This is how the ABH Modern Renaissance palette is described online:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette is an essential eyeshadow collection with fourteen shades, including neutral and berry tones.
Includes a double-ended shadow brush. Crease and fade resistant formula stays put for hours.
Mirrored compact slides easily into your bag for on-the-go application.
* Tempera (velvety beige w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Golden Ochre (earthy yellow w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Vermeer (iridescent shell w/ a metallic finish)
* Buon Fresco (antique lavender w/ an ultra- matte finish)
* Antique Bronze (metallic sable w/ a satin finish)
* Love Letter (raspberry w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Cyprus Umber (dark coffee w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Raw Sienna (neutral amber w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Burnt Orange (deep orange w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Primavera (shimmery gold dust w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Red Ochre (sienna w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Venetian Red (crimson w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Warm Taupe (earthy gray w/ an ultra-matte finish)
* Realgar (brick w/ an ultra-matte finish)
So when I first saw this palette the first thing I thought of was fall and it's beautiful colors even though this came out recently, I suppose, meant for Spring/Summer season. To me it just had fall written all over it. Not that that would actually stop me from wearing it now :). By the way, even though I'm a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Products in general, this was my very first ABH palette!
At first, I wasn't planing on purchasing it because I would normally use my powder blushes as eye shadows when I was creating any eyeshadow look containing red in it simply because there wasn't a palette out there that catered that specific area. Or if there was I certainly wasn't aware of it. So I usually purchase individual eye shadows or used my blushes instead of purchasing whole bunch of random palettes for the sake of one wine eye shadow I fancied. I think the closest I had in terms of similar eyeshadow palettes was the Urban Decay Naked 3 which was way more pinkish and quite shimmery and Laura Mercier Artist Palette (Holiday 2013 Edition) but that one leaned more towards purple than anything else. There was also Tartlete in Bloom by Tarte cosmetics palette but for some reason despite all the hype I was not compelled to purchase it because while it had some wine in it it was more of a brown neutral palette more than anything else.
I saw the more curious I became and finally couple of weeks ago I gave in a ordered my own ....still expecting to return it.
When I opened it and swatched it I was amazed :).
- The pigmentation couldn't be better. The colors where lovely. I was in love with pretty much all of them and couldn't find one I didn't care for which is pretty rare for a palette.
- The Reds, Bricks, Oranges, Wines, Nudes, Chocolates and Berries where all very vibrant and blended like a dream with almost zero fall out.
- The staying power of these shadows is amazing. They pretty much look as vibrant and pigmented at the end of the day just as they did in the morning when I applied them.
- Every single shade in this palette works amazingly well with everything/anything else in the palette so you can create soft everyday neutral, dramatic smokey or very colorful creative looks, all with this one palette if you wanted to - without adding any other shadows to it.
- This palette also comes with a decent size mirror and a decent brush and even though I'm not a fan of palette brushes - if you need one its there.
- The palette is mostly matte because of which it's also very suitable for mature skin.
I have nothing particularly bad to say about this palette and I'm overjoyed that I actually don't :) because after playing with it a bit and creating a look (below) I'm in love it. I'm also happy to hear that this palette will be a permanent part of ABH collection as oppose to being just a limited edition item.
As far as the price is concerned ($42), I think it's reasonable for the quality of the product you are getting. I have paid much more in the past for palettes that where nowhere near this palette in quality and uniqueness.
So there you have it. If you are anything like me and love these types of eyeshadow colors you will be pleasantly surprised by just how much you will love this palette ....I know I was. If you are new to experimenting with color though, this is a beautiful palette to try out. If you are not comfortable going all out with color you can use the shades wet as a liner or apply a small touch of color here and there without going all the way out of your comfort zone. At the end of the day I'm sure you will fall in love with it no matter where you are when it comes to your makeup skills/preferences!