“All of the shades are named after the most influential women and places in my life. These women and places have all been very significant in my life and career.” @makeupbymario
Anastasia Beverly Hills has collaborated with celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic to create the Master by Mario Palette ($45 USD/$59 CDN). Mario is well known as Kim Kardashian's makeup artist. The palette is currently sold out on Sephora.com and Anastasiabeverlyhills.com. I was very lucky to snag one during the VIB sale.
The Master Palette includes 12 neutral and jewel-toned shades with a mix of matte and metallic finishes. It is housed in a cardboard palette with a mirror on the inside and includes a double-ended shadow brush. The shades are very smooth and velvety. I did notice a lot of fallout out with some of the shades ('Bronx' to be more specific) which can get messy. However, all shades are very pigmented and blend like a dream. Therefore, you don't need to pick up too much product to get a decent application, a light hand is recommended.
Product shades (via Sephora's site):
Hollywood (metallic wheat gold with a satin finish)
NYC (rich chocolate brown with a satin finish)
Kim (tan with a satin finish)
Muse (rose gold with a satin finish)
Marina (champagne with a metallic finish)
Claudia (slate with a velvet finish)
Lula (soft taupe with an ultra-matte finish)
Isabel (burnt orange with an ultra-matte finish)
Violeta (dark chocolate with an ultra-matte finish)
5th Ave (gold leaf with a metallic finish)
Bronx (metallic olive with a satin finish)
Paris (gilded brown with a satin finish)
Although I'm not partial towards earth tone palettes, I'm pleased with this one. The eyeshadows are long wearing and do not fade. I'm drawn towards shades Bronx, Claudia and Muse more than the others but Kim and NYC are also nice. I just wish there was more variation in colour choices because they can tend to look similar once blended. I do like that all my eyeshadow palettes include a good transition and brow highlight shade, which this palette has. The downside to this palette, would be the price point. It is more pricey than Anastasia's other palettes and includes fewer shades. I believe this is due to the collaboration with Mario. Needless to say, I'm glad I didn't have to pay full price. Overall this is a great palette for creating fall looks.
What are your thoughts on this palette?