I've been in love with products from Anastasia Beverly Hills products ever since I took my first trip to the States last year. Although I've tried products such as their contour kits, glow kits and brow products, I was yet to try their eyeshadows. At Christmas I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (£41/$42) from Andy and fell in love with the colours immediately upon opening it. It includes 14 eyeshadow shades, a double-ended brush and a large mirror which upon first glance means it's off to an excellent start. According to ABH it is the first permanent palette, and judging by the amount of times this has sold out it doesn't surprise me that it's pretty popular. The palette is filled with a mixture of neutral and warm shades, with three finishes in total. Most of the shades are ultra-matte, two with a metallic finish and one satin finish.

The formula makes me wonder why other brands don't opt for something similar. The shadows are incredibly soft and buttery in texture, making them easy to apply and blend. As always, I try out all eye products on top of my Benefit Stay Don't Stray and the shadow lasted all day until I removed it with my trusty Garnier Micellar Water. To me, the shades are so unique to what you see in other palettes, and is a great introduction to future ABH eyeshadow palettes. The pigmentation isn't consistent throughout which was expected, but from the swatches below I am very impressed with how they turned out. There is minimal fallout and from shades like Love Letter, Cyprus Umber, Realgar and Red Ochre, the pigmentation is mindblowing. The two metallic finish shades; Vermeer and Primavera are two of the prettiest shimmer shades I've come across and honestly can't get enough of them. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Shades:

Tempera - Velvety beige/cream (ultra-matte finish)
Golden Ochre - Earthy yellow-beige (ultra-matte finish)
Vermeer - Iridescent shell pink (metallic finish)
Buon Fresco - Antique lavender/mauve (ultra-matte finish)
Antique Bronze - Metallic sable (satin finish)
Love Letter - Bright raspberry (ultra-matte finish)
Cyprus Umber - Dark coffee (ultra-matte finish)
Raw Sienna - Neutral amber/mustard (ultra-matte finish)
Burnt Orange - Deep true orange (ultra-matte finish)
Primavera - Shimmery gold dust (metallic finish)
Red Ochre - Sienna orange-brown (ultra-matte finish)
Venetian Red - Crimson (ultra-matte finish)
Warm Taupe - Earthy grey (ultra-matte finish)
Realgar - Brick orange (ultra-matte finish)

The packaging itself mimics suede or velvet and I was lucky I took a photo of the exterior when I first opened it. Although it's a beautiful shade of pink, it gets dusty if you leave it out (for me on my makeup desk) and is close to impossible to get back to its original state. Aside from that, it's made from a sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure to ensure the brush doesn't fall out. The brush alone is double-ended and works quite well for a palette brush. The palette is definitely worth the money and makes me so excited for future palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you're into your eyeshadow palettes it's worth checking out, especially if you look at it as each shade is roughly £2.93 each and that's without counting the brush too. You'll see this palette in future favourites posts I'm sure.

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