Anastasia ILLUMIN8 Eye Shadow Palette: Finally Anti-Aging Eye Shadow! plus Giveaway!!

I was invited to the Spring 2011 Beauty Event at the Anastasia Beverly Hills store and was unable to attend, but the wonderful people at Anastasia sent the entire swag bag for the event! Today I’m going to concentrate on the ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palettes. There are two new additions for spring–#4 and #5.

Beauty innovator Anastasia Soare of Anastasia Cosmetics has created an eye shadow palette that addresses aging eyes–the ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palettes. Genius idea Anastasia! The complex is created from vitamins A, B, C, E and F, as well as rich Brown Algae, Sea Whip and Macadamia. The 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, these palettes are perfect for women over 40! In clinical tests at 1 hour, skin hydration was increased by 29% and after 4 weeks eyelids appear 70% firmer and 83% smoother.

ILLUMIN8 palettes come in 5 colorways, I tried #5, a gorgeous combination of peachy bronze, brown, teal and navy.  I followed the ‘Red Carpet 1′ face chart of Andrew Velazquez, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ National Make-up Artist.

I used shade #1, a pale pink all over from brow to lash line, followed with shade #2 on lid up to the crease. Shade #4, a bronzey brown was blended into the crease and I lined my eyes with shade #5 a deep navy. I also applied the deep navy into the out corner. These eye shadows applied effortlessly, were very easy to blend and lasted all day using no primer. I experienced no fading, creasing or fallout.

I’m also wearing the Anastasia highlighting creme duo in St. Tropez which we’ll talk about in another post.

I absolutely love this palette and I haven’t even experimented with it that much–I just couldn’t wait to tell you that finally a brand has made a beautiful eye shadow palette that is simply ideal for over 40 women!

Packaging:  an elegant mirrored silver case. I’m very impressed with the included brush too–the blending side is soft, does and excellent job and the crease/liner brush is so useful!

Quality:  excellent! I didn’t even have to use a primer and the shadows lasted all day. Pigmented, smooth and blend like a dream! The shadows work just as well wet.

Value:  these palettes retail for $40 and you are getting 5 shadows. The brush is of high quality and is all you need. The quality of these shadows rival Dior and Chanel at a much better price. May be a bit pricey for some.

Best For:  with the anti-aging ingredients, these palettes target our age!

Overall:  Excellent quality, elegant packaging, clinically proven, good-for-your-skin ingredients. With beautiful pigmented shades that can be used wet or dry and a high quality useful brush, this palette is precisely what we over 40 women need. I was amazed at how my crepey lids looked smoother and younger immediately. The 5 colorways available should have something for all skin tones.

Prime Beauty Grade: A+   Anastasia ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palettes are available exclusively at Sephora.

But wait beauties–there’s more! Because I love you and because I want all women over 40 to look and feel the best they can, I’m going to give away my second Anastasia ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palette-this one is #4. This giveaway is limited to residents of the U.S. over 18 years of age. To enter leave me a comment and tell me how many shades of eye shadow you typically use on your eyes everyday. Me=3-4. Giveaway will end at midnight PST on Monday, March 14th.

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  • AutumH

    I normally use 2-3 shades of eyeshadow when I put my makeup on.

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  • Soos

    Nice shadows!

    1=highlighter on the browbone, 2=matte taupe from the inside of the brow (by the side of the nose) to the inner eye corner, 3=something either bright or a medium shade on the lid, 4=a darker shade in the crease, concentrating on the outer eye. 5=darkest shade in the outer “V” if necessary or for drama. But usually 4!

    • cindy

      I’m with ya sistah!

  • Tensy

    I have the #1 palette and I love these shadows. They feel so creamy when applied to the lid, unlike any other powder shadows I have ever used.

  • Regina S

    I am ashamed to admit it but I do good just to get one color on my eyes because I am always running late!

    • cindy

      No worries, a sheer wash of color is always in style and appropriate for a polished look!

  • Gigi

    i use 2. One on lid, one in crease and to line on top.

  • Holly O

    Entry #1-
    I use 2-4 shades of eye shadow per day. The number depends on how early I have to get up, what I am wearing and how bad my allergies are.

    I am a fan on Facebook.

    Cindy –This is a beautiful pallet giveaway — You are generous to share!

  • Rachel

    I typically use 3-4 shades of eyeshadow! I LOOVE it! Great blog too :)

    Thank you!


  • Dee

    I don’t use eyeshadow every day but when I go out or to a special event I typically use 3

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  • Dee

    I stumbled as deegee13 thanks :)

  • Dee

    I dugg as deegee13 thanks!

  • jasmin george

    i typically use 2, one for background and another to emphasize
    thank you

  • Ali

    I use 4 eyeshadows. 1 for the lid, crease, underneath eyebrow and than a color for the outer v :) Love makeup!!

  • Ali

    Following on twitter and RT’ed @geekchic21 Thanks.

  • Nina

    I typically use 2 and 3 is really pushing it, LOL.

  • Nina

    I liked on Facebook (Niña Sagarbarria)

  • quinie

    enter me!

  • Sherry B.

    I usually use 4-5 shades in the same manner as Soos above. Totally off-topic, looking at your pictures here, I just realized that you and I look VERY much alike!

    • cindy

      Really? Sherry you must be stunning! (hehe)

  • Sherry B.

    OOPS! I was so stunned by noticing our resemblance that I forgot to say that I like Prime Beauty on FB as Sherry Brooks!

  • Donna J

    I usually use 3 but sometimes up to 5.

  • Donna J

    I follow on twitter as soofriends

  • Donna J

    I like you on facebook as Donna Masterson

  • Donna J

    I get RSS delivered to my inbox at my email address through bloglovin.

  • DRTVRMoi

    Most days, it’s two shadows. When time and temperament permit, it’s three. If I do four, it’s a sign of the Apocalypse.

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  • Barb

    3, sometimes 4 shades.

  • Julie B

    I always use three shades. These colors in this palette look great.

  • Julie B

    just subscribed via rss feed on my yahoo reader.

  • Mamavalveeta03

    I’m a pretty simple girl, so I’d have to say 2 shadows is usually what I wear.

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  • shauna

    I use two different shadows every day, sometimes three for the evening.

  • Erica K

    i typically use no more than 3. but usually 2.

  • MarciaF

    I’m not entering the contest but these sound great. My birth certificate says I’m over 40 so maybe it’s time for me to look into something this nice.

  • Bobbie J crippen

    FINALLY!!!! Been saying for several years now that I need an anti-aging eyeshadow, and these are beautiful! I usually wear 3 shades at once.
    bcript on Twitter, Bobbie Crippen on FaceBook.

  • Amee

    Sounds interesting and very innovative!!!! but I am hearing the name of this brand for the first time.. its not available in India..
    After reading your review I think I should explore their makeup world :)
    Thanks a lot for the review :)

  • hofken

    I typically use 3 shades of eye shadow on my eyes everyday

  • hofken

    I am a subscriber to Prime Beauty RSS feeds

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    I am a follower on Twitter @PrimeBeauty50 @hofken

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  • Amanda D.

    It’s usually 3-4 for me as well! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Amanda D.

    I’m a Facebook fan, too (Amanda D.) Thanks again!

  • Heidi A.

    I use 2-3 colors usually….never enough time for more ! :) Thanks for your blog!

  • ms_fleur

    Typically I use 3-4 shadows as well. :)

  • ms_fleur

    I subscribe via RSS. :)

  • Rebecca

    I use 3 on a regular basis but 4 when I am feeling frisky! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • Kelly Ann

    I wear anywhere from 3 to 5 different colors.

  • Kelly Ann

    I became a new subscriber to Prime Beauty RSS feed

  • Kelly Ann

    Liked Prime Beauty on Facebook

  • Kelly Ann

    Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway.

  • Kelly Ann

    Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway.

    It’s hard to find eyeshadow that wear’s right. I mean one that doesn’t show off all my nook’s and cranny’s… hahaha :)

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  • Jennifer Ryder

    I use 4 colors every day.

  • Jen

    I usually wear three-ish eyeshadows on a normal day.

  • shala_darkstone

    Hi, I usually wear 1-2 colors of eyeshadow a day.

  • shala_darkstone

    I like Prime Beauty on Facebook ((FB name: Maddie Brubaker).

  • shala_darkstone

    I stumbled this giveaway (my username is shala6).

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  • Denise

    I usually use 3-4 if you include the all over base, but I have been known to get crazy and use 6 or so.

  • peggy

    I usually wear 1-2 shades of eye shadow a day. For parties I’ll wear more but I guess I’m in too much hurry most days.

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  • andrea d

    i wear two shades every day

  • ewhatley

    I use 3 eye shadow colors everyday. Love the set you’re showing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • Bonnie C.

    I usually use 2-3, but it can totally vary because I like to combine colors to create different looks and finishes. Plus it depends on how much time I have, the more time I have the more I’ll use, if I only have a little time I just use a wash of one color.

    Thanks for this giveaway! :-)

  • Bonnie C.

    I “like” you on facebook! :-)

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  • Kim

    Everyday I use about 3 colors!


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  • Kim

    I am following via rss feed!! xo

    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  • ShellieAndBrutus

    Because I’m a vet technician and can’t overdo the makeup, I usually only wear up to 2 shades on a wrokday. On my days off, however, I wear 3-4.

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  • styleezta

    I use 3-4 like you :)

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      Sorry, I forgot this was over! I took the tweet down.

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  • Ginny Smith

    I wear two colors eye shadow daily. If I go out to a special event, I’ll blend another. I’m excited to try this. Years ago I traveled from Germany to Beverly Hills so that Anastasia could reshape my brows.

  • Deb

    I use one color, a highlighter at my browbone. Sadly, I am now 50 and have the crepey eyes. I have not been able to find eye shadows that don’t make my eyes look older. It would be awesome to try the Illumin8 Shadow Palette!!

  • Delilah

    i just saw this on Dr Oz , so sorry I m a year late for the give away. lOL
    But I loved your review

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