Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette – Review

I had resisted buying this palette for so long! But there is such fuss (and it is frankly unavoidable on Instagram) whenever it is restocked that the latest time it was restocked on Beauty Bay I caved and paid my £41 for this hugely hyped palette.

So, what do I think of it and do I have any regrets? It’s not exactly a cheap palette after all!

The short answers to those questions are: it’s beautiful and no, I have no regrets.

I would say this is predominantly a warm toned palette and the colours very much appeal to me. I think it is a very thoughtfully put together palette; it has a fantastic range of colours that can be used to create all sorts of different looks. There are plenty of matte brown-y shades that make great crease colours or all over lid colours for a neutral look. Also, there’s the dark brown ‘Cyprus Umber’ if you want to make things a bit darker and more smokey. Then you have non-neutral options in the form of the reds, pinks and purples. Finally, there’s ‘Tempera’ and ‘Vermeer’ which are gorgeous ‘highlight’ type shades. ‘Tempera’ I find is beautiful under the brow and ‘Vermeer’ is a lovely inner corner highlight. But of course, you can do whatever the hell you want with each colour!

The formula of the shadows is quite powdery however I don’t find this a problem when applying them to my eyes. I don’t find I get much, if any, fall-out under my eyes after I’ve applied them. They are a gorgeous texture and super pigmented; the swatches were so easy to do, that is what they look like with one swipe! I don’t think there are really any ‘dud’ shades as such, I initially had a few problems blending ‘Warm Taupe’ but I’ve learned it’s better to build that one up slowly. Overall they are pretty dreamy eye shadows!

A word on the packaging: I bloody love it! I don’t think it can get anymore ‘up my street’ than pink velvet (give me pink velvet boots, skirts, cushions…) so this palette is a thing of beauty to me inside and out. I can see how it can potentially get very dirty and be difficult to clean but I am going to treasure mine and keep it as clean as possible in its box.

The only downside I can find with the palette is that it says it has a 6 month expiry. What is that about?! That seems really short for a powder product so I don’t know what’s in the shadows that has warranted such a short expiry date. However, I view the dates on products as a guideline and if there’s still plenty of shadow left in this palette after 6 months, which I suspect there will be, I’ll just be using my common sense as to whether it’s still okay to use. I’m not going to just chuck a £41 palette in the bin! However, it has made me conscious to use this often and not be precious about it.

So, do I recommend buying this palette? If you like the colour range and have the funds, then absolutely! I was prepared to be disappointed after all the hype I’d read/seen about this one but I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I love this palette!

Love Nicole xxxx

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P.S the brush that comes with it is actually not half bad! A usable brush in a palette for once – shocker!

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Highlighter Collection

Compared to many I’ve seen on YouTube and blogs I don’t have as many highlighters as some, but to me, I feel I have more than enough lol! It’d have to be a really unusual colour or exceptional formula for me to be able to justify getting another one… That doesn’t mean I won’t be buying a new highlighter in the near future as I am weak but what I’m trying to say is you really don’t need that many so maybe I can help you to decide whether any of these ones I own would be up your street! Wanting more is a whole other ball game though lol, they are so pretty to look at <3

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In order listed below Left to Right

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic – £8.50

I got this one as I really wanted a pale, almost white highlighter. I liked the look of Pearl by Becca but I couldn’t bring myself to splash out the £32 at the time so when I saw this I impulse bought it on the spot! It’s a nice colour that I would say is a white gold although it is not the most pigmented and takes a bit of building up (I use a fan brush to apply highlighter). It’s not the smoothest of formulas and is slightly chalky, but this is compared to formulas like Becca’s which are a lot more expensive. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a highlighter this would not be a bad choice! It catches the light, can be built up or worn more subtly, it does all you need.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer – £17.50

This purchase was completely induced by YouTube and blogs as it is so popular and raved about! I can see why as it’s a beautiful colour and can give a rather intense sheen to your skin! This one is more pigmented than the NYX and you don’t need to apply much to get the highlighted effect. A very pretty highlight which almost gives a  ‘wet’ look. The Balm do the best packaging too.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone – £30

I bought this in the summer thinking I would get loads of use out of it but the truth is I’ve barely touched it. I think my preference at the moment is for powder highlights as they pack much more of a punch. That being said I do love how natural this can look, it’s like a glossy sheen, but it’s one of those things where I get carried away and I know I can be so much more glowy so I reach for a powder highlight and this one is left redundant. If I ever fall out of love with the more obvious highlight look then this is really pretty, but until then I think it’ll just be sitting in a drawer… 🙁

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood – £28

This was the first expensive highlight I ever bought and at the time I couldn’t believe I’d spent £28 on one. Because of this, I had super high expectations and these were unfortunately not met. I think a lot of this was to do with first impressions and packaging; the packaging is virtually the same as the NYX Illuminator packaging just with the different branding so it just felt really cheap for the £28 I’d spent on it. The product itself now I’ve gotten over the splurge (I hadn’t bought that much high-end makeup before at the time so I was adjusting LOL) is actually really pretty. It’s a sheeny, pale gold that also provides that ‘wet’ look. I think this was the first illuminator ABH brought out and it is almost impossible to find this shade anywhere online now. However, ABH seems to be bringing out hundreds of highlighting palettes at the moment so you’re bound to find one you like. Packaging: cheap, product: good.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit in Light – £6.99

I’ll be honest and say I’ve not used this highlight from this palette much as I get distracted by all the prettily packaged separate ones I have. However, upon swatching I remembered how nice it actually is. In colour it’s probably most similar to the Mary Lou Manizer which means it’s a gorgeous colour for highlighting. It is however, more glittery which some people really don’t like but it’s nothing that bothers me too much. For travelling or if you’re on a budget, this 2 in 1 is a good buy. The contour powder is great btw.

Becca Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop – £32

This colour is gorgeous and who doesn’t love Jaclyn Hill – she’s infectious! Becca’s pressed formula is smooth and very pigmented and I love it. This is probably my favourite highlighter that I own. I think that’s for a number of reasons. Firstly is that it was so hyped up and coveted that by the time I got my hands on it I’d already given it such a great value I had to love it, secondly everything about using it just feels good and luxurious, from the packaging to the way it applies to just staring at it in the pan. And thirdly, it’s Jaclyn isn’t it! When someone you love loves something, you love it too ya know, especially when it looks like Champagne Pop. 😉

So there are my highlighters! What’s your favourite highlighter?

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Glowy Makeup Arsenal

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Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

This is a nice primer for glow and hydration. It’s a thick, creamy formula and is not OTT in terms of glow. It doesn’t really help pores and I’m not sure if it prolongs makeup but it’s a nice base to give your face some life if you have dull skin.

NIOD Photography Fluid

I’ll talk more about this in an upcoming post (which you’ll now find here), but this is really great! A yellowy liquid that’s a lot more watery than the Pixi Primer but I use it in the same way as a base for foundation. It evens out dullness and redness and slightly helps to blur my pores. I’d consider this a glowy, perfecting liquid more than anything else. It has been dubbed an “Instagram filter for your face”.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Diffused Light’

A pretty, light and finely milled powder I use for setting, sometimes all over my face if I’m feeling like a very dewy face, or just in targeted areas if I’m not. Expensive yes, not sure if it’s entirely worth it but if you like trying cult beauty products or love sheeny base products then its not a complete waste of money. I talked about it a bit more in this post too.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Illuminating Finish

Another illuminating setting powder but this time a loose one. I generally prefer loose powders over pressed as I find they offer more coverage and are more effective at making makeup last longer; plus I find them less likely to cake! This is a great powder from a brand that I really like and want to try more from. The packaging is great, with a sifter that stops it leaking every where. A reasonable price point for a good product (you can often find it on offer or discount codes).

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

A very popular highlighter, I was drawn into buying this from reading other blogs. It’s a pretty, gold, sparkly highlight that I use on my brow and cheek bones and down my nose. It’s quite an obvious highlight but I like that. There is a fair bit of fall out when you pick some up on a brush as it’s quite a powdery formula but I don’t really have an issue with this.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in ‘So Hollywood’

Instagram made me want this. I can’t believe I spent £28 on it as I think that’s far too expensive, but that being said there are even more expensive highlighters out there! However, it is a very nice product once I’d gotten over the price and realised I might as well enjoy it now I’d bought it lol. It’s more sheen and less sparkle than the Mary Lou-manizer, which I think I actually prefer. It has more of a wet look effect on your cheek which is beautiful. It’s a truer gold than Mary Lou but that doesn’t translate to it being more intense; if applied in the same way it is probably the more subtle of the two. I kind of wish I’d purchased the colour Starlight instead as I would love to try a white-gold highlight! Unfortunately So Hollywood and Starlight seem to be hard to get hold of at the moment.

Any recommendations on other good highlighters? As I said, I’d love to try a more white/silver one!

Love, Nicole

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