I hope you are all doing wonderful today. Since summer, I have been really enjoying the two newest palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills and thought I would review and compare them side by side for you.
These highly coveted palettes were both released in the summer of 2016. The Modern Renaissance Palette was quick to sell out (though it’s in stock now) and features 14 mostly matte rosy shades. It retails for $55CAD. The Master Palette by Mario was created by celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, most famous for working with celebrities like Kim K, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria. His limited edition palette featured a mix of 12 mattes and shimmers and sold for $48CAD. Though this palette is no longer available from retailers like Sephora, Ulta or Macy’s, you can still find several from eBay or Amazon online. Both palettes are cruelty free!
MODERN RENAISSANCE PROS:
-Easy to use neutrals
-Shades are very blendable
-High pigmentation in matte shades
-Great for everyday (particularly the left side)
-Mix of warm and cool tones
MODERN RENAISSANCE CONS:
-Palette gets dirty easily on the outside
-Shadows have lots of kickup
-Metallic shades aren’t very pigmented
-Rosy shades might be too much for the average person
MASTER PALETTE BY MARIO PROS:
-Gorgeous, rich neutrals
-Can use almost all shades for everyday
-Consistent in pigmentation throughout
-Less powdery than the Modern Renaissance palette
-Palette doesn’t get as dirty on the outside of the MR palette
MASTER PALETTE BY MARIO CONS:
-Lacking a warm toned matte, light transition shade
-Only 3 matte shades
-Only 12 shadows vs. 14
Swatches are from left to right, top row first.
Modern Renaissance- 4/5
Master Palette by Mario- 4.5/5
Okay, this is super hard. First, the Master Palette by Mario is seriously lacking a light matte transition shade like ‘Golden Ochre’ in the Renaissance palette. I live for that shade- it makes for an amazing all-over lid priming shade or to help blend out the crease into the brow area. For the day to day, I honestly hardly use any shades in the Modern Renaissance Palette aside from the yellow and camel shades, but I use them constantly and they have become my favourite neutrals to reach for. As for the more rosy tones, I usually don’t feel too adventurous to use them beyond night time. The shadows are also quite powdery and can be a bit messy, although the blend beautifully.
The Master Palette by Mario definitely has superior metallic shades- they are SO rich and pigmented, whereas I have to foil MR’s ‘Primavera’ to get it to show up. I just find if I’m doing a warm smoky eye, ‘Isabel’ is too dark a shade to start with and I often find myself reaching back into the Modern Renaissance Palette for transition shades like ‘Golden Ochre’ and ‘Raw Sienna’. This palette also blends very well but is less powdery.
The Master Palette by Mario is definitely great for easy to achieve, bombshell eyes whereas the Modern Renaissance is better for everyday looks as well as sultry (but skilled) matte looks. While I use the MR palette more often, I enjoy the Master Palette by Mario just a tad more!