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by Corey Gray
‘Renaissance’, from the French ‘naissance’ means birth. The Renaissance was
the rebirth of art in a time of stony-faced practicality and low spirits. The
Renaissance was about inspiration and exploration, and that energy is deftly
harnessed in Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette.
The Modern Renaissance palette comes with fourteen 0.02-ounce shadows.
Compared to the beloved Urban Decay Naked palette, that’s less than half the
amount of product per shadow, but with the Modern Renaissance palette, you do get
two more shadows than the Naked palette for $12 less. You get ten matte shades,
and four stunning shimmer shades. It’s a warm-toned palette, featuring mostly
neutrals and a few berry shades, all with Renaissance themed names that really add
to the very classic vibe of palette. I wouldn’t say that these eyeshadows are the most
pigmented, but they are incredibly buttery, blendable, and can be built up to be very
opaque. The color selection is really reminiscent of richly vibrant Renaissance
paintings, and is surprisingly incredibly versatile. In the few weeks that I’ve had this
palette, I’ve been create such wildly different looks, whether it be a casual and
natural eye, a dramatic smoky eye, or a soft terracotta poolside look; the
possibilities are as endless as your imagination. My palette is looking so rough
because it has become my go-to. Honestly, the magic of this palette is how inspiring
it is. I’m not sure if it’s the elegant soft pink faux suede packaging, the shade names
that transport you to the sun-kissed beaches of the Italian coast, or the refined, but
not stuffy or expected color selection.
Now, I was planning of filling this review to the brim with Renaissance
themed puns, but my pun reserve was fresc-out, and honestly this palette can really
stand on it’s own without any extra sauce. This is an incredible palette for travel
thanks to its slim packaging. It comes with a duo-sided brush, and a large, decent
quality mirror. For only $42, this palette is a great deal, and is absolutely stunning
for creating both breezy and heartbreaking summer looks.