Thursday, June 28, 2012

Swatch & Review: Anastasia She Wears It Well Palette

I was recently given the opportunity to swatch and review Anastasia's upcoming She Wears It Well palette and I jumped at the chance. I love the consistency of Anastasia's shadows (they're so insanely soft and silky) and after hearing it was a modern take on 20's beauty I was sold!

This is the package I received. So cute!

Here's the front of the palette. It definitely has a crocodile retro feel to it. It reminds me of a cross between a vintage purse and an old book ;)

For those that are a ingredient-conscious, the ingredients are listed on the back of the sleeve for the palette.

My package came with these large, lovely eye look diagrams/how-to's. I'm guessing these were just a part of the PR package and do not come with the palette, which is too bad if that's the case because I can see a lot of people really liking these if they're a bit unsure of how to do a fabulous neutral or neutral-smoky eye!

As you can see, She Wears It Well focuses on an array of neutrals from smoky black to light frosted pink!

I wanted to show you all of the colors at once so you can see how many neutral shades come in this palette. This actually reminds me of Urban Decay's Naked palette, though perhaps a bit better in my opinion as Almond is almost a perfect matte match for my skin tone, which can be hard to find ;) I know it's a bit hard to see some of the colors on my skin, I always find olive neutrals match my skin too much to really show.

Here's a close-up of the first half of the palette with the addition of Sunset, which is the large middle shadow. These are all shimmery, though Foxy was more satin than shimmery to me.

Here's a close-up of the second half of the palette with the addition of Sunset. All of the shades on the right of the palette are matte, with the exception of Frosting, which is a very light, frosty wash of super light pink. Sunset isn't on the far right (it's the large shadow in the middle), but it is definitely a shimmer.

These are all very smooth and silky, even the mattes. I would say that like most dark mattes, Onyx and Toffee take a little more work to get perfectly even coverage, but they are great to blend with. 

Color Selection
While I'm not the type to wear neutral shadows every day of the week, I absolutely love a good neutral eye. "Bedroom Eyes" done with neutral shadows are some of my absolute favorite looks to create and this palette is perfect for that! I think there's a decent amount of variation between the shadows. No two were so similar I thought you could necessarily do without one, but of all the shadows I'd say Trophy and Sunset are the closest to each other, but even then Sunset has more of a slight copper hue to it than Trophy does. I love that the mattes chosen for this palette are exactly what I like to use for neutral mattes. And again, I love that Almond is a perfect match for my skin tone!

This palette is priced at $34.

Where to Buy
This palette is available on and I was told it wouldn't release for a couple weeks, but it looks as though it's available online now!!!

Would I recommend this?
Yes, I think this is a perfect palette for anyone looking for a good neutral palette, especially one that includes some key matte shades! 

* With all of the changes lately with companies going from cruelty-free to not, I'm waiting to hear back from my Anastasia rep as to whether or not Anastasia is 100% cruelty-free. I'll update once I know more! 


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