My Modern Renaissance…

Everyone’s been blazin’ on this. palette – EVERYONE! I figured, as it is I am on a Anastasia roll with the glow kits and what not, so why not order this as well. It was like makeup and history in one palette! I got mine from Cult Beauty for 165.00 AED, thinking it was a limited edition- it’s permanent! And that makes me so happy, because if I ended up liking it ( I love it!!), I don’t have to worry about not being able to repurchase it. Here’s what the palette looks like –

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This was my eyeshadow palette purchase after a long time. The last one I bought was the NARS Dual Intensity (before Nars launched in Sephora UAE), and I was so looking forward to it after all the reviews and videos I saw dedicated to it. The packaging is a lilac suede fabric with the name of the palette in white – same colors as on the outer box. The packaging is sturdy but the fabric will get dirty over time, I am sure.

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It comes with the per usual mirror for application ease and for once, a good quality dual ended brush. I shall not throw this one out!

The colors are a nice mix of matte and shimmers – both surprisingly of good quality. It does run a litte warm and pink with the Golden Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Realgar and the Red Ochre, Love Letter and Venetian shades. There’s also taupes (Warm Taupe and Cyprus Umber), golds (Vermer and Primavera), a bronze (Antique Bronze), along with the bone coloured Tempera (for the brow bone).
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The eyeshadows are soft and buttery, nearly creamy in a powder form and highly pigmented. The pink shades stained my hands when I swatched and blended them which is something to note. I have not used them that much to comment on their longevity – but based on reviews and judjing from the quality- it will definitely be a long wear shadow. If you have oily lids like me, I would still use a mattifying eye primer and set with powder before beginning my look.

Be careful with the application – tap and go and start from less and work your way to more would be my suggestion, unless you know how to handle highly pigmented eyeshadows. The creamy nature of the eyeshadow formula is maybe the reason why there is not a high kick off when I dipped my brush in – unlike the LORAC shadows, although the quality is definitely high up there with the other high end brands.

I am super happy with my purchase, and if you haven’t bought it yet, it’s worth checking out.

-xo

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