I have been excited about this Master Palette by Mario (in collaboration with Anastasia of Beverly Hills) since I saw sneak peeks on Instagram in July! I mean combine beautiful pigmented neutral shadow with the quality of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ shadows and I’m in! Click here to read more about the release of this palette in my other post including all the information and links on where to buy including Sephora, and Macy’s (I believe that ulta.com & anastasiabeverlyhills.com is sold out). I ended up ordering mine from Ulta.com (now sold out) because I thought Paypal was going to give me another $10 off when I spent $60, but somehow in the end the $10 did not come off. #ohwell This palette is limited edition and was $45 and then I bought an Anastasia of Beverly Hills lipgloss in Vintage for $16 (so beautiful by the way- these glosses for $16 are a steal, they are so good- click here to read about the summer lipgloss set). #Idigress  This was to be in stores this past weekend 10/15-10/16. So I am going to show you the palette and swatches and share my thoughts. #hinthint #totallyworththehype

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Packaging: This palette is housed in a black cardboard type packaging with gold print. This palette closes with a hidden magnetic closure and has a mirror inside. It includes 12 shadows with a mix of finishes (from mattes, satin, to metallic) along with a totally usable double ended brush- not a throw away item! One side of the brush is to pack color onto the lid and the fluffy side is for buffing shadow into your crease.

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Product: These shadows are worth the hype in my opinion. The Modern Renaissance Palette got a lot of great hype this summer for shades, pigmentation, as well as quality and quickly sold out. I was hoping these shadows would be more of the same except in more neutral colors. #lovemyneutrals #ihoardneutralpalettes And good news- they are! For me being so fair, I was concerned there was not a lighter shade for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and brow bone- and there really is not a light enough shade for me, but this is literally the only con I can find- and honestly this is just personal preference.  I can easily reach for one of my other palettes to fill in this gap- I only have a few #winkwink I am also still reaching for my LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette a lot these days, I still love it! This palette is a very warm in tone and great for Fall and Winter or if you just love warm tone neutrals on the eyes. This palette gratifies my comfort zone for eye looks, where I found the Modern Renaissance palette a little scary and out of my comfort zone because I never wear red and orange on my eyes so I hesitated on buying it and then it sold out (review on this palette is coming soon!). You can easily smoke these out or keep it simple for an easy every day look. I mean just take a look at these swatches! These are single finger swipes with no primer, no primer! They all blend seamlessly into the eye even though some of the colors are a little darker. Not a single shade was flaky or patchy. I really appreciate it when a brand takes the time to make every shade consistent in a palette despite the difference in finishes. I like every shade to feel like it’s up to par in terms of quality and formula. Here’s the breakdown of the shades and finishes: 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). I follow Mario on Instagram: @makeupbymario and he has posted that he has named many of these shades after important women in his life including his mother and sisters, and Kim Kardashian. I am also assuming some are named after important places to him. I like that this palette was a personal endeavor for him and he is sharing it with us, seems like he put a lot of thought into it.

What do you think, are these shades up your alley? I would take this palette over many of the other palettes that are being churned out for holiday. #versatility #useful

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