This Christmas I decided to treat myself to something that I’d been carefully eyeing up in the wings for a fair old time…the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette!
I made the order on Feelunique and eagerly awaited the palettes arrival. I already knew that I’d be in for a treat as I’d seen an influx of amazing reviews when the palette was first released. I’m so careful about where I choose to spend my money and I don’t usually jump ahead on trends or new products immediately – I tend to wait in the background and assess the feedback before parting with my hard-earned cash. I like to be safe in the knowledge that what I’m buying will truly serve a purpose and not be demoted to the disappointing products pile.
The palette arrived the next day (thanks Feelunique, you guys had the BEST delivery options over the christmas period!) and I was so impressed by how luxe it felt – the same type of material that’s featured on the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Beautifully luxurious but a bit of a pain to keep clean, but nevertheless, plush all the same.
The palette features 11 matte shades, 3 metallic shades and also comes with a dual sided brush for both placing and blending the shadows out. The colours are:
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
Let me start by saying that all of these shades are pigmented to the heavens! Gloriously rich pigments which are super soft and easy to blend out that create the most beautiful eye looks. From natural to dramatic, this palette is an absolute dream.
From the day I got this palette to the day of writing this, I can hand on heart say that I’ve used it every single day. I love the combination of looks that I can create with this palette and feel that it has the perfect mix of transition shades and ‘wow factor’ shades to really up the ante.
The only thing I will say is this – the palette is extremely powdery when you dip your brush into the colours. So much so that my dresser ends up with a dusting of powder each time I use it, and the pan is already showing on Tempera (the lightest shade that I use to set my eyes once prepped). Ensuring to tap your brush before applying to your eyes mostly solves the problem of fallout, but the eyeshadows themselves are pretty powdery however you approach them. However, I don’t see this as a negative as they really are super pigmented and an absolute dream to work with on the whole.
The palette is priced at £43 and you get a pretty gorgeous amount of product for that price. Did I mention the luxe packaging too?
I think that this is a really beautiful palette that makes a stunning gift for yourself or someone special.
Shop my look
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
Vichy Dermablend in 15 Opal
Rimmel 25H Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory
INIKA Mineral Foundation in Grace
Inglot Freedom System HD Highlighter
Inglot Freedom System HD Sculpting Powder
ABH Modern Renaissance Palette shades: Tempera to set my base, Burnt Orange and Realgar to transition, Red Ochre and Love Letter in my crease and blended upwards and Cyprus Umber for the deep contour and outer smoke. I used Vermeer to highlight my outer corners.
Steve Laurant eyeliner
Ciate Wonderwand Mascara
© Rachael Divers 2018.