Saturday, November 16, 2013

Anastasia Catwalk Palette: Review & Swatches

Here is another Anastasia Beverly Hills offering for your enjoyment. It's the Catwalk Palette, which in my mind has been eclipsed (unfortunately) by it's cousin the Lavish Palette. At $29, this is a great option as a present to someone for the Holidays. There are 10 very usable shades of varying finishes in this palette, as long as you can get past the uber glitzy/garish gold and fuzzy leopard print exterior.

To continue reading the review and see swatches, click the link below.

Even the inside of the palette is quite impressive with the gaudy packaging. The green/blue leopard print is very reminiscent of a folder I had in middle school. Any way, as mentioned earlier, there are a variety of shades and finishes in the palette that makes it a versatile option. As you have already surmised (if you read my blog), I might be a little off in the actual color description, but I try my best...

Top row from left to right:

  • Call Back: Cool champagne shimmer that leans to the silver spectrum
  • Strut: Eggplant purple shimmer
  • Scout: Rose gold duochrome shimmer that has both pink and gold
  • Beauty Mark: Matte dark brown that leans slightly purple/cool-toned
  • LBD: Matte "light" black- not a true "pitch black"

Bottom row from left to right:
  • Day Rate: Matte cool-toned light pink/mauve
  • Couture: Warm chocolate brown shimmer
  • RTW: Camel shimmer with a hint of peach
  • 10K: Yellow gold shimmer
  • Pose: Purple-taupe shimmer
All the shadows are soft, some are ever so slightly powdery in the pan. However, on the lid they glide on easily and blend well. Even the matte shades that aren't as pigmented are still blendable. It's truly a great palette, and under rated in my opinion. The included brush isn't too shabby either. It applies the shadows well. The dome shaped crease blender end is a touch scratchy.

Close ups of the two ends of the brush tips. It is much better than your traditional included brushes, but nothing I would ditch my other brushes for. It does work if you forgot a brush, though.

The only downside to this palette is that the names of the shadows are nowhere on the actual palette. It's on the outside box packaging, but I don't keep those since I want easy access to my eyeshadows! In any case, the shade names are included above.

The last thing contained in the packaging is the Backstage Beauty Breakdown booklet that tells you instructions on how to do the makeup looks. Again this is a little bit hard to follow when you don't know the name of the eyeshadows (luckily there is a picture of the shade that you can most likely match it to the correct shade).


Hand swatches below are one bare skin without primer. You can see even without one, the color payoff is really excellent. Obviously not every shade is 100% fabulous, but they are all in the range of high ranking shade.

Call Back, Strut, Scout, Beauty Mark, LBD

Day Rate, Couture, RTW, 10K, Pose
Bottom Line: This is a great palette at a great price. The shadows work very well, and the colors are versatile. You can create a whole myriad of looks from daytime to night time looks. It's a must.

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