Is Modern Renaissance For You? - Swatches and Review

img_4293 Unless you live under a rock when it comes to cosmetics, than you've seen just about everyone rave about Anastasia's Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. It was super popular in 2016 and can still be tricky to get your hands on now, but I luckily got my palette back in December and have been holding on to it since.


First things first, the packaging on this palette is so lux and gorgeous that you'll never want to put it away. The palette is covered in a soft pink velvet and has a large mirror on the inside. The color story of this palette is mostly taupes and wine shades, which is something that I never had really played around with before. It has a few really gorgeous shimmer shades, and retails for about $42. The palette has 14 fairly small pans of shadows and also comes with it's own brush.


I honestly had tons of time to play around with this palette before switching it out, and the shadows are totally creamy, smooth and go on like velvet. I have never had a shadow palette blend like this palette; it's almost effortless the blend colors flawlessly. The top row of shadows features Tempera, and light all over lid shade and a great transition shade. Golden Ocre is a light taupe that would be pretty all over the lid or in the crease. Vermeer is a light and super shimmery shadow, that also looks amazing foiled. Buon Fresco is a pretty medium brown shade, also great for an inner V or a crease. Antique Bronze is probably one of my favorite shades in the entire palette, with a deep bronze color that has a gorgeous shimmer to it. Love Letter is another favorite, flaunting a wine shade that is beautiful as an outer corner color or blended into the crease. Cyprus Umber is also a great shade for the crease or the outer corner.


The second row starts with Raw Sienna, which would be really pretty all of the lid for a natural look. Burnt Orange would look really awesome paired with Raw Sienna, and is really great for a crease. Primavera is another one of my favorite shadows from this palette, shimmery with a gentle golden glow. Red Ocre is a bold red with brown undertones, which would be beautiful in a crease. Venetian Red is another really stunning wine colored shade that would be really beautiful in the crease or the outer corner of the eyelid. Warm Taupe is a really great basic taupe shadow, that is great for a crease. Realgar is a bold terra-cotta shade, really great for adding a pop to the outer corner of the eye.

This palette is jammed with tons of looks to play around with, lots of colors to pack into the crease of the eye, and some really gorgeous shimmers for the rest of the lid. My only real complaints are that the shadows tend to have a ton of fall out, and that there isn't a dark blackish shade in this palette. The fall out really isn't much an of an issue for me, since the shadows are so intensely pigmented and go on so easily.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone looking for a palette with great neutrals, but also some natural and gorgeous pops of color to play with. I think it is totally worth the cost, and I'll likely re-purchase when I hit pan on some of these shades.

Do you have Modern Renaissance? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!