Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario – Swatches on Dark Skin

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ABH has been hitting it out of the park lately in terms of palettes. The Modern Renaissance is one of my all-time favourites, so I had to pick up the Master Palette by Mario or I knew that I’d regret it. And if you don’t pick it up, so will you.

The best part about this palette is that it’s so easy to wear. Whereas Modern Renaissance had a few shades that might be tough for some people to wear (like the hot pink and red), this one is all wearable, all the time. The shade selection means that all the shades pair together really nicely, and they’re soft and blendable. What’s neatest about this palette, though, is that the shimmer shades are not a crazy metallic or glittery situation – they’re a smooth shimmer that really just enhances the eye.

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Despite being skeptical of all things Kardashian, my favourite shade from the top row (heck, probably the entire palette!) is Kim. It’s a perfect rose gold that just makes my eyes look bright and lifted and that I could happily wear for my entire life, okay? But with a light hand, Hollywood also makes for a really pretty brow highlight.

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My favourites from the bottom row are Isabel (an amazing transition) and Violeta (so good in the crease/outer v). I have to admit that even though I’m terrified of wearing colourful eyeshadow, Bronx is like colourful eyeshadow for people who usually only wear neutrals. And I like it.

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Compared to Modern Renaissance, the Master Palette by Mario is cooler-toned and more muted, and contains more shimmers and fewer mattes. (Also worth noting is that the Modern Renaissance is permanent, whereas Mario is limited edition.) In terms of formula, it’s similar to the Modern Renaissance, especially in the sense that the shades do kick up quite a bit of dust when you dip your brush into them. I’ve grown used to it, though!

In short, it’s apples to oranges. You don’t have to choose – you can totally justify having both. In fact, you need both. Good thing the Mario palette is still in stock on the Sephora Canada website and will be in stores on October 20th.

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