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Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Tutorial and Review

By on August 27, 2014
in Makeup, Makeup Wars
Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Tutorial & Review via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Tutorial & Review

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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

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia 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 Maya Mia Palette via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Tutorial

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Tutorial via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia 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.

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Eye Look via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Eye Look

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.

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Look via @AllLacqueredUp

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette Look


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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.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette is available now at,, and The Maya Mia palette retails for $29/ea.

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?

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  1. I love your tutorial! The eye look is beautiful!

  2. Make sure you mess around with the colors some more if you are feeling ‘meh’ about the palette. While the warm tones don’t work for all skin types there are some real winners in the mix. Great tutorial. xo

  3. jbrobeck says:

    I agree with you about the warmth – I could not pull this palette off in the winter!

  4. Lisa N. says:

    That’s a really nice palette. I like the look you achieved with it too.

  5. These colors are definitely too warm toned for me, but they look amazing on you!

  6. Phyrra says:

    These colors really suit you!

  7. Abbi says:

    The look is great on you! Great job blending it all. I am trying to venture into trying more colors and exploring the crease to brow bone area.

  8. Brittany says:

    No way. I’m thinking you can pull this off whether pale or tan. I am definitely going to try applying eye shadow to my crease first. I’ve never actually done it!

  9. Katie says:

    I love Maya Mia so I was excited to see this pallet but I am super sad the aqua did not work as well as hoped. I am cool toned so I was not thinking too hard about getting this one but that news is disappointing none the less for the warm skinned gals.

  10. riley says:

    I have never seen your picture before so my comment is based on my first impression. When I first saw the picture, my thought was that you were ill.