It’s really helpful to me to read reviews and see swatches of palettes before I buy. Since I have a few (some newer releases, some classics) I thought I’d review them here and hope it helps you should you be looking for a new palette. Recently, I reviewed Urban Decay Moondust Palette.

Today’s Post will focus on the ever popular Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette is on fire! It’s been going in and out of stock since it landed in Sephora back in the summer.

What This Does

An essential eyeshadow collection with fourteen neutral and berry shades.

Price

$55.00 CAD (14 shadows x .02 oz) . I purchased mine from Sephora.cafotor_14765736217151Packaging

I’m not in love with this packaging at all. The crushed velvet casing in light mauve gets dirty easily so my palette looks older than it actually is.

I do like the double ended brush and think it’s great for working colours in your crease.fotor_14765735701905

Colour Selection

It’s clear just looking at this palette that the colours are unique. The berries and reds are beautiful colours. The mattes are true mattes and the shimmers are not glittery but pearlescent. All the colours are perfect for the fall and winter. fotor_147657285719999I tend to use a lot of shadows on the left neutral side of this palette for every day and then incorporate the ones on the right when I want to intensify my look for the evening using the reds. Although the colours are nice and super pigmented, I wish it had a deep green or dark cool brown just to balance out all the pink and red tones in this palette.fotor_147657337297425Application

The shadows are easy to blend. If you’re a novice this is a great palette to practice with because you don’t need to put in too much effort for a look to come together. Also, because this palette is really popular you can look up so many different looks to recreate. The shadows apply intensely, however, because they are powdery you can blend them out if it feels too bold.

Wear & Longevity

With a primer (I used Too-Faced Shadow Insurance) my look lasted a solid 8 hours. It would have likely worn longer but I did end up washing it off. The shadow does not crease or separate as much some shadows I’ve owned. fotor_147657378629891I wore Tempura all over the lid, then worked the crease with Warm Taupe and added depth with Cyprus Umber. I put Venetian Red on the outer third of my lid and did Primavera in the inner half. (please don’t mind my eyebrows – they have a mind of their own)

The Breakdown

Pros:

  • Good pigmentation
  • Unique colours
  • Easy to blend
  • Good mix of mattes and shimmers

Cons:

  • Casing gets dirty easily
  • Needs a more colour variety (green or dark brown in my opinion)

My Thoughts

If you like taupes, reds, and oranges this is a great palette for you. The colours are nice for everyday fall and winter looks and there are some unique shades that if you already have a few palettes you’ll be able to create different looks using this. You won’t be disappointed with the formula and pigmentation with any of these shadows. If you’re looking for something with more pops of bright colours, like blues or yellows you won’t get it here.

Do I think it’s worth the hype? Although I wouldn’t say this is the one palette you’ll ever need in your collection, it is super impressive and worth all the positivity surrounding it. If you debating getting this, I would definitely suggest taking the plunge!

What do you think about the palette? Is it over-hyped? Is it really good? Would you get it?

Lots of Love,

Dal