Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Swatches on Dark Skin


A few months ago, everyone lost their minds over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and with good reason.

When it comes to pigmentation in palettes, ABH have a pretty strong track record (the World Traveler palette is still my bbg), and Modern Renaissance taps into the warm-tone palette craze. That’s fine by me, because there are few things I love in this world the way I love an orange crease.

Th good? Every shade is pigmented and blendable. This is a one-and-done kind of palette – if I use it, I usually don’t need to reach for another palette to supplement it. (The exception is if I need a matte black to set my liquid liner.)

The shade selection kinda rocks – they threw in a handful of cool tones to balance things out, and included a nice mix of mattes and shimmers.

The bad? The packaging. Didn’t they learn from people’s complaints about the OG Urban Decay Naked Palette? The fuzzy packaging gets dirty so easily, especially when travelling. That’s inconvenient because the well-rounded shade selection makes this such a good travel palette!

Another major downside is that these shadows kick up a lot of dust in the pan. Like, a lot. More than the ABH singles, and particularly with a fluffy brush. I have Burnt Orange in a single pan (purchased before the palette came out) and it’s nowhere near as powdery in the pan as its Modern Renaissance sister. It’s good to note that the powderiness in the pan doesn’t affect the blendability on the skin, though!

Another downside is that there’s really only one good colour to deepen the outer-V on dark skin (Cyprus Umber). The reds, magentas, and oranges provide a nice transition in the crease, though.

ABH MR top row labelled

Some of my faves from the top row are Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber.

ABH MR bottom row labelled
I adore the bottom row, but I especially like Primavera, Red Ochre, and Realgar (which totally reminds me of Danaerys’s brother Rheagar?).

Bonus: the Modern Renaissance palette is easily available because most of the hype has died down – yay!

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