One of the most hyped products in the beauty world currently has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette ‘Modern Renaissance’. Consistently sold out almost everywhere, it’s a must have on everyone’s wishlist. I picked it up in early February at Sephora when I was in a very suggestible mood (spent a bit too much money, oops!) and tried it out for about a week before writing this review.
There’s no denying that the packaging is gorgeous. A beautiful pale velvet covering the outside, the palette opens to have a decent sized mirror inside along with 14 warm toned eyeshadows, with a mixture of matte, satin and shimmer shades, along with an ABH double sided eyeshadow brush (which I didn’t use).
It’s easy to say that a lot of the shades are quite similar, albeit slightly different. I feel like there could have been more variety in the shades due to the similarities – for example on the eyes Raw Sienna and Warm Taupe appeared quite similar, same with Venetian Red and Love Letter.
This is the first row swatched. As you can see, the quality of the shadows differs somewhat between the different textures. The matte shades are a little patchier, whereas Vermeer (third from bottom) stands out, being the only shimmer shade from the top row of the palette.
I tried about 8 of the shades overall at least once before writing this post and forming my opinion, and honestly – it wasn’t worth the hype for me. The palette retails from between $60-$75 AUD depending on the retailer purchased/resale price, and for that price I expect shadows that swatch well, apply well and blend seamlessly. And I don’t feel as if that was what I received. Instead, the palette swatches inconsistently and I found that the shadows applied that way as well. I attempted to use Buon Fresco (the lilac shade) all over the lid and had to dip my Zoeva Flat Shader brush into the colour four times before there was even a small hint of colour popping out, similarly with Venetian Red. The shimmer shades unsurprisingly were my favourites from the palette, but they swatched better with fingers, upon application to the eye (I tried with both fingers and a wet and dry brush) they were inconsistent and difficult to build pigment. If I’m spending this much money, I want a palette like my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette – one that swatches well and applies better, is easily buildable and is reliable. I will say that the Modern Renaissance shades last all day on the lids with minimal fading, but it takes a long time and a lot of work to build them to that level, time which I simply do not have most mornings when applying my makeup for the day.
A lot of people have been saying online that the BYS Cosmetics Berries palette is a dupe, so you know I had to try it for myself!
I have to say, it’s not a dupe. For me a dupe has to be practically identical, whereas these shades are quite different, albeit some are similar. I feel like this palette is similar, I also think the quality is somewhat better (these shades are a dream to blend on the eye) but the Anastasia palette builds up pigmentation easier. In saying that I feel like this palette is much more realistic for an everyday eyeshadow palette for most people.
Is the BYS Palette a dupe? No. Is it a good affordable alternative? Absolutely yes! I’ve since passed on my Modern Renaissance palette but the BYS Berries palette has been one I’ve used daily since first trying it out.