Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Holiday Vault is a new, limited edition set that features 10 new shades of lipstick, which includes primarily shimmery/metallic (more “matte metallic”) shades. They are miniature in size, but I didn’t have any issues with them breaking during application (despite some having firmer formulas, too!).
If you’re someone who has tried Anastasia’s matte lipsticks in the past and liked them, then these are in the same vein, but if you have no tolerance for firmer, stiffer lipstick formulas… keep moving. I think that these feel “worse” going on than they are; they are more comfortable to wear than expected, though they are not the most comfortable matte formula on the market. Most shades were pigmented and longer-wearing with a few being a little drying over time.
Pink Champagne is a soft, peachy coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that didn’t build up to full coverage with additional layers. The texture was firmer in the tube, thin, and lightweight, but there was some emphasis of my lip lines. This shade lasted well for four and a half hours and felt slightly drying over time.
Staycation is a deep, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. The lipstick had good color payoff in one pass, which didn’t really build up to full coverage due to the texture having more of a velvety slip to it that I didn’t find conducive to layering (pushed the product around more). The texture was lightweight, thin without being clingy, but there was product that sank into and separated along my deeper lip lines. It stayed on well for five hours and felt a touch drying toward the end of wear.
Chrome Peach is a light-medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The texture was firmer and thinner, so it needed heavier pressure to apply without tugging. The color went on evenly, and while more metallic, it didn’t emphasize my lip lines much. It wore nicely for five hours and felt neither drying nor hydrating over time.
Spirit is a medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. The lipstick had a dense consistency that was thin, lightweight, and had slight velvety glide that could have been a little more forgiving but didn’t tug painfully on my lips during application. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly but had a tendency to sink into my lip lines. It lasted well for four and a half hours and felt neither drying nor hydrating while worn.
Rose Gold is a medium-dark, rosy coral with warm undertones and flecks of gold and pink micro-glitter. The consistency was grittier initially, especially as it was firmer and denser, so it tugged and had a noticeable texture from the sparkles as I pulled it on my lips. It had semi-opaque color coverage that adhered somewhat evenly, but it separated along my deeper lip lines and clumped up slightly in places. The color stayed on nicely for five hours but was drying over time.
Blood Orange is a deep orange-red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented that adhered evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing my lip lines. The texture was dense, slightly firm, but it had enough give that it didn’t drag on my lips during application. It wore well for over six hours and felt slightly drying toward the end of wear.
Cinnamon is a muted, medium-dark orange with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The lipstick had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to my lips, while the texture was thin, velvety, and firmer in the tube, so it tugged slightly but didn’t feel dry or clingy on. It lasted nicely for five and a half hours and was non-drying.
Vida is a deep, raspberry red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that adhered evenly, but it was an incredibly stiff formula to work with, so it tugged and pulled at my lips quite a bit. The lipstick felt very lightweight, thin yet didn’t seem to cling to or emphasize my natural lip texture. The color was still going strong after six hours of wear but felt a little drying toward the end.
Chrome Brown is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a faint, metallic sheen. The consistency was lightly creamy without any slip–it didn’t feel emollient but glided across my lips without tugging. The more metallic finishes definitely have more glide compared to the mattes, though. It had rich color coverage that wore nicely for five and a half hours and felt non-drying over time.
Chrome Purple is a blackened purple with cooler violet and purple sparkle. The texture felt grittier due to the size and amount of the sparkles, and it wasn’t helped by the denser, firmer texture that was drier compared to most modern lipsticks. It had good color coverage in a single layer, and it applied fairly evenly, but there was build up of product in my lip lines and definite unevenness around the inner area of my lips (where it didn’t adhere well). It lasted well for five hours but was slightly drying over time.