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Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Palette

10 June 2016

Let's talk about eyeshadow palettes. Again.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette was sneak peeked and released lightning fast, just the way I like it.

I was able to hop on the ABH website, make my order and have it delivered to my door where I greeted the mail man with a full face of filming makeup while wearing my pyjamas and warning him that although my birds are indeed 'beautiful' one can be quite aggressive and if he didn't want to know what it felt like to have a puncture wound in his finger it was a good idea to look but not touch. I believe the exchange went well, I received beautiful makeup and he received a lesson on the dangers of Australian Fauna (the pretty ones will kill you). I felt this was all insanely fitting, him with a heavy American accent, me with my package delivered from California, such a great way to start the day.

So the palette set me back $42US and another $17.50US for shipping so it worked out to around $80AUD give or take, it's hard to be precise since I ordered a few other items but you get the general idea if you just wanted to order a single palette. They have a cap on the palettes, no more than two per order. The shipping is a little pricey, when you do the conversion it hurts the hip pocket and they don't offer free international shipping at a capped price, if they did I would have made the most of it and ordered more because I'm weird like that.. Perhaps I should say normal like that, because I know most people will spend more just to reach a free shipping cap. I can definitely say the shipping was fast though, well done ABH.

The palette has felt packaging, contains 14 shades and comes with a double ended shader/blending brush. You'll find 11 mattes and 3 metallics in the palette and not a single one of them is a dud.

I've been so jaded with palettes lately, I buy so many to review and the main ones that come to mind for 2016 are the Too Faced Bon Bon's and Sweet Peach, when I reviewed them I got a few comments from people saying 'they aren't that bad' or 'sure some of the shadows are duds but your expectations are too high' and I kinda got to thinking maybe I was being too harsh? I didn't think I had high expectations, I paid a lot of money for the palettes and I expected them to perform to their price point, I was only comparing them to similar products in their category and price range and I honestly felt like they were pretty crap palettes but if enough people call you crazy you start to wonder.

Then I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, I did my usual routine of taking a million photos while it was new and I went in for the swatch. I nearly screamed. I nearly cried.

I wasn't crazy.

THIS is what shadows in this price range are supposed to be like. THIS is what companies should be producing. THIS is quality.

Tempera - Matte cream

Golden Ochre - Warm, matte earthy yellow

Vermeer - Super pale pink with a metallic finish

Buon Fresco - Dusty mauve with a matte finish

Antique Bronze - I don't really know how to describe this colour, it's kind of a mix between red and brown, it's a cool shade but because it also has a gold reflect to it it makes it feel a little warmer, awesome colour that is supposed to be a metallic formula but feels more like a satin to me.

Love Letter - Cool, matte deep berry

Cyprus Umber - Warm coffee brown with a matte finish

Raw Sienna - Warm amber with a matte finish

Burnt Orange - Warm, matte earthy orange

Primavera - Warm champagne with a metallic finish

Red Ochre - Matte brick red

Venetian Red - Red-ish pink that is supposed to have a matte finish but contains subtle shimmer

Warm Taupe - Matte, warm taupe, just as it's named.

Realgar - Warm, dark orange with a hint of brown and a matte finish

What you have here is a palette that will likely cost you a weeks worth of groceries for a single person who budgets well but will give you amazing pigmentation, blend-ability and layer like a dream.

My issues with this palette:

  • Felt packaging - I love the feel of it but damn it's easy to get dirty
  • One or two more mid toned metallics for the lid would have been awesome 
  • Love Letter and Venetian Red are a little too similar for my liking
The mattes do seem a little powdery when you swatch them or pick them up with a brush but this actually helps them to blend and layer well, they don't grab or skip on the eye or muddy in to other colours.

If these shades tickle your fancy and you're in the market for a palette that is a little more expensive but has the quality to match it's price point, buy it. Buy it now.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette is available on the Anastasia website.

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2 comments on "Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Palette"
  1. hello!! i just found your website and am interested in this palette also..
    how long did it take for the palette to arrive?

    1. 7 days including the weekend, so just 5 working days for international shipping