When I ordered the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance and Subculture Eyeshadow Palettes, I was so excited to be able to swatch them and share them with you here on this blog. However, when I received them I was really rather disappointed, so much so that I wasn't sure I wanted to blog about them, not because I didn't want to tell the truth, but just because I felt so let down by a brand which I have SO many amazing products from. So, here's my thoughts on these infamous palettes...
Packaging-wise, both palettes are simple and classic, with a velvet feel to them, opening up to reveal a mirror on the inside of the lid, the 14 eyeshadow pans, and a double ended brush applicator. Once opened, you can see the gorgeous neutral and berry tones of the Modern Renaissance palette, and the grungy mattes and bold metallics of the Subculture palette.
Yes, I am in love with the shades of both palettes, particularly Subculture as the combination of shades is like no other I have come across before. But that's where the positives kind of end. Opening up these palettes to write this post, I still feel a little sad, and a little bit conned. I use ABH highlighter kits, and they're amazing, and I could not fault a thing about them, which is why I am sad that I paid a combined total of £83 for some dusty powder with these palettes.
They are highly pigmented shades, however, the slightest touch of a brush, and these powders literally turn to dust, making the palette a mess and making it impossible to apply on the skin. Now, not every single colour is like that, but sadly the majority are. Maybe I just have bad palettes, as I see a lot of positive reviews on the Modern Renaissance palette, but I have seen a lot of problems floating around social media when it comes to the Subculture palette. ABH, please make your eyeshadows the same consistency as your highlighters!
Modern Renaissance contains 11 matte shades and 3 metallic shades and you can see the shades below;
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 grey 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
Subculture is my favourite with a mixture of ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes, and how I wish someone else brings out something similar colour wise...
Roxy - Ultra matte muted coral
Electric - Duo chrome lime-gold
Fudge - Ultra-matte warm bronze
New Wave - Ultra-matte citron orange
Untamed - Ultra-matte tarnished green
Edge - Ultra-matte gold mustard
Rowdy - Ultra-matte blackened purple
Axis - Ultra-matte blue-green
Mercury - Ultra-matte slate grey
All Star - Ultra-matte vintage wine
Adorn - Metallic bronze
Destiny - Ultra-matte sage green
Dawn - Ultra-matte sand
Cube - Duo chrome pink pearl
As I mentioned, some people absolutely adore Modern Renaissance, and its definitely the better of the two quality wise, but unless some big changes are made, I definitely won't be purchasing another ABH Eyeshadow Palette.
All the Loves,