Review: ABH Modern Renaissance

Hi everyone! Sorry for the random blog vacation I took, I had a lot going on last last weekend (when I usually write my blog posts) and then on today (Sunday, as I’m writing this), I just couldn’t myself to write the blog post for then… so thus, mini vacation.

Today’s post is one I’m very excited to share with you, because I’ve been lusting after this palette for ages and after seeing a friend sell hers for $33 ish, I had to bite the bullet and get it! (I know I’ve said no more eye shadow for a while… hopefully now I’ll stick to it.)

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So yes, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, this post is about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette! I’m super late to the game here, since everyone and their mother has been talking about it for months now but at least I’m catching up, right?

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So let’s get into it! The Modern Renaissance palette has 14 shades, 10 of which are matte and four which are a shimmer/sheen finish. It’s predominantly warm tones, with a lot of pink/red/orange shades but a good amount of neutral and highlight shades.

In a nutshell, it’s my dream palette and I’m so obsessed with it, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it.

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Instead of trying to describe each color, I’m going to go ahead and quote Temptalia’s review of the palette because I’m sure I would start to sound like a broken record after the third color!

  • Tempera is a light beige with warm, peachy tones and a satiny sheen.
  • Golden Ochre is a muted, medium-dark yellow with strong, olive tones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Vermeer is a bright, light peachy with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.
  • Buon Fresco is a muted, medium purple-mauve with a matte finish.
  • Antique Bronze is a slightly muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen.
  • Love Letter is a muted, dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Cyprus Umber is deep, taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish.
  • Raw Sienna is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish.
  • Burnt Orange is a slightly muted, medium orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Primavera is a light-medium peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish.
  • Red Ochre is a muted, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Venetian Red is a medium-dark red with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Warm Taupe is a medium, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Realgar is a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish.

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I’ve used the palette a couple and I’ve had somewhat mixed results. The first time I used it, I didn’t put on eyeshadow primer and I just had concealer/powder on my eyelid, and by the end of the day, there was no eye shadow left (which was a bummer, because I liked the look).

The second time, I made sure to use my Urban Decay Primer Potion and it stayed really well! I had a much better experience with it then, which I’m glad about because I was very disheartened the first time. I also used it yesterday, along with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and it stayed all night and was basically intact when I came home.

All in all, this is an amazing palette and I’m so glad I bought it. It’s super pigmented, it’s easy to blend and I experience very little fallout when doing my makeup — not to mention it’s got a good mix of mattes to sheens/shimmers. What else could I ask for?!

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9 thoughts on “Review: ABH Modern Renaissance

  1. Ahh. Just what I didn’t need to read haha! Ive been so tempted to buy this or the too faced chocolate bar palette.. Cant seem to decide and my bank balance definitely doesn’t want me to get either haha!

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