ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

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I can't even describe how excited I am to be writing this post as an actual owner of this palette! I have wanted this palette for the longest time but I could never justify spending *gulp*, £43 on an eyeshadow palette. However for Christmas last year, I kindly received some money so technically this was a present, which makes me feel slightly better! I bought this palette from Beauty Bay and I also got free next day delivery from there which I was very pleased about, as that meant I had it in time to use it for my NYE makeup!

The Modern Renaissance palette is the first thing that I have bought from the brand Anastasia Beverley Hills, but I was very pleased when I realised that this palette is also cruelty free, which means that I began my 2018 goal of trying to transition to only cruelty-free makeup, before 2018 even began! 

The palette contains 14 eyeshadows; some of which are shimmers, whereas most of the shades are matte, which I prefer as I find matte shades to be more versatile. The palette is a mix of warm neutral shades and popping red and cranberry tones, which for me, meant that this palette was love at first sight. To make this palette even better, it is packaged in a dusty pink/lilac velvet exterior which is so 'me' right now if you looked into my wardrobe and bedroom! The palette contains a flip back magnetic lid and a large rectangular mirror which not many of my palettes do, so I am very pleased with that. The palette also contains a duo-ended makeup brush, with one end being a fluffy blending brush and the other end being a densely packed precision brush which along with the large mirror, makes this palette perfect for on-the-go use and travelling! I felt like I needed this, firstly because it is so beautiful and secondly because I don't own anything like it- or at least thats how I justified the £43...


ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

  • All the shades in this palette are very soft and silky to apply onto the lid and have great pigmentation. The shades also compliment each other really well. I must admit that I was initially shocked when I first swatched this palette as I was pretty disappointed which the pigmentation of the colours and began to regret buying this palette on the premise that is was pretty on instagram as opposed to actually researching it. However, I needn't have worried as when I actually used this on my eyes, it was perfectly fine and in fact, very pigmented. I think it's because these shades are all so creamy and buttery, that when swatched on my arm, they didn't show up as well as I am used to with other palettes that I own. 

  •        Tempera: This is a very light peachy nude colour, which is perfect for highlighting the inner corners and the brow bone. This colour isn't particularly very pigmented at all on the swatch shown below (first picture); but I assure you, on the lid, it is pigmented.
           Golden Ochre: This is a matte, earthy yellow colour, with strong olive tones .
           Vermeer: A light peach shade with warm undertones. 
           Buon Fresco:  A muted, dusty mauve shade with a matte finish. 
           Antique Bronze: A surprisingly rusty, shimery brown. It definitely applies more red-hued than you would expect. Simply gorgeous color. This is a more muted brown shade with warm, reddish undertones as opposed to the red shade that I expected it to be.
    ·       Love Letter: A dark cranberry shade with a cool undertone and a matte finish. This shade is really buildable and one of the shades that instantly drew me to this palette as I love being brave and opting for a bright, cranberry eye look, especially during the colder months.
           Cyprus UmberA deep dark brown with a warm undertone and a matte finish.
      Raw Sienna: This is a matte, medium yellow/brown shade which is very different to any shade I have ever seen before.
            Burnt OrangeThis is a matte, medium orange/brown shade which has a warm undertone. This shade is more orange/yellow based than raw Sienna is. 
            Primavera: This is one of the shimmer shades in this palette. This is a light, gold shimmer which could also be used as a highlighter or for a cut-crease.
    ·        Red Ochre: A matte, medium-dark burnt red shade, which ties in nicely with 'burnt orange'. I did find that I had to pack on more of this shade onto my lids to build up the colour of this.
    ·       Venetian Red:  This is a dark red with a cool undertone. This shade is similar to 'Love letter', yet it is a shimmery shade.
    ·       Warm Taupe: This is a earthy brown shade which is warm undertone and a matte finish. The texture of this shade is very smooth and buttery, making it very easy to blend out. 
           Realgar: This is a medium-dark burnt orange shade with a warm undertone and a matte finish. Again, I noticed this shade was particularly creamy.

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches
1st Row

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches
2nd Row
Overall, at £43 for only 12 shades, this palette it insanely expensive in comparison to lets say, the Morphe palettes in which you get 35 shades for around £22, but I definitely think for the quality, this palette is worth the splurge!


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