I’m so late to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette party but I’m really glad that I got there eventually. First things first, I hate the packaging with a fiery passion. I hate the cardboard, which should be sturdier for over £40, I loathe the mauve fuzziness, which picked up black marks within approx. 34 seconds, and the brush is scratchy and lacking in fluff. Having said that, I think this is my favourite full palette, possibly ever.
I’ve had the palette for a good three or four weeks now and I’ve had a good play around with the shades and have come to the conclusion that it’s actually a lot more versatile than I’d thought it would be. When it first came out, I dismissed it as being far too warm for my skin tone but a few of the shades are quite neutral in tone, and there are so many possible combinations and looks – they don’t all need to revolve around an orange or red shade.
The shadows are (almost) all soft, smooth, and super-easy to blend. The texture is so soft that there’s a fair amount of kick-back in the palette but it doesn’t translate onto the face, thankfully. The most buttery (cliché, sorry) shades are Buon Fresco, Cyprus Umber, Warm Taupe, and the two intensely shimmery colours, Vermeer and Primavera. The only slightly less smooth formulas are the reddy shades – Love Letter, Venetian Red, and Red Ochre – but reds are notoriously hard to make and the grittiness doesn’t affect the pigmentation.
My favourite combos for everyday all start with Tempera all over and then:
Buon Fresco in the crease + Vermeer as a highlight + Cyprus Umber on the bottom lashes
Golden Ochre in the crease + Primavera as highlight + Warm Taupe on the bottom
Love Letter in the crease + Vermeer as highlight + Antique Bronze or Warm Taupe on the bottom
When I can’t be arsed for more than one shade, I stick with Tempera, Vermeer, or Buon Fresco which are, predictably, probably the most cool-toned colours. The only shade I haven’t used is Realgar which, I will admit, scares the bejesus out of me. It’s just so…orange. All the others, though, are amazing.
Have you tried this beaut yet? Do you prefer warm or cool-toned shadows?- Any product marked with an '*' is a PR sample. All reviews are 100% honest regardless of whether I bought the item myself or was sent it. Links may be affiliate, which means that I get a small commission if you use them -