Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Swatches and Review

October 17, 2016

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you probably know that one of my biggest makeup inspirations is celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Back in March of this year I was fortunate enough to attend his master class and I have fallen even more in love with him ever since.

Watching him work is more like witnessing a perfectly choreographed ballet than an application of makeup. Everything he does he does with the explicit purpose, down to the last brush stroke. When I found out that Mario was coming out with a collab palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills, I lost my shit. Knowing how intensely dedicated and picky he is with his craft I was sure that this palette was going to be phenomenal even without ever seeing it and boy was I right.


The Anastasia Master Palette by Mario is a collection of 12 shades, nine shimmers and three mattes, and I can’t even begin to describe how well all of these colors go together. It is currently available at both Sephora and ULTA for $45.



Hollywood – a yellow-toned gold with a delicate shimmer. Though it’s incredibly soft, the color payoff isn’t great as it applies sheerer than the others. This can be used as a highlighter for some as the shimmer isn’t offensively chunky.

NYC – a deep brown with a dark red sheen. All of the swatches in the picture above are one swipe and NYC was by far the smoothest and most pigmented.

Kim – soft very shimmery brown with a gold sheen. Blends like a dream.

Muse – very pigmented medium red-brown. The sparkle in this shadow is so finely milled it almost reminds me of the Kat Von D Shade Shifter shadow. 

Marina – a more finely milled and muted version of ABH’s pink champagne. More pigmented and warmer than Hollywood.

Claudia – Surprisingly my favorite color. While the color in the pan isn’t necessarily not true to color it is substantially more muted when applied to the skin. The shimmer to this deep almost grey blue is more subtle and to my surprise, actually incredibly buildable and wearable color.


Lula – a matte neutral brown. Incredibly soft but color payoff isn’t great. This was also rather difficult to blend. 

Isabel – a matte brown-orange. More blendable than Lula.

Violeta – a very soft and opaque deep matte brown.

5th Ave – an almost too soft light gold with ample shimmer. This color is very similar to Hollywood but is much warmer. I was disappointed by the amount of fallout.

Bronx – an ultra-pigmented deep green with gold almost holographic looking sparkle.

Paris – a light copper color with tons of gold shimmer. Very soft and had almost no fallout.

Final Thoughts

This palette is absolutely beautiful. All of the shades are put together so well that you can create an endless amount of looks. The quality of the shadows is definitely on par with everything else that Anastasia puts out and if you’re looking for a palette that serves you neutral and jewel-toned colors, this absolutely the one for you.

If you have any palette recommendations or want to see how these swatches compare side by side to my other Anastasia sets, let me know in the comments below.


– Shalott

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