Thursday, February 28, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Review, Photos and Swatches


Hey Guys!
I am a HUGE fan of Anastasia products. Anastasia is best known for their amazing brow products, but I feel as though they get overlooked for their other products (i.e., eyeshadows and palettes). I rarely ever hear fellow bloggers or vloggers talk about Anastasia Palettes/Kits and I think they are a great way to try out a variety of their products for a reasonable price. Anastasia brow products alone can be quite expensive, but in the kits that come out, you can try travel size versions and see if you like them, plus, you get other products such as eyeshadows, eyeliners...etc. depending on the kit. I have previously reviewed the Want You to Want Me Eye Shadow Palette that came out for the holidays and really have been enjoying that. This review will focus on the Bold and Beautiful Kit.

"A luxurious book set for perfect beauty. Features a palette for perfectly grooming and defining your brows and a palette with shimmering and matte neutral shadows for the eyes."
Vol. 1 Bold Brows
Brow Powder, Pomade, Mini Duo Brush, and Mini Tweezers allow you to sculpt, define, and beautifully layer color for perfect brows. 
Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes
Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.



I don't think there is anything I don't like about this kit. Not only do you get a great travel kit for the brows, but you also get a mini eyeshadow palette as well. The overall quality of both the brow and eyeshadow kit is fantastic.


Packaging: The packaging is adorable. I've seen little makeup books by other companies, but none catch my eye like this one does. I love the black and gold colour scheme and the antique design on the casing. Each of the palettes are labeled like books, containing two volumes. Each volume has its own unique cover design and contain products for either the brows or eyes.


Vol. 1 Bold Brows: The brow kit contains a brow powder, pomade, mini duo brush and mini tweezers. This brow kit is PERFECT for travel because you have everything you need to groom your brows in one sleek, compact palette. I've been using this kit daily and have noticed my brows look even better than they have in the past. I think the brow shade is the perfect colouring for my hair colour and skin tone. I compared the colour to that of my favourite brow powder, MAC Charcoal Brown and they are very similar in colour. You can tell the shadow comparison to that of a MAC pan eyeshadow as well as how close the colour is to Charcoal Brown. Even though the colour is absolutely PERFECT for my brows, it may not be suitable for everyone, thus rendering the brow products, minus the tools, useless for the consumer.

MAC Charcoal Brown vs. Anastasia Brow Kit shade


Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes: The eyeshadows in this kit are buttery smooth and not powdery in the slightest. I love the range of matte and shimmery shades as well as colours. I love that I can use EVERY colour in this palette and there isn't one that I dislike or won't use. Shade 2 is especially beautiful and reminds me a lot of MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow. Shade 3 is a great all over lid shade or crease colour to blend out most looks. Shade 4 can be used to deepen the lighter shades and create that bold look the name suggests. The wear time is on par with most eyeshadows on the market. Each shade is extremely blendable and pigmented. The Beautiful Eyes kit also contains duo ended brush for packing on and blending out colours. Not a detail has been overlooked in this kit!



A fun way to make use of both the kits together is by creating an eyeliner using some of the brow pomade in Vol. 1 and some of Shade 4 in Vol. 2. I love how the Anastasia website always gives useful "Pro Tips" like this one to make the most out of your purchase. I would have never thought to use the brow pomade as a mixing medium with eye shadow to create eyeliner. I will definitely be trying this tip with other eyeshadows as well from now on. Thank you Anastasia!

PR booklet of several looks that can be created using the Bold and Beautiful Kit! Some stunning looks that I can't wait to try out. Very classy and elegant. I love everything about these images!
Overall

Pros:
  • Great for travel
  • Fantastic quality
  • Beautiful packaging that can be displayed
  • Don't need extra tools, they are all provided


Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Brow shade may not suit everyone


Retail Value: $36 US Anastasia.net / $47 CAD Sephora.com


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration. As always, these are my honest opinions.

4 comments:

  1. Please post a video on using this?! You have the most beautiful brows ever! Have you seen MAC's new mineralize lipsticks?!

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  2. Gorgeous!! I love the packaging so much I could disregard the price - you know, maybe. I use Illamasqua's Motto eyebrow cake and I love it because of the taupe grey, I find it flatters me more. I will definitely look into this, thank you for the review!

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  3. The eyeshadows are very pretty! Great review :)

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  4. I am going to have to go to my local sephora and see. If that brow shade works for me, I'm sold!

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