Eyeshadow Renaissance

Lets take a minute to immerse ourselves in the beauty of this eyeshadow palette. This isn't just any eyeshadow palette, it is the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette and it is quite frankly, the dream. Forget the Naked palette, forget your trusty MAC quad this beauty really does trump them all.

I took a trip to New York last week and on the list of sites that needed to be explored, Sephora was of course one of them. I have been coveting this palette for a while for its gorgeous red tones and this was the perfect opportunity to pick it up.

As you can see from the close up, this palette contains 14 shades that range from neutral to vibrant red. I for one am obsessed with reddy tones on the eyes as I find them extremely flattering and they instantly completes and 'glams up' a make up look. A particular favourite is the shade 'Golden Ochre' which kind of mimics the colour of baby sick (in the best possible way). In the pan it looks very 'meh' but once you swipe it through the crease and under the eye it creates such a beautiful golden sheen and it looks great.

Here are three of my favourites swatched. The stand out shade of the palette which for me sells it at a first glance is 'Love Letter'. It is the bright berry shade that you instantly recognise from the palette and can be worn to brighten up a berry eye look or it can be worn swiped all over and under the eye if you're feeling brave. Realgar is also a winner in my eyes (no pun intended). It is similar to MAC's Red Brick but far more pigmented and easier to blend. Burnt Orange is my favourite transition shade in the palette. It is a subtle orange tone that makes the eyes pop and instantly look more alive.

The formula of every shade in the palette is unusually buttery and pigmented. It really is impressive. But, the reason why I have fallen in love with this palette from the get go is the variety of unusual shades that I have rarely seen before. This palette definitely isn't for the faint hearted. If you're a neutral eye lover it definitely isn't for you but if you like to experiment with colour and enjoy a festive look at this time of year, I wouldn't opt for anything else.

It is £41 and is available on Cult Beauty.

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