I subscribe to a ton of beauty blogs as well as write one. I’m one of those people who can’t get enough of things that interest them. Lately the blogs have been enamored with Anastasia’s newest eyeshadow palette She Wears It Well ($34). I needed to see what the fuss was all about so it went into the cart at Sephora and then on to my house. There it joined a dozen or so palettes in the nude/naked/brown/taupe family. There’s a lot to like about this Anastasia palette but it’s not quite perfect.
This contains 8 small size eyeshadows and one larger one. There are 5 lightly shimmered shadows and 4 matte ones. There isn’t a drop of glitter to be found in this. It comes with a small dual sided brush.
– Trophy – a shimmery light taupe
– Glow – shimmery gold with a bronze undertone
– Latte – shimmery peach nude
– Foxy – shimmery dark brown with a touch of copper
– Sunset – shimmery light gold with a bronze undertone
– Frosting – light pink, matte but almost not
– Almond – light matte cream
– Onyx – matte black with a touch of navy
– Toffee – matte medium brown
*With an eyeshadow primer the shades are extremely long lasting. Even after wearing the palette on 10 different days and with a variety of combinations I only had one time that I needed a touch up.
*The shadows contain “Anastasia’s Illumin8 formula features Youthful Synergy Complex®, clinically proven to illuminate, firm, and hydrate the skin.” Anything that helps protect and firm these eyes is all right with me!
*Several of the colors are extremely pretty in my opinion. I especially like Trophy, Glow and Latte.
*It’s a great choice for older eyes. So many times I read complaints that women think they have to stick with matte shades after a certain age but lots of matte shades can be dry looking and therefore more aging. Having just that touch of shimmer is actually quite youthful.
*You can do several different looks with just this one palette.
*I can’t seem to move on to another palette lately especially if I want to wear browns so that’s definitely in its favor.
-This isn’t different than anything else you’ve seen before. There’s no one shadow or texture that makes it stand out from the oceans of nude/naked/brown/taupe palettes.
-Some of the eyeshadows don’t show up well. I had a very difficult time getting the two lightest matte shades to swatch even after putting a primer on my hand. To be fair though, these look good on my eyes and help pull a look together.
-There’s some fallout especially with the darker shades. I recommend doing your eyes before any concealer or foundation.
The on the fence items:
*The middle shade, Sunset, is assumed to be the one you’ll use the most so it’s bigger. I love that it’s bigger but I wish it was Trophy since that’s the shade I like best and feel goes best with the other shades. (I’m nitpicking though because Sunset is beautiful too.)
*The brush it comes with is halfway decent. I like the smaller end to do smudgy eyeliner, it’s a great size for that. I can get in close since it’s small. The brush would do your look in a pinch but only in a pinch.
I really do enjoy the palette and it will continue to get a lot of use but I think I was looking for something slightly more unique. Maybe I don’t really want the perfect palette though since then I might be forced to end my constant quest. Nah, that’s not gonna happen! — Marcia