Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to do this post for a little while. I know what you’re thinking… there are already about 250,002 reviews of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette online. Why do we need one more? Well the reason I’m putting in my two pence worth is that I seem to have a different opinion to everyone else!
I umm’d and ahh’d over getting this palette for such a long time. It looked beautiful and the deep red and pink colours were right up my street! The YouTubers were raving about it, and everyone I knew who had got their hands on one seemed to love it. Once I finally decided to buy it, it was of course out of stock everywhere (this palette was hard work to get hold of!) When it finally appeared back on Cult Beauty I decided to go for it!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette costs £41 from most reputable sources in the UK (don’t fall for the £20 Ebay fakes!!) This is a pretty eye watering price, but ABH isn’t made in the UK. If you’re lucky enough to live in America, it’s a bit cheaper, at around £33. I wouldn’t usually spend that much on a palette for myself (my husband has bought most of my more expensive makeup as birthday presents). Saying that, it had SUCH amazing reviews, I decided it’d be worth it.
The first thing I wasn’t keen on was the velvet palette! The material is a pretty colour, but it feels kind of gross and is the worst idea for a makeup palette! Obviously makeup can get quite messy, and you can usually give things a wipe off if you get eyeshadow all over them. With this, the second you get anything on it (even from it being in your makeup bag), the outer palette looks grimy and horrible! It’s unique, but I’m not a fan personally.
The brush that comes inside the palette is your usual palette shadow brush. It’s double ended, with a very loose fluffy brush and a slightly more dense one. I tried to use it a couple of times, but it just wasn’t good enough. You couldn’t get any intensity or pack on shadows with it. This is pretty standard for brushes included in palettes though! It has a decent mirror, which is useful for on the go.
On first impression, the colours were as gorgeous as I expected! They have some really unique shadows in there, and some lovely, super intense looking shadows. Venetian Red (a bright but deep red) and Love Letter (an intense fuchsia) were the ones I was most excited about. Primavera was a nice lid shimmer. So of course I got to swatching!
The colours came off pretty well when swatched. They were all pretty intense and true to the colours in the pan. I definitely thought I’d made a good purchase by this point!
The problem came when I tried to actually use them on my eyes. I found that nearly all the shadows had a TON of fall out (meaning lots of shadow falls onto your face when doing your eyes). I really struggled to get anything near the pigmentation I got from swatching the eyeshadows.
So I tried a few different looks, using the various shades. Each time, I got a really disappointing finish. I reeeeally wanted Love Letter to work as it was my favourite shade. I tried it dry, and also on a brush sprayed with setting spray (like Mac Fix Plus). I had to literally LAYER it to get any decent colour pay-off from it, and even then it was nothing to write home about! (Does anyone write home about anything anymore? Haha!) Primavera, a shimmery gold, was probably the best of the lot. It was nice for a subtle lid colour and in the inner corners.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette : Overall Impression
Overall, after several uses, I was just really disappointed. I gave it my best shot, but just couldn’t get the palette to work its magic for me 🙁 I even wondered whether I’d received a duff one, since everyone and their dog seem to love their palettes! It makes me wonder whether it’s my skin tone that’s partly the problem. I tend to suit cool-toned makeup much better than warm-toned. This palette is definitely geared towards more warm tones. So that might explain why the shadows never seemed to look very good on me, but doesn’t explain the pigmentation, application issues and fall out.
If I haven’t put you off and you still want to get your hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, you can currently find it here on Net a Porter for £41. It does tend to go in and out of stock a lot, so you can also check out Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay.
ABH are cruelty-free, which is fab. I’m not sure whether this palette is vegan or not (if you know, let us all know in the comments please!)
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