Saturday, 4 March 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance' Detailed Review + Swatches!


Hello, jelly beans! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you another makeup review. If you have been visiting Shoes and Glitter for a while, you might know that eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup. I already have way more than I could ever need, but I simply cannot resist a pretty palette! Anastasia Beverly Hills' Modern Renaissance (£40, BeautyBay) has been incredibly popular in the blogosphere, and also on my radar ever since I found out about it. I was immediately drawn to the warm, rich tonality of this palette, inspired by the vibrant colours of the Renaissance - berry reds, pinks and rich taupes. Today, I am very excited to share with you my honest thoughts on this palette - hope you enjoy!


Modern Renaissance features fourteen versatile eyeshadows, with eleven matte and three metallic finishes. The palette comes in a compact, velvety packaging, which I am honestly not a huge fan of. The velvety texture feels a little odd! Whilst it looks lovely at first, I find that it attracts dirt quite easily and is more difficult to clean than a standard cardboard packaging. I've had mine for about a week, but there are already a few stains that I can't get rid of. The palette also includes a sizeable mirror, and a dual-ended soft bristle brush to help you apply and blend the eyeshadows.



The formula of these eyeshadows is exceptional! I was especially impressed with the quality of the mattes. Sometimes, I find that matte formulas can be a little dry and chalky, but in this case, they are incredibly buttery and almost 'melt' onto your eyelids when applied. The metallic shades are sparkling, beautiful, and easily my favourite thing about this palette - it's a shame that there are only three of them! All of the eyeshadows are highly-pigmented, vibrant and very true to how they look in the packaging. The only downside is that they are also a little powdery! There is a lot of fall-out when you apply them, which isn't something I'd expect from a £40 product. However, once applied, the eyeshadows will stay in place until you decide to take them off. They don't smudge or crease at all, and you don't need an eyeshadow primer to make them last all day.

I love how this palette includes shades that are a little more unique and unusual, but served in a way that still makes them approachable and wearable. I have never tried a red-toned smokey eye before, but the colours in this palette are so beautifully done that they make me want to get out of my 'comfort zone' and try something a little bolder!


Tempera - a pale nude with a satin finish, perfect for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes.
Golden Ochre - an earth-toned yellow shade with a matte finish.
Vermeer - one of my favourite shades in this palette! Metallic shell pink packed with beautiful, multidimensional shimmer.
Buon Fresco - a soft mauve shade with a matte finish.
Antique Bronze - another favourite in this palette! A dark brown shade with sparkling, rich shimmer.
Love Letter - a rich, dark berry shade with a matte finish.
Cyprus Umber - an easy to wear, versatile medium brown with a matte finish
Raw Sienna - a light amber shade with warm undertones and a matte finish.
Burnt Orange - an intense, medium orange-brown with a matte finish.
Primavera - a beautiful, peachy golden shade with multidimensional shimmer.
Red Ochre - a reddish-brown shade with a matte finish.
Venetian Red - a warm, crimson red with a matte finish. Very interesting and unusual!
Warm Taupe - an earth-toned taupe brown with a matte finish.
Realgar - an orange brown shade with a matte finish.

Overall, I am very pleased with this palette and I can see myself reaching  for it regularly, especially when I'm in a mood for something a little bold and different. I especially love the shimmery eyeshadows, and I wish there were more included in this palette. The mattes are also stunning, and if you prefer matte formulas, Modern Renaissance will be a real treat for you (minus the fall-out!). It's difficult to say whether or not this palette is worth the hefty price tag. Personally, I am happy with it, and I consider it to be money well spent. However, I probably wouldn't recommend it if you are just starting out your journey with makeup, and want something a little more 'traditional' (for example, subtle nudes, browns and light shades). I think that this palette, whilst not 'essential', is a wonderful, luxurious treat for any makeup collector!

Have you ever tried Modern Renaissance? What are your favourite eyeshadow palettes?
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