Anastasia She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette – how well does this reviewer wear it?

Anastasia She Wears It Well

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.

Anastasia She Wears It Well outer box

Anastasia She Wears It Well palette closed

The facts:

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.

Anastasia She Wears It Well

The colors:

– 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

Left side shadows: top Trophy and Glow; bottom Latte and Foxy

– Sunset – shimmery light gold with a bronze undertone

center Sunset

– Frosting – light pink, matte but almost not

– Almond – light matte cream

– Onyx – matte black with a touch of navy

– Toffee – matte medium brown

Right side: top Frosting, Onyx; bottom: Almond, Toffee

 

The pros:
*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.

Left and center swatches

right arm swatches and center (two lightest shades didn’t swatch well)

The cons:
-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.

All swatches in order of the palette

-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

Comments

  1. It is a great palette for those needing a good neutral palette to start off with. You are right that there is nothing new or earth shattering with it. It is just a really nice, well put together, everyday palette. Huge pro but yes…a con as well if you look at it that way. ;-)

  2. What a great neutral palette, Marcia!

  3. At first I wasn’t sold on the palette Lola but now I can’t stop wearing it. It has really grown on me.

  4. PP, when I first started to review the palette I wasn’t gaga over it but now I find I wear it constantly. It really has become a workhorse for me.

  5. I am so glad that you reviewed this. I have also seen this on other blogs, and while I was placing an online order the other day, it almost ended up in my “cart.” I really trust you and Lisa, so again, thank you for another great post! xo

  6. You’re Marcia it’s not unique, but for the price and the quality, it’s still a winner IMHO.

  7. I was going to say what Moxie did. I’m really glad you reviewed this because I’ve almost pulled the trigger on it 100 times and it’s in the back of my mind every day. I’m trying to wait for holiday stuff to come out cuz I’m always wanting all of that, so I need to pass by some of the stuff in this lull time.

  8. Love the look of this palette but I have a TON of shadows in these shades, they are my favorites. I must refrain!

  9. Polarbelle, at first I wasn’t sure that I’d made a good choice but I like it more and more as time goes on. It’s not unique but it is a beautiful long wearing palette.

  10. I totally agree Cindy. I am enjoying it a lot too.

  11. I’m not sorry I bought this since I’m getting a lot of use out of it. There’s nothing I can’t use in the palette and that’s important.