Saturday, July 16, 2016

Warming Up Look & First Impressions: Modern Renaissance 7/16/16

Hi guys! We are right in the middle of summer and I find myself reaching for warm tones to go with this exceptionally warm weather. I may be channeling fall.

Moving on, this week I have been trying out the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. I have used almost all the shades and I will post the other looks I have created using this palette below. (There was one look that I didn't photograph, sorry guys.) So, after a few uses, I can say I do really like all I have tried out. The colors are pigmented and I don't have to work hard to get them to show up on my skin. I will say the reds, when used together, are very close in color and it can be difficult to get them to vary enough on the lid. This caused me to add extra product to see more of the difference between the shades. Plus, I did notice that when I dipped my brush into the colors, they did kick up excess product, so you see the powder get in the other shades and is a little wasteful. (With the size of my collection, however, that doesn't bother me too much, but it is worth mentioning.) Another thing is this palette is a stand-alone palette, meaning I don't have to use another palette or other shades to create a complete look. Modern Renaissance is very versatile: you can create super simple everyday looks to dramatic and eye-catching with just the one palette. In person, the effect of the makeup is quite striking and I really love the overall finish of the shades. Based on my first impressions, I would say this is a good palette and I do recommend it. Anastasia Beverly Hills really does go above and beyond to make outstanding products. I haven't been disappointed with any of my purchases and the line is superb.

Please note: I do have a couple more shades in the palette to try out and if their use changes my mind in any way, I will update this post with the details on that. If not, my thoughts stand.

For today's look, the products I used are listed below. Once again, I included the Marc Jacobs Tantric Bronzer. Seriously, it is my favorite bronzer now. I can't believe how fantastic it is! Hate to rave about the same product twice but I am just head over heels for this one.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - eye brows
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - eyes
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - eyes
Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer - face
Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown DipBrow Pomade - eye brows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Ebony Brow Powder Duo (lighter shade) - eye brows
Laura Mercier Flax Eye Basics - eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette:
Tempera eye shadow - under brows
Raw Sienna eye shadow - crease
Antique Bronze eye shadow - inner 2/3 eye lid
Love Letter eye shadow - outer corner
Cyprus Umber eye shadow - lower lash line
Buon Fresco eye shadow - lower lash line to blend out and soften previous color
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 0L (black) - waterline
MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara - lashes

Marc Jacobs 30 Invisible Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer - face
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation With Sunscreen in shade 021 - face
Marc Jacobs 4 Glow Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer - under eyes, nose crease
Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola - hollows of cheeks, forehead
Nars Cosmetics Eden Soft Velvet Loose Powder applied using a damp Beauty Blender - face
Marc Jacobs 102 Tantric O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan Bronzer - hollows of cheeks, forehead, jawline
MAC Cosmetics Plum Foolery Sheertone Shimmer Blush - cheeks
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit in Sassy Grape - tops of cheek bones; Taffy - tear duct area
MAC Cosmetics Whirl Lip Pencil - natural lip line
Laura Geller Beauty Rosato Lipstick - lips
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - eyebrows
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray - spritzed on face

The other looks I created with the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette are below and even in black and white it's still gorgeous:


  1. Your looks are gorgeous. They are blended so nicely. This does seem like a Fall type palette.

    1. These warm shades really call to me. I think I may be backwards because during winter and fall, I can't get bright and bold out of my head. Then I'm reaching for warm in the summer. Go figure.


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