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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette – Fierce Face Fridays

On Fierce Face Friday my aim is to share with you a makeup or skin care item(s), technique, tip, or tool that makes me feel gorgeous. I hope these little nuggets will inspire you to try something new or tell me about something that works for you. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below. If you have a Fierce Face topic you’d like me to cover, feel free to reach to me directly and I will make every attempt to feature that topic in a future post.

Earlier this year, I was inspired to make a personal change.  I had already decided that 2017 was going to be a year of self-care for me.  I had set some personal goals and, as February dawned, I was NOT keeping up with my goals.  I decided to challenge myself.  I would wear lipstick every day for 365 days and not only would I photograph myself daily, I’d post it on Instagram.  This little project is why I came up with the idea for Shooting in Lipstick.

But I digress.

Shortly after I started this project, a friend tagged me in a post announcing the launch of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette (volume 1).  She mentioned that maybe this would aid me in my project.  I was beyond excited.  The palette, a collection of eighteen colors, including five primary colors, allows one to play with lipstick in a way I haven’t experienced since my finger painting days in elementary school.  I had visions of making all the greys I have been wanting to try and giving them creative names.  Trouble is, the palette sold out almost everywhere immediately.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
This is the palette…I simply could not resist!

Then one day I discovered it was not sold out at Ulta.  The palette (and a whole bunch of Tony Moly sheet masks I will tell you about later) came to live with me.  When I first received it, I was both in awe and completely intimidated by it and put it away for awhile before busting it out.

The palette comes with gorgeous lippies but also a tool with a small spatula on one end and a lip brush on the other.  Also included is a small stainless steel mixing palette.  It works great for allowing you to create your perfect looks but I admit I prefer to mix mine on my Bow Baby Paw by Paw Palette.

After working up the courage to own my inner Kevyn Aucoin, my first time out of the box, I used one of the colors alone to see how it wears. I went with color #8, warm sandy brown and was impressed. To borrow a common beauty blogger cliche, she is pigmented.  I applied this for an opaque finish with no liner using very little product.  While the formula isn’t a liquid lipstick, it is very long wearing and very matte.  I absolutely love the way this lipstick looks.  And it feels great too.  It isn’t heavy or sticky.  This is a lipstick you can put on and forget you are wearing it.

The lipstick held up nicely until after lunch, when I did have to reapply.  I don’t mind this in a lipstick.  Very few I have tried show no fading or sign of wearing off after a meal.  One thing I noticed is that it didn’t bleed into the fine lines around my mouth or get sloppy looking in the corners.  It wore extremely well for a non-liquid lipstick.  It also doesn’t have a smell at all.  While I don’t mind a scented lipstick, I know that it really bothers some people.  So there you have it.

After wearing the lipstick for a day, I eventually grew braver and began mixing colors of my own.  I’ve created some great and some not-so-great shades.  I find purples are extremely easy and beautiful to make as well as my beloved grey shades.  It is critical to note that a light hand is definitely needed.  A heavy hand will cause your shade to turn dark slate grey very quickly.   I’ve had this happen more than once, much to my chagrin.  I’ve also been unable to make the Tiffany blue I’ve been trying to create, largely because the palette does not contain green in the primary color collection.  I’ve yet to have luck creating green by mixing yellow and blue (despite that those Ziploc commercials tell me).  If you’ve been able to mix a green, please let me know how you did it!

Other than the lack of green, the only other real drawback I see here is that the palette isn’t especially portable for a night out.  I brought mine to work with me since I carry a large bag but this isn’t something you could pop in your tiny bag for a night out.  But if you wanted you could mix a little extra and put it in a small container with a retractable lip brush. This would also take up precious space in your range bag you likely want to use for other things (like ammo or snacks) so it likely wouldn’t be a practical range carry item either.

The palette retails at $48…there is an argument for this being both a very high and a very low price.  While it certainly isn’t cheap as a one-time purchase, if you consider that you are getting at least 18 shades, the price drops to under $3 a shade.  The pans aren’t huge but they are generous and I suspect they will last me a long time.

Overall, if you like to play with color and lipstick is your jam, this is a great addition to your makeup kit.  I don’t regret purchasing this item and I know I will get quite a bit of use out of it.

Do you have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette?  Are you hoping there is a green shade in Volume 2?  Have some color combos you can recommend?  Sound off below and let me know.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette:

Pros:

  • Many great shades to suit many different complexions and skin tones
  • Unlimited potential to create new colors
  • Wonderful, long wearing formula
  • Excellent cost breakdown

Cons:

  • No green shade
  • Large packaging makes it hard to transport

All in all, I’d give this a solid A and I look forward to making all sorts of lip colors with it.