I've been desperately waiting for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette to come back in stock, but it seems like it's going to take them longer that expected to restock so I've settled on their recent release - collaboration with the makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic for the Master Palette by Mario. I remember seeing photos of their first color schemes quite some time ago and since I really like the naturally enhanced looks he does I've been intrigued from the start.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario comes in sturdy and slim cardboard packaging. The outside is black (which I suspect will get dirty from fingerprints quickly) and golden font details. There is a nicely sized mirror inside, when you open the palette, as well as a double ended brush, which I ended up using a lot and quite like. Inside the palette there are 12 eyeshadows, 3 matte and 9 shimmers. I appreciate that it doesn't come with a (useless) black eyeshadow, but do miss a lighter highlighter shade, instead of the several mid-toned ones. The palette is perfect for simple everyday looks as well as full on glam and the fact that it also includes an olive green and navy eyeshadow makes it a lot more versatile.
Closer look at the brush:
I've only tried one other eyeshadow palette from Anastasia before and I feel like the eyeshadows in this palette are quite comparable – they are all well pigmented, blend effortlessly but are a touch powdery and most have some kick-up in the pan. I tap the brush gently before taking it to the eyes and I've never noticed any fallout, even with the darker shades. I've tested their wear over the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and they always lasted for the entire day without noticeable fading or creasing.
Hollywood is a medium warm gold with a soft satin/shimmery finish.
NYC is a warm chocolate brown with a satin finish.
Kim is a warm orangey tan shade with golden shimmer particles.
Muse is a coppery brown with a satin finish.
Marina is a warm champagne with a metallic finish.
Claudia is a muted slate (greyish-blue) with fine micro-shimmer over a matte base. Although beautiful this is the least well performing shade in the palette and is not as well pigmented as the rest and also has a tendency to sheer out on the skin with blending, so it requires more building up.
Lula is a soft neutral taupe brown with a matte finish.
Isabel is a burnt orange with a matte finish.
Violeta is a warm leaning deep chocolate brown with a matte finish.
5th Ave is a pale yellow gold with a metallic finish.
Bronx is an olive green with a shimmery finish.
Paris is a warm coppery bronzed brown with a satin finish.
Three quick looks, so you can see how the shadows perform on the eyes:
1. Kim on the lid, Lula in the crease, NYC & Violeta outer corner, Hollywood inner corner; lower lash line: Lula, Isabel, Violeta, 5th Ave; Essence Big Bright Eyes Jumbo Pencil on the waterline; Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on the lashes.
2. Marina on the lid lid, Lula in the crease, Bronx used as liner and on the lower lash line, 5th Ave in the inner corner; Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on the lashes.
3. Claudia on the lid lid, Lula in the crease, Violeta in the outer corner with 5th Ave in the inner corner; Isabel & Claudia used on the lower lashline; Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on the lashes (the camera made this look a bit sloppy but it actually looked much better in real life).
My palette addiction has been somewhat under control and this is a welcome addition, although some might consider it a boring neutrals palette. I think it is a perfect palette for fall or year round – since I love wearing warm toned eyeshadows. The price of this palette is a little higher than the rest of palette with a comparable amount of product Anastasia Beverly Hills has released so far, but the quality is still excellent for the price, so I didn't mind that aspect as much.