Hello! Its been a while since I did a review and swatch sort of thing, so I thought today I would review one of my newest palettes - The much coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette.
I'm gonna admit, I haven't ever tried Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows before. I know, what!! So this was my first experience of them, only ever having tried their brow and contour products before in my kit. So this was a new experience for me and I was pretty excited, having only heard amazing things about their eyeshadows.
As always I'll start with the packaging. First up, I was pretty surprised at how small the actual palette is. I somehow was expecting an Urban Decay style palette, but the ABH ones is shorter and more compact. Not a bad thing at all, just an observation. It is quilted in a gorgeously pastel nude pink design, with a similar touch to the Urban Decay first Naked palette, which I loved. The eyeshadows are housed in two rows. Its compact and practical and I can't find any faults with the design at all. It comes with a double ended brush, which I was actually very very impressed with.
OK onto the actual eyeshadows. The theme of the palette is very warm, red and pink tones. Very romantic like the name of the palette would suggest and in my opinion, something that I've not really seen before, which is why I was so drawn to it initially. Its a nice mix of shimmer and matte, evenly distributed among the palette.
I'm going to be completely honest here. All of these eyeshadows were one swipe. One single swipe. I've done a lot of eyeshadow review posts and often, I'll have to do multiple swipes for the swatch to show up on camera. These bad boys are PIGMENTED. I mean, one swipe people. I'm still in shock. I did not have to work at all, they did it all for me. So intensely soft, so intensely pigmented and beautiful to work with.
The first row includes some of the more neutral shades, for highlighting and putting all over the lid, wheres the bottom row includes the warm toned reds and burgundy tones that I've been waiting for. They are all so intense, there is not a single dud in the palette.
I've created a couple of looks and used this palette for about 2 weeks now and can say not only do they swatch beautifully but they are a dream to work with. A serious dream. They blend wonderfully, they apply without any need to go back over them to intensify the colour. If I had to pick one fault, if I was being super fussy, I would say they are a little bit on the crumbly and fall out-y side of things but generally I always do my eyes first anyway so for me personally, thats not a big deal. I'm kicking myself for not trying ABH sooner, but trust me now that I have, the obsession is strong! Its truly love! My favourites in the palette are venetian red, realgar and red ochre!
And if you wasn't already aware, I am giving this beautiful palette away on Facebook! (Well not this exact one because I have used it, but a new one!) Just head over to my Facebook page here and give it a like and you can be in with a chance of winning it. Its open worldwide and ends on the 14th July so you have plenty of time of enter. Trust me, this is a palette I would wanna win, its so darn good! Comment below if you have liked my Facebook page! Thats all ya gotta do!