I finally caved and got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette a couple of weeks ago, and I wish that I got it sooner! I must be the last person on this planet to get this beautiful palette, considering how crazy popular it is — better late than never!
The Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.7 g) has a velvety exterior and contains fourteen shades with neutral and berry tones in matte (11) and shimmer (3) finishes. The color range is mainly warm-toned with a mostly matte color formation, which I love. These eyeshadows are very beautifully formulated as they’re incredibly soft and pigmented, and are effortless to work with. They apply on smoothly and adhere to the skin with extreme ease, and blend like a dream. These eye colors don’t need to be use with a primer to achieve opacity — they’re quite amazing on their own, but of course, a primer will just intensify the pigments even more.
The vibrancy, creaminess, blend-ability, and longevity of these colors make up for the insanely powdery texture, which isn’t a huge problem for me, but it can feel a bit wasteful. I try to maximize usage by dabbing my makeup brush on top of the fall-outs, instead of dipping into the pans constantly because let’s be honest, it hurts a little seeing all of that product go to waste!
Overall, there are no regrets purchasing this palette — it’s too stunning not to be a part of my makeup collection. The matte to shimmer ratio is truly fantastic and there are no complaints on the formulation, chromaticity, or versatility of this palette whatsoever. These colors are so easy to work with and they would look great on every skin tone. There is no doubt that you can create a variety of makeup looks with this palette — a neutral day look or a smokey cut-crease, all is easily achievable, which is why I love this palette. It’s also a very convenient palette for travel or every day use since the array of colors complement each other perfectly and cover all areas for endless eye creations — there’s the base color (Tempera), highlight color (Vermeer), a variety of crease and transition colors (Golden Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Warm Taupe), deepening colors (Cyprus Umber, Red Ochre), and pops of colors (Love Letter, Venetian Red, Realgar).
This palette includes the shades:
- Tempera – matte beige
- Golden Ochre – muted yellow with a matte finish
- Vermeer – frosty pale pink with a shimmer finish
- Buon Fresco – matte cool-toned lavender
- Antique Bronze – warm deep brown with a satin-shimmer finish
- Love Letter – dark berry with a matte finish
- Cyprus Umber – matte dark brown
- Raw Sienna – golden light brown with a matte finish
- Burnt Orange – lightened warm orange with a matte finish
- Primavera – shimmery pale gold
- Red Ochre – dark reddish brown with a matte finish
- Venetian Red – matte crimson
- Warm Taupe – matte warm taupe with a warm undertone
- Realgar – brick orange with a matte finish
For this dramatic berry makeup look, I used the colors:
- Burnt Orange – Crease / Lower Lash Line
- Golden Ochre – Crease
- Love Letter – Crease / Outer Lid / Lower Lash Line
- Cyprus Umber – Lower Lash Line
- Tempera – Lid
- Buon Fresco – Outer Lid
- Vermeer – Brow Bone / Tear Duct
(Product was purchased with my own money. The opinions are 100% my own.)