The Makeup Wars gang is tackling another palette, featuring a diverse range of looks and tutorials using the same product. This time, it’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette. The warm-toned palette is not a color range I would normally gravitate towards so I was excited to take on the challenge of stepping outside my eye shadow comfort zone.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette
The Anastasia Maya Mia Palette was created by Makeup Artist and YouTube guru, Maya Mia. The 10-shadow palette is very warm-toned with a lots of neutrals and a few pops of color.
This is my first experience with Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows or palettes and I found the pigmentation and formula of the shadows to be a very mixed bag. While some colors, Sienna, Caramel, Deep Brown, Glisten and Warm Taupe are smooth and pigmented, others don’t give the same color payoff or silky texture.
I was especially disappointed in Aqua as two of the five included tutorial cards featured the shade and I couldn’t get it to look anywhere near as bright, no matter how much I packed on my eye. Fresh Peach was similar, though not quite as chalky or sheer. Perhaps applying them wet or with a special primer could make them pop, if you’re willing to put in the work.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Tutorial
Get The Look
Step 1 – Prime eyelid and apply Nude from lash line to brow with a fluffy brush to act as a base.
Step 2 – Dip a fine liner brush in Sienna and apply to crease and connect with corner of the eye. You can extend it further, based on your face and eye shape.
Step 3 – Blend out Sienna with a crease brush dipped in Caramel.
Step 4 – Apply Caramel to outer third of lid with a flat shader brush and blend.
Step 5 – Apply Fresh Peach to inner two thirds of eye and blend. You really need to pack this shadow on with a flat shader brush to get good color payoff.
Step 6 – Apply Glisten to inner corner with a thin liner brush.
Step 7 – Apply white liner to bottom waterline to brighten eye. Apply brown kohl liner to upper and lower lash line and smudge. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.
Since I am still rocking my amped-up summer faux glow, this look works well with a tan but, in my normal state of pale, I doubt I could pull it off. To add to the warm, glow-y feel of this eye, I applied a peachy blush, matte bronzer and coral lip.
Bottom Line: Even though I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products for years, this is my first foray with the brand’s eye shadows. Overall, I’m feeling kind of meh and hoping this palette is not representative of their typical quality. When half the colors, including the two most eye-catching shades, don’t deliver as well as the rest, I can’t say it’s a great investment. It gets a pass from me even though I enjoyed pushing myself to wear an atypical look.
Thoughts on the palette and the look I created? Do you have a go-to color you wear on your eyes? When was the last time you pushed your makeup boundaries and what shade did you choose?