The Palette That Everyone Is Talking About

modern-renaissance-swatches-and-reviewAs soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Usually, I definitely gravitate towards cooler-toned palettes, but as soon as this palette was announced and first pictures were released, I knew I had to get it. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is a stunning palette with timeless colors. I don’t always feel comfortable wearing warm-toned colors, but these just looked way too beautiful for me to pass.

Here’s what ABH says about this palette:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. An essential eye shadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening. Highly pigmented, easy-to-blend formula.

This palette includes 11 matte shades and 3 metallic ones. It also ncludes a dual-sided soft bristle brush.

Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish


What I love:

-the packaging is beautiful, love the dual-ended brush included here
-the colors in this palette are stunning. My favorites are Warm Taupe, Buon Fresco, Red Ochre and Realgar.
-in addition to warm neutrals there are also a few pinks and reds perfect for adding a little pop of color
-these eyeshadows are very nicely pigmented, long-lasting, and apply nicely
-the consistency of most of the shadows is smooth
-all colors included in this palette work really well with each other

What I don’t love:

-brighter colors like Love Letter need to be packed on to show off as bright as they do in a  pan, but they do blend easily and are easy to work with. The texture of Love Letter was a bit rough and not as smooth as others.
-the texture of these isn’t as creamy as with my other palettes, it’s a bit more powdery. I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have oily lids. Creamier formulas aren’t always as long-lasting as these shadows on my oily lids. The only problem with this is that the palette gets messy very easily.
-the shelf-life of this palette is 6 months, which I found a bit shocking. There’s no way that I’ll use it all up within next few months, so if you have sensitive eyes or eyes that are prone to getting infected, I’d be careful.


I am loving this palette and it definitely left me feeling impressed. I don’t really have anything similar in my collection and I’m sure that I’ll get even more use out of it during colder months. Other than the fact that these expire after 6 months of opening, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this palette. I love that all of these work so nicely together and even though this palette is very warm-toned, it’s quite versatile.

abh-modern-renaissance-paletteWhat do you think? Did you get it? Do you have your eyes on it?


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    Mad Cherry
    July 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Everyone’s really been talking about this. But for good reason. It’s so, so, so gorgeous. Ahhh!

    Jorj | Mad Cherry

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    Nicole Merza
    July 3, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Such a pretty palette! I need it!!

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

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    Amelia McDonald
    July 3, 2016 at 3:01 am

    This palette is soo stunning!!! I love that the shades are a bit original and not just your classic nudes that have been around a lot lately! Great post and review, I really enjoyed reading this! <3

    Amelia |

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    July 3, 2016 at 4:18 am

    I am still torn over this palette! I really want to buy it, but I really don’t need it either. Love the post though! I do think it’s a beautiful palette with pretty decent color pay off.

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Good thing about this palette is that it’s permanent, so you don’t have make up your mind just yet :)

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    Ambar Syed
    July 3, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Such neat pretty swatches! I would definitely not use it up in six months so I think I might have to pass although some of the colours look absolutely beautiful!
    – Ambar x

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    Hannah Ucol
    July 3, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I want to get it because I love the Renaissance, ever since I learned more about it in Art History class 6 years’s one of my favorite time periods in art. I even visited Florence, even for 1 night (and Rome for 4 nights). However…I’m like…do I need another neutral palette? It is so so beautiful though.


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    Gemma Louise
    July 3, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I really want this palette just because I’m seeing it everywhere and I particularly love the bottom row of shades, they’re so pretty. But a shelf life of 6 months when it’s £41?! No thank you haha, think I will pass on this one x

    Just Little Things

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, I didn’t notice that until I was editing this post. I don’t usually pay too much attention to expiration dates, because they’re usually around 24 months, so this was a bit of a shock.

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    July 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I also love brighter colours, but the palette looks briliant.

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    Megan Clarke
    July 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I nearly ordered this off of cult beauty the other day but I’m still so unsure if it’s worth it when I have so many other palettes!

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    Emma Bought What
    July 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

    This palette is so pretty! I love all of the shades in this, I really want to get it! x

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    Siobhán Harmer
    July 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This palette looks absolutely gorgeous! I do wish there were more subtle purple shades, but Buon Fresco looks lovely.
    Sibby x |

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    July 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Looks like such a gorgeous palette, I want one!!
    xo Jannine |

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    Julia Speaks
    July 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    This palette is indeed gorgeous! I’m surprised at its shelf-life though, it’s so short! I’m the kind of person that would use a palette for years without even thinking about it haha.

    Julia x
    Last post: Tips To Visit Paris This Summer |

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Haha, same! The only reason I noticed it, was because it was in single digits. Usually a lot my products have a shelf life of 12-24 months, so I don’t really pay too close of an attention to that.

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    steff @
    July 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I also picked it up immediately (but haven’t broken into it yet… I’m trying to control myself and really experiment more with my new items lately). I don’t understand how on earth it’s going to just turn bad in 6 months!? What the heck!? Sf_Stef on YouTube did a crazy in-depth review of this palette and also mentioned the 6 month thing. I just can’t believe it. I guess we’ll all see what happens in 6 months lol! Until then, I’m excited to have some fun with it in the upcoming fall/winter :) Glad to know you’re liking it, too!

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Right? That is so strange, usually it’s closer to two years. I mean, it might be a good thing, meaning that the ingredients are more skin-friendly, or maybe it’s a typo haha :)

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    July 4, 2016 at 12:28 am

    When I first saw this I wasn’t sure how I felt about the colors, but with all the swatches and tutorials I’ve been seeing I can definitely understand why. I’m not big on eyeshadows so I’ll be skipping out on this, but I’ll be forever envious of gals who just work so well with eyeshadows. The 6 month shelf life is definitely shocking, and that makes me curious to look at all my palettes to see just what the shelf life is cause I didn’t think they were anywhere near that short. Beautiful photos as always though!

    Cindy |

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Cindy! Yes, a lot of my palettes have a shelf-life of 12 to 24 months, that’s why I found this to be a bit strange!

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    Kiss & Make-up
    July 4, 2016 at 4:27 am

    It does look STUNNING! No wonder it’s the talk of the town.

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    The Sunday Mode
    July 4, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I love that this has so many matte shades in it but a 6 month shelf life? That’s just crazy! Who on earth is going to use up that much shadow in that short a window of time.

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    July 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    This palette is just stunning. Also your swatch game is amazing so neat. I cant believe you have to use it within 6 months, I always forget about make up having a shelf life.

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      Paula @
      July 5, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Well.. you don’t “have to” haha but it certainly recommended ;) I’m sure I have quite a few “expired” products in my collection, but they usually last a lot longer than 6 months.

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    Truc Pham
    July 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

    The palette is beautiful! I love the colors! I want one so bad!

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    July 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I am loving this palette, everything from the formula to the shades. I had no idea it has a shelf life of 6 months!? That’s crazy, there’s no way anyone can use it up that quickly, hopefully it won’t affect my eyes or the quality won’t change x

    Beauty with charm

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    July 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    This palette is so beautiful! When I saw this in Sephora the other day I knew I had to get it! It is so unique and different from any of my other palettes. Have fun with it! I know I will. :)
    xo Brooke

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    Phoebida x
    July 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The packaging and the shades are beautiful, I’ve never tried the ABH shadows but I’ve heard nothing but praise about them xxx

    Phoebe & Abida |

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    Mikéla Davelyn
    July 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Wow! These colors are so pretty! I just love Anastasia Beverly Hills.

    xo, mikéla /

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    The Gossip Darling
    July 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I always love your honest reviews. The shades are beautiful.

    Mel |

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    July 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Such a beautiful palette! :) Wonder why it expires so quickly though.


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    Gitana Deneff
    July 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    These actually look pretty perfect. I’ve been looking for a new palette to use. My Naked Basics is running out :( I’m LOVING those nude, earthy tones! <3 Thanks for the review!

    Books & Bellinis / Lifestyle Blog by: Gitana Deneff

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    Lipstick LupusMommy
    August 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    When I first saw this palette was coming out I passed because of the red toned shadows. I didn’t want to look like a zombie, but the more hype it received I went ahead and jumped on the band wagon. I’m so glad I did because it is beautiful to play in right now and will last through the fall. The colors on the left are great for neutral gals and then on the right it’s fun to experiment. They all blend beautifully too! I didn’t even pay attention to the 6 month shelf life. The other bummer… I got the cover of my palette dirty already!

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    November 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I am planning on getting this palette for my birthday (iin two days) but the expiration date is leaving if it is worth getting this as my first eyeshadow palette what do you think?

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