I’m getting pretty bored of all the warm and berry-toned eyeshadow palettes that have come out recently. The Anastasia Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette blew up in the makeup world in 2016 and now every person who has ever taken a photo of their makeup owns it and uses it and loves it. I didn’t think I’d love it, though—too pink, too trendy, and too extraneous in my already pretty comprehensive eyeshadow collection.
Instead of buying it I thoroughly trawled Temptalia’s dupe list for shadows I already owned or that were similar and swatched them out. It was a good exercise to re-familiarise myself with the depths of my eyeshadow collection! While I wasn’t able to pull together an entire palette of Modern Renaissance dupes, I did pretty well with what I already have.
Modern Renaissance dupes from my collection
Tempera—Urban Decay Blow (from Naked Ultimate Basics palette)
Golden Ochre—Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (less yellow)
Vermeer—Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1
Buon Fresco—Makeup Geek Unexpected
Antique Bronze—MAC Antiqued
Love Letter—Sleek Ultra Mattes v1 pink
Cyprus Umber—MAC Mystery
Raw Sienna—Makeup Geek Preppy
Burnt Orange—Makeup Geek Latte
Primavera—NARS Alhambra #2
Red Ochre—Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear
Venetian Red—MAC Cranberry
Warm Taupe—Urban Decay Faith (from Naked Ultimate Basics palette)
Realgar—MAC Red Brick
The shades I don’t have solid dupes for are, largely, colours I wouldn’t really wear (hence why I don’t own them). They’re also the colours that make the Modern Renaissance palette iconic—the deep berry and red tones that stop it from being just another neutral eyeshadow palette. The reds and pinks that I’ve substituted lack the subtleties that make the palette work as a whole, but like I said, I’m not bothered because I know pink doesn’t work that well on me.
When it comes to putting an eyeshadow look together using the shadows I pulled from what I own, well, what I end up with is pretty basic, colour-wise.
This eyeshadow look uses Makeup Geek shadows in Creme Brulee, Latte and Cocoa Bear, with a little MAC Antiqued in the darker areas.
The Modern Renaissance dupes I have in my collection will do—I don’t feel the need to buy the palette at all. In fact, what I’d really like is something the complete opposite—heavy on the greens and golds.
Can 2017 be the year that eyeshadow trends swing towards shades that suit me better?