My comment about Jackie Aina follows end of blog post. Yes I am going there because I am fearless. 🙂
Back to makeup!
Very rarely has a palette come along and seduced me the instant I saw it.
The other time this happened was with the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk eyeshadow palette.
I didn’t buy Desert Dusk because I didn’t want to deal with all those same-y skintone mattes, that problematic glitter, the gold shimmer and the fact that the purple, the shade I was DYING for was the weakest formula.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills*Jackie Aina colour story spoke to me and I absolutely trusted Jackie to ensure the formulation would work for us brown people.
This palette has the perfect number of ‘skintone’ mattes that I will tolerate in a palette. Three.
Edges, Ginger and Credit.
And they blend beautifully and have the depth of colour that will actually show on my MAC NC40/Dior4 skintone, crease and outer V.
(fun fact: I DO appreciate a white shade though. Perfect eraser shade)
Next my eyes went to the coloured mattes.
- Supreme (Matte rosy pink)*
- Pinker (Matte mid-tone cool plum)*
- Big wig (Matte rich purple)*
The type of colours I love for my crease and eyelooks.
It’s a novel experience to NOT STRUGGLE to get these type of colours to show up on my lids! I dont have to pack them on…! Imagine the freedom!
Big Wig is probably the weakest in comparison to the other shades IN THIS PALETTE. I did have to dip back a fews time to get Big Wig to the depth I wanted. But then I don’t do subtle. Different strokes ….
I topped it off with Shookington (Metallic violet with a blue shift).
I have a tiny eyeshadow collection but please may I say Credit is simply the BEST dark chocolate matte I have encountered. (described as Deep Plum Brown by ABH)
Dark Umber in Soft Glam is pure trash. Patchy and difficult to blend. I now use it to powder my roots in-between coloring in my greys.
But Credit. aaaah! Blended beautifully even on an un-set primer.
Then there is
- Lituation (Metallic deep taupe with a violet shift)
- Wiggalese (Metallic cranberry red)
- Sponsored (Metallic chocolate with a teal shift)
I adore them especially for single shadow look. Swiped across my lids and buffed out with a clean brush. Why mess around adding crease, browbone, transition shades ? These are beautiful by themselves.
I have rejected shades like Sponsored (Metallic chocolate with a teal shift) in other palettes thinking ‘yea whatever another WetnWild -esque Comfort Zone brown-teal metal’
Nope not Sponsored. And on my eyelids in certain lights it reflects a moss green !
- Soleil (Metallic soft peach with a gold shift)
- Zamn (Sparkling rose gold)
- Dwollahs (Metallic golden olive)
- Trust issues (Sparkling white gold)
Shades of gold and variations thereof, are not my favourites and on top of it they all have glitter fall-out. GRRRR.
In this day and age glitter formulations must be ‘minus fallout’. What is this ? The Middle Ages????
They do foil beautifully with a wet brush but I am still surprised at the crazy fall out.
Zamn is beautiful, because it the type of the ‘rose-gold’ I appreciate. The one that leans more copper.
Dwollahs, I giggle EVERYTIME because I can literally ‘hear’ Jackie saying this, is the exact shade of gold I hate the most. I can’t see the olive shift.
Me and gold eyeshadow are not friends. I wore this shade of gold eyeshadow in 1993 when I got married ….so in 2019 ? No thanks!
Trust Issues I think is a topper shade and I need to play with it more.
All in all I love this palette because all the colours SHOW UP on me! Now I could have invested in Colored Raine and Juvia’s Place but none of their colour stories attracted me till this one came along.
So full marks to ABH*JackieAina!!!
My views on Jackie Aina:
Jackie Aina’s palette is the FIRST collaboration I have bought, EVER. Not because I am a ‘fan’ but I liked what I saw and I like her!
I am a consumer and happy to acknowledge that she will get a % of my purchase because she delivered on this product.
But I am not subscribed to JA, but then neither am I subbed to Tati or Emily Noel.
I like supporting smaller YTers with my subscription and continuous ‘views’ & ‘engagement’. Mel Thompson, Kinkysweat, Michelle Wang, Theresa is Dead, Beauty News and the like.
First what I don’t like about Jackie is the lack of public apology to Petty Paige. That is not fair. The allegation was massive hence the apology also needed to be massive.
Also I didn’t like the fact that she publicly dragged Juvia’s Place about the J* thing, and but had a quiet word with Too Faced Jerrod (?) after his sh*tty ‘Rich Lives Matter’ cake.
Both were around the same issue hence both so should have been brought to light in the same way. That’s how I feel.
What I like about Jackie is she is ‘globalising‘. People have called her polarizing, but I like to use ‘globalising’.
- I love the fact that she is well versed on Halal Makeup,
- I love the fact she wishes her viewers Happy Ramadan/Hari Raya,
- I love the fact that she recognizes hijabis,
- I love the fact she knows about ‘Fair & Lovely’ in India,
- I love the fact that a girl in Bangladesh adores Jackie for recognizing her hijab and her values.
- I love the fact she gets those pronunications right !
HIGH FIVE !
I am Hindu but I like the fact Jackie tries to talk beyond the borders of the ‘Western World and Western Values’.
So all in all I am chuffed.
OH MY GOD I AM SO SORRY I FORGOT TO MENTION…
after a year of slagging ABH eyeshadow formula off (Soft Glam) for its piss poor longevity on my lids I have learnt how to find happiness with my ABH*JA palette.
- Don’t apply eye cream.
- Carefully dry/dab off eyelids after skincare and sunscreen.
- Apply NARS pro prime smudgeproof.
- Allow it to set, either air dry or with a setting powder.
Then apply the shadows.
This has helped me so far but I am yet to do a full on 8 hour test.