Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Anastasia Illumin8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Illumin8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Eye Shadow Palette - No. 2 No. 2

$40 usd at  Sephora.com, Inc.

This product comes in a slick silver  case. The case looks luxurious but when you pick it up it's very lightweight and definitely not made with metal, but it's still very sturdy. It's small and thin enough easily carry it in a small handbag.

The brush duo that comes in the palette is useable. I wouldn't say it's a great brush but for a brush that comes in a palette it's not bad. It can be useful for touch-ups throughout the day.

Here's what this product claims:

Makeup that works like skincare!

Anastasia’s comprehensive approach to beauty, from her focus on creating the perfect brow to understanding the surrounding skin’s elasticity and texture, led her on the search for color cosmetics that help to keep skin looking youthful…think of makeup that works like skincare. After years of development, Anastasia introduces Youthful Synergy™ Color, unique clinically tested makeup designed to firm, smooth and illuminate the appearance of skin while also soothing, softening and hydrating. It’s the best of both worlds, the Beauty of Anastasia combined with the Science of Skincare.

Straight from the beauty innovator Anastasia Soare’s Illumin8 Eye Shadow Palette features her Youthful Synergy™ Complex. This complex is created from vitamins A, B, C, E and F, as well as naturally rich Brown Algae, Sea Whip and Macadamia. Shadows also feature Anastasia’s exclusive antioxidant-rich Balkan Botanical® Infusion that soothes, softens and hydrates skin. Formulated to help keep the eye area looking youthful and maintain elasticity, this palette is perfect for women of all ages.
Clinically proven results:
Clinical result reported at 1 hour is:
29% increase in skin hydration. Clinical results reported at 4 weeks are:
• Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on upper eyelid and brow area are reduced. 
• Appearance of upper eyelid puffiness is reduced.
Consumer test results after 4 weeks of use:
70% noticed reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the eyelid77% noticed eye area appears illuminated83% noticed eyelid appears smoother70% noticed eyelid appears firmer68% noticed hooded lid appears less visible83% noticed overall eye area appears lighter/brighterClinical test results after 4 weeks this eye area appears:
• Firmer
• Smoother
• Lighter
• Less Puffy

Results may vary, though significant results were seen after 1 hour of application.

This product sure does sound great. And the before and after pictures and clinical test results are impressive. One thing that came to mind is: will eyeshadows still work to treat and prevent those aging issues even when used on top of eyeshadow base/primer? Nowadays most of us use eyeshadow base or primer under powder eyeshadow... but if this product is to work like skin care shouldn't the product have direct contact with the skin that it's treating?

So I tested out the product by using eyeshadow primer on one eyelid and using just the Anastasia Illumin8 eyeshadow on the other eyelid...

Firstly, these eyeshadows are very well pigmented even without primers or base! The powder feel soft and silky on the skin and blends easily. 

There wasn't any noticeable difference in the eyelid skin texture or firmness when I took off the eyeshadows after 4 hours.

I continued to use primer on one eyelid and Anastasia Illumin8 eyeshadow on its own on the other eye for 4 days. By the 4th day, after carefully examining my eyelids, I felt confident that the eyelid I wore the Anastasia Illumin8 eyeshadow without a primer felt softer and and smooth. I didn't have much discolouration on the eyelids to begin with so it's hard to say if the eyelid skin tone changed at all...

I continued to use the Anastasia Illumin8 eyeshadow on its own on both of my eyelids for 3 weeks.

The skin on my eyelids felt moisturized and soft. Prior to using this product the skin underneath my eyebrows was dry and bit flaky but after using this product for 3 weeks it felt well hydrated.

Eyeshadow swatches:

I'm overall satisfied with this product! This particular palette is a good neutral palette. However, I do wish there was a light brown or champagne color in this palette.

$40 usd at  Sephora.com, Inc.

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