower to come up with an eye look using… idk…a bright yellow eyeshadow does not exist now. If you’re a lover of great neutral shades, give Anastasia a peek.

I use and love Anastasia’s brow products, but I’m just now trying out their eyeshadows. I can only speak to the shimmer/metallic shades, but they are richly pigmented with great texture and blendability. The line isn’t 100% neutral. There are splashes of color, but they are somewhat muted. Despite leaning neutral, the majority of the line has a metallic finish, so these definitely aren’t boring. I don’t experience any fading or creasing; however, I always use a primer. What is also nice is the shadows come in pan form for $12 (0.06oz). You get Urban Decay/Makeup Forever quality for a cheaper price.

  1. Topaz is described as a bronze gold with a satin finish. On me, it is a medium brown.
  2. Chocolate Crumble is described as a titanium (metallic) smoky amethyst. On my skin, it is a pinky brown.
  3. Penny Metal is described as a metallic light copper. On me, it is more of a yellow gold.
  4. Henna is described as a titanium copper brown. On me, it is a vibrant red copper.
  5. Rose is a metallic pink.
  6. Emerald is a metallic forest green.
  7. Victorian is described as antique silver. On me, it looks like grey taupe.
  8. Chiffon is described as a titanium antique gold. On my complexion, it is an olive brown.
  9. Pink Champagne is a metallic pinky-beige.
  10. Brownie is a titanium gold-flecked brown.
  11. Amber is described as a multi-dimensional gold with a satin finish. On my skin, it is a pale gold.

Make Up Forever Empty Magnetic Palette

MUFE Empty Palette small

Exclusive to Sephora’s website, Make Up Forever offers various sizes of its empty magnetic palettes. Their large magnetic palettes (once only available via their stores) have been a long favorite of mine. I store all of my depotted shadows in the original large palettes, but don’t travel with them. The new smaller sizes piqued my interest as the small Z-Palettes I have and travel with daily are beginning to wear down.

The smaller sizes are just as sturdy as the original with regard to how it’s constructed. Though, it’s not without differences. The smaller sizes are thicker than the original (see the picture below), but this extra width is to hold the added foam in the new palette. There is a layer of foam underneath the magnet and a foam pad to place on top of the shadows for protection. The extra width also makes the palette easier to open, which was an issue with the original palette.

The 3.3 inch size holds four Make Up Forever pans (nine Mac/Urban Decay size shadows) and the 5.7 inch size holds twelve Make Up Forever pans (twenty Mac/Urban Decay size shadows); each are priced at $14. As this palette is exclusive to Sephora and online only, it’s often out of stock. I suggest signing up to receive an email if you’re interested in purchasing the palettes.

Top: Sephora exclusive Bottom: Original

Top: Sephora exclusive
Bottom: Original

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Spring 2016


Fyrinnae’s most creative shadows are their Arcane Magic that changes color depending on the lighting and angle. I adore them. So, I was excited to try the newest Arcane’s that have a soft matte base. These shadows looked fantastic when viewing Fyrinnae’s swatches on their website, specifically the Gif. The shades look deep and rich with strong color shifts, per the Gif, but this is not what I saw when these arrived. Sadly, as a collection, these shades were disappointing.

DSC_1191 Fyrinnae Spring 2016

These shadows are simply unimpressive for an Arcane Magic release. Fyrinnae has released Arcane’s that will look like two distinct beautiful shades in one product, so the bar I’m grading these against is pretty high. I struggled to see the color change in some of these and others are color schemes that have been done many times before. The swatches on Fyrinnae’s website was done on a lighter skin tone. Perhaps my brown skin and the matte base colors of these do not play well with each other. I swatched these on top of Nars’ primer (above) and Fyrinnae’s Pixy Epoxy (here) didn’t get a better result.

1) Intergalactic Bookstore – is described as a brown matte with reddish-pink to green shimmer.  The matte base is a cool, ashy brown with a lot of shimmer. To my eye, the pink shimmer changes to gold. I don’t see the green as described.

2) Aphrodite’s Evening Gown – is described as a dark purple base with a satin finish and blue violet to pinkish red shimmer. To me, this shade changes from a red-purple to a blue-purple, but it isn’t a dramatic difference. The shimmer is very fine lending to the satin finish. The color reminds me of a discontinued Fyrinnae shade called Nevermore, which was not an Arcane.

3) Wild Imagination – is described as a dark peach matte base with golden green to turquoise blue shimmer. I didn’t see a color change to this shade at all, despite the many angles I tried. When I first saw the shade in the pot, I knew it was not going to resemble Fyrinnae’s Gif or arm swatch. If this were marketed as a regular peach shade with green shimmer, great. That is what it is. An Arcane Magic it’s not. If I have to do a handstand at a nightclub to see the color change, it’s pretty pointless.

4) Diamonds From Mars – Is a neutral pink matte with coppery-red shimmer which shifts to yellow-green. The minute copper shimmer makes this pink warm than neutral as Fyrinnae described. As with Wild Imagination, I don’t see the color change at all.

5) Prismatic Thunderstorm – Is described as a burgundy wine base with lime green to blue to purple shimmer. I don’t see the purple, but I do see the switch between green and blue. This type of shade whether it’s the blue or green shimmer has been done before (Mac’s Blue Brown pigment, Mac Club, Urban Decay Lounge, Makeup Forever Peacock / ME 302 and Ardency Inn Peacock).