Wednesday, 28 September 2016

BUY OR PASS | ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MASTER PALETTE BY MARIO FIRST LOOK REVIEW AND SWATCHES


Mario Dedivanovic, better known as @makeupbymario on Instagram and Kim Kardashian West's go to glam man, has collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to make the Master Palette. All of social media has been buzzing about this palette, so I thought I would share my thoughts on it too. ABH eyeshadow palettes sell out fast and as a proud owner of the Modern Renaissance Palette ($42/£41) I can attest to the gorgeous quality of their palette shadows. They are worth every pretty penny. The Master Palette releases tomorrow on the ABH website and from what I have heard it is apparently a US exclusive palette. So will not be sold in UK retailers, I am sure if you try hard enough and are willing to part with some extra cash you will be able to get your hands on it wherever you may live. But. . .is it worth all that extra hassle? Let's take a closer look.


As expected, the palette contains 12 powder eyeshadows and they are all, for the most part, very neutral, wearable shades that would suit many skin tones. Judging by the photo above, my only concern is very pale people might struggle to wear some of these colours as the colour palate looks particularly suited to those with a tan/olive skin tone. Deeper skins may find a lot of these colours will disappear on their skin because of the thematic deep brown undertone that can be found in many of the shades, but this can easily be overcome by using a good eyeshadow primer/base


What I find is that individually none of these shadows really wow me, but, and I think Anastasia and her team excel at this, the combination of these colours in a single palette raise the attractiveness of the individual shadows. It's like an individual guy looks hotter in a group of fairly attractive boys than he would alone, I think Barney calls it the "cheerleader effect" in How I Met Your Mother (correct me if I am wrong). So although individually, the shadows, if broken down, are easily duped and I already know I have similar shades in my extensive shadow collection, you can't deny how convenient and lovely it is to have all of these gorgeous colours in one palette. One important con I think is that I like all of the shadows equally, usually with palettes similar to this there are a few shades that immediately stick out to me, but with this palette they all inspire the same mellow reaction. Depending on your viewpoint, this might be a pro or a con. For a die-hard eyeshadow lover, such as myself, I consider it a con, I think I would get bored if I am completely honest. 


In total, there are only 3 matte shades in this palette: Violeta (eggplant coloured matte), Isabel (my favourite of the 3, warm cinammon brown matte) and Lula (taupe brown/grey matte), I find this a tad disappointing. I would have liked more of a balance. The rest are shimmer, most, such as Paris, 5th Ave, Marina, Muse, Kim, NYC and Hollywood, are all in the shimmery gold/bronze/black family. Muse does have a beautiful rust tone and Marina looks very reflective, so would be gorgeous at catching light and adding shine. Out of all the shimmers Bronx and Claudia are by far the most interesting, to me. Bronx has a gorgeous olive appearance that will look so gorgeous on brown eyes and Claudia is the only shadow that looks even slightly odd in this line up, an almost teal shade. Again though, neither of these shadows are anything new so not too impressed. The names and colours are just too predictable for me. Overall, the palette looks okay and while I admit all the colours look stunning together as a palette and perhaps I am being unfair judging by photos alone but I don't think I'll be buying this palette. It's just too neutral for me. Do I think it is beautiful? Yes. Does it excite me? No. Will I wait for Makeup Revolution to come through with a dupe? Probably.

Thank you for reading my quasi-review and first impressions of this new palette. I am eager to hear what you guys think of it, so share your opinion below. Will you buy it? Do you have anything similar? Do you completely disagree with my assessment? Let me know. I am going to be in London this weekend but I should still be posting, hope you all have a great day. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin', it is the easiest way to stay up to date with my posts and makes me happy so please do follow if you want to. I really appreciate it. You can find my other social media below. Take care.

What do you think of the Master Palette, will you buy or pass?

Love 
Kiran

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27 comments

  1. Id probably buy this palette, they are all shades that I would use.

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think in person it is definitely more appealing, I don't think the pictures do it justice. So I can understand! Xx

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  2. I found the shades are very wearable for me Kiran. However, like u said it's a cheerleader effect and they all look attractive in a bunch and we might have similar shades already. I definitely don't like to pay customs so I might pass on this time. I know Mug has beautiful eyeshadows too.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Yeah so annoying that it's not going to be sold in UK retailers, they would definitely suit our skin and eyes xxx

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  3. I found the shades are very wearable for me Kiran. However, like u said it's a cheerleader effect and they all look attractive in a bunch and we might have similar shades already. I definitely don't like to pay customs so I might pass on this time. I know Mug has beautiful eyeshadows too.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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  4. This is a really pretty palette, but just like you, it didn't wow me. Although ABH eyeshadows are a m a z i n g quality, I think it's still going to be a pass for me!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. Honestly I am still so obsessed with the Modern Renaissance palette that I can't even deal with another one at this moment in time xxx

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  5. The swatches are so lovely!!!
    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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  6. I don't really know! The colors aren't that special, but those swatches <3 <3

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  7. This palette looks so beautiful! I love the style of makeup that Mario does but if it's not available in the UK I don't think I'll be going out of my way to snap it up from America!x

    Rebecca | Rebecca Olivia Capel

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  8. A lot of these shades are ones I would get a lot of use out of!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. Yeah they did a good job on the colour selection, a great neutral palette!

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  9. Wow, this palette is gorgeous! I love all those dark, bold shades, perfect for the cold seasons coming up.

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    1. Yeah definitely a gorgeous autumnal palette x

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  10. The shades are so beautiful but I don't think I will try this one. It is too much for me and I would probably use 2-3 shades only, which is a shame!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  11. I have my eyes on this palette! Yes, the shades are easily dupe but I will use all of them so that alone makes this palette worth it for me. I think it will be launched in Sephora Canada, fingers crossed.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. It is certainly well thought out, can't wait to hear what you think of it! Xx

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  12. I was close to buying this, but I didn't. Thank you very much for a honest point of the eyeshadows being a bit common, if one has a Eyeshadow collection with these shades lovely♡♡♡

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  13. i'm so obsessed with this palette. the pigmentation, the creaminess, the colors! my favorite fall palette. check out my full master palette review, swatches and tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkIlSXjVEc

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  15. Totally in love with this palette!Love it to death! I've also reviewed another ABH palette and lots more! www.howtwovogueofficial.com

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  16. It's probably too shimmery for me, but those colors are beautiful swatched on you!

    http://thebookwormbeauty.com

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  17. I purchased it and it's beautiful. But having trouble wearing it, as I am fair skin blue eyes. So needles to say it's going back. The pigmentation is very good but the cons are only 3 matte colors and not the best palette for fair skin tone beauties.

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