Hello hello. I thought it's about time we talk about the new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills - the Modern Renaissance Palette. This is a permanent palette in the ABH range and it is designed to be a warm toned nude and berry palette. They did also say that they may be bringing out a permanent cool toned nude palette in the future.
Ps. I am giving one of these palettes away in my 10k giveaway - check it out asap as it is closing this week.
This has only been out for a few weeks and is available from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for US$42 (plus a flat rate of US$17.95 for international shipping) or from Beauty Bay for around AU$70 with free shipping. Where you buy it from would really depend on the currency conversion, if you wanted to buy other items from the site, and how quickly you wanted it to arrive - Beauty Bay takes around 2 weeks to arrive in Australia whereas ABH delivered in 2 business days. Also it's worth noting that you can't use PayPal on international orders from the ABH site for some reason.
I thought I would point out the biggest negative to this palette before I get onto the otherwise glowing review - the packaging is horrible! This palette is made out of a hideous dusky mauve/pink felt material covered cardboard which is destined to become dirty, fluffy and gross. The only reason I could possible reason I could think that they justify this is because it might link to Renaissance fashion... who the f**k knows! Otherwise this is a standard cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid, a magnetic closure, ingredients on the back (this is cruelty free but not vegan) and it comes with a double sided brush that is actually pretty decent.
It is also worth noting that each shade contains 0.7g of product which is not a huge amount. This also recommends to only use it for 6 month after opening. This is an unusually short amount of time for a powder product and I am not sure why that's the case. Of course I will continue to use it past that date (I like to live on the wild side) but if you are a stickler for used by dates then I would give this a miss.
Onto the highlight of this palette... the actual eyeshadows. These are absolutely amazing in quality and shade range. I love how they went quite extreme with the warm shades but still managed to keep it wearable. The shades all give off a very Renaissance fashion vibe with the reds, oranges and mustard shades - so this palette really does tell a story. ABH claims that there are 11 matte shades in this palette and 3 shimmer, but I think at least a couple of the "mattes" are more satin finish shades.
The shades are described on the ABH site as:
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
Overall the pigmentation is beautiful, the shades are a tiny bit powdery but very blendable and easy to work with and they have become some of my favourite formula of eyeshadows. My only issue with the shades is that there is a lot of matte shades (maybe too many matte shades) and, for someone who likes to wear a shimmer all over the lid and matte shades in the crease, I find that this palette is a little off balanced. When I look at this palette I see a couple of all over the lid shades, a couple of highlights and a heck of a lot of crease shades. I personally think this palette would have benefitted from adding a few more shimmers, but if you love warm matte looks then you will love this palette, and I really can't fault the formula.