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ABH Modern Renaissance vs. Smashbox Cover Shot Ablaze Palette

When Smashbox released their newest collection of eye shadows, the Cover Shot palettes, I was immediately drawn to one in particular – the Ablaze palette. It’s tiny, super portable and packed with warm-toned, gorgeous shades. In addition to this being perfect for travel (I do my makeup on-the-go most days), it reminded me of my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. The colors are stunning, highly pigmented and totally on trend, but does the quality compare to the cult favorite Modern Renaissance palette?


Smashbox Ablaze ($29) ::: (hot, desert-inspired shades).”Rich red clay and hot terra cotta, this palette captures the warmth of the desert in a range of sun-drenched shades these dimensional pigments are perfect for adding depth and contouring.” Three really pigmented mattes and six shimmers with a smooth, satin finish. Every color included blends out beautifully and truly complements one another and just looks so pretty once applied. If you’re able to get your hands on this, grab it while you can as it has been selling out really quick on Sephora’s website.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance ($42) ::: This palette has made waves in the beauty community. It includes 14 shades, in neutral and berry tones. There are 11 matte shades and 3 metallic shades & it also comes with a soft dual-sided brush that blends everything out seamlessly. It’s the first permanent ABH palette and is perfect for creating looks for both day and night. The ABH formula is one of my favorites, it’s highly pigmented, VERY easy to blend and just a staple for any makeup collection.


SWATCHES ::: Smashbox (left) – ABH (right)

At first glance, the palettes appear to be fairly similar if not identical with several shades. I swatched a few colors to see how they looked once applied. I was surprised that although a few are slightly similar, the formula and color payoff are completely different. ABH has a smoother, more buttery texture, while Smashbox has brighter more shimmery shades with high sheen. I find that although the Smashbox palette is smaller, I prefer to travel with the ABH palette as it already contains a brush and has more matte colors making this a more “complete” palette. They both offer a beautiful range of colors and I love using each quite often. With no real complaints either way, I’d probably recommend the ABH palette, you get almost twice the amount of shades, a brush and it doesn’t cost that much more. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with either! Xo.


FYI ** As always, my reviews are not paid and are based on my own opinion, personal use and results.

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