I'm Late to the Party : Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review

Hey everyone!

As you might have guessed by the title, I'm reviewing the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The hype is so real, I don't think you could have escaped hearing about this palette last year on social media. Dare I say it, it was probably the most well-known palette launch from last year and it's still popular (especially in comparison to the Subculture palette that just launched).

I know I'm about a year late when it comes to the Modern Renaissance train but it's never too late to talk about this palette. I wanted to give this palette a good try so I did a two looks to show some of its versatility, one warm-toned and one cool-toned before posting this review.

Click through to read my review and see swatches!

The palette is $42.00 and is available at Macy's, Sephora, ULTA. The palette comes in a suede covered cardboard palette with a mirror and double ended brush on the inside. I think right now the suede isn't a problem but I know over time it's likely to get dirty from use.

At a glance, I think the colors in the palette could look intimidating. You have a mix of rather warm reds and berry tones, which for someone used to neutral palettes might make you think you'll look all sickly or bruised. Surprisingly though, the color selection in the palette lends itself to much more versatility than you would think. It can be a staple palette for many people, provided you are not so heavy handed when picking the colors up.

Warm eye looks are so in and I think this palette lends itself to being versatile as both a summer and fall eyeshadow palette. The palette also manages to have some ability to create some cool-toned looks so don't dismiss it too quickly as being all warm-toned.


With the eyeshadows, I found all of them to be pigmented, smooth, and finely milled. These are a formula that is more softly pressed, so I did experience a little kickback when dipping in with my eyeshadow brush. I didn't experience massive amounts of fallout once I made sure to tap off my brush to get excess product off. Some people don't like eyeshadows that are softer for this reason, but I do think it still manages to be easy to use. A light touch is all that you need. 

I had no issues with longevity, these eyeshadows lasted well when worn with eyeshadow primer (which is how I wear all of my eyeshadow). They blended well onto my eyes and into my crease. All in all, as long as you're not doing mega swirls or sweeps into the eyeshadow pans, you won't have an issue with the eyeshadows at all.

There is a nice mixture of shades in the palette that suit my skintone very well. I enjoy using Burnt Orange, Raw Sienna, and Warm Taupe as crease colors with Red Ochre, Venetian Red, and Realgar as lid colors. Vermeer and Primavera make for excellent inner corner highlights.


The swatches were done in indirect natural daylight with no flash. Each eyeshadow was swatched using a brush over Milani Eyeshadow Primer.


I thoroughly enjoy this palette and plan to continue using it. The colors just suit me so well, I enjoy the fact that I can use so many of the colors in an everyday makeup look without looking like I'm going overboard, and it is just so easy to reach for. I know most everyone already owns the palette, but if you're one of the ones who don't I highly recommend it!

Do you already own the Modern Renaissance palette? If not, are you thinking about it?

Disclaimer: I purchased this palette with store credit I received after going to a Sephora opening. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review. The post contains affiliate links which provide me with a commission based off your use of the link when making your purchase.

1 comment

  1. I would prefer you also show how the colors can be used on your eyes--not just your arm!


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