When Anastasia Beverly Hills first released the Modern Renaissance Palette, it didn’t occur to me to get myself one because I thought I wouldn’t get much use out of the shades, especially the reddish ones. But then, I saw Jamie Paige made a YouTube video where she did a full face of makeup using the palette, which made me thought about how versatile the palette was. Also, I was captivated by Sharon Farrell, when she did three, jewel-toned eyeshadow looks with the same palette. And just like that, a sister got hooked. I had to have one.
I asked a friend whom went to Canada recently to pick one up for me. While waiting for my palette to arrive, I looked up for more makeup inspo on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. Most of the looks that I discovered were not that exciting for me. Then, one day, Met Gala 2017 happened and Rihanna stunned everyone with her astonishing makeup--and not to mention, her dope outfit. Mariah Leonard then recreated Rihanna’s look and it was sooo pretty. I then got inspired and I was so gonna recreate that look too using the ABH Modern Renaissance palette!
The palette finally arrived and it was time to put my visions into life. I knew that one day I was gonna create a blog post about this product but I wouldn’t wanna feature a comprehensive review along with swatches of every single shadow because a million and one other bloggers/YouTubers had already done it.
I was very slap-n-dash when recreating this look and just mixed some of the shades without being too strategic about them. Love Letter was the main star of the show, but I also applied a bit of Buon Fresco on the crease just for a haze of mauve. I did incorporate the most beautiful burnt orange shade a.k.a. Realgar along my temples as well as Vermeer as my cheekbone highlight. I used the dual-ended brush which came in the palette and I think it did the job perfectly fine!
Those YouTubers were not lying when they said that these shadows gave a lot of powder kick-up! But they were really easy to blend and very, very pigmented, so a little did go a long way. I was not being light-handed when working with this palette and I kept re-dipping my brush into the shadows when I shouldn’t. As a result, instead of looking like Mariah, I looked like I just got beaten up. It was absolutely catastrophic, to say the least.
I hated the fact that I messed the whole thing up, but how else would I learn? So on the next day, I did my second attempt. I really liked the warm hue of Realgar and I kinda wanted to put the spotlight on it this time ‘round.
Using the same brush which I had washed the night before, I made sure to dip it into Love Letter and Realgar (concentrating more on the latter) VERY very lightly this time, and to dust the excess powder off on the back on my hand before application. I didn’t feel like leaving my lid space empty just like Mariah did on her video, so I covered the entire lids using Realgar and the tiniest bit of Cyprus Umber. Mariah did create a flick using a liquid liner, but for this look I decided to line my eyes using a black powder eye shadow called Black from my LORAC Pro Palette. Very aptly named indeed.
For the cheeks and the temples, I used the smallest amount of Realgar and Love Letter and really diffused the whole thing. I did go back once or twice but always made sure to remove excess product on the back of my hand to avoid another episode of makeup fiasco. As for the cheek-highlight, I used Primavera this time because of it had warm golden undertone which did go well with the whole amber-hued vibe. Finally, I glided Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl and I was quite surprised by how complimentary it looked with the rest of the makeup.
I definitely learned from my mistakes. The final look turned out to be SO much better than the previous one! I couldn’t be more happier. I looove love love the burnt orange/warm amber vibes. I personally think that the look was still edgy and editorial without being over the top, and dare I say, quite wearable!
There’s no denying that this palette is indeed an awesome one. Some of the colors are kinda ‘out there’ but the palette still gives you versatility to play around with the shades in more areas on your face rather just on your eyes, the pigmentation is just superb, and the blendability is amazing. If you’ve been thinking to get this palette for a while now, I say just get it!
I’m so inspired to create more creative makeup looks with this palette. Next up, I’m thinking to recreate a look based on a painting made in the Renaissance era. The look may also incorporate something shiny and blingy... keep your eyes peeled!
As always, photos were edited by my talented friend, @likahapsari.