Saturday, 24 September 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills "Modern Renaissance" palette


You may have noticed, from My Instagram feed that 2016 has been the year of me buying all of the eye shadow palettes, so much so that I have multiple I haven't even used yet - bad, right? One that I find myself reaching for time and time again is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. I'm a lover of warm tones so it's no real shock that I simply had to have the MR palette with it's cocktail of browns, oranges and pink hues and after foolishly missing out on the Self Made Limited Edition palette, I was not hanging around and picked it up on the day of it's release here in the UK.



The palette itself is a decent size - not too big nor too small and sturdy. The exterior features gorgeous gold embossed writing and the palette is covered in this gorgeous dusty pink felt-like, faux suede which looks gorgeous but collects dust, stains and get damaged easily. Inside, it has a decent quality mirror which is a bit on the small side but since I rarely use hand held mirrors, this isn't a big deal for me. Also inside is a double-ended brush that I find to be a bit spiky, Most importantly though, we have 14 eye shadow pans.

ABH decribes the palette as having 3 metallics and the rest being matte. However there are a couple more with a tiny amount of shimmer! I'm going to cut right to the chase and let the swatches do the talking. I did these on my arm with my finger with out a primer.
L-R: Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco

L-R Antique Bronze, Love Letter and Cyprus Umber

L-R: Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red

L-R Warm Taupe and Realgar.


Tempera is a pretty off-white, creamy colour with a subtle shimmer. I love this to highlight the brow bone.
Golden Ochre is a beautiful blonde colour and is particularly blend-able and easy to work with.
Vermeer is a wonderful pinky-lilac metallic which is highly pigmented and even more gorgeous when used wet.
Buon Fresco is a greyish-mauve. A lovely shade but the formula is slightly chalky and not as easy to build up as other shadows in the palette.
Antique Bronze a metallic bronzey/ameythst. A super pretty colour. Nothing special on me but looks unreal on darker skin tones.
Love Letter - vibrant fushia pinky-red. Slightly gritty texture and takes a while to build up colour.
Cyprus Umber a very matte, black coffee-brown. I love this one in the outer corners to create a smokey eye.

Raw Sienna a orangey-tan, very similar to Burnt Orange - I don't think both were needed in the palette.
Burnt Orange - Raw Sienna but more orange. One of my favourites and perfect for Autumn.
Primavera a champagne gold metallic number with an amazing, almost velvet texture. I adore this to make the inner corners pop.
Red Ochre a dark clay brown with ed undertones.
Venetian Red a plummy-pink red with a super soft formula. This is one of the shadows which is described as matte but definitely has some shimmer going on!
Warm Taupe - Pebble grey with brown undertones, a great transition shade.
Realgar is a rich, brick red, terracotta colour. Super matte with fab colour pay off.

The thing I love about eye shadow palettes, is that for me, as a make up collector rather than make up artist, I buy them for a couple of shadows or based on the look of the colours collectively. Then, when it comes to playing around with them I end up trying and loving a shade I've never think to try or buy otherwise. Golden Ochre and Burnt Orange are those kind of those shades for me and have quickly become my go-to for shadows. As far as I can tell, Buon Fresco, Burnt Orange and Warm Taupe are the only colours from this palette which you can pick up as singles, the rest are unique to this palette, at the moment.

The Modern Renaissance palette retails at £41 which is on the steep side for an eye-shadow palette. In my opinion, you get what you pay for in this instance as the colours are beautiful with the quality being spot on and the formula easy to work with for all bar maybe one of the shades. The bad news is the palette is unfortunately this is completely sold out everywhere at the moment but I've heard rumours it is set to return in October so keep your eyes peeled!

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