It’s finally here! A few weeks ago, influencer Jackie Aina announced the launch of her new eyeshadow palette, in collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills, on social media. The initial swatches reveal a rich and versatile color story, with shadows and shimmers that actually(!) show up on darker skin. Jackie has always been a champion of diversity in beauty, and I feel privileged to see that come into focus in this palette. So of course, I was excited to put it to the test and share my thoughts!
The first time I opened up the box, I didn’t even want to touch the palette– it’s just so beautiful. The packaging itself is also very elegant with its holographic exterior. Looking at the shadows themselves, you can see how the palette incorporates both bright pops of color and deep smoky shades. There are also more neutral options, particularly Credit and Ginger, that work perfectly as transition shades on darker skin tones. I especially love how glitzy Zamn is. What I found to be the most unique in the palette were the variety of greens! Trust Issues appears white when pressed but swatches a lime green. Sponsored is a glitzy sage tone, and Dwollahs looks like a classic gold when pressed but has green reflects when applied. I’m used to applying orange and blue shadows, so I’m excited to have a palette that can help push me to find new themes and combos.
When I first dipped into the palette, I saw the brush was immediately coated in the shadow. I’m used to having to dig and dip before seeing any sign of pigment, so this was a great initial sign. That being said, I did experience fallout within the pans, but because I prepped my eye with an eyeshadow primer, the shadows were still stable on my eye and didn’t end up falling on my base. Especially considering how pigmented these particular shadows are, I’m not mad about it. Just prep your eye with an eyeshadow primer or concealer, and the color will hold.
For the look I did, I first prepped my eye with my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Caffeine. Then I started with Credit as a transition shade, swiping the shadow into the crease with a fluffy brush. I also blend Ginger in to soften Credit up and make the crease look as soft as possible. For the shimmer, I chose Wiggalese and applied it to the lid, starting from the bottom and moving up towards the crease. This time, I used a flatter brush to dip into the pan then sprayed it to create a foily effect. To help the shimmer blend better into the crease, I take a fluffy brush and sweep in Edges and a bit of Pinker. I lost a little smokiness so I finish the look by reapplying some Credit in the crease. On the lower lash line, I applied Pinker and Credit, smoking it so that it blended in with my crease. To stay with the orange theme, I added an inner corner highlight using Catch from the Rendevous palette from Colourpop. To finish the eyes, I used the Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer to tightline and the Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara on my lashes.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this palette, because it is both stunning and versatile. Palettes are a pretty big investment, and I think that considering both the color payoff and variety, this is definitely worth the splurge. Of course, we give a big congrats to Auntie Jackie! It’s not everyday you see influences of color scoring such major collabs, and the fact that this launch incorporates her mission makes it even more special. I know I speak for a lot of people when I say, I can’t wait to see what she does next!