Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA. I have been well busy and guess what… I’m now an official graduate holding a degree in English Language and Linguistics with Journalism!
It’s pretty surreal to be honest. Throughout the messy crayons in nursery, the fights over the ‘good’ whiteboard markers in primary school, the overall drama of high school, the stress of A Levels and eventually the numerous mental breakdowns over looming deadlines at uni; all of the education was for this. For the prance over the stage to get your fake certificate in wait for your real one to be prepared.
Now I’m not going to get really soppy, but I’m so proud of myself, and I feel allowed to say that. The last few years have not been easy, but despite these hardships, I got through university and graduated with the mark I worked desperately hard for; a 2:1. Onwards and upwards I say!
As a little graduation treat to myself, I decided to splurge on a palette I have ached for ever since it was first released…
The Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills.
In all honesty, I may have quite a collection of warm-toned eyeshadow palettes, but don’t we all?
I resisted, and resisted, and then resisted some more. But alas, I could not hold off any longer, my cheeks aching from the grin on my face as I pressed that ‘confirm order’ button on Beauty Bay.
Now, the thing I love about Beauty Bay, is that they offer free next day delivery with any order (UK only). This is perfect for those who would happily pay £100+ for a bunch of products, but gets their knickers in a twist for having to pay £5.99 postage and packing.
I may or may not be one of those people.
They also currently have an offer on: if you spend over £50 on their website, you are gifted 6 free mystery items. Of course this offer began a day or two after I bought the products on the website, but never mind. I’m not bitter…
(Quick disclaimer: this post is not sponsored, I just really enjoy Beauty Bay OK).
Anyways, my palette arrived on Tuesday around midday and I immediately got to playing with it while thanking myself for such a generous gift.
I have used it every day since and I am O B S E S S E D.
The shadows are what I typically expected from ABH shadows; they are buttery and creamy with excellent pigmentation. There is a slight bit of kick-up when you first put your brush into the product, but that is to be expected as the shadows are so soft. I would recommend tapping the excess off of the brush before applying product to the eyes, as it could get messy quickly if not. In my opinion however, kick-up really isn’t a problem and worth coping for for the fantastic quality of the shadows.
The colours in this palette are very varied, which is most definitely a good thing. The looks you can create are endless and there is something for everyone. What really drew me to this palette, are the rich pink and red tones. They are extremely unique and have set a trend going within the beauty industry for sure.
This palette costs £42 on Beauty Bay, which at first may seem quite pricey. When you consider the price, please bear in mind you get 14 shadows for your money, which means they are essentially £3 a shade. Breaking the cost down per shadow is very helpful when wanting to lower your heartrate.
The shadows included are:
- Tempera – A satin cream shade.
- Golden Ochre – A light matte warm brown with undertones of yellow.
- Vermeer – A shimmering champagne.
- Buon Fresco – a matte cool toned rose.
- Antique Bronze – a metallic bronze with shifts of rose shimmer.
- Love Letter – A deep matte pink.
- Cyprus Umber – A matte dark chocolate brown.
- Raw Sienna – A matte warm brown, same undertone but darker than Golden Ochre.
- Burnt Orange – Well, a light matte burnt orange.
- Primavera – A metallic light gold shade.
- Red Ochre – A deep matte red.
- Venetian Red – A mixture of pink and red in a matte formula.
- Warm Taupe- If you could imagine a taupe with a warm undertone, this is it in a matte formula.
- Realgar – A hot orange matte.
Alongside these shades, you are also provided with a double ended brush. Admittedly I have not used this yet, but on first impression the bristles seem really soft and good for blending.
Being completely honest, the only aspect of this palette I’m not sure about is the packaging.
Please don’t get me wrong, I love it. But it seems a bit of a pain.
The dusty pink suede material is likely to get very dirty very quickly and one speck of loose powder sets my nerves on end. However, I love the sleekness of the black shiny material on the inside of the palette and it’s very easy to wipe clean.
Overall, I have absolutely fallen in love with this palette. I think it was 100% worth the price and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner. This, in my opinion, is a staple in your makeup collection; something that every beauty lover needs. Despite having this palette for just short of a week now, I can confidently say that if you try it, you will love it!
Thanks for reading guys, I hope you enjoyed it!