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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, Looks
Today I’m sharing my review of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I bought this palette quite a while ago because I buy just about every single eyeshadow palette that Anastasia Beverly Hills releases. I loved that it had real reds in it. It also had the color Buon Fresco, which I’d almost pulled the trigger and bought several times.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review

Where to Buy
Ulta, Sephora, Macys, Nordstrom

Price
$42 for 14 x 0.02 oz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, Looks Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, Looks

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches

These are swatched on primer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Venetian Red, Love Letter swatches
Love Letter – Venetian Red

Love Letter
raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Ccool-toned dark red matte.

Venetian Red
crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Deep warm-toned dark red satin-matte.

I like these two as lid colors or to use as a smoky eye base color.

Anastasia Buon Fresco, Warm Taupe swatches
Buon Fresco – Warm Taupe

Buon Fresco
antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Midtone mauve taupe matte.

Warm Taupe
earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Midtone taupe brown matte.

Buon Fresco is an AWESOME transitional shade on my pale skin. I like this on my hood / crease. Warm Taupe could be used as a lid or crease color.

Anastasia Vermeer, Tempera swatches
Vermeer – Tempera

Vermeer
iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Light peach metallic.

Tempera
velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Light peachy beige satin-matte.

Tempera makes for a great base shade on pale skin. It’s also good for blending out the edges of other colors or to erase color mistakes. I like Vermeer as an inner lid shade. I used Vermeer as a highlight at the inner corner and under the brows in several looks. It’s not a color I like as a highlight on me but I know that many people love this type of color for just that purpose.

Anastasia Primavera, Golden Ocre swatches
Primavera – Golden Ocre

Primavera
shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Light peachy gold metallic.

Golden Ocre
earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Midtone yellow khaki matte.

Primavera is a gorgeous lid color. It’s perfect if you want to do a halo eye with one of the reds. Golden Ocre is a fairly unique neutral. I don’t feel like you see this color in a million palettes. It works as a crease color or lid color if you want an all matte look.

Anastasia Burnt Orange, Realgar swatches
Burnt Orange – Realgar

Burnt Orange
deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
midtone orangey brown matte

Realgar
brick with an ultra-matte finish
rich dark orangey brown matte

These two colors are very popular right now. I feel like you see them in a lot of palettes. Burn Orange reminds me of Too Faced Peanut Butter. Realgar reminds me a bit of Nuts About U.

Anastasia Raw Sienna, Red Ocre swatches
Raw Sienna – Red Ocre

Raw Sienna
neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
Midtone warm brown matte.

Red Ocre
sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Dark red-toned brown matte.

You could do a brown smoky eye with these two. Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are way too similar for my taste.

Anastasia Antique Bronze, Cyprus Umber swatches
Antique Bronze – Cyprus Umber

Antique Bronze
metallic sable with a satin finish
slightly deeper than midtone warm pearly brown

Cyprus Umber
dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
deep dark brown matte

Antique Bronze is pretty and I actually used it in a look recently. Cyprus Umber makes for a great liner or to deepen your outer v.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, LooksRow 1 – Burnt Orange – Primavera – Vermeer – Buon Fresco – Love Letter
Row 2 – Realgar – Golden Ocre – Tempera – Warm Taupe – Venetian Red

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, LooksRow 1 – Raw Sienna – Burnt Orange – Primavera – Vermeer
Row 2 – Red Ocre – Realgar – Golden Ocre – Tempera

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, Looks

Row 1 – Antique Bronze – Raw Sienna – Burnt Orange – Primavera – Vermeer
Row 2 – Cyprus Umber – Red Ocre – Realgar – Golden Ocre – Tempera
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review, Swatches, Looks
Row 1 – Antique Bronze – Raw Sienna – Burnt Orange – Primavera – Vermeer – Buon Fresco – Love Letter
Row 2 – Cyprus Umber – Red Ocre – Realgar – Golden Ocre – Tempera – Warm Taupe – Venetian Red

Modern Renaissance Palette Looks

Anastasia Buon Fresco Look

Anastasia Buon Fresco Look
Wearing Buon Fresco all over, a bit of Cyprus Umber at the lash line and highlighted with Vermeer

Anastasia Buon Fresco and Love Letter Look

Anastasia Buon Fresco and Love Letter Look
Love Letter layered on top of Buon Fresco, softly applied, with a little Antique Bronze mixed with Venetian Red to line at the outer lower lash line.

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Smoky Red Look Anastasia Modern Renaissance Smoky Red Look Anastasia Modern Renaissance Smoky Red Look

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Smoky Red Look
Buon Fresco all over, Love Letter in smoky dome shape on lid / hood and lower lid, Saucebox Black Widow smoked on top of Love Letter and as liner, Tempera to clean up edges, Vermeer to highlight
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette Look
Love Letter, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze and more. See here!

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

First let’s talk about the packaging. I do not like the packaging because the exterior is sort of like a microfiber fabric that picks up dirt like crazy. I’ve only had this for a month and the lid is already dirty. Aside from the exterior picking up dirt, the interior is fine. It has square shaped pans that are easy to fit a brush into.

Now on to the size. You get a VERY small amount of product in this palette. You’re getting 14 eyeshadows that are .02 oz each for $42. That’s not much eyeshadow! For comparison, the Maya Mia palette & Tamanna palette were $29 each for 10 eyeshadows that were .025 oz each.  The Artist palette was $30 for 12 eyeshadows that were .025 oz each. The Catwalk palette was $29 for 10 shades that were .035 oz for the 3 mattes and .03 oz for the 7 shimmer shades. So I don’t feel like this is a good value for price of $42. I’m really glad to see that this is not an LE palette, so there is no need to rush out to buy it.

I’m also going to point out that this has a 6 month shelf life on the box, which I did not notice but several of you let me know about. I think it’s ridiculous for an eyeshadow palette to have such a short shelf life. That’s rather disappointing.

That said, I did play with Antique Bronze, Cyprus Umber, Vermeer, Golden Ocre, Primavera and Warm Taupe a few times. My favorite shades in the palette are Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Venetian Red, and Tempera. These are the shades that I’ve repeatedly used. I feel like the colors have good pigmentation and they’re easy to work with and blend out. I’ve done a lot of diffused eyeshadow looks with them, since that style tends to be very hooded eye friendly.

This is not your average boring neutral palette. I like that Anastasia released a neutral palette with reds and I hope that we’ll see more unique palettes from ABH in the future. I love that it has so many mattes in it! It’s very hooded eye friendly. I also find the colors to be pale girl friendly, especially Buon Fresco. I can’t believe how much I love that color. I will probably end up buying Buon Fresco as a single since it is such a great transitional shade for me.

I really dislike that Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are so close to each other in color. I don’t think they should both be in this palette, just one or the other. They’re hard to tell apart in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen a true burgundy wine shade instead of one of those.

Overall I’m mixed on this palette. I love a few colors in it but I’m dismayed at the tiny amount of product that you get for the price and the short shelf life. It seems like the ABH palettes are shrinking! I don’t think it’s a palette that you have to have, even though I really love some of the colors in it. While it does have some shades we’ve seen before (those orangey browns), it has other shades you don’t typically find in palettes lately (the reds, Buon Fresco, Golden Ocre). I think if you’re like me, and will only use a few of the shades, you’re better off buying singles and making your own palette with a Z-Palette. If you’re ok with the small amount of product and you like at least 7 of the colors in the palette, definitely consider the palette.

Golden Ocre and Buon Fresco are the only two colors that I don’t have dupes for in my stash. The rest of the colors I do have dupes for.

What do you think of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Renaissance Palette?

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  • I bought this as a birthday present to myself in june and it was my best decision. Its my favorite palette now. I hadn’t noticed how small it is but eh… I also didn’t realize the short shelf life. I wonder why? Not that I will really listen to it lol… oh also I am one of those who uses Vermeer to highlight my cheeks and I LOVE it.

  • I think the colours really suit you and look lovely with your complexion – but for me – my word they would clash with my hair colour (not in a good way either..)

  • As soon as I saw this palette I thought of you. I’d be uncomfortable wearing all but the two pretty peaches but this has shades that you will get a lot of use out of. I just bought a palette of 4 ABH shadows for $40 (neutrals of course) so in comparison this is a good buy.

  • I really love this palette. It sucks about the price increase and how small the shadows are, but the quality and colors are so good I can live with those issues.

  • The colors and texture of them are so awesome that I can easily forgive the little imperfections. Try using a baby wipe or makeup remover wipe to get rid of the schmutz on the outside.

  • I think it’s a beautiful fall palette with a few more unusual shades. I’m on the fence about buying coz it’s pricey & I know I won’t use all the shades & some look like colors I have. But your gorgeous swatches make it very enticing

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