Wednesday, 14 September 2016


I don’t want to beat around the bush, when the Modern Renaissance palette – the first ever permanent eyeshadow palette Anastasia Beverly Hills and Norvina have created – was revealed I wasn’t convinced by it. The colours and overall aesthetic didn’t appeal to me. It wasn’t until I saw people create looks with the palette and showcase their skills on Instagram that I really took notice. There were so many beautiful and diverse looks on the internet using just this palette, which is key. There were so many eye looks produced with just this one palette and no one seemed to be getting tired of it. Even now the majority of my feed is made up of Modern Renaissance looks so I succumbed and bought the £41 palette. You can purchase Modern Renaissance at Beauty Bay here. and Cult Beauty here The price is steep but for ABH products the cost is in line with their existing products. Unlike Makeup Geek, which is a whole other rant: £54 for the Manny MUA Palette on Beauty Bay. Are you serious? Fuck off. 

When Modern Renaissance arrived in the post I was intrigued. I love the suede pink packaging, the colours look stunning with a nice mix of neutrals and bolder colours. The exterior packaging can easily get dirty and be tough to clean so be weary of that. As a palette I can see it is well thought out, the colour selection works fabulously together, to the point where you can instantly conjure an infinite amount of eye looks.: both neutral and elaborate. 

Above you can see all the swatches. There are 14 shadows in total. The photo was taken in natural light, with one swipe of my finger per shadow. No primer, no double swatching. As you can see some shadows are more vibrant than others such as Realgar, Red Ochre, Cyprus Umber and Antique Bronze, some almost disappear into my skin (Warm Taupe and Buon Fresco) and a few appear very powdery (Vermeer and Tempera). Overall, they are all extremely soft and blendable. My one drawback is how similar Love Letter and Venetian Red appear both on my arm and in the palette. It just throws me off every time I look at it. 

Don’t be put off by my swatches, I have been playing a lot with this palette over the past two weeks and using them over a primer makes all the difference. Once they  have something to stick to they become less powdery and more vivid. Love Letter, Red Ochre and Burnt Orange are some of my favourite crease shadows for a sunset smoky eye. Primavera is a stunning inner corner shimmer or even all over the lid focal point which pairs gorgeously with Cyprus Umber and Antique Bronze. The dual sided brush is actually brilliant, there is an ultra fluffy side the perfect size for buffing out crease shades and a smaller, stilly fluffy rounded brush ideal for defining the outer v. I am eternally glad I bought this palette, I don’t see myself getting bored anytime soon. 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to know what your thoughts are on this palette. Did you buy it? Will you? If no, why not? I love eyeshadow so much, eyeshadows and foundation are my favourite products to buy. Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ and leave me a comment down below, I have so many cool posts in store for you guys. Love you all, hope you all had a great Wednesday aka Bake Off Day, which is starting now. Take care. 

What is your holy grail eyeshadow palette or eyeshadow?




  1. I really want to buy this, but I just cannot justify it, but I really really want it lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  2. I've been interested in this palette for a while, the shades look right up my alley. Great to hear they work well with a primer, I think I might just treat myself some day soon. Great review! <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  3. I'd really like to grab this palette, but with the conversion costs it's so expensive!

  4. The colours in here are gorgeous!
    Kathy x

  5. I was the same way when it first came out I just wasn't that interested, but seeing all the beautiful looks is really changing my mind! Still on the fence about getting it, but I might have to cave and get it soon.

  6. This Palette is amazingly has all the colors I love...thanks for the review..Im ready to ordere

  7. I didn't want this when I first saw it but when I see it all over YouTube, I wanted it so much! The only reason why I didn't pick it up is because I know I won't get much use out of it because I stick to neutrals. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. I had exactly the same thoughts as you at first, just didn't interest me. Now that everyone's getting super creative with it I really want to pick it up! I'm still a tiny bit hesitate about the pinky shades but they seem to be quite wearable.

    Laura xx

  9. I bought this palette when it was first released but haven't as used it as much as I thought I would but in Autumn, I think I will reach for it more often xx


  10. Lovely post! This palette is so beautiful! I'm so pathetic because I just have it sitting on my vanity waiting for it to be used. Definitely have to start using it more! Red Ochre was a colour that stood out to me and I need to play around with it asap! :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  11. I love this palette and I think its totally worth the hype. I found the formula to be one of the best i've come across! Glad to hear you're enjoying it too :) xx

    LPage Beauty

  12. I think the shades look so beautiful but can't justify spending that much money on one palette! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  13. This has been on my list. Thankfully it's permanent.

  14. I felt exactly the same as you at first, I wasn't really sure whether the colours would work for me. But actually I'm very very tempted now, it looks beautiful!

    The Makeup Directory

  15. Those shades are so beautiful! I think it would be nice for fall!

  16. I'm in love with this palette! Going to get so much use out of it during fall.

    Thirteen Thoughts


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