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.
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