As you may be able to tell by the five million selfies lately (sorry bout it) I've been mixing things up a bit in the makeup department. I've never been one to wear colour on my eyes but since I started sporting coloured lenses I've become one of those palette hoarding maniacs. And I'm okay with that.
I've been on the hunt for the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette for a while now but every time I've looked online I've been faced with the words 'sold out' Every. Damn. Time. The other day I was contacted by a website called Octer that allows you to compare different websites and brands in order to find the exact product you're looking for. Obviously, I headed straight for the palette section of their beauty department and with a few scrolls, lo and behold, there it was, the ABH palette of dreams. I couldn't throw it on my face fast enough.
And guys, if any of my palettes deserve a dedicated blog post, it's this bad boy.
The brush that comes with the palette is surprisingly decent as well - so really good if you're on the go and don't want to lug around your entire brush collection.
Of course this palette is geared towards more warm-toned neutrals and pops of red, pinks and oranges, but generally speaking it's a really good all rounder for an every day eye look as well. The colours are mostly ultra-matte finish, but there are a few shimmery almost wet-look shades that work perfect for the inner corner or packing all over the lid. Like most shadows, they work best with a good eye primer under neath, but even without that last throughout the day without any creasing.
I was going to do a pro and con sort of blog post, but - in all honesty - I've yet to come across anything negative about this palette. Sure, it's pricey from the get go, but considering you get fourteen super pigmented pans (ten of which are neutrals) each colour works out at less than £3 each - cheaper than any drugstore shadow.
The pigmentation is absolutely ridiculous - in a good way. One tap of a brush and you've got enough pigment to cover your lid and then some. The colours blend in almost effortlessly - perfect if you're a bit of an eyeshadow noob like I am - and layer up nicely without every looking patchy.
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Raw Sienna - Neutral amber (Ultra Matte)
Burnt Orange - Deep orange (Ultra Matte)
Primavera - Iridescent champagne (Metallic)
Red Ochre - Deep burgundy (Ultra Matte)
Venetian Red - Crimson red (Ultra Matte)
Warm Taupe - Ash taupe (Ultra Matte)
Realgar - Warm orange (Ultra Matte)
Tempera - Light beige (Ultra Matte)
Goldern Ochre - Yellow-brown (Ultra Matte)
Vermeer - Irridescent Shell (Metallic)
Buon Fresco - Cool-toned Lavender (Ultra Matte)
Antique Bronze - Warm sable (Metallic/Satin)
Love Letter - Deep fuschia (Ultra Matte)
Cyprus Umber - Dark chocolate (Ultra Matte)