If there’s one palette that’s absolutely everywhere at the moment and has been for a while, it’s the ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I feel like everyone and their mother has reviewed this palette already, but i’ve finally got my hands on it and thought i’d chip in with my two cents. When there’s a hyped-up product, I like to ride the wave and see what others make of it first before I jump on-board. This product was one of those. At first glance it looked quite intimidating. Sure, there are warm browns and neutrals which always seem to suck me in, but there are also reds and bright pinks that I was sure I wouldn’t be able to pull off. I watched reviews and looked at swatches online to see if this palette was worth the hype, and I have to admit, it took me a while to like this palette. It was out of stock everywhere for a couple of months, which I took as a sign that I should leave this one alone. But then it was restocked… and things changed. I started to realise that the colours weren’t so scary, and that some beautiful looks could be created from this palette. Now it’s become a regular in my daily makeup and I love the unique array of colours you get. If you want to hear my thoughts on this popular palette, please keep reading…
The Modern Renaissance palette was released back in Summer 2016, but despite this, it is still very fitting for more Autumnal and warm Wintery looks. In this palette, you get 14 colours housed in pretty pink felt packaging. It feels quite similar to the Naked 1 palette but more sturdy. You get mostly matte shades and only a couple of shimmery shades, which is perfect for a matte eyeshadow lover. If you love shimmer eyeshadows, you still won’t be disappointed because the shimmers in this palette are stunning and ridiculously pigmented. In fact, most of the colours are.
The shades include:
Row 1: Tempera (matte beige), Golden Ochre (earthy golden yellow matte), Vermeer (pale champagne shimmer), Buon Fresco (matte lavender), Antique Bronze (bronze taupe satin), Love Letter (matte raspberry), Cyprus Umber (matte dark brown).
Row 2: Raw Sienna (warm brown matte), Burnt Orange (dark orange matte), Primavera (golden metallic shimmer), Red Ochre (matte sienna red), Venetian Red (matte crimson), Warm Taupe (earthy grey matte), Realgar (matte brick orange).
All of the shades in this palette were so creamy and easy to blend, and this was across the board. It’s a nice surprise to find a palette with mattes and shimmers of a similar high quality and pigmentation. As I said before, the bold pops of red and pink really did make me unsure on this palette, but upon swatching them and trying them out, they are surprisingly wearable and are a refreshing addition to a neutral palette. I feel like this palette is a great way to break neutral-lovers out of their comfort zone, as the pops of colour gives you something new to experiment with. You also get a decent brush included with this palette. My favourite shades are currently Raw Sienna, Primavera and Red Ochre which you can create a warm smokey look with.
I would say the only thing that I would like from this palette would be perhaps another deeper golden shade, or maybe another rich brown that’s a bit lighter than Cyprus Umber. But that would be the neutral-lover in me talking. Other than that, this is an ideal palette to give as a gift, or to add to your own palette collection. This was my first Anastasia Beverly Hills palette, and judging by this one, i’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for future releases. Final verdict? I was skeptical of this at first, but i’m glad I tried it and i’m very happy with the looks that this palette offers. A unique and refreshing palette to add to your collection!
Will you be picking up the Modern Renaissance palette?