Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette: First Impressions

I recently got the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette from my amazing fiancé for my birthday back in August. This is a palette that I have wanted for so long and I’m so happy to finally have it in my collection. The colours are all amazing and I’m so excited to try out some different looks.

I thought it would be nice to do a little first impressions post on the palette and tell you my thoughts on it, as well as talking you through the shades if you’re yet to purchase Modern Renaissance.

The palette contains 14 shades in total, 11 matte and 3 metallic (Vermeer, Antique Bronze and Primavera). Despite being out for quite a while now it seems this palette is still highly sought after, with a limit of one per customer being enforced on several websites. I was quite surprised about this because it’s been out for ages now.

I’ve seen mixed reviews of this palette, with some people saying they love it and find it amazing quality and others saying that the eyeshadows are a little chalky in texture. I haven’t found them to be chalky at all, quite the opposite in fact. I find them really soft and easy to work with, they blend like a dream.

I’m really impressed with this palette so far and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

Ok so let’s go through the shades. I think you get a good mix of colours and what I love is that you can mix and match shades to create lots of different looks.

Tempera is a matte nude shade which I think will be great either as a base colour or as a transition colour.

Golden Ochre is a yellowy-gold matte shade and it’s the only shade I’m not overly keen on tbh, but it might be good for transitioning between shades

Vermeer is the first of three metallic shades and whilst still being quite neutral has a slight pink tone to it.

Buon Fresco is a shade that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of. It’s a beautiful dusky matte lavender shade and I know it will work really well with a lot of the warmer, berry shades in the palette.

Antique Bronze is the second of the metallic shades and whilst being shimmery it’s not super in your face glitter. This shade is a warm brown with a hint of cherry, like a diet coke with cherry cordial and a thimble of finely milled glitter thrown in haha. I should write eyeshadow descriptions shouldn’t I?

Love Letter is the first of three of the more bolder shades and is a super berry bright matte raspberry shade. Really excited about this one.

Cyprus Umber is your basic matte chocolate-brown, not to be sniffed at mind you. A classic brown is always needed.

Raw Sienna is an amber coloured matte number which I think will look great with Red Ochre.

Burnt Orange is…well it’s a matte (albeit light) burnt orange isn’t it ha.

Primavera is the last of the metallic shades and is one of my favourites, a shimmery champagne colour that I think this will be great for an inner highlight.

Red Ochre is a matte brick-red and is another shade I know I’m going to love.

Venetian Red is more of a berry toned red, vivid with just a hint of shimmer to it.

Warm Taupe is a caramel toned muted neutral shade which much like Tempera I think will be great as a base colour or a transition shade.

Realgar is your super matte true burnt orange and is the third of the more bolder shades.

I love the mixture of shades in this palette. They’re high quality and very pigmented so for the price I think you definitely get your monies worth. Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts?

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