Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Blogmas Day 22 - Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is a new 14 shade eyeshadow palette which is made up of mostly matte finish eyeshadows. This is a pretty unique shade as it contains both warmer neutrals and stronger pops of not only pink but red. 
The contrast of the neutrals combined with the richer pinks, reds, and oranges makes for a very exciting range of shades. The fact that many of the shades are matte might be exciting for some makeup lovers as well.
The palette comes in a velvety compact much like we saw from the original Urban Decay Naked Palette.
The palette also contains a mirror and a double-ended eyeshadow brush that was quite well made and handy for applying and blending shades.

Shades include:
  • Tempera (matte beige)
  • Golden Ochre (matte earthy yellow)
  • Vermeer (metallic iridescent shell)
  • Buon Fresco (matte antique lavender)
  • Antique Bronze (metallic sable with a satin finish)
  • Love Letter (matte raspberry)
  • Cyprus Umber (matte dark coffee)
  • Realgar (matte brick)
  • Warm Taupe (matte earthy gray)
  • Venetian Red (matte crimson)
  • Red Ochre (matte sienna)
  • Primavera (metallic shimmery gold dust)
  • Burnt Orange (matte deep orange)
  • Raw Sienna (matte neutral amber)
I happen to be one of those people that thinks mattes are mostly made up of neutral, natural shades. You have to admit few brands, including Urban Decay and Too Faced, create mattes that are extra bold and vibrant. I think that’s what makes the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette a fairly unique palette because not only does it have some incredibly bright, bold shades of berry and orange but takes the initiative to combine those vibrant shades with some pretty standard matte neutrals. A majority of this palette is made up of matte finish eyeshadows all of which performed exceptionally well. I worried that a combination of the matte finish and incredible pigmentation would result in patchy application but I experienced no problems.
 They were very, very soft in consistency and there was some powdery kick up but I experienced no issues with fall out and each shade applied positively dreamy on my lids with an excellent wear both with and without primer on my drier eyes. As advertised, these are indeed highly pigmented but I had no problems with any of the shades staining my lids. I did worry about this as some of the shades are very, very pigmented!
Retails for £41, which I think it reasonable for this amazing palette.


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