Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette Review

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It feels like forever since I’ve written anything for the blog, and I have to admit, it has been, I mean I even had time to update the entire look and feel — let me know what you think by the way — and still not write anything? I also have so much to write about having obtained so much makeup since my return to the land down under — so really it’s just final year stresses getting in the way I suppose. I thought I’d kick off what I’m hoping is a revived posting streak with my review of the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

I bought this online directly from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website which might seem weird considering Sephora in Australia sells it and the Sweets Glow Kit which I also bought (I believe at $75 each), but let me just digress for a moment here — why the heck would I buy it from Sephora for $75 when I can get it shipped to me cheaper from the US taking into account the exchange rate — and the fact I have a card with a few hundred dollars on it and account in the US still — at a smaller price? Sephora’s introduction here was meant to create competition, thus making makeup more accessible to Australian’s and really it’s done the oppose. I still buy more from Mecca Maxima than Sephora or just directly from the US — it’s shouldn’t be that way, but it is. So, moving on from yet another my location is the bane of my makeup loving life rant — and onto shipping — I just want to say that it’s absolutely incredible to me that this got to me from it’s point of shipping in the US to me in cold old Victoria, Australia in less than four days. I got an email saying it had been shipped out and in what seemed like no time at all — I was signing for it on my doorstep. It was nicely packed, nothing broke and it was all intact — so that’s a big bonus on that front.

Now, let’s get into the palette. It’s outerpackaging is similar to the finish of the Naked palette from Urban Decay — a similar suede type finish, which isn’t an issue, it’s just a very light colour and I can see it getting dirty already. Okay, so opening it up there’s a really nicely sized mirror, which is always a bonus — because let’s be honest for the price you deserve a mirror. You also get a double ended brush which I’m likely never going to use but they seem soft and like they’d work if you were in a bit of a pickle without a brush. You get 14 colours, ranging from some soft neutrals, to some golden tones right through to warm rich, deep reds. This is the palette for a natural look, it could be — but let’s be real, the potential for glam is real and I’m not going to deny myself a hearty dose of glam. The colours are named as followed:

  • Tempera
  • Raw Sieena
  • Golden Ochre
  • Burnt Orange
  • Vermeer
  • Primavera
  • Buon Fresco
  • Red Ochre
  • Antique Bronze
  • Venetian Red
  • Love Letter
  • Warm Taupe
  • Cyprus Umber
  • Realgar

I swatched them below, however bear in mind that my skin is a little fragile at the moment and I’m really trying to be kind to it and not rubbing layer upon layer of colour that will be hard to remove onto it, so I just ran my finger along my arm gently (acutally, I’ll be talking about this in a post really soon covering my Roacutane journey over the last 7 months and how it’s impacting my makeup at the moment) but overall I have to say these are so pigmented and I can easily see how the colour would build up so quickly! I’ve definitely heard about the ABH formula before — and I would say these immediately leapt into my favourites — they are also gloriously soft and so finely milled — there is literally no words to describe how much love I have for this formula.

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My top picks from this palette are Venetian Red, Vermeer, Primavera, Warm Taupe, Love Letter and Buon Fresco — I was going to make a video, but I realised really quickly that I couldn’t pronounce any of these names correctly nor could I explain myself in an articulate matter. There really isn’t a colour I hate at all either — which is quite odd seeing as a year ago I would have been telling you such a warm palette would have been something I’d never consider purchasing. There’s such a lovely mix of matte colours and shimmers. It’s definitely something worth checking out because lets face it — it’s just so beautiful and definitely at the top of the palettes I’ve ever purchased. I mean not every colour is going to be practical for me, which is why I’d give this a 9/10 rather than a 10 but the makeup itself is just beautiful and I’m so glad I got my hands on it — and I’m really looking forward to using it in a tutorial really soon!

Until next time,
x ac

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