EYE SHADOW

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Back to the topic of the day, I had been eyeing on this super popular  Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette (aka the world’s most wanted palette!) which had been sold out for a very long time – yep I was one of those girls who stopped by the counter and drooled over the buttery texture and the gorgeous color combination with the tester on display. I am so glad that it finally came back in stock so I snatched one up at lightning speed! It took me a while to dip my fingers into the beautiful eye shadows. They completely lived up to my expectations as they apply flawlessly and every single shade is flattering and easy to wear for every day.

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The palette is housed in a plush dusty pink velvet case, and retails for AUD$75/USD$42 (available here in Australia but it’s not in stock yet) which comes in 14 shades. I personally think it is very reasonably priced as it equates to only $5 per eye shadow for such high quality! The color theme of the palette is wearable all year round, as there is a good balance between the warm and cool tones shades. What I love about this palette is that it offers an abundant choice of the most flattering neutral colors from ivory, light brown to taupes in different finishes varying from matte to shimmer.  The pop of a few berry shades makes it more interesting and gives the palette an edge. Unlike the blues and greens, I always find that a touch of plummy red mixed with other neutral colors really compliments my brown eyes and skin tone.

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All of the eye shadows feel buttery soft and silky smooth to apply without any fallout, and they all have good pigmentation and blend nicely even for the matte shades.

Closer look at the colors

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Shade Description

  • Tempera: velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Golden Ochre: earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Vermeer: iridescent shell with a metallic finish.
  • Buon Fresco: antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish:
  • Antique Bronze: metallic sable with a satin finish.
  • Love Letter: raspberry with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Cyprus Umber: dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Raw Sienna: neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Burnt Orange: deep orange with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Primavera: shimmery gold with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Red Ochre: sienna with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Venetian Red: crimson with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Warm Taupe: earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish.
  • Realgar: brick with an ultra-matte finish.

I break the swatches into 2 parts. Part 1 features the 6 eye shadow colors on the left, and part 2 features the 8 colors on the right. All of the colors are swatched with 1 swipe only!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette is currently available here and here with free worldwide shipping. Get it fast before it’s gone again!

 

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The most anticipated collection of Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palettes has finally landed in Australia. Being his loyal fan, I bought both colors on a whim. The cool palette was purchased in Neiman Marcus while I was in the US, and the warm palette was recently purchased back home. Both palettes are still available online in the US, and they are also available online in Australia but the trick is to select ‘store pickup from a store where it has Tom Ford’ otherwise it shows ‘out of stock’ if you choose for home delivery.

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I struggle to find words to describe how stunning these two palettes are. As usual, they are on the expensive side, but my justification is that you get a lot of products in one palette (4 eyeshadows, 1 blush, and 1 highlighter in the finest buttery texture) so it is not too bad given how pricey of each individual product is from the brand. The signature limited edition packaging of the glossy white packaging case with golden trim is also to-die-for and it looks and feels even better in real life.

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Both palettes contain beautiful neutral colors that I would wear every day, and there is not a single color that I do not like. To me, Tom ford is one of the very few brands that offer many colors in a palette in such a complementary harmony but are not too boring nor too over the top. Apart from the colors, the difference between the two palettes is that the cool has 2 sparkly and 2 satin eyeshadows, whereas the warm has only 1 sparkly and 3 satin eye colors. So if you are not too big on sparkly, I would suggest to go for the warm palette.

Closer look at the Cool Palette

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Color Description:

1. Cool medium pink blush

2. Sparkly peachy pink

3. Sparkly lavender

4. Satin true taupe

5. Satin dark chocolate brown with a plummy undertone

6. Pale peachy pink highlighter with shimmer (amazing texture)

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1. Medium Coral blush

2. Satin gold

3. Sparkly golden brown taupe – one the most beautiful sparkly colors I’ve ever come across!

4. Satin medium brown taupe with bronze undertone

5. Satin dark brown

6. Pale shimmery ivory champagne highlighter with the most buttery texture for a highlighter

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Bottom Line: Save your money from mediocre products! These palettes will make your heart sing!

 

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