Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Anastasia Want You to Want Me Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches, Review, and Photos

I already knew Anastasia was well known for their brow products plus their lip products were formidable, but I had never tried their eyeshadows before so I was curious to see how they performed. In time for the Holiday season, this is their Want You to Want Me Kit that comes with nine eyeshadows, a mini liquid eyeliner, mini brow gel, and dual sided eyeshadow brush all packaged up in a velvety case with a magnetic clasp. 

(Can I just say that I couldn't help but think of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You and the "I Want You to Want Me" Cover by by Letters to Cleo when I saw the name of the kit?)

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Product Description: 

"Kit styled like a clutch and features a removable eye shadow palette for a takeaway touch-up wherever your night takes you. Nine long-wearing eye shadows create a range of looks from neutral to dramatic to smokey.  Velvety smooth matte and hydrating Illumin8 shimmery shades keep eyes looking glam and crease-free. High-pigment shadows can be worn dry for a sheer wash of color. Wear wet to transform shadow into liner or for a bold metallic finish. Dual-sided eye shadow brush included. Jet black liquid eye liner creates the perfect thin line for a dramatic eye. Mini Clear Brow Gel sets brows in place all day and night."

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Packaging: The entire set is housed within a luxe velvet box with metallic accents, a magnetic clasp, and a mirrored top. The inside of the set has a place for the brush, liquid liner, and brow gel with the eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadow palette itself has a mirror so it's pretty handy when you want to travel with it. To get nitpicky, I do wish the names of the eyeshadows were listed on the eyeshadow palette and not within the packaging of the set but since these don't seem to be sold individually (Which is a shame for some of the eyeshadows), it's not a big deal.

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Where to purchase: Sephora*, Nordstrom*, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Cruelty Free? They are cruelty free.

Price: $34.00 for $90.00 worth of product. You get nine .025 oz eyeshadows (.225 oz total which is about 1/2 the size of eyeshadows from brands like Urban Decay and MAC), The mini brow gel is valued at $9.00 but since they don't offer most of the set separately, it was hard to gauge the actual value of each product. 

My Thoughts on the Formula/Wear Time: 

For the most part, the eyeshadows performed well. There were a few that I thought were a little dry but they made up with good pigmentation on the skin. There was only one eyeshadow that I didn't like at all.

First row: Platform Wedges,  Front Row Center, Ziggy
Second row: Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies
Third row: Graphic T's, Brass in the Pocket, Iron On

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Swatches ahead! All were taken in natural daylight over a primer. I swatched from top row, left to right then each row down.

Anastasia Platform Wedge

Platform Beige is a beautifully smooth matte pink toned bone beige. I love it and it's the perfect browbone highlight.

Anastasia Front Row Center

Front Row Center is a light shimmery beige with slight glitter. I wasn't able to capture the slightly orange tone on camera though. There was some fallout from the glitter so you have to be a wee bit careful.

Anastasia Ziggy

Ziggy is a light purple reminiscent of grape soda. I'll admit, I was hoping for a little more pigmentation from this but the description does say that they can be worn dry for a sheer wash. Compared to the smoothness of the rest of the shadows, this felt dry and required lots of packing on (in the swatch I just swept it on)

Anastasia Members Only

Members Only is a super smooth and not powdery medium brown. This is like Naked in the Urban Decay Naked Palette but with much better pigmentation and smoothness. I know it's a little difficult to see since it's similar to my skin tone, but this also means it works great to neutralize my eyelids if they're discolored. 

Anastasia Power Ballad

Power Ballad is a shimmery champagne brown. The softness of this eyeshadow, it really reminded me of Urban Decay shadows. Loved the formula and the color.

Anastasia Jellies

Jellies is a light shimmery pink. This was just okay for me, not too soft but definitely not dry like Ziggy was for me.

Anastasia Graphic T's

Graphic T's is a dark brown with just some hints of olive green. I think dark brown or black based eyeshadows can be a little dry and this was not exception. This did have good pigmentation to make up for that.

Anastasia Brass in Pocket

Brass in Pocket is a metallic brassy eyeshadow. Loved this and its pigmentation, so easy to apply and the finish is amazing.

Anastasia Iron On

Iron On is a black based purple with purple sparkle. Like I said about Graphic T's, it was a little dry but the pigmentation was so much better than Graphic T's. I wasn't able to capture the purple sparkle on camera but I would recommend patting the eyeshadow on to keep the sparkles.

Oh and the palette comes with a dual ended brush but I thought it was just okay. One side is like an eyeshadow paddle brush which I thought was a little too floppy and the other side was a defined crease brush that I really did like.

Liquid Eye Liner in Jet:

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Jet is a deep rich black that dries matte.

I gotta be honest and say I don't like this. The biggest reason is personal preference-based; it has a brush tip that's a little too long and flexible for my liking. Unfortunately the line will smudge if you run your finger over it (even when it's dry) and it runs at the sight of water. The positive thing I can say is that I like the matte finish but it's not a flexible line and can crack with movement. It works fine for doing a regular line on your top lid (you can get a thin line like it says in the product description).

Clear Brow Gel:


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Having previously used clear mascara as a stand-in for brow gel, I was curious to see how an actual brow gel performed. This does do a great job at keeping my brows on all day but I did note that my brows felt a little stiff after it dried. 

Would I recommend?

For $34.00, I think it's a great way to try out a few of the samplings from the brand at an economical price. I was hoping to like the liquid eyeliner but the nine eyeshadows (if I had to pick, I'd say I liked eight of them, Ziggy was not my cup of tea), the super duper luxe velvet carrying case and the brow gel make it worth it. I would like to see them sell Members Only separately because it was one of my favorite eyeshadows from the palette.

Disclaimer: I received this product for review from the brand. All opinions are my own. The links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links that give me a commission based off your use of the link when you purchase the product and helps support the blog!

9 comments:

  1. Great review! I did notice the brow gel made my brows kinda hard too.

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    1. Yeah I didn't like that semistiff/crunchy feeling, I was hoping my brows would be softer

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  2. Great review! Some of the eyeshadows are similar to ones I already have, but others are really pretty!

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    1. Yeah they're not too unique especially since they're neutrals but they're still nice!

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  3. wow, you pictures are to die for. Terrific review.

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  4. This is LOVELY! Great shadows, lovely gift set.

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  5. Love the swatches, thanks for sharing! Did you know you could make all your photos into one huge photo collage, the free site is called PicMonkey, check out my Blog and see my collages, it makes the post so neat and compact.

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    1. Oooh I'll have to check them out, thanks for the recommendation!

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