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Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario and Stick Foundation

October 13, 2016
Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario and Stick Foundation

My love for Anastasia Beverly Hills continues with two new launches in the Master Palette by Mario ($45 for .7g/0.2 oz x 12 shadows) and Stick Foundation in Warm Natural and Golden ($25 for 9 g/0.32 oz). I bought all three from Sephora – the palette is something I ordered sight unseen. For the foundation I spent some time in store swatching colors but they did not have all the testers or colors for sale. Luckily they had the colors that matched my skintone range so I was able to find something that matched. For a line that I feel is very much on the trendy side I’ve been fortunate to find some really great products that are still suitable for my conservative makeup taste. Pigment and formulas are versatile, rich in pigmented and shimmer, but still easy to blend out for a less sharp look. As much as I love new makeup trends I will not bake my face, strobe heavily, use the heavy contour method or have my highlighter “on fleek” as the young ones say these days. So for my fellow conservative makeup lovers – I think you might be able to find some really good products that are easy to wear even if you feel like you’re not the trendy type.

Up first is the Master Palette by Mario. This is the first eyeshadow palette I’ve bought from Anastasia Beverly Hills. After a few years of accumulating several palettes in my early days of makeup exploration I found many sat unused in my makeup drawers if I did not love all the colors. So I made myself a self-imposed rule that if there were 2-3 shades I did not like I told myself “don’t buy it.” I did try to stick with it and for quite a few years I was able to resist a lot of palettes. In recent years palettes have been more tempting and my resolve weakened. In this case there were 2 shades I didn’t really like which included the olive and navy teal – but seeing swatches online made me decide to cave and I’m glad I did.

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario review

This is one of the more trendy palettes I own. The shimmer is noticeable and on the scale of shimmer intensity I would say it’s pretty high but I can still wear all the colors. The pigment is medium but buildable to full coverage. There are a few matte shades which also have excellent coverage. The shades are easy to blend and layer. Texture is soft so there is some fallout when applying on the eyes but I have yet to find a powder shadow that doesn’t have some level of fall out. Once on the eyes the colors stay put – no smudging, fading or creeping. I like that they apply well with or without a base (at least for me).

Colors include:

  • Hollywood is a pale shimmery gold
  • NYC is a warm coppery bronze shimmer
    Kim is a warm tan shimmer with orange tones
  • Muse is a reddish pink shimmer
  • Marina is a shimmering champagne mauve
  • Claudia is a deep greyed navy shimmer
  • Lula is a matte cool brown
  • Isabel is a matte burnt orange
  • Violeta is a warm deep brown
  • 5th Ave is a shimmering pale frosted gold
  • Bronx is a shimmering olive
  • Paris is a shimmering bronze
In terms of how to wear this palette I often get overwhelmed with this many options – but I really like this one. I’ve tried every single color in combinations of 3-4 shades and every time the look is just really pretty. Unfortunately I don’t have any eye looks for you as I’m still trying to figure out how to photograph warm shades on the eyes.

The brush is easy to use and the shape is good for blending and lid application – quality isn’t the best as I feel it’s not as soft as I’m used to, but it’s functional and works.

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario review

A few more close ups:

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario review

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Swatches

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Swatches
Next up are the Stick Foundations. These offer medium-full to full coverage. Picking a color was a bit tricky in store as there is a wide range and they aren’t displayed in sequential order. There are handy face photos with models to help narrow down your shade. My exact match is Warm Natural but with full coverage foundations often times an exact match can make the face look a bit flat. I picked up Golden as well which matches my tanned body so I use two shades and blend.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Warm Natural and Golden - The Beauty Look Book

I would say the finish pulls more on the matte side and for me – I don’t like matte finish foundations because I find they emphasize fine lines and crevices. Especially around the mouth where lines form when you smile – full coverage mattes tend to creep into those lines and age my face. The one from Anastasia Beverly Hills does not emphasize lines but if you have dry skin or skin that tends to pull dry you will probably find it too drying for all over the face. I think it still can be used for extra coverage if you like to layer foundations. To date my favorite foundation stick is still the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (review soon but you can see it in action on my face in this post here).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Warm Natural and Golden swatched

Foundation Stick Swatches Lancome, Make Up For Ever, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hourglass, Tom Ford
Shown above:
To find your match if you’re looking online or want to know where to start I recommend visiting their Stick Foundation Pinterest Page where they have lots of swatches, face charts and more. Here are a few that helped me. Based on these my best guess was Natural, Warm Natural and Golden and I think it was pretty accurate:

One last look:

The Beauty Look Book - Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario and Stick Foundation
Bottom line winners in my book and even though some of you have pointed out the line is overpriced as items are made in China, I still find quality and performance to be quite good. I’ve found them priced reasonably although many of you may be correct in your assessment that they are priced higher than they should be considering where the product is made. I still find what I’ve tried to be solid performers. Update: I took a closer look at the eyeshadow palette, shadows are made in USA and brush is made in PRC. Foundation sticks say made in PRC.

For other reviews you can always click the tag/label at the bottom of each post to find other features. I’ll link the ones I’ve done below for reference.

I bought the Master Palette by Mario and Stick Foundation at Sephora. You can also find the line at Ulta Beauty, Macy’s and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

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  • Lea

    I purchased the Mario palette sight unseen as well, but in person it was so much warmer than the press photos show. Between my dark hair and fair cool skin, I just waffled over whether I truly liked the shades and if they'd really work for me. The indecision made me realize that I wasn't in love with it overall, so back it went – unswatched for someone it will work much better on. I work by your strategy as well; if there are 3 or more shades that I can't envision ever touching, I skip the palette – which is explains why most of my shadows are quads, singles and self-curated palettes. I'm in the process of making my own version of the Modern Renaissance palette out of singles to have a cool variation on it (without the oranges!)

  • I am really intrigued by this foundation, I love how it offers medium to full coverage. Might have to pick this up in Sephora in a few weeks.

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  • This palette doesn't intrigue me at all. It looks like a variation of all my other neutral palettes. HOWEVER, I am excitedly waiting on the M R palette to arrive (hopefully) tomorrow, and I really need to get to a Sephora to swatch the foundation sticks.

  • I really want to try that palette! I'm always in love with Anastasia eyeshadows!

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    Cami
    angelbeautyy.wordpress.com

  • ame

    The palette is backupworthy. God is it amazing.

    But I don't think the actual shadows are made in China–mine says Italy.

  • the shadows look absolutely stunning!

    Abigail Alice x

  • I have almost stopped buying palettes too. I usually have noticed that I tend to use only my fav shades in a palette and all the other shades lie untouched. So I stopped buying palettes. I will max buy quads and quints maybe. But that's it. I must admit that the hype surrounding this palette makes me want to buy it (I live in France so it's going to be much more of a pain for me to procure it) but I have been resisting it well, I think. Great review though, as always.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina! Just wanted to say I love reading your blogs! Also I'm wondering if you can do a good foundation roundup soon as I've yet to find my holy grail foundation. Like you I love the NARS tinted moisturizer but I always find myself in an oily mess only after a few hours of wear (I have dry skin though). Can't wait to see what your reccomedations are! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    This palette is beautiful. Hard to resist! Don't you find it similar to lorac pro palette?

  • These looks amazing I love the palette!

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  • Liz

    Loved this post!

  • I love your beauty blog !

  • I've always wanted to try out an Anastasia palette and I'm in love with the shades in this one! Maybe I'll have to splurge…

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  • that palette looks so dreamy! I really must try some anastasia products, they're always so hyped!

    whatevawears.blogspot.co.uk

  • I have to admit, these foundation sticks are probably the closest to Bobbi Brown's ones but I'd have to see for myself. I'll definitely check them out! Love your posts
    x