W7 I applaud you – well done on creating yet another affordable, high quality and practically identical dupe of an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. The funny thing is, W7 have made no attempt to hide the fact that they have recreated the high priced Subculture palette – they even used the hashtag #WEVEGOTITRIGHT when posting it all over their social media. It’s no secret that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette turned out to be one big, disappointing mess. It was super pigmented but crumbly and difficult to blend. W7 have released this little gem and let me tell you, they definitely HAVE got it right.
The cardboard palette box holds 14 beautiful and unique shades. Each one is named and there is a mirror inside the lid. It’s a nice compact size, perfect for travel. There are three shimmer shades and 11 mattes. There is a double ended brush inside (also a dupe from the original palette) which is actually pretty decent – it has a fluffy end and a smudger end.
W7 are known for being extremely affordable, so I wasn’t expecting amazing results from the swatches but I was presently surprised. The shimmers feel so creamy and are so high impact. The mattes are absolutely beautiful and also very pigmented.
As you can imagine, I was keen to get this on my eyes as soon as possible. I used the palette today and contemplated what shades I should use for about ten minutes! My contemplation made me realise how truly versatile this palette is – warm toned looks, looks with yellow tones, a bronze eye look and greens and golds! It’s brilliant! I played it safe today and went warm toned (no surprise there) and used the dark purple called Maraschino Cherry on the outer corners. I used the pale shimmer called Sugar Rim on the inner part of my eye and was blown away by how pretty this colour is. The colours Moscato and Body Shot made beautiful transition and crease shades.
The palette was super easy to use – very little product is needed and the colours blend beautifully. The mattes are long wearing, although I did find that Sugar Rim started to fade and wear off by the end of the day.
You can purchase this incredible palette for yourself by clicking here. Also keep any eye on eBay for it as they’re even cheaper on there!
I don’t own Modern Renaissance myself, but do have the W7 Delicious (another close dupe) and was able to use this to compare the shades. I Heart Makeup have done an extremely good job of replicating the shades and once again provide you with an opportunity to save your precious pennies. Why spend £45 when you can buy a very similar palette for £8.99?
The palette packaging is sturdy and very cute. It has the instantly recognisable dripping chocolate on the lid in a matte gold. Inside is a large mirror and then the 16 shades. There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades, but it is predominantly matte.
I am stupidly excited about this palette – the colours are stunning and the mattes blend out beautifully. I was so impressed when I first swatched the colours as they were very creamy and just so perfectly complimentary to each other. I wanted to use every single one on my eyes at the same time!
I can see this palette becoming a real ‘go to’ palette for me. I love reds and pinks around my blue eyes – I’m like a moth to a flame with them. There is one shade in particular that I’m obsessed with though and that is the muted mauve on the top row – it is so pigmented for such a light colour and blends like a dream. I just love this palette!
Makeup Revolution are just slaying it at the moment! In the last year that I’ve been blogging they have brought out more and more unique, versatile and extremely exciting products than any other brand I know. They are almost definitely my favourite makeup brand above all others at the moment – they’re cruelty free, very affordable and they cater for all skin types and tones. I love them!
When I saw this highlighting palette last Wednesday (the day of its release), I ordered myself one and one for my bestie. The colours were just too exciting to pass up.
The palette itself came in the most gorgeous packaging – an amazing holographic box! It is sturdy and you get a lot of product in each pan. The texture of some of the powders are a bit chalky, but I found that only to be the case when I was swatching them with my finger. When the product is applied with a brush, it is a lot smoother on the skin.
Overall, I am obsessed with this palette. I absolutely love every single shade. I think only one wouldn’t work on my skin tone as a highlighter and that is the peachy bronze tone – but this would make an awesome eyeshadow instead.
I think the palette would be more suited to lighter skin tones – but for a bold look, it would look stunning on a deeper skin tone, especially that lilac shade (think Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Matchstix in ‘Unicorn’).
To buy your Makeup Revolution Ultra Cool Glow palette, click here.
The ABH Modern Renaissance palette is one I can only dream about owning (or hope that someone close to me reads this post and surprises me with it!) so when I saw that the very affordable high-street brand W7 had released this little beauty, I was intrigued to give it a go.
The palette comes in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside and includes a brush. The brush is also a replica of the ABH one too, with a fluffy brush one end and a smudging brush the other. There are twelve eyeshadows inside – 4 shimmers and 8 mattes. Upon swatching, I found some to be much more pigmented than others. The palest shade is pretty much non-existent on my skin, so isn’t visible in the swatch photo. Some of the colours are also quite chalky. However, upon using the palette, I was impressed with how pigmented the darker colours were and how well they blended.
Here’s a simple tutorial for an every day look using the palette –
And here’s the finished look!
The shadows lasted very well throughout the day and are still going strong now. I used my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base/primer and the shadows have stayed put without creasing.
Do I think this is a decent dupe for the ABH palette? If you’re on a tight budget like me and can’t justify spending so much on some eyeshadow – then yes, this is a brilliant substitute! When it’s on your eyes, who’s going to know the difference, hey?
I ordered this palette direct through the W7 website here and it cost £12.95.