Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles Review and Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles Review and Swatches

Everyone knows that Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen of eyebrows, but it’s not far behind royalty status when it comes to its eye shadow palettes. Every time the company releases a new palette, it sells out. Makeup addicts have been wondering when Anastasia would decide to sell eye shadows singles, but at last, Anastasia Beverly Hills launched a large selection of eye shadow singles about two to three weeks ago.

There are 86 colors in the collection, with more being released in the future, and are featured in different finishes such as Titanium, Duo Chrome, Ultra-Matte, Metallic, Satin, Shimmer, Sparkle and Velvet.

The retailer’s website describes the different formulations as the following:

  • Titanium: A highly-pigmented metallic shadow with a smooth texture and intense multidimensional shimmer. Apply wet for a pure liquid-metal finish.
  • Duo-Chrome: A high-intensity formula with color shifting, prismatic iridescence.
  • Ultra-Matte: A blendable suede-like formula that provides a smooth, opaque matte finish.
  • Metallic: A rich, velvety formula that provides a high-shine finish.
  • Satin: A luminous formula that provides decadent color with a silk-like finish.
  • Shimmer: A light-reflective, finely-milled formula that provides a lustrous finish.
  • Sparkle: A smooth formula with light-reflecting particles that provide a dazzling finish.
  • Velvet: A weightless formula with a buttery texture and soft sheen.

Each single carries a price tag of $12; however, when bought as bundles, there is special pricing, 4 for $40 or 8 for $70 with a free 8 well-empty palette.

Since I saw the value in purchasing a bundle versus purchasing a single eye shadow, I bought 8 colors. As you can see in the picture above, my sister and I purchased some of the same colors because we don’t live together. Although we have the same colors, we decided on different formulations to try them out.

Anastasia Titanium Eye Shadow Swatches (Pink Champagne, Metal, Wine)To get the best out of the titanium formula, it must be applied wet. I used Mac’s fix plus, and the results were spectacular.

I decided to go for the Pink Champagne eye shadow during Thanksgiving, and my eyes looked like glitter. My eye look was stunning! I knew I did good in buying that color because I don’t have anything like it in my collection. Better yet, I don’t have anything like the titanium formula in my never-ending eye shadow assemblage.

Jenny’s thoughts on the titanium eye shadows, “I am most excited to use Metal because it is an eye shadow that has silver and gold specs that will look lovely during the holidays or special events. The titanium line is ideal when you want to have fun with your makeup. I wish I would have bought Pink Champagne because when my sister let me use it on Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to give it back.”

Anastasia Eye Shadow Metallic and Shimmer Swatches (Rose, Glisten, Copper ShimmerWhen it comes to the Metallic/Shimmer formulation, they are very vibrant; however, the color Rose is a hassle to work with. It doesn’t apply as the color in the pan or when swatched. In fact, the chunks of glitter are too overpowering, taking away from the actual color. It looked so cheap. I even tried to apply it with fix plus, and that made it even worse. There’s no need to add any Fix plus to this formula. Copper Shimmer and Glisten are very creamy and easy to use; they are such beautiful colors! By the way, Glisten is in the Amrezy palette.

Jenny said, “Rose was so annoying because I didn’t get any color pay off when I swatched it, and it didn’t show up on my lids until the third time. This is an eye shadow that you have to get through the overspray to get any sort of pigmentation. After that was done, the eye shadow finally got to a rich and creamy texture, and there was color pay off on the lids, but it wasn’t enough. I would recommend this eye shadow for light-skinned girls because I guarantee that it will not show up on medium to dark skin tones. This eye shadow could easily get lost in the midst of applying your transition shade and outer corner, even Too Faced Glitter Glue did not help this eye shadow stand out and last on the lids. I will continue playing with this shade to see how I can make it work, otherwise, I would pass.”

Anastasia Satin Eye Shadow Swatches (Topaz)We didn’t get a chance to play with the satin formula, but we swatched the color Topaz for you, so you can decide whether you’d like to purchase it or not. When swatched, I noticed that the eye shadow was very soft, much like silk.

Anastasia Velvet Eye Shadow Swatches (Dusty Rose, Vanilla)

The velvet formula I would have to say is my favorite formula. It’s not a matte finish, and it’s not satin by any means. It’s a lot creamier and buttery than the ultra-matte formula. From the 8 colors that I bought, Dusty Rose is my favorite. The color is very similar to the color in the Naked 3 palette called Nooner, but Dusty Rose has a warm undertone and compliments more skin colors. It looks beautiful when applied over the lid or as a crease color to create depth.

There’s nothing special to the color Vanilla other than it being a perfect color to highlight the brow bone. Jenny said, “I purchased the color Vanilla because I wanted to make sure that I had at least one brow bone color in the palette. It’s always a hassle to go search for another palette for just a highlight color.”

Anastasia Ulta-Matte Eye Shadow Swatches (Fawn, Birkin, Red Earth)

To find the right matte formula is very difficult, but Anastasia pulled it off without a problem. The formulation is not creamy, but it’s super blendable. As the the site says, it’s very suede-like, making it easy to play with. Fawn is a soft brown tone, while Birkin is a warm beige mauve hue, both suitable to create a lot of depth in the crease. Red Earth is a deep red brown, very close to 2015’s color of the year Marsala; Red Earth is just a lot darker.

Jenny said, “I found the ultra-matte eyeshadows to swatch patchy on my hands and they felt dry and powdery, but that was not the case when I applied them to my eyes, they blended so nicely and did not create any fallout.”

Initially, I thought there’s no way that I would buy one single eye shadow for $12, especially since a MAC eye shadow in pan form is $10, but on release day, when I saw the special bundle for price for 8 eye shadows, I thought the price was way more reasonable. It turns out that when you order a bundle of 8, each eye shadow comes out to $8.75. I think what troubles me the most is that when it comes to pricing, in order to get such a low price on the eye shadows, they must be purchased in a bundle. Not everyone can afford to do that, which is a shame, but if you can, the eye shadows are definitely worth checking out. I am too excited to keep using them. I will definitely be investing in more singles, but next time Jenny and I will split the cost of a palette in half.

I hope you were able to benefit from this post.



P.S. Did you order any of the Anastasia eye shadow singles? Which ones did you like, and which ones did you hate? Comment below!


  1. http://Jenny says

    In your opinion who’s mattes are better quality, Anastasia’s or MakeupGeek’s?

    • http://thebeautyboulevard says

      Hmmmm… Although I believe both are high in quality, I would pick Makeup Geek’s matte eye shadows any day. I always use them, and some of my favorite matte crease eye shadows are from Makeup Geek, but Anastasia has a bigger color selection. I think it all depends on how much you want to spend and the colors you’re missing in your collection. xoxo, Janice.

      • from MUG which e/s do you recommend to buy as a first timer? Neutral colors for blending and transitioning?

        • http://thebeautyboulevard says

          Hey Lily:

          I would recommend the following MUG eyeshadows for blending and transitioning cocoa bear, corrupt, peach smoothie, frappe, beaches and cream, barcelona beach, cupcake, preppy, latte and mocha 🙂

  2. http://Natalie says

    What colors did your sister choose? Just for reference I am curious what the colors are in the second palette shown. Thanks!!

    • http://thebeautyboulevard says

      Hi, Natalie! My sister chose Rose, Glisten, Dusty Rose, Vanilla, Metal, Topaz, Red Earth and Birkin, which is the palette to the left. And the palette to the right, I chose the colors Pink Champagne, Rose, Copper Shimmer, Wine, Fawn, Birkin, Dusty Rose and Red Earth. xoxo! 🙂

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