this is what happened to me in a recent trip to sephora, when i stopped to swatch some of the eye shadow duos from anastasia, known chiefly for their brow grooming products, something which, i'll admit, i don't invest in. [since i stopped dyeing my hair black, my eyebrows have been very lonely and unattended. i'll pluck a few weeds from the garden, but that's really it.] but as soon as i touched the soft shades of "my bedford", i knew that i had found something truly special from a company i knew relatively little about.
"my bedford" is, if i'm being totally honest, a combination of colours that would look stunning on ladies with deep brown eyes. yes, i'm fond of plum-type shades, but the fact is that while they might look nice enough on me, they really pump up the volume on the rich tones of brown. consider this my moment of jealousy towards all you brown-eyed lovelies.
the two colours are incredibly rich and smooth in pigmentation and blend together seamlessly. the first shade is a peachy neutral with a sheen that's a little deep for a highlight on me, but looks amazing on the lids. it's the sort of colour that brightens and "wakes up" your eyes. i think it would work well on its own for a very natural sort of look.
|l to r [natural light] :: chanel sable emouvante, my bedford, urban decay sin|
|l to r [with flash] :: sable emouvante, my bedford, urban decay sin|
the true superstar here, though, is the deeper shade. it's an intense, truly intense currant-y purple, lighter than a real eggplant shade but in the same range. it has a definite sheen that reflects a little bit more pink than the base. what can i say? these sorts of velvety rich, aristocratic, decadent purples own my heart.
|l to r [natural light] :: mac nocturnelle, my bedford, lmdb fig, mac star violet|
|l to r [with flash] :: mac nocturnelle, my bedford, lmdb fig, mac star violet|
i will say that the price of $30 per duo makes it easier to forgive this flaw, because that puts the duo at roughly the same price as a single shadow from chanel or nars and still less than a duo from mac. the colour selection from anastasia is limited, but impeccably curated- each duo and palette is exceptionally beautiful and the quality seems consistent throughout. they also boast skin care benefits, but since i can't commit to wearing one brand every day [cue insane cackling], i can't really comment on those. [perilously pale theorised that her shadows disappeared quickly on first use because her lids were soaking up all the benefits... that works for me.]
so here's a quick look featuring "my bedford", which is also an oddity for me, because it features super-light lips, not something that i do that often... not sure that these photos make me inclined to do it more often, although it is a sort of look that i quite enjoy, when i tire of my signature "neutral eyes, dark lips" thing...
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
gosh liquid concealer "light"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates"
anastasia e/s duo "my bedford" [shimmering light peach, rich aubergine plum]
makeup forever concealer pencil "light/ medium"
benefit bad gal mascara
mac blush ombre "springshine"* [light tan]
mac mineralize skinfinish "perfect topping"* [pearly beige]
mac l/s "outminxed"* [semi-sheer sparkling gold]
*suggested alternates :: springshine = benefit hoola [deeper, browner]; perfect topping = edward bess south of france [lighter, pinker]; outminxed = mac gel
anastasia products are available at sephora.