If I look back at past decades, I have to say that the 70s are one of my favourite eras. Farrah Fawcett, Bianca Jagger, Ali Macgraw – there was no shortage of style icons. So when I saw that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday 2012 collections were inspired by the iconic era, I was in love! I am pleased to introduce you to the first review of the holiday collection, the Want Me To Want You kit.
First of all, photos cannot do justice as to the beauty of this eyeshadow palette. The palette is a collection of nine supremely pigmented shimmery and matte shades, all housed in a mirrored rich black velvet case. The kit also includes a black liquid eye liner, a clear brow gel and a double-sided eye shadow brush. All these goodies pack up nicely in another black velvet clutch with magnetic closure.
The shades are gorgeous (and somewhat reminiscent of my beloved Urban Decay Naked palette). The shades included are (from top left to right), Platform Wedge, Front Row Center and Ziggy. In the middle row (from left to right), Members Only, Power Ballad and Jellies. And finally the bottom row (you guessed it, from left to right), Graphic T’s, Brass in Pocket and Iron On. Aside from the fun names given to these shadows, the shades are so versatile. I’ve created amazing nighttime looks using three or four colours, but have also swept one shade across my lid for a simple daytime look. Plus, they stay beautiful all day long, even on days when I forgot to apply my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Want to hear something else that’s fun? These shadows can be worn dry for a sheer wash of colour, or wet for a more bold metallic finish (or even as eyeliner). Here they are in the same order as I mentioned above swatched dry.
The black liquid liner is easy to use (assuming you have experience in applying liquid liner) and glides on smoothly to create that perfect winged look. I adore how it goes on in a thin line which makes it easy to build up for a more dramatic look. The clear brow gel sets brows in place without turning flaky or crunchy.
The verdict? I love this palette! I’ve been wearing these shades every day since I received the palette. It’s the perfect mix of neutrals and purples (perfect for green eye gals like me), matte and shimmer. The pigmentation is incredible and each shadow swipes on easily with very minimal fallout. From the endless possibility of looks I can create with it, to the crease-free (I’m not kidding) long-lasting formula, it may have very well become my favourite palette in my collection!
I would like to say a big thank you to the fabulous people at The Confluence and Anastasia Beverly Hills for sending me these products for review. On another note, can you believe we are already talking about the holidays!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me kit is available for $44 (CAD) at Sephora stores and online.
(All photos are my own and not to be used without permission)