On the 15th of June, Beauty Bay made my whole life complete when they began selling the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, a beautiful warm toned palette packed full with mostly neutral and berry toned shades that are to die for in the eyes of anyone obsessed with eyeshadows!
Spoiler alert but I’m obsessed with this palette! I love everything about it; the colours, the packaging, the quality… It’s also her first permanent palette and I’m so happy about that! Anastasia never fails to impress. Every product that I have tried so far is made to the highest standard, and I feel like this is one of the few brands out there that you can really trust to deliver quality product. After all, Anastasia won’t just release anything. If something isn’t right about the formula in any of her products, the whole batch gets scrapped and it’s back to square one (I know this because I watch her Snapchat story obsessively). I have the highest respect for both Anastasia and her brand. I just wish it was easier to get your hands on her products in the UK!
Firstly; the packaging. So girly, pretty, simple, and elegant! It was one of the first things I noticed when I first saw pictures of the palette. Pastel pink is my favourite colour ever so obviously I was even more drawn to it because it was just so aesthetically pleasing to me! Unfortunately (for me), the packaging is suede. Personally, I don’t like the feeling of suede but it upsets me more because suede is so hard to keep clean! Despite the fact I’ve now got proper drawer storage for my makeup, when I sleep at someone else’s house, I pack any makeup I need in a makeup bag, and sadly I’ve already had some of my other makeup mucky up the beautiful exterior. It’s not terrible but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and it bothers me greatly! However, when it’s brand new it does look amazing. I actually had it sitting on top of my drawers for a while because it made me happy whenever I looked at it (sad confessions).
The palette also comes with a double ended brush; with one side for blending, and the other for packing on colour. I’ve used the brush only once, and although I prefer to use my own brushes, the one that comes with this palette has very soft bristles. A lot of brushes that come with palettes seem quite scratchy and unbearable in my opinion, so it’s a nice change to see a good quality brush in a palette!
Now, for the eyeshadows themselves! You get 14 shades, consisting of mattes, metallics, and shimmers, ranging from neutral brown shades to berry tones as bright as hot pink, and also a very strong orange toned shade. Also, I wouldn’t have known this if my friend hadn’t mentioned it to me (you can check out her blog here) as this is my first ABH eyeshadow palette, but the pans in this are actually bigger than in previous palettes! So now you get more product than ever before which is something to be very happy about. When I first tapped my brush into the palette for the first time, I was really surprised at the amount of fall out in the pans. They are very powdery, but I find that in a way it’s better like this because you know not to pick up too much product. A little bit goes a very long way! I like to use Warm Taupe and Buon Fresco in the crease when I’m doing my go-to look with this palette, and I literally just need to tap my brush into each pan once very gently and it’s all I need, so you know it’s super pigmented! I think this is particularly great because I know I’m going to have the palette for a long time.
This is a breakdown of each shade and a description of each, taken from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website:
- 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 sable 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 – neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
* = My personal favourites.
Now, I bought this palette from Beauty Bay for £41, and it is also available at Cult Beauty for UK shoppers. For all you lucky Americans, however, you can purchase this palette online on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, Sephora (who also ships to the UK but at an extra cost), and Ulta for $42. As you can tell, this palette is a lot more expensive in the UK, I don’t know why this is. Before the palette came out I was expecting it to be around the £30 mark. When I saw the actual cost I was a little bit shocked but I’d built up too much excitement and decided to still go through with buying it (how could I not buy it?!). However, when you look at it this way, if you divide the price by the number of eyeshadows in the palette, it works out at just under £3 per eyeshadow, which isn’t actually that bad at all! You also get 0.7g/0.02 Oz of product in each pan.
So overall I would rate this palette:
Considering everything in this palette as a whole, it’s pretty much perfect! I’m a little bit sad that the suede packaging will most definitely get mucky over time and the price is a little bit up there considering it’s $42 in the US (which is equal to £31.70), meaning us little UK dwellers have to pay loads extra for this palette! Despite this, the shadows are excellent quality; pigmented and long lasting. Wearable for both daytime and evening. It’s my new absolute favourite! I’ve been using it almost every day since I bought it. A very beautiful, very flexible, very permanent palette! Thank you for blessing us with the Modern Renaissance, Anastasia!
Well, that’s all for now! I’m considering doing a tutorial post in the future using this palette – what do you guys think? Please leave a comment if you would be interested in that, I love to know your thoughts both on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram (my links are in the sidebar if you don’t follow me!). Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have another great week. ♥