Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette


As soon as I saw this palette on Instagram, I was determined to make it mine! I picked up quite a few Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows in New York and was so impressed with them that the release of their first ever permanent palette was perfect timing. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (£41) is a little pricier than previous Limited Edition offerings, however does contain more shades.

Background and Product Information

I was deliberating for a while on whether to buy this or the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette, however having loved the single ABH eyeshadows, I decided to go with this. It turned out to be a good job because I recently saw a YouTube video that pointed out the Violet Voss palette has virtually identical ingredients to Morphe palettes, which are half the price! (And to me they are good for £20 but I would never pay more than that for them, let alone £45.) With the Modern Renaissance, I'm really confident that I'm getting a high-quality product that's worth my money. 

As I mentioned, this is their first permanent palette so you don't need to rush out and grab this ASAP or anything. It contains a mixture of shades available individually and of colours exclusive to this palette. True to the theme of the palette, the shades are largely named after Renaissance paintings, artists and concepts, which is a nice touch.

Packaging

This comes in lilac packaging with a felt finish, which I personally do not like! I feel like the colour is just going to get dirty (it actually already has a little bit) and it's not the type of texture that's going to be easy to clean. I also dislike the way felt feels and think that felt and cardboard are a bit of a cheap way to finish a palette in all honesty. It also comes with a little double-ended eyeshadow brush, which is admittedly better than most you get even in high-end palettes, however it's still not something that I'd actually use other than for swatches.



Shades

The shade range isn't going to be for everyone and I think it's actually a really interesting choice for ABH to have made with their first ever eyeshadow palette. The colours are very warm in tone and as well as your neutrals you also have a couple of pops of colour.



Tempera is your standard off-white matte shade; I don't tend to use these shades at all but a lot of people like something like this as a base. Golden Ochre is a warm beige matte, which I love as a transition colour or as a base. Vermeer is a light white shimmer shade which is the obvious choice for an inner-corner highlight. Buon Fresco is a cool-toned lilac-taupe matte crease shade. Antique Bronze is a warm reddish brown-bronze shimmer I love as a lid colour or on the outer v. Love Letter is a hot pink matte, which I use to add a little colour in the crease. Cyprus Umber is a cool-toned grey-brown matte, which is great to deepen the crease or add a little bit of smokiness to the outer part of the eyelid.



Raw Sienna is a favourite of mine; it's a sort of mustard-beige matte that really works as a crease colour. Burnt Orange is a lighter peachy-orange matte shade, which I often use as a transition colour or across the lid. Primavera is a bright light gold shimmer which is great on the lid or as an inner-corner highlight. Red Ochre is a reddish-brown matte that I really love in the crease. Venetian Red is a reddish-pink colour which looks matte, however I'd say it has a very slight sheen. Warm Taupe is (contradictorily) a cool brownish-taupe matte crease shade. Finally there's a warm orange matte with slightly brown undertones: Realgear.


I do really love the shades in this palette however I feel like it's missing a good bronze shimmer colour to use on the lid. Unless I'm going for a fairly matte eye, I tend to use Primavera as a lid colour which can limit how varied the looks I create with this palette can be.

Quality and Formula

I'd say that the quality of these shadows is consistent with the singles I have, which is great. Not a single one of the mattes was chalky or under-pigmented, they're very easy to blend out and have really great colour payoff. The shimmer shades are also really lovely and smooth in texture. I'm not so fond of Venetian Red because that's the only one I don't think is quite as soft and blend-able as the others.

I was really impressed with how these lasted on my eyelids. By the end of a 12-hour day I'd say they're not as fresh and sharp-looking, however they're still very much intact. I am still able to see where one shade ends an the next starts and there's not any creasing at all.

Do You Need It?

Personally I love the Anastasia eyeshadow formula and this is a great way to try them out given that the singles aren't easily available in the UK. I guess it comes down to whether you have shades like this already; whilst I have a couple of similar crease colours in my Makeup Geek stash, I'd say 3/4 of these colours are really unique to my collection. The only think I have that's even vaguely similar is Zoeva's Cocoa Blend palette.

I don't think this is the most versatile palette in the world, so if you're looking for something you'd wear every single day then you're probably better off with something like the Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette in Soul or the Zoeva Nude Spectrum. However if you're a beauty lover and want to add this interesting set of shades to your collection then definitely check this out because the quality is fantastic.


Have you tried the Modern Renaissance palette? What did you think of it or do you think you'll be picking it up?



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48 comments

  1. I love the look of this palette, it is so pretty! I might have to try and get my hands on it x


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  2. This palette is just so pretty to look at. Being that I'm pretty much a 'basic bitch' when it comes to my eyeshadows, (I love a simple neutral eye) this palette would def take me out of my comfort zone... Still deliberating on this one 😂😂. Great review per usual 😘 Xx

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    1. Well apart from 3-ish shades they are all neutrals really! xx

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  3. Gasps, violet voss, how dare they D8
    The second row of this palette is so pretty, btw, is it true that they only last for 6 months?

    Selene Addicted

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    1. I just checked and it does appear to say that - how odd as most eyeshadow palettes say 12M. Either way I will definitely be keeping it longer than that...xx

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  4. This palette is so pretty! I love all the shades but I do have such similar ones :( Maybe next time aha!
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  5. I snagged the palette from Beauty Bay when it launched. I love the colors, but I would have loved this palette even more if there was one more shimmery lid shade.

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    1. Yeah that's how I feel - like I said, it needs a MAC Woodwinked equivalent in there! xx

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  6. AHH This palette is what dreams are made of, so beautiful.

    Olivia // BLONDE LA MODE

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  7. What a beautiful palette, I feel like I need to try more Anastasia products!

    Sofia | theglamchapter.blogspot.com

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  8. The fact that many of these shades would be very unique and new to my collection is one of the reasons why I'm very tempted by this palette. On the other hand and, as you said, the fact that I wouldn't be able to wear it every single day is a little bit scary for me! I'm such a neutral lover!

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    1. There are only 3-4 shades in there that aren't neutrals xx

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  9. That palette has such beautiful shades, definitely need to add it to my collection! :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. There are a few shades I really like the look of here but overall it's too warm for me! I would be all over a cool toned palette if they ever released one though and I'm excited to see the Mario Dedicanovic collab!

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  11. I love the look of this palette, yet I resisted the temptation to get it cause I just have too many palette that are completely neglected, purely because I have too many, haha! Also, apart from those red toned shades I feel like the rest of the palette is not very unique so I can't justify £40 on it. x

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  12. this palette is so pretty, I'm just trying to convince myself I don't need it but its proving rather difficult haha!

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    1. It is a really nice one if love warm tones! xx

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  13. It feels like everyones got this but me. I really love the shades in the palette however the price is off putting. Of course there are pros and cons of this palette but I can't tell whether the pros outweigh the cons for me!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  14. Even though I love the look of it, I know that I wouldn't wear it a lot so it would be just waste of money for me. Raw Siena and burnt orange are two of the shades that I really like. It is shame with the packaging, they should have put more effort on it! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  15. I've never tried anything from ABH but this is the first palette from them that caught my eyes. I'm tempted to place an order but on the other hand, I don't know how much use I will get out of it. :-/

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  16. This looks so pretty! Everyone is raving about it, I definitely have to check it out!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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    1. Their eyeshadows are amazing quality xx

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  17. Its just so gorgeous to look at haha - I feel like I need it in my life, as I love colours like this!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  18. My only gripe with this palette is the price - I have one other ABH palette and I think it was priced at around £21 so this is quite a jump! I still bought it though! xx

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    1. The previous LE ones were £28 but had 4 less shades xx

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  19. I love this palette! I've been using it almost everyday! I agree with Veteran Red, I found it slightly grittier than the others. I also really like the formula. I definitely need to track down the single shadows xx

    LPage Beauty

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  20. This is legit the most gorgeous palette I've seen in awhile, from the packaging to the shades inside it's just fab! Although I do love a good neutral eye I adore the shades in this and think I'd have so much fun playing around with it, Love Letter looks so stunning x

    Darling Jordan

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  21. I don't need it, I don't... I don't need it, no no no no no no. Do not need it. BUT I WANT IT! #beautyproblems. Inner turmoil since it came out, its just so beautiful!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Haha I must admit I caved pretty quickly! xx

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  22. Ohhh this palette is so beautiful! The swatches made me want it even more! I can see how it's similar to the Zoeva Cocoa Blends palette though, both very pretty palettes! x

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  23. This post has really made me want this palette even more than I did before! It's so stunning and perfect for the kind of looks I've been wearing recently.
    Coleoftheball xx

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  24. I've seen so much hype around this post but hesitate to buy it because some of the colors are a little vibrant for me. Looks so pretty though!
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  25. I can definitely see the appeal of this palette even though the shades aren't all necessarily the most wearable shades out there. I have a lot of nude shadow palettes and after a while it's sort of refreshing to introduce a palette like this into your collection that's a little bit different!

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    1. Yeah it's kind of that one step further than a standard neutral palette xx

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  26. This palette speaks to me. It's been a struggle trying to get it in Norway as it always gets sold out quickly. Can't wait to get my hands on it and play with it!

    Anja | BEAUTYFRACTION

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  27. This will be so perfect for Autumn! I already have looks in mind and I don't even own it yet! Haha
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  28. It's not always you see reds in an eyeshadow palette. This really does look stunning x

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  29. I love love this palette it's my current fave!!!

    Kayla
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    1. It's been my go-to since I got it too! xx

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  30. I'm a big fan of ABH but have never tried any of their eye shadows! I love this palette it looks beautiful! X
    Jenny / www.borntoblend.co.uk

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  31. I'm so tempted! But I won't pick it up just yet... Good thing it's not LE!
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  32. Thank you for your comments :) xx

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  33. This palette is stunning, I've been swithering to get it for ages. They are absolutely gorgeous shade, I feel like venetian red is calling me haha!

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  34. For some odd reason, I feel no pull towards their eyeshadow palettes. They just don't do anything to me. However their individual eyeshadows are a must for me.
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  35. I absolutely adore Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I was a very lucky girl and given a couple of palettes, along with a Laura Geller palette, and cannot recommend them highly enough. Not only do the products last all day long, they go on easily, blend superbly and have an amazing finish.

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  36. Great mix of colours, you don't see so many reds... which with olive skin i love!

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  37. I love looking at this palette and I keep seeing it everywhere. I feel like I would use it a lot this Fall!

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