Worth the Hype? Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches and Review

The hype is real around the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Every man and his dog are raving about how amazing it is and it was popping up everywhere. I’m talking all over Instagram multiple times a day, Twitter, YouTube, everyone was loving it.

The more I saw it the more I fell in love with the colours. Honestly the colours that drew me in were the reds, but the whole palette is warm toned and in the end I knew I had to have it. One of those products you just couldn’t stop thinking about until it was in your possession, you know what I mean?

So I broke my new year palette ban (of course, cos when do I ever stick to not buying makeup) and used my Christmas money (so technically it was a present, which makes me feel a little bit better about it) took the plunge and placed it in my basket. I ummed and ahhed until I just pressed the order button and it was soon to be mine.

ABH is an American brand that until recently was super hard to get in the UK but now is available on Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay.

When I opened the parcel, I was absolutely amazed at the luxurious velvet packaging,  I have never seen a palette like it before in my life. It’s so beautiful I could look at it forever! I was even more in awe at the beautiful warm toned shades inside.

There is a mix of matte and metallic shadows and the shade range is neutrals, browns, golds, taupes, pinks, reds and oranges. So beautiful!

Now I hadn’t actually read any thorough reviews on this palette before I bought, just countless pretty photos and descriptions of “this is the best palette ever” and “my favourite palette in the world” and had I actually done my research (silly Sophie) I wouldn’t have been so shocked at my first swatch.

So I took photos of this before I used it, standard blogging behaviour, then swatched it during the photo session before applying to my eyes. When I swatched the shades there was so much kick up I was so disappointed, but this does not transfer at all to the eyes when you apply it.

After swatching it, I watched a YT video where Kathleen Lights talks about this and she confirmed to me that kick up is only when you swatch and not when you actually put it on your eyes so I was so relieved she said this was the case too.

The shadows are so buttery and creamy you would have no idea there was kick up when you got it onto your brush and it does not fall out once on your eyes it stays put, as pigmented as ever.

Bottom row

Top row

The colour pay off is amazing and you don’t need much to create a gorgeous eye look.

I am yet to play with many shades, but I went for a reddy/pink and gold look the other night using a mix of Venetian Red and Love Letter in the crease and Primavera on the lid and got loads of compliments about it!

The shades blend really well and they all compliment each other nicely and now I absolutely love this palette and I am so glad I took the plunge and made it mine.

At £41 it is super expensive for only 12 shades but this is definitely a luxury treat or would make a beautiful gift for someone. I definitely do not regret my purchase!

Get yours here* from Beauty Bay.

Have you tried this palette? What did you think? I’d love to know below!

Thank you so much for reading ♥



  1. January 27, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I have been drooling over this palette, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for posting your review!

  2. January 27, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I’ve been debating whether to buy this palette for a while. The purple/pink colours are soooo beautiful! Great review too! X

  3. The Journal of Emily
    January 28, 2017 / 11:47 am

    The colours are gorgeous! I was unsure abut this but now think it might be a good investment! Love your blog.

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      January 29, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Hehe glad I convinced you to make up your mind! It is a beautiful palette! Thanks for readin hun xo

  4. January 29, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I’d love to buy this palette but I have already so many eyeshadows. It is also super expensive so I’m not sure yet!! It looks definitely like a great palette so I’m overthinking it again and again! Loved this blogpost – xo

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      January 29, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      It is very expensive I would say it’s worth the investment though! Thanks for reading hun xo

  5. billyleemaexx
    February 6, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I absolutely love this Palette! I’m new to this whole blogging thing, I’d love it if you checked out my blog❤

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      February 7, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Me too I am obsessed! Will do hun thanks for reading! xo

    • sophieinwonderlandxo
      March 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      It is so worth it its lovely! Xo

  6. Ana
    March 24, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Thank you for your post. I have a question.
    There is no more butterfly on the package? Have you chasing the package?

  7. May 17, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I adore the look of this palette! I am so tempted to buy it now!
    Jessica xxx

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      May 18, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Definitely do its gorgeous!

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