The Palette I Can't Stop Using


    Ok I admit, I'm late to the Anastasia train. Other than the brands eyebrow products, I "meh-d" and maybe even gave a slight shoulder shrug to the other beauty bits she was offering. Then the Self Made Palette was released and the game was changed. Here's the confusing part. This palette isn't even something I would normally go far. The surprising pops of color. The fact that it only has two matte shades. It's completely opposite of what I usually would buy and that's why it is perfect! It switches things up and inspires me to be creative and try looks I wouldn't normally go for. The Deep Purple shade that I was terrified to use...ended up being one of my favorite colors in the palette..and I use it all the time. I know...who am I?
    Aside from the amazing selection of colors lets talk details. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette retails for $35. It's pretty much sold out everywhere but I found it online here...thank me later. You get 14 shades and the pans are pretty small but there is a decent amount in there. The packaging is the best packaging that I have seen from Anastasia. Sleek and black...thats all I ask for. The mirror is great and I love that I can fold the front flap all the way under. The dual brush inside is O...K, the blending side is a little loosely packed and uneven for my taste, but the synthetic flat shader side is nice for packing on pigment or wet shadow.
    As you can tell, this palette is well loved and I was going to go through my favorite shades...but..I love them all. So let's just run down the formula. Usually in a palette there's the question mark shade. The how did you make it this far shade. The one that has pigmentation issues and is the worst to blend out. Nope, not here. Every single shade is buttery, pigmented, and blends beautifully. Another concern of mine was the lack of matte shadows. In every eye look, unless its just a one shader all over the lid, I have to have a matte crease/transition color. Have to. I know a lot of people love shimmer in the crease and it looks beautiful on them...on Hot Chocolate is a beautiful shade, but a little too deep for the crease area, therefore I have been getting some use out of my MAC eyeshadows. Swiss Chocolate, Texture, Saddle have been great shades to compliment with this palette. It's about that time for Anastasia to release another eye palette...and I'm ready.


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