Valentine’s makeup with Aldi palette that’s £40 cheaper than Modern Renaissance – Bethan Shufflebotham

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is one of the most coveted beauty products on the market.

It’s pretty difficult to get your hands on, with Cult Beauty limiting the palette to two per customer as it’s so in demand.

But I’ve found an Aldi dupe that offers similar shades and a decent pigment for £40 cheaper – and it’s perfect if you don’t fancy splashing out nearly £50 on one palette.

The Lacura Revival Eyeshadow Palette is £5.99, and sees 14 ‘ultra-pigmented’ shades in nudes, pinks and oranges, with a selection of matte, metallic and shimmer finishes.

The Lacura Revival Palette is £5.99 in Aldi
The Lacura Revival Palette is £5.99 in Aldi

For a long time, the Modern Renaissance palette was my go-to, but after all my favorite shades hit the pan, I moved on to other, more affordable options.

The colors really lend themselves well to Valentine’s Day, with romantic shades that can offer anything from a light contour to a dramatic smokey eye.

In the Lacura palette, the colors are laid out in a very similar way, and the shades themselves aren’t far off the original ABH palette – which retails at £46.

The shade names are vastly different, though, with Aldi changing Love Letter, Warm Taupe and Red Ocher to Era, Vitality and Renaissance – perhaps a nod to its inspired predecessor.

Like the Modern Renaissance palette, the £6 Lacura dupe comes with a dual-ended brush – one fluffy side for blending, and a flatter side for packing in pigment and for the under eye area.

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I used the palette to create a makeup look fit for a Valentine’s Day date with my partner, using the shades Rebirth and Spirit to create a base.

My well-used ABH palette shows that the shades are placed in a similar position in the palette
My well-used ABH palette shows that the shades are placed in a similar position in the palette

I then went in with Era – a vibrant pink shade to create a more dramatic look, finishing off with some sparkle from the shade Timeless.

The pigments were really good, but perhaps not as vibrant as the Modern Renaissance palette. And while they were blendable, you had to be careful not to overblend, or the shades do go a little muddy.

However, the finished result was decent and felt really lightweight and velvety on my eyes. It certainly helped define my features and the colors in the palette are really pretty.

It’s one of those palettes that can create a quick day-to-night look, and the shades pair well together. Plus, the brush is really good at picking up the product and applying it to the face.

Having worn the look all day, there was no smudging, and despite having quite oily eyelids, the shadows stayed put all day.

The finished Valentine's Day makeup look using the Aldi Revival palette
The finished Valentine’s Day makeup look using the Aldi Revival palette

For £5.99, it’s a great cheap dupe of the Modern Renaissance palette if you want to save your pennies – but the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette is brighter with better blendability.

Other shoppers also loved the dupe, rating it five stars on the Aldi website.

One said: “The color pay off is amazing and it doesn’t budge. Will not be paying forty quid for the other one again. Ali’s nicely packaged and a great brush.”

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Another added: “Great price. Expensive looking packaging eye shadow shades to suit all. Good texture and pigmentation. Well worth having in your makeup collection. Why pay more?

“Worth every penny,” wrote a third. “The colors are fab and can really work by pair and has a nice color range. £40 cheaper than the dupe Anastasia Beverly Hills versions. This is amazing!”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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