A few weeks ago, my husband and I were having just a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. We both coped in our favorite ways. He binged on fast food and I splurged on a new eye shadow palette.
There I am, in a hulking, sulking disposition, making a routine stop at Ulta for my perfectly responsible, reasonably priced facial cleanser and, of course, I stop to say hello to the Modern Renaissance Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I dip my fingers in and make the usual creamy lines of pigment across the back of my hand and feel my core bubble up with an astringent want. Without even thinking I reach up and pluck the box from the shelf and walk straight to the cashier. I had held off buying it because it was simply not practical and it's likely I never would have gotten it if it hadn't have been for that awful week and my empty bottle of facial cleanser. But, I have to say, that would have been a huge mistake because I had no clue how everything, how life-giving, how YAAAAAAS KWEEN this palette was going to be. I haven't even touched my other eye shadows since buying it because it's that good.
The palette was named for and inspired by the Renaissance and looking at art from that period, the palette is just steeped in the rich, warm orange tones that were used by artists like Caravaggio. Even each individual eye shadow color is aptly named after minerals and pigments used in the paints, artists themselves, or even painting techniques and that makes the geek in me so very, very happy.
I've been so absorbed in this orangey, marsala world that I wanted to create an outfit inspired by my take on "Modern Renaissance." Rich, warm colors, decadent draping fabric, and an intricate tapestry inspired pattern swirl me right into Italy in the 14th century. I am more than pleased with the effect this creates and I'm over the moon to offer this as my homage to the carefully formulated and very intentionally designed Modern Renaissance palette.
Another great aspect of this collection of colors is it's ability to step into multiple seasons. As school is starting again and temperatures are gently dropping, this is a great outfit to transition from Summer to Fall. It's light enough to keep me cool, but the creamy, muted tones popped with the sunny, saturated colors in the skirt are ever so slightly tugging me towards turning leaves and crisp days. And as I have said many, many times, the key to making splurges, like a high-end eye shadow palettes, work in a tight budget lifestyle is versatility.
Have you tried the Modern Renaissance palette? Let me know in the comments if you have a perfect palette in your life!
Top: Forever 21 + (similar in straight sizes, similar in plus) | Skirt: Modcloth (similar in straight sizes, similar in plus) | Shoes: Payless | Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar) | Lips: Colourpop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bumble