Today I wanted to review some of the single eyeshadows from Anastasia Beverly Hills because I feel that these are like hidden gems with so much attention and hype surrounding the pre-made palettes. I have 6 shadows to show you with 3 different finishes, however, when I was in Sephora I swatched a range of colours and all the finishes and found them to be the most consistent out of any shadows I have previously seen!
Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty free brand which is great however, not all of her products are Vegan. Some of the shades from eyeshadow singles do contain Carmine. Thanks to Vegan Makeup Tumblr, we know that the following shades are vegan:
Aqua, Deep Brown, Dragonfly, Emerald, Fresh Green, Glisten, Gold Bar, Legend, Metallic, Soft Gold, Teal Shimmer, Warm Taupe, Bone Chai, Fawn, Gold Rush, Moss, Smoke, Stone, Victorian and Ash Brown.
Check out Vegan Makeup Tumblr’s post with a full list of what products are Vegan from Anastasia here
Price and Availability
There are 111 shadows to choose from and you’re paying £12 per shadow (0.06 oz). You can also get 4 shadows for £30 or 8 for £50, both of which come with an empty well palette to hold your new shadows – unfortunately, this deal is only available on Anastasia’s website. You can purchase an empty 4 well palette for £4 from some websites or alternatively you could get a Z Palette which can hold 3 – 24 shadows.
There is a good range of availability for these shadows. In the UK you can find them at:
Finish and Formula
These shadows are finely milled and according to the stockists have 8 different finishes:
Velvet: A light buttery texture with a soft sheen
Sparkle: A smooth formula with light reflecting particles resulting in a dazzling finish
Shimmer: A light reflective formula providing a lustrous finish
Satin: A luminous formula providing a decadent silk-like finish
Metallic: A rich velvety formula providing a high shine finish
Ultra Matte: A suede-like formula providing a smooth, opaque matte finish
Duo Chrome: A high-intensity formula with colour shifting, prismatic iridescence
Titanium: A metallic formula with intense multidimensional shimmer
Swatches and Review
I only have 6 shadows from Anastasia, mainly because I have so many other shadows I purchased before I started my Anastasia collection. These without a doubt are the best shadows I have ever used and whenever I look at expanding my eyeshadow collection, these will be the ones I go to.
Pink Champagne is a Titanium finish, it is aptly named as on the lid it does look like a mix of rosy pink and champagne, but when the light hits you can see the dimension it has, as copper shades start to come through. This shade has a nice amount of shimmer and sparkle but isn’t too chunky, when you compare it to the metallic finish it really does have an intense silver shimmer to it. If you want more intensity try spraying your brush with water or a setting spray like Mac Fix + to get a really intense creamy result!
Next is Rose, this is the first Metallic shade that I have. This shade is a stunning mix of pink and rose gold – very on trend. This finish is much more subtle than the titanium, it isn’t very sparkly but it has more of a gleam of shimmer. It isn’t too intense which I think works nicely if you want that glam effect without it being too overpowering. Personally, I love this shade and I use this one a lot, it really compliments blue eyes and is amazing when used simply with a transitional shade in the crease.
Amber has a Satin finish which is the finish I tend to gravitate towards the most. This finish doesn’t have too much shimmer or glitter in it, there’s a minor amount to give it that glowy reflective look but it doesn’t compare to the Titanium finish. I love this shade for its warm bronzy glow, it looks great in the summer when you have a bit of a tan and is my favourite gold shade to wear with blue eyes – a must!
This is the next Metallic shade that I have and I do have to say that I find it to be slightly more pigmented compared to Rose which has the same finish. On Anastasia’s website Glisten is described as a shimmery beige although, on my pale neutral skin tone it shows to be much more copper but not too orange. Out of all the shades that I own this would have to be the most pigmented and there is a little bit more fallout with Glisten than with the others but still blends with ease and is easy to clean up.
This is hands down my favourite eyeshadow I own! Sateen was the first shadow of Anastasia’s that I got when I did a large Sephora order a couple years back (the rest I purchased in LA in 2016). I have already had to repurchase this shade because it is my most used shadow. Sateen has a gorgeous Satin finish that provides a dusty pink champagne look that is great for a ‘glowy from within’ style. My go to with this shade is just applying it on the lid and blending it out with a clean blending brush and then adding some mascara.
Finally, is another Metallic finish. Soft Gold is a staple in any eyeshadow collection. I mostly use this in my inner corner and on my brow bone to highlight and accentuate other shadows – the minuscule flecks are perfect. This is a light gold colour but it isn’t too yellow or too white like some shades. I think this shade would work well for most skin tones because it is very neutral. The pigmentation compared to the other shades I own is lacking slightly but for me, it works well as I can build the intensity and not overpower my look with a stark white shade.
These swatches were taken in daylight and accurately represent the shades of the shadows. Of course, the shades will look slightly different on varied skin tones and in other lighting but this is the best way I could find to show a real representation of how the colours look when applied.
Overall, these shadows are truly the best eyeshadows I have ever used and I can say that without a doubt they are my favourite. These shadows due to being finely milled are incredibly pigmented but have very little fallout, you can feel how buttery yet compact they feel in the pan. I think that although they are pricey compared to brands like Makeup Geek and Coloured Rain, they are truly the worth the money.
There are so many shades to choose from whether you want bold punchy colours or simple transitional shades and I adore the different finishes with Titanium and Satin being my favourites. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner who just wants to simply swipe a single shade over your lid or whether you’re a pro who spends an hour blending away with multiple brushes, these work in whatever way you need them to. I would rate these 10/10 any day!
Let me know what you think of these shadows and what your favourite single pan shadows are!
Thanks for reading!