When I heard Anastasia Beverly Hills was coming out with the Modern Renaissance palette, I initially wasn’t that excited. To me, it seemed like a range of colours I wouldn’t get the use out of and for the price, I really didn’t think I could justify the purchase.
That was until I started seeing bloggers and vloggers everywhere trying out the eyeshadows and the gorgeous eye looks they were creating. The next thing I knew, this was in my shopping basket.
I’ve had this palette for a couple months now so it’s definitely time to tell you my honest opinion.
Let’s start with the packaging.
I’m not the biggest fan of the colour pink but even I can’t deny that this velvet case with embossed text is visually pleasing and works well with the colour scheme of the eyeshadows inside. The only downside to the packaging for me is that due to the velvet finish, this won’t stay pale pink for very long. I’d recommend keeping it in the cardboard box that the palette comes in to prevent any unwanted stains.
Inside, you will find a good sized mirror which is a definite pro for me and a selection of 14 eyeshadows in a range of warm neutrals, oranges and berry tones. The majority of the shadows are matte which I think is difficult to find in a palette and something which really had me drawn to choosing this over another.
The first row of eyeshadows from left to right:
Tempera – cream beige with matte finish
Golden Ochre -earthy yellow with matte finish
Vermeer – iridescent powder pink with metallic finish
Buon Fresco – lilac with matte finish
Love Letter – raspberry with matte finish
Cyprus Umber – chocolate brown with matte finish
The second row of eyeshadows from left to right:
Raw Sienna – sand brown with matte finish
Burnt Orange -warm orange with matte finish
Primavera – champagne with shimmer finish
Red Ochre – deep brick red with matte finish
Venetian Red – rich cranberry with matte finish and a hint of shimmer
Warm Taupe – soft caramel toned grey with matte finish
Realgar – burnt orange with matte finish
My swatches were taken with no primer and hopefully you can tell that the colour pay-off is pretty great. The quality of the eyeshadows are buttery and blend with ease. Due to the majority of the palette being matte, this is something I was a little concerned about before testing these out. Also, don’t be deceived as this palette can kick up a bit of a powdery dust over the packaging but this does not transfer to the eye.
There is not one shade in this palette that I do not use and the variety of looks that can be created from just these shades is quite remarkable, from day-to-day looks to more extravagant evening looks. It may not look it, but it’s very versatile.
My most worn look would be using Tempera all over the lid creating a base for the rest of the shades, a mix of Warm Taupe and Golden Ochre in the crease to start warming up the look and then I will go in with Cyprus Umber in the outer corners of my eye. Next I take Red Ochre through the crease to bring in a little colour. Finally, I use Vermeer in the inner half of my lid to complete the look.
You also get this double sided eyeshadow brush included, which I will admit I haven’t used as I thought it felt a little rough but I have heard that some people get on well with it so it may work for you.
So overall, would I recommend this palette? Yes, without a doubt. This is my favourite eyeshadow palette and I will be so disappointed when I hit pan on one of the colours. I love this so much I may have to buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario next!
Have you tried out this palette? What do you think?
Thanks for reading,