Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Palette Review

Hey guys!

See  I told you I'd be back :)

Today I have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette to share with you.

I had seen little teasers of this on the ABH Instagram page in the days leading up to its release but once I saw the swatches I was pretty much sold. There was no hope for me really!

I just want to start off by saying that ABH handled the launch of this palette really well. There was no media hype for months beforehand and they had plenty of stock so everyone was able to purchase one. Also this is a permanent item so its not going anywhere folks! I contacted customer service through their website as I wanted to find out when the package would be due to arrive and they were so helpful. They responded immediately to my query and were an absolute pleasure to deal with.

Needless to say once this bad boy arrived I was dying to try it out. I had only owned one ABH single eyeshadow prior to buying this (Truffle Glitter, which by the way is amazing!) and one ABH Palette (The Self Made Palette which was limited edition) so I was interested to see if the quality of this palette was the same. 

Lets have a closer look shall we? 

Overall there are 14 shadows in the palette, 13 are matte, 1 is a satin finish and there are 2 metallic shades. I think this is a pretty good mix, nobody wants a palette full of metallic shimmery shades right?

The packaging is pretty simple. Its a lovely soft light pinky felt which reminds me of the original Urban Decay Naked One palette only it feels much nicer. The inside is a sturdy cardboard and it also includes a nice mirror which is handy if you take it travelling. 

The brush which comes with it is the same brush as the one which came with the Self Made palette so now I have two :) I don't love these brushes but they are useful when travelling. I don't tend to reach for them otherwise. 

The eyeshadows themselves are out of this world. They are even better than, dare I say it, Makeup Geek...! They are very pigmented and easy to blend. Every colour shows up on my skin which is saying something as a lot of pale colours just don't show up on my pasty face. 

I have to say I'm pretty biased towards this palette as I LOVE warm shades, especially red brick colours. I do think that there are a lot of looks that can be done using this palette, from subtle daytime looks to crazy vibrant in your face looks. Here is one of the looks I did which is something in between.

Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiére
Bronzer: Nars Laguna
Highlight: ABH Contour Palette in Vanilla
Powder: Nars All Day Luminous Power in Siberia
Lips: Violet Voss Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick 

Modern Renaissance Eyshadows:
All Over Base: Tempera
Transition Crease: Buon Fresco
Lid Base: Red Ochre
Outer V and Crease: Venetian Red & Love Letter mixed
Centre Lid & Inner Corners: Primavera & Vermeer mixed
Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex
All in all I ADORE this palette. The only downside was the fact that because I was impatient and ordered direct from the ABH site I was charged customs by UPS on delivery. Now the palette is retailing at $42 and the shipping was $17.95 (yes I know I can't believe I paid that either!) so in total it was $59.95. This worked out at roughly €53 at the time of purchase. So to be charged €26.95 customs on a palette that was worth €37 was absolutely disgraceful! Unfortunately there is no option to pick different couriers while checking out so there was no way to avoid this really. If I had waited until Beauty Bay were stocking the palette I would have had free delivery......lesson learned! On the plus side the shipping was super fast. I ordered on a Thursday night and I had it in my hands on the Monday afternoon!

Do you think this is a palette you would be interested in? Or have you already purchased it?

Let me know in the comments below!

Bye beauties!