Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that’s earnt itself infamy for their insane brow products and amazing eyeshadow palettes. Every now and again they decide to drop a new bomb palette on us, whether a collab or just a brands own. But no release has compared to the hype that the Modern Renaissance palette. Everyone is still harping on about it till today. Not complaining, I’m one of those people. I picked this up instantly. It was the dream palette, a perfect combination of warm shadows and some pinks. Knowing how insanely beautiful the formula of ABH shadows is didn’t help. I’m pretty sure everyone reading this owns it as well, it was love at first sight for most of us.
So, it’s finally back. You may have all noticed it’s been over a week since my last PAWs post, the truth is I didn’t wear makeup that often last week so I didn’t feel that the palette got a true trial. Now, this palette is the hardest one for me to believe. When I say that, I mean it’s impossible for me to believe that I barely ended up using this. I was so obsessed and in love with it, and the tones in it were ones I knew I’d use daily. But, as always I ended up straying from it about a week later. It’s always bothered me so much that I didn’t get as much use out of this. Every time I see it on Instagram (which is basically daily, seriously everyone loves it) I kick myself for not remembering to use it. So, I was very excited for it to be the palette of the week, let’s see how it fared…
Shock, horror; I’m in love. I hardly expected a different outcome. This palette is just an absolute dream. The shades are precisely the kinds I reach for daily in my other palettes. The warm tones neutrals and bright oranges, I even got a lot of use out of that bright pink. The shimmers are insanely gorgeous too! Now, let’s start with the formula. It was even better than I had remembered. I’ve realized now that this is hands down the creamiest, most buttery shadow formula I’ve ever tried. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my MUG and Morphe -but when it comes to butteriness, nothing can compare. It’s genuinely almost a cream formula. This texture makes a dream to blend, it leaves my lid looking smooth and almost blurred out.
The pigment is absolutely insane. Honestly, it’s almost problematic. You can see that my palette looks almost untouched, and that’s because I tap my brushes into it ever so lightly and still get a punch of colour. You have to use a very light hand with these, or go IN for an intense pop of colour which I love to do with the shimmery shades or the shades on my lid.
As always, here are a few swatches of the shades I reached for the most this past week. Starting at the bottom, the shade Vermeer swatches beautifully but somehow wouldn’t photograph well. The light caught it wrong- which is definitely not the case when it’s on your lids! This is my absolute favourite shade in here. It’s the most gorgeous champagne shimmery colour, and this has completely replaced my love for MUG’s Starry Eyed for my inner corner- which makes me so happy, that’s exactly the kind of thing I wanted to get out of this series! Moving on up, we have Love Letter which is the bold fuschia/pink, and I tap my blending brush very lightly in this and swipe it across my crease after I’ve completed the look, it gives it a pink undertone without overpowering the rest of the look.
Next we have Cyprus Umber and Raw Sienna which have gotten use every single day, I love Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange all over my crease as transition shades, and then Cyprus Umber is hands down the perfect, most beautiful dark brown shade I have ever come across. I’m obsessed. Finally, we have Venetian Red and Realgar. Surprisingly, I’ve been loving Venetian Red on the lower lash line, I use it very lightly and really blend it out and it looks so beautiful. Do we even have to talk about Realgar? This is me in a shade. I live for my oranges and use them absolutely everyday- this was gorgeous!
All in all, this was a huge huge success. Let me know what palettes you’ve been loving lately or which ones you’d like to see next from my collection