My inner urban girl, the one who after 10 years living in the surburbs still tells herself that “it’s only temporary,” loves that Anastasia gives a shout-out to city girls with the name of her $39 Bright Eyes, Big City Brow & Eye Collection kit.
The kit, one of four available now from Anastasia for the holidays, comes with a nice array of eye and brow products put together to create natural, wide-eyed looks.
The kit includes…
- One pan with a trio of matte eye and brow powders
- Another pan with a trio of baked shimmery eyeshadows
- A travel-size mascara
- A full-size Cooling Eye Brightener
- A full-size Clear Brow Gel
- A tiny tweezers
- A mini dual-tipped brow brush
- And a mini dual-tipped eyehadow brush
Anastasia’s known for bodacious brow products, and they’re my favorite pieces in this kit. With the brow/eye powders, gel, tweezers and mini brow brush, perfect brows are just a minute or two away.
As for the rest of the eye makeup here, well, I feel like it’s just okay. I do dig the glowy effect I get with the shimmery eyeshadows, but it’s accompanied by some fallout. That, and I feel like the mascara, despite the great lash separation it creates, doesn’t deliver the drag queen length and volume I crave.
And when I applied the Cooling Eye Brightener, a creamy highlighting serum designed to soothe, de-puff and brighten the under-eye area, on my dark circles, my eyes protested by watering for about 10 minutes (it felt like when I get products containing menthol too close to my eyes).
Overall, I like the kit’s vibe — like Sunday brunch with the gals — but feel just so-so about some of the eye products. It’s a practical, mostly neutral, aesthetic that looks natural, not fussy. A girl could pair these pieces with neutral cheeks and lips for no-makeup makeup look, or add a brighter red lipstick for dramatic contrast (perhaps Lancome’s new Caprice?).
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Nordstrom stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,