Normally, when a high end cosmetic brand like Anastasia Beverly Hills releases a major eyeshadow palette, I can easily walk by it without being tempted. I have a few palettes, and I use maybe 60% of the shades included, so I am very selective and particular about which ones I spend my money on. This was not the case when I laid eyes on the Modern Renaissance palette that debuted earlier this year. Oh my god I have never wanted an eyeshadow palette so bad in my life.
Who let them make something this beautiful?!
Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills, $42 at Nordstrom.com
Sandy-mustard colors mixed with sunset shades and a totally random but completely welcome purple-y cranberry set… It’s just dreamy! The number of things you can do with this palette will convince you that you need it. YouTube is overflowing right now with video tutorials using this palette. There are matte, pearl, and shimmer eyeshadows in this palette, so you can pretty much consider it an all-in-one for an array of eye looks.
My favorite shades in the palette are the orange-toned eyeshadows. Realgar, Red Ochre, Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are all screaming my name. For a deepening shade, I’m looking at Cyprus Umber, obviously, but putting Red Ochre in the crease for every eye look forever would be fine, too.
This palette has a lot of different stuff going on which makes it both awesome and hard to find direct dupes for. There are warm oranges, shimmers, cranberry reds, and neutral neutrals… The drugstore dupes for Modern Renaissance that I found definitely lean in one direction over the other, but if you know which shades of the Modern Renaissance palette are your favorite, there’s definitely a dupe for you!
I scoured the internet for days trying to find the best palettes that might come close to mimicking the glory and beauty of Modern Renaissance. I found only seven, but I am confident that they are the best drugstore dupes for the Modern Renaissance palette.
These drugstore palettes come pretty close, don’t you think?
A quick reminder: while some affordable makeup products can blow high-end stuff out of the water, please remember that these are, in fact, drugstore eyeshadow palettes. The quality is going to be good, but not $42 per palette good. That being said, there are some great brands on this list that are sure to give you lots of Modern Renaissance-y bang for your buck!
Drugstore Dupes for the Modern Renaissance Palette
Coastal Scents 26 Eyeshadow Blush Palette
$19.95 at CoastalScents.com
If you love the purple and orange shades the most, this is the palette you want to pick up. There are 21 Eyeshadows and five blush colors, two of which mimic shades in the Modern Renaissance palette, so I would suggest using those as shadows. Included are both matte and shimmer shadows in warm and neutral tones. Also included are the mustard yellow family of shadows featured in the ABH palette. I admit that mustard eyeshadow is not something I ever thought I would be enamored with, but here we are.
Unfortunately, this palette doesn’t have that rich, burnt orange (ironically I’m referring to Realgar, not the one actually called “Burnt Orange”) but it has a dupe for pretty much every other color in the palette including Venetian Red and the luminous Love Letter.
Morphe 35K Koffee Eyeshadow Palette
$22.99 at Camera Ready Cosmetics ($5 Shipping, Free Shipping at $35)
If you love the warm taupe and brown shades the most, this is the palette you want. The warm oranges are definitely present, and there’s enough cool, neutral, and warm browns to keep your crease defined for the next 100 years. There are matte, pearl, and shimmer shades in this palette which is awesome.
The shades that are missing include the purple-pink shades the previous palette had. A light lavender like Buon Fresco from Modern Renaissance would also be nice. I think this palette is gorgeous, and I’d never heard of it before stumbling upon it when researching for this post. That surprised me, because I truly think this is a great combination of shades. Definitely one of Morphe’s more underrated palettes, and not a bad semi-dupe for Modern Renaissance.
Ulta Miss Fabulous Eyeshadow Palette
$20 at Ulta
If you love the orange and beige shades, this is the palette you want. Yet again, the berry shades are absent from this palette, and in their place there are a lot of dupe colors with some additional khaki addd. The shimmer shades in this palette look almost identical to the ones in Modern Renaissance, and the oranges mimic the original trio of barely-different orange-based neutrals.
Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost Eyeshadow Palette
$22.99 at Morphe Brushes (+ $9.45 shipping)
If you love the berry tones, taupes, and orange tones the most, this is the palette you want. Every shadow in this palette except for the very bottom row is a shimmery, frosty shade. Impressively, this palette contains quite a bit of the soul of genuine article, and might be one of the best Modern Renaissance dupes in this list. The darkest red color on the bottom row of mattes makes me very excited, as does the orange shade, third from the left in that row. Let’s finally address the fact that there are at least five great pink-y berry shades. The only thing this palette is really missing is… maybe a satin pink shade like Buon Fresco? A darker brown, possibly? I don’t know, it’s not missing much…
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
$19.19 at Amazon.com
If you love the red, orange, and purple shades the most, this is the palette you want. I didn’t even know Coastal Scents made palettes like this! There are actually three of these Revealed palettes, but the Revealed 2 is definitely the closest to Modern Renaissance. That perfect cranberry shade sticks out like an actual sore thumb, but they also included some good rusty oranges and even the lighter, cooler pinks and purples made it in. Revealed 3 is a mix of matte and shimmer shadows.
There are a few yellow shadows missing for this to be considered a direct dupe for Modern Renaissance. But it’s awfully close, don’t you think? They’ve nailed the dusty pastels that mimic the OP (original palette), but this one has a lot more shimmer shades in it. Lavender, peach, brick, burnt orange… they’re all there, but those warm !
Makeup Revolution New-trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
$10 at Ulta.com
If you love the pink, purple, and shimmer shades, this is the palette you want. New-trals vs. Neutrals actually got rave reviews from beauty bloggers, and some even set it apart as one of Makeup Revolution’s best palettes. I’ve been seeing this brand at Ulta over the last year or so but I haven’t pulled the trigger. This palette has pretty much everything from the Modern Renaissance palette, inlcuding the brick red, the pinks, purples, and lighter taupes. This palette includes matte and shimmer eyeshadows.
I am missing the range of browns in this palette, including the deep and warm Cyprus Umber from the Modern Renaissance palette. There are way more purple and grey shadows in this one, and not enough yellow. Maybe it’s just my infatuation with this palette, but I don’t think I miss the yellows. I’m not even sure how I feel about yellow eyeshadow in the first place, but I admit it doesn’t feel complete without them.
Morphe 12NB Natural Beauty Pick Me Up Palette
$9.99 at Morphe Brushes
If you love the orange and taupe shades, this is the palette you want. This palette has the same number of pans as Modern Renaissance, but the colors are all focused on the oranges and warm, sandy beige colors. There is absolutely no pink-toned shadows in here, unless you count the pink-tinted beige. It’s definitely missing the vibrant pinks, though, which makes it feel incomplete as a Modern Renaissance Dupe. But for under $10, this is a great condensed version for fans of those warm orangey shades!
Morphe 35W Warm Eyeshadow Palette
$19.99 at Overstock.com (Free Shipping)
If you love the warmer pink, orange, and purple shadows, this is the palette you want. Pretty. Damn. Close. I love seeing that bright, burnt orange color and some similar shades! There are also plenty of browns and purple colors to satisfy my dupe needs. Taupes are covered, pinks are covered… Everything seems so warm and cozy! This palette includes matte and shimmer shadows.
Can you tell the difference between this Morphe palette and the Koffee one? This has more aggressively warm tones and there are literally no cool shadows present. Once again, though, we find ourselves without any yellows or ochres. I also don’t see any pinky-red colors, which as we’ve stated are kind of important signatures of the Modern Renaissance palette.
Shaaanxo x BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow & Lipstick Palette
$12.50 (was $22) at BH Cosmetics ($4.95 shipping)
If you love the warm reds and yellows, and strong shimmer shades, this is the palette you want. It’s worth mentioning right up front that this palette comes with another nine lipstick shades attached to it, so the price is pretty much unbeatable. This has rich, warm colors and icy shimmers and a deep black. It’s missing those hard-to-find berry shades and a matte brown, but the same number of shades for under 1/3rd of the price so if you love that mustard yellow as much as I do, it’s destiny.
Kind Of But Not Really Dupes for the Modern Renaissance Palette
I looked at so many palettes during this project that eventually everything started to look like it could be a potential Modern Renaissance dupe. That’s why we do a little thing called “Updating The Post” where we fix little problems like these and create a new category so they can stay in the post because they’re already in the header picture which can’t be changed without tons of you you hallucinogenic insomniac budget beauty freak!
So here are the “not really”s of the list that have a glimmer of relation to the Modern Renaissance palette… but not really.
NYX Dream Catcher Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Horizons
$13.99 at Rakuten.com (Free Shipping)
If you love the yellow and taupe shades, this is the palette you want. Yes! Finally! A palette that has those yellow and ochre shades that we’ve been missing. It also touches on some of the more gold, shimmery shades and even has a bit of purple and lavender for you, too. The deep brown is present, and some mid-tones for transition colors. This is the Modern Renaissance palette from a very abbreviated, but beautiful POV.
Obviously, there isn’t a single red or bright pink in this eyeshadow palette, and is profusely lacking in orange. Honestly, though, for under $15 this is a pretty great dupe if you love these shades.
NYX The Adorable Eyeshadow Palette
$6.48 at Amazon.com
If you love the soft pink and brown shades the most, this is the palette you want. That is, if you’re interested in a very abbreviated version of Modern Renaissance. The Adorable Eyeshadow Palette has the browns, soft pinks, and golds from the original palette and, well, that’s about it! Regardless of low quantity of shadows, the looks that can be produced with this are numerous!
The colors it doesn’t have – well, most of them. There’s no cranberry red, or brick red or…any red. But what it lacks in dupe-ness, it makes up for in versatility. And also it’s under $7, so haters back off!
I hope these dupes and near-dupes helped you quench your thirst for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette! You could combine any of these palettes to create your perfect MR dupe, too. Combining the NYX Dream Catcher palette with any of the palettes missing yellow gets you pretty damn close to the Modern Renaissance palette. It would be just over half the price of the Modern Renaissance palette, too, with almost twice the number of shadows.