You all know that when queen ABH releases a new palette – a completely warm toned one at that – I need to get my greedy paws on it. So without further ado, here is my little review of the amazing Modern Renaissance palette. Cue the heavenly choir.
Seeing as I am so aesthetically driven, I would like to begin by talking about the packaging – and oh boy has Anastasia nailed it. Out of all their palettes, this is hands down my favourite. Firstly, the cardboard box is one of my favourite colours, lilac, so I’m already winning. It also boasts minimal white and rose gold detailing, which is super on trend. Once you open this bad boy up you are greeted with a palette of the same design, except… it’s fluffy! The velvet finish is visually wonderful, although I must admit I am dreading trying to keep it clean – this one is definitely being stored in its box!
I have to admit that at first I was a little confused; surely all these warm tones scream Autumn/winter, not summer? But I’m sold. They are more like the colours of a warm summer night. A mixture of oranges, nudes and pinks is the absolute perfect combination and I think they will compliment every skin tone. I love that within this palette all of the shades are equally as pigmented, unlike other palettes where the shades are a bit hit and miss. The metallic shades are incredibly creamy and pigmented meaning there is little to no fall out during application.
Tempera – velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – metallic with a satin finish
Love Letter – raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber – dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar – brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe – earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red – Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre – sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera – shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange – deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna – natural amber with an ultra-matte finish
The deeper shades (e.g. Love Letter & Venetian Red) look a lil’ bit daunting for someone like me who doesn’t tend to experiment with colours too much. Lucky they are all build-able so you’re able to start off soft and build your way up to something more dramatic.
Overall, the pigmentation is stunning, the shades are super blend-able and easy to work with and have become my favourite formula of eyeshadows. My only issue is that there is a whole lotta matte shades and for someone who prefers to wear shimmer all over the lid and matte shades in the crease, I do find that this palette is a little bit off balance. I personally think this palette would have benefitted from adding some more shimmer shades, but if you like matte looks then you will undoubtedly adore this palette. I can’t fault the formula and I have been using it daily since I received it. With this palette I am able to create a natural look, soft glam look or even a full glam look all with this one palette. If I had to choose just one palette to use for the rest of my life, I feel like I would choose this one. Everything about this palette is beautiful and I am over the moon that this is now part of their permanent collection.
Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,