Warm eye shadows have been incredibly popular for what seems like an eternity. People have been going gaga over rich, saturated shades of reds which would have made my 8th grade self filled with joy. So when Anastasia Beverly Hills announced that they were releasing the Modern Renaissance palette, I was all over it. The gorgeous pinks, reds, and neutrals looked so perfectly curated, I knew I had to have it. However, swatches and pretty shades aren’t enough to completely swoon me over. I put the palette to the test to see if its quality actually lives up to the hype, because what good is a pretty palette if it doesn’t perform, amirite?? If you would like to learn about my thoughts on this palette, please keep reading.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is currently available on the Sephora website for $55 CAD. It is also available on the ABH website, however for Canadians, shipping is extremely expensive. This palette is part of their permanent line, which is a first! Usually ABH palettes are limited edition, so it’s a nice change. The palette comes with 0.28 oz of product (0.02 oz per shadow), which is actually quite a small amount. To compare, an individual ABH shadow comes with 0.059 oz of product and a standard MAC individual shadow comes with 0.05 oz of product. Some of the shades are available as singles, but a good chunk of them are unique to this palette.
The packaging for the palette is a bit interesting. It is made of cardboard and is covered with a velvety light mauve fabric. I am not a huge fan of this finish because it gets extremely messy very easily and ends up looking dingy.
Let’s start off with the mattes! Firstly, they are incredibly pigmented. I have to be very careful when I use the more intense shades because they can end up looking a little crazy. They also have a lot of fall out. I notice that whenever I dip my brush in the shadows, there is a lot of kick up. They can get quite messy so I highly recommend applying the shadows before doing the rest of the face when doing an intense look. The mattes blend nicely, but I wouldn’t say they are extremely smooth and easy to work with. The neutral shades blend out very nicely and true to pan. My swatches for Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange look a little patchy, but that could be because my fingertips were a little sweaty which made it difficult to get a good line. The bolder colours require some degree of carefulness and effort to blend out seamlessly because of their pigmentation and fall out.
The shimmers (i.e. Vermeer, Primavera, Antique Bronze) are more smooth and are easier to blend out. They have a good amount of pigmentation and do not have as much fall out as the matte shades. They don’t really stand out to me because they are very generic shades and their formulation isn’t particularly revolutionary.
If you would like to see how these shadows perform using brushes, please check out the tutorial I filmed using this palette.
ABH Modern Renaissance Palette swatches on NC42 skin
If warm shadows are right up your alley, this could be a great candidate. It has a good amount of neutrals to use for more conservative looks, but it also has some lovely pops of colour which makes the palette quite versatile. One thing to consider is the fact that this is a mostly matte palette, so if you prefer shimmers, this may not be the best product to go with. Another thing to consider is the amount of product that comes with the palette. It really isn’t a lot, especially for the price, and the majority of the shades are quite dupeable (mainly the neutrals). Don’t get me wrong, I think the combination of shades within the Modern Renaissance palette was very well thought out, however if you’re someone who mostly uses neutral shades, then this probably isn’t the best bang for your buck. You’re probably better off selecting a few single shadows that are similar to these shades.
Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette?
What are your thoughts?