After stalking Sephora’s website for ages, I finally got my greedy little hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 USD/$55.00 CAD, available here)! It seems like everyone and their grandmother are talking about this palette, but I can understand why! The beautiful combination of 14 warm orange and berry tones is sure to look great on any eye colour, and the ABH palettes have always had a pretty great reputation in terms of formula. This is also the first permanent palette to be added to the line.
“A present-day take on Renaissance colors, this eye palette features 14 shades that let you create stylish, day to night looks. From the earthy yellow and ultra-matte finish of Golden Ochre to Primavera’s shimmer gold with a metallic finish, this palette’s high-pigment shadows are crease and fade-resistant and are sure to bring modern elegance to your eye looks.”
- Tempera – beige with an ultra-matte finish
- Golden Ochre – earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
- Vermeer – iridescent shell with a metallic finish
- Buon Fresco – antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
- Antique Bronze – metallic sable with a satin finish
- Love Letter – raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
- Cyprus Umber – dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
- Raw Sienna – neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
- Burnt Orange – deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
- Primavera – shimmery gold with an ultra-matte finish
- Red Ochre – sienna with an ultra-matte finish
- Venetian Red – crimson with an ultra-matte finish (though listed as an “ultra-matte”, I do notice a slight bit of sheen in this shade )
- Warm Taupe – earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
- Realgar – brick with an ultra-matte finish
Why You Might Like This:
- It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
- The colour combination is beautiful and fairly unique in comparison to other palettes on the market.
- It’s also a pretty cohesive palette — the shadows all work very well together to create a wide variety of looks.
- It’s definitely worth checking out if you like warm tones. These shades will be flattering on most eye colours, too.
- If you’re a fan of mattes, you’ll probably love this. Though there are 2 metallic shades and 1 satin shade, the rest of the shadows are matte.
- The shadows are extremely smooth and pigmented. I didn’t have any issues with patchiness or dryness.
- They apply and blend beautifully on the eyes without skipping or dragging. They also last a long time (but it’s important to note that I always wear a good eyeshadow primer).
- The double-ended brush is pretty good quality for a typical “included with the palette” eyeshadow brush.
Why You Might Not Like This:
- If you like a very “natural” or subtle/sheer eyeshadow palette, this might have too many bold colours for your taste.
- This might not work for you if you prefer cooler tones.
- If you’re a huge fan of shimmery shadows, you might find that this palette doesn’t have enough of them.
- These shadows do kick up a bit of powder, so you might experience fallout. I tap my brush to get rid of the excess before applying the shadow on my eyes, and I don’t find I have any issues.
- If you’re someone who likes a matte black shadow in your palettes (to use as liner or in a smoky look, for example), this palette doesn’t have one.
- The packaging — though very pretty — seems like the kind to get dirty fairly easily, between the light colour and the velvet-y material. This might not make a difference to most people, but it’s worth noting if that kind of thing bugs you.
I absolutely love this palette! I can see me reaching for it frequently, and I feel like I can get a lot of different looks with it. This is my first Anastasia palette and I’m super impressed with the quality — I’ll be keeping my eyes out for future palettes for sure! Have you tried this one yet? What are your thoughts on the previous ABH palettes? Was I missing out? Let me know in the comments!