Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Purple Smokey Date Night Look Featuring Anastasia Illumin8 Palette

Hi Bellas,

I had the opportunity to test out a new product from the Anastasia Beverly Hills line. Many of you may be familiar with their super awesome brow products, but the line has recently branched out more into makeup like this new Illumin8 with Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palette.

By the sound of the palette, you can tell that the shadows are formulated with anti-aging properties. When I received the product, I told the Anastasia folks that I didn't really have too many wrinkles for me to accurately test out the age defying properties. However, they wisely told me that this is great for those into prevention. I'm totally for that.

To see my review and my Sexy Date Night tutorial, click here!
Check out my video tutorial!

This is what the company says about the product:
Illumin8 with Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palette

What it is:
A palette featuring clinically tested eyeshadows that are formulated with two exclusive anti-aging blends.

What it does:
These mineral-based eyeshadows provide a sheer wash of gorgeous, natural color. The long-wearing formula is free of fragrances and artificial dyes and contains both a Youthful Synergy Complex and a Balkan Botanical Infusion. The Youthful Synergy Complex has Brown Algae, Diamond Core Powder, and powerful antioxidants that lift, hydrate, and revitalize the appearance of skin. The Balkan Botanical Infusion soothes, softens, and hydrates the skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Synthetic Fragrance
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
The palette comes complete with a Mini Professional Brush for easy application. One side of Mini Professional Brush is designed for applying color over the lid or brow bone, while the other side is ideal for applying shades wet or dry as a liner or to the crease.

Research Results:
-After 1 hour of application, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced.
-After 4 weeks of application, 100% saw an improvement in overall eye beauty.
Size: 4 x 0.063 oz

My First Impressions
When I opened my box, I was impressed with the packaging of the product. It's got a shiny silver case that is sleek and compact. The designs are embossed on and looks pretty fancy. Opening it up, it has a nice mirror and decent dual ended brush. There are 8 shades which are of decent size. The color combos are really nice actually...neutrals and some fun colors. Great for those who like more natural looks and some drama.

Testing It Out
As soon as I swatched this palette, I was impressed. The shadows swatch pigmented and smooth. When I applied them with a base, they were out of this world. Next, I decided to play with them on my eyes. Wow! The colors apply beautifully and apply blend so effortlessly. I first tried a neutral look with my regular skin toned eyeshadow base. I think the only thing missing from the palette is a lighter browbone shade. They have a matte neutral shade which makes a great blending or all over color...but it's a little dark for a highlight. I wore the look out and actually received compliments, good sign! Next I tried a dramatic look...the colors worked great as well! You can control the amount of pigment. To apply it lightly, go in with sheer layers or swipe the matte neutral shade to tone it down. To add drama, pack on the color and switch it up by using different bases underneath. All I can say is that I was truly impressed with this palette.

Check out swatches with and without a base.














The final look!
























































Here's What I Used:

FACE
-MAC Prep & Prime
-MAC Studio Tech foundation in NC43
-Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Medium
-Jelly pong Pong Eyeshadow Taffy in bronze and pink as contour and blush
-MAC MSF natural in med dark

EYES
-NYX eyeshadow base in skin tone
-Anastasia Illumin8 Palette: nude shimmery shade, pink frosty shade, light and dark purple
-brows - MAC lingering brow pencil and cork eyeshadow
-Jelly Pong Pong Pink eyeshadow taffy in pink as base

LIPS
-NYX eyeshadow base in skin tone to nude out lips
-jelly pong pong lip orchid in petal pink
-MAC Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame

Stay tuned for my review of Jelly Pong Pong makeup.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review. I am not affiliated with the company and not paid. These are my honest thoughts.

Atlanta Makeup Artist

6 comments:

Kate Gene said...

Your hair color is the perfect shade for your skin tone! I love it!

I often wear a smokey purple eye; this looks much nicer than what I do! LOL! Thanks for the tutorial!

xx

Jessie said...

Love this look! What brushes were you using in this video?

NV Beauty said...

I love it! Looks great on you. Do you wear false lashes every day? =)

ngocupham said...

I love love the pallete and the color. This look is simple but elegant. Also this is amazing product, so pigmented. I like it a lot

LordxCupcake said...

Purple is my favorite color! Thanks for the tutorial! The look is gorgeous!

Elisa said...

You are so talented and beautiful! You make me want to buy this palette to make my eyes look like yours! The palette looks so amazing though! I saw on Sephora.com they have two NEW palettes from Anastasia with more colors but the same technology! I want them all! hehe I'm also curious about some of the anti-aging affects. What a great idea for eyeshadow! I'm not old...yet..lol, but preventative is always Good! Thanks so much again!