If you’re a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills just like me, you wouldn’t have missed the unexpected launch of their newest eyeshadow palette for Summer 2016, the Modern Renaissance palette. Based on shades used in modern renaissance paintings, this newest eyeshadow palette is a dream come true for warm-toned neutral lovers. This palette features 14 already existing, as well as new shades and is the first palette that’s not limited edition by ABH. Oh and did I mention it’s GORGEOUS??!!
The palette is made out of very sturdy cardboard and is covered in a dusty pink velvet fabric. The way this packaging feels reminds me an awful lot of the original Urban Decay Naked palette, it has the exact same feeling. The only downside with this packaging is that it catches dust quickly and it’s really hard to get it clean. But nonetheless, I think the design of this palette is beautiful.
On the inside you get 14 eyeshadow pans, which have the shade names written right bellow each pan (hallelujah!!). You also get a little dual-ended brush that you get with all of her eyeshadows and a relatively large mirror. On the back of the palette you can find a list of all the ingredients.
The Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette comes with mostly matte shadows and a few satin/metallic shades. The fact that this palette comes with almost all matte shadows is quite unique and different!
More on the Modern Renaissance palette:
An essential eye shadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening.
As you can tell, this palette has a bunch of neutrals that are definitely warm-toned with a few pops of pinks, reds and oranges, which is something I haven’t seen that much before.
❤ Tempera: a velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Golden Ochre: an earthy mustard yellow with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Vermeer: an iridescent pearly shell with a metallic finish.
❤ Buon Fresco: an antique muted lavender with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Antique Bronze: a metallic sable with a satin finish.
❤ Love Letter: a raspberry red with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Cyprus Umber: a dark coffee brown with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Raw Sienna: a neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Burnt Orange: a deep muted orange with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Primavera: a shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish.
❤ Red Ochre: a sienna red with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Venetian Red: a crimson red with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Warm Taupe: an earthy warm gray with an ultra-matte finish.
❤ Realgar: a brick reddish orange with an ultra-matte finish.
Although this palette consists of mostly matte shades, I was really surprised with how blendeable and pigmented they are. They blend easily into the crease or onto the eyelids, same can be said about the three metallic shades. Although this isn’t the most versatile palette ever, I do think there’s a nice variety of neutrals, considering they’re all very orange and red-toned.
As with all of Anastasia’s shadows, I don’t have any creasing throughout the day, but I do experience a lot of fall-out upon application. So what I would recommend with these shadows is to apply them before your face makeup, that way you can still clean up any fall-out.
Since these eyeshadows are so pigmented, they’re also very powdery and I notice there’s a lot of powder kick-up whenever you put your brush into these pans, so keep that in mind if that’s something you don’t like.
Burnt Orange has quickly become my go-to warm transition shade, I think it’s perfect and I’m really glad it came with this palette!
Overall, I think this palette is really unique, considering it’s a neutral palette. The pops of reds and oranges make this palette different than most ones I own, and that’s something I can really appreciate since I own so much makeup already. The quality, pigmentation,… it’s all there!
The Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette by ABH is available on cultbeauty.co.uk here for £41 (9.8 g), which if you live in the EU is one of the cheapest places to get your hands on this palette. You can also order it on ABH’s official website here for $42, which I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t live in the US due to the higher shipping costs and customs.