Unless you've been living under a rock you will no doubt have seen this beautiful Modern Renaissance palette popping all over your social media accounts. I spotted the previews before it was even released and then got major lust for it when all the US bloggers started posting swatches along with makeup looks. If you aren't aware of the palette, it's from cult makeup brand Anastasia Beverly Hills and it was created by famous beauty guru Norvina (aka Claudia Soare - president of ABH cosmetics & daughter of Anastasia herself). This is also the very first permanent eyeshadow palette added to the collection, but I knew there was a high demand and I was eager to get my hands on it. So when it finally hit the UK shores, I immediately used my CultBeauty welcome discount code to buy this little beauty. At first seeing the full price of £41 whilst knowing it was $42 in the US did put me off a little bit, but thankfully with the 15% discount code I managed to snap it up for under £35 which kind of justified buying the palette in the end. So after all the waiting, lusting & the higher price tag, is the palette worth it? Keep reading for my full thoughts...
This review is going to be a completely positive one because I absolutely love this palette, from the packaging to the actual shade selection. It's my first time trying out the ever so popular ABH eyeshadows and I'm so impressed not only with the formula & quality, but also the overall feel of the palette. The packaging is made from thick and sturdy cardboard, with a pink velvety finish... this is no doubt stunning but I do have a feeling it will be a nightmare to keep clean in the future (despite this, I still love it). It also includes a relatively good sized mirror and a dual ended brush, which is quite soft to use but not my favourite amongst my MAC or Zoeva options.
This is a completely warm toned palette, with a stunning mix of orange & pink tones... not only perfect for both day & night makeup looks, but also great for experimenting. The shade selection and names have been inspired by Renaissance art, a concept which I find intriguing. There's 14 shades to choose from, with 11 mattes and 3 satin metallics. Every single shade is highly pigmented and they all feel velvety smooth to the touch. The buttery texture is easy to blend and even though most of the shades are matte, you can easily create a smokey eye without much effort (no hand cramps from too much blending here that's for sure).
Tempera - is a velvety beige matte with peach tones
Golden Ochre - is a muted matte warm beige with olive undertones
Vermeer - is one of the metallic shades, a warm & bright peach with a frosted sheen
Buon Fresco - is described as an antique lavender, basically a muted purple-mauve kind of shade
Antique Bronze - is another metallic, a warm dark brown with red undertones
Love Letter - is a muted dark berry matte
Cyprus Umber - is a rich matte taupe-brown with warm tones
Raw Sienna - is a light neutral brown with golden undertones and a matte finish
Burnt Orange - is a matte & warm muted orange-brown shade
Primavera - is the last metallic, a beautiful warm peachy-gold with a frosted finish (I'd imagine this would make a fab highlighter also)
Red Ochre - is a matte & warm brown-toned red shade
Venetian Red - is a rich & warm crimson matte (absolutely stunning)
Warm Taupe - is basically 'what it says on the tin' a matte warm taupe
Realgar - is an orange-red, brick coloured matte shadow
So as you can tell I've fallen head over heels for this Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette... it ticked all the right boxes for me since I just love warm shades like these and also enjoy experimenting with makeup whenever I can. If these kind of shades make your heart flutter then I would definitely recommend splurging because the quality is amazing. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this beautiful palette...