The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42) has become legendary in it’s own right within a few short months. This palette of 14 shades was released this summer and sold out fast. I guess some beauties knew what I didn’t- this was going to be an awesome palette! I saw it when it was released and wasn’t sold on the color scheme for my coloring and complexion. I am a fair, once auburn haired girl so I have freckles and redness in my skin- so three reddish eyeshadows plus two burnt orange shadows were not appealing to me. I figured I could try this palette out in the Fall. So there I was on Labor Day weekend realizing that every retailer that sold this palette was sold out! What?! But I am ready to buy! So I waited for someone to get it back in stock and a couple of weeks ago anastasiabeverlyhills.com (note they will restock this palette in mid-November) did get it back in stock for a short time, then last week ulta.com had it back in stock briefly, and currently, like right NOW sephora.com has it in stock- so stop reading this post and go over to sephora.com and place your order and then come back and finish reading about it. #Ipromisenoregrets #youwontbesorry
Modern Renaissance Palette: 14 x .02oz shadows ranging from matte to metallic in texture and from neutral to mid tone berry in shades. It has a flocked light pink outer packaging- which it felt or faux suede like in feel (yes it has high potential of getting dirty). This palette as includes a double ended brush, one side for the lid and the other for the crease. I like that the ABH palettes come with a useable brush- the Master Palette by Mario did as well.
The Top Row includes: (descriptions taken from sephora.com) Tempera (beige with an ultra-matte finish)- when I swatched this it was more of a satin and had some sheen, Golden Ochre (earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish)- a great transition color for the crease, Vermeer (iridescent shell with a metallic finish), Buon Fresco (antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish)- I would also say this was a semi-matte as doesn’t seem as matte as the other matte shades, Antique Bronze (metallic sable with a satin finish), Love Letter (raspberry with an ultra-matte finish), Cyprus Umber (dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish). From this row I love an eye look with Tempera all over, Golden Ochre as a transition in the crease, Vermeer in the inner corner, Buon Fresco on the lid, and Antique Bronze in the crease (you could use Cyprus Umber as a liner as it is very dark and pigmented) #wearingthisnow
The Bottom Row includes: Raw Sienna (neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish), Burnt Orange (deep orange with an ultra-matte finish), Primavera (shimmery gold with an ultra-matte finish), Red Ochre (sienna with an ultra-matte finish), Venetian Red (crimson with an ultra-matte finish), Warm Taupe (earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish)- I would say this leans more towards a brown cool taupe instead of a gray cool taupe, Realgar (brick with an ultra-matte finish). My favorites on this row are Warm Taupe and Primavera for an easy every day eye look. Raw Siena is also a very good transition color for the crease. I will say that some of these reddish shades are a nice pop of color when blended in the outer corner of the eye into the crease as they don’t appear “red” on the eyes if you blend in with another color like Antique Bronze.
In general, ALL of these shades are pigmented, smooth, and uber-blendable. Soooo blendable which helps with some of the darker colors, especially the reds. Not a single one is patchy, chalky, or flaky. The quality of every shadow is spot on in this palette. #iloveconsistency
Overall, I love this palette way more than I thought I would and I use it way more than I thought I would! I’m really glad I took a chance and that I was able to get my hands on it 🙂 It is perfect for Fall and Winter, but the neutral colors are perfect for all seasons. It really is a great palette and I’m here to say that all that hype has some veracity. #musthave