Fake Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance vrs the Real one | Is there really a difference?

We are going to look at the fake Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance vrs the real palette. Is there really a difference?

Sis come here, come closer! Let me tell you a little secret. You ready? I know how it is sometimes, when you really want a makeup product but don’t want to spend your money on it!

Yes, I said it, some of these products are hard to justify to yourself. £43 on a eyeshadow palette?! That foundation better pay my childcare fees, my mortgage, plus cover up my flaws, my sins heck cover my entire past and guarantee me a spot in heaven! So I fully understand. One question that keeps on popping to mind though is it worth buying a fake product to replicate the real one? Is it really worth it? Some people will say hell yeah, it is only eyeshadow! What is the worst that can happen? And to be fair that is their opinion. I am not about to start giving the lecture about the untested ingredients that may be in the product, and the mad allergic reactions some people have had to these ingredients.

This post is for people who think they are buying a real product but are actually getting a fake one. That is the level of deceit I can’t stand. It is all well and good if you WANT to buy a fake product and buy one, I mean what is my own business concerning that? But to think you are buying a real product but you get a fake one, girl these earrings, this wig is coming off! It is about to go down! Actually… no, sorry it isn’t, I am quite scared of confrontation!

Anyways, this post is to see if there is a difference between the real Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. Oh and by the way this palette (the real one) is absolutely amazing and is definitely worth the hype….definitely. It is a ‘must-have’ in your makeup collection. I will summarise my findings.


Real – £43 (Beautybay.com); Fake – £8.95 (ebay)



The ingredients are the same, well the list of the ingredients are the same since the fake palette just copied the ingredients of the first one. But I can tell that they are not. I am not a cosmetologist or anything close but from the texture and feel of the eyeshadows I can tell they are not the same. The fake one is powdery whilst the real one is really soft and buttery to touch. God only knows what they used in the fake palette because the actual ingredients are not written anywhere.

(Real – Top; Fake – Bottom. Notice the difference in some of the names of the shadows. Primavera, Love Letter, and Tempera are all spelt differently in the fake palette. The fake palette has the incorrect names. Also, notice the difference in the font. there is also a difference in the logo. The logo on the fake palette is ever so slightly thicker than the real palette.)


PACKAGING – Very Similar

The outer packaging (the box that the palette comes in) is practically the same on both palettes. The Modern Renaissance (white) and Anastasia Beverly Hills logo (rose gold) on the outside packaging is embossed on both palettes. There is a slight difference in font (see below).

The eyeshadow palettes have the same suede texture, but there is a difference in the colour of the palettes. The real one has a more blush pink colour, whereas the other one is more of a mauve-y pink colour.

The palettes have the same magnetic closing. With the fake palette,  the logo is inconsistent throughout the palette, it is smaller on the mirror than the rest of the palette, on the real palette they are the same size. Also the logo on the mirror and beneath the mirror are not aligned on the fake palette. These are the little details you should pay attention to if you suspect your palette is fake. Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for the amount of work and detail that goes into her products (well…apart from the Subculture palette!!! *gulps the hot tea*) so the real palette should be consistent in the little details.

(Excuse the fingerprints on the palette! Real – Top; Fake – Bottom)


DID IT BLEND AS WELL? No, not at all

Let me tell you, the reason why this Modern Renaissance palette is so popular is because the shadows are incredibly pigmented, buttery and soft which is why there is so much fallout with this palette. The matte shadows are amazingly pigmented which I have heard is hard for brands to achieve. The shadows go on your eyelids easily and there is no patchiness. They are easy to blend out. A little goes a long way with the real palette because of the pigmentation which is why it remains a bestseller for ABH years after it was first released. My biggest bug bear is that fake ABH eyeshadows do not blend well and are powdery. The matte shadows are not very pigmented and it look patchy when you apply it. One swatch and I could see the difference between the two.

(The Real one is the right finger, the fake one is on the left (the ring, next to my pinkie finger) finger. You can see the difference in pigmentation for the matte shadows is clear. I swatched the shadows the same, rubbing the eyeshadow three times and applying the same pressure on the shadow. The shimmer shadows had very similar pigmentation which is not surprising, because I hear that matte shadows are harder to get right.)



To be honest, the fake palette is not too bad if you are not comparing it to the real palette. On its own, it is a decent palette for £8.95. The packaging is well made. Now when you compare it to the real palette, it fails on the pigmentation, especially for the matte shadows. One of the things that make the original Modern Renaissance Palette so fab is the pigmentation, so if you want that intense pigmentation and buttery soft shadows, you should try and save your coins to get a real palette. If you thought your palette was the real one but it turns out that it isn’t, then try and get your money back from the seller. If you paid by PayPal, I believe they have payment protection for counterfeit goods. Credit Card providers also have this protection. Before you buy the palette from a person claiming that the palette is real, ask them to film themselves swatching the shadows especially the matte ones.


Have you ever unknowingly bought a fake palette? What did you do? 



  1. Keira Georgeson
    April 16, 2018 / 8:36 am

    I love this palette so much. I knew mine was real when I bought it (mostly because it was from a trusted seller: Cult Beauty, which is sort of like Beauty Bay), but also because it had that nice weight and feel to it, and the eyeshadows were soooo buttery and pigmented, like you’ve said here! It’s such a good palette. I’m absolutely gutted that 2 of my favourite pans (Vermeer and Primavera) are almost completely out now :'( I wish I could just buy those 2 pans to replace the empty ones, as I can’t justify spending another £40+ when the rest of my palette is still alive and kicking haha.

    • thatredl
      April 16, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Hey hun, thank you for reading 🙂
      Yup Cultbeauty or Beauty Bay are my two trusted retailers. The eyeshadows in the palette are to die for! They are amazing!
      I wish you could buy the eyeshadows as singles! It is by far one of my favourite palettes! I love it x

  2. Christiana
    October 10, 2018 / 2:09 am

    Thank you so much for posting this excellent read! Unfortunately, after I finished reading your post I quickly realized that the pallet I just waited a week for to ship from LA is a total fake. I’m incredibly disappointed and unsure of what my next move will be. Do I just bite the bullet and count my losses, or do I confront my retailer and ask for a refund? I’m not sure. Either way, you helped me inform myself that there are shady dealers out there who are ready to take advantage of clients like myself. I consider myself to be a makeup junkie and a bit of a brand snob, so I guess I will just have to stick with spending top dollar for the brands I know and love.

    I am interested, though. Do you have an advice on from who to buy high end makeup online?

    Thank you for sharing this post. It’s helped me, and I’m sure it’s helped countless others.

    • thatredl
      October 12, 2018 / 12:12 am

      Hey hun, thanks for leaving a comment. It’s so frustrating when you realise that something you have spent your hard earned money on is a fake. You know there is no harm asking for a refund. If they ask why, explain why. Obviously, the person/company who sold it can ignore you, but there’s no harm in trying.
      I am a makeup junkie/brand snob too so I understand you totally! 🙂
      When I buy high makeup, i go to reputable retailers such as Sephora (US and Europe), BeautyBay.com, Cult Beauty, Space NK, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols (UK). If the brand you are interested in have a good website, they are likely to offer international shipping.
      I know it sucks when you receive a fake palette, but keep on slaying hun x

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