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The last palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills that I’m testing out is the internet’s favorite palette Modern Renaissance. If you have read my last two reviews on the ABH palettes, this is a brand I have always wanted to try but never had. Including going so far as finding dupes so I could have something similar to the original palettes. Though I still had the real ones on my wishlist. My sister has gotten into makeup, and ended up getting three of the ABH palettes and is letting me play with them so I can figure out if I actually want to get them or take them off of my wishlist. I know a lot of people online have given some of the palettes raving reviews and others total flops (hint, hint Subculture).
Similar to other ABH palettes this one costs $42 with each shade (14 in total) containing 0.02 oz of product. Which is a pretty standard amount for eyeshadow in a pan. Like their other palettes it includes a double-ended brush, velvet packaging, and a large mirror. Another thing to note is the velvet packaging is not going to stay clean and nice forever. It’s going to grab any fall out and cling to it. So while it looks stunning all together, it’s going to get grimy and gross not too long afterwards. With no way to really clean off the packaging. So if you don’t like palettes looking dirty, this isn’t the packaging for you. So either depot it, don’t get it, or deal with it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette is your neutral and berry tones palette. This is my version of a fall palette dream since I live in berry tones and bronzes during the fall season… or really all year round. I recently did a review on a dupe for this palette, the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air palette which has almost every shade from this palette but for way less. Now that I actually have my paws on this palette, I have to say I prefer the original to the dupe though I still like that other palette as well. I just like the quality of this one more plus you get a mirror, a dual-ended brush, and more shades.
Shade Description & Swatches:
- Tempera (velvety beige w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Golden Ochre (earthy yellow w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Vermeer (iridescent shell w/ a metallic finish)
- Buon Fresco (antique lavender w/ an ultra- matte finish)
- Antique Bronze (metallic sable w/ a satin finish)
- Love Letter (raspberry w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Cyprus Umber (dark coffee w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Raw Sienna (neutral amber w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Burnt Orange (deep orange w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Primavera (shimmery gold dust w/ a metallic finish)
- Red Ochre (sienna w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Venetian Red (crimson w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Warm Taupe (earthy gray w/ an ultra-matte finish)
- Realgar (brick w/ an ultra-matte finish)
Thoughts on the Formula
Since this is the first time I’ve ever touched an ABH palette. I find the formula quite interesting. There is a lot of kick back in the pan, but the shadows are extremely pigmented I do have to say the metallic shadows are very buttery to the touch which I love in a metallic. And they blend out without issues on the lid so that can be over looked. Just be careful so you don’t get the shadow all over the place. And word of advice for the metallics, do not apply with a finger it sticks to your finger and doesn’t pass over to your lids. Which is something different for me when applying a metallic. But that’s just the formula, so I’m not going to fault it for needing a different type of application. Overall, I love the formula of this palette.
This is the last palette my sister got, and I have to say I want them all for myself. And I’m probably going to get the Subculture and Prism palette as well knowing they did update the formula or something so there’s less kickback/fall out. I don’t know if it will perform like these three palettes but testing these out makes me really want to get them since they are shadows that I seriously want. I have loved playing with the dupe version of that palette and it’s one I reach for daily. So I know if I had the original depending on how it performed I would do the same with that one all of the time.
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