Versus: ABH Modern Renaissance and Wet n Wild Color Icon Rose in the Air

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

A palette that has taken the makeup world by absolute storm is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. When I first got it, I was a bit hesitant, but after owning it for awhile now, I’m SO glad I made the purchase. It’s one of my most used palettes!

At the Wet n Wild 2018 product launch event, they were showcasing the repackaged and reformulated Color Icon eyeshadow palettes. One of the 10 pan palettes, Rose in the Air, looks SCARILY similar to Modern Renaissance. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a versus post on them.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is a 14 pan palette housed in taupe velvet. This palette contains a decent sized mirror and a dual ended brush. All the colours are warm browns, pinks and oranges. It’s easy to see why it’s such a crowd favourite.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

The Wet n Wild Rose in the Air in comparison is a 10 pan palette in a travel-friendly plastic casing. No mirror or brush with this bad boy, but that’s not all together surprising for a drugstore product. Similar to the Modern Renaissance, the shades are warm with a mix of shimmers and mattes.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

So obviously the major difference between these two palettes is the price. The ABH Modern Renaissance retails for $55 CAD at Sephora and the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air will retail for $6.99 CAD when released in December 2017. That is a $48 dollar difference. Fourty-eight dollars. So I do have to say that there are four extra shades, the mirror, and the brush in the Modern Renaissance. The pans are also larger in the Modern Renaissance which you can see from my photo above.

But let me repeat that again. Forty-eight dollar difference. You could buy a whole other palette for that price. I think even with the extras of the Modern Renaissance, Wet n Wild has the price point beat!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

Now the question for the true dupe test: how do the shadows match up? Above are my swatches. Can you tell which line is which?

The top is Wet n Wild and the bottom is Anastasia Beverly Hills. I do think it’s noticeable in terms of the vibrancy of the shadows, but honestly, it’s definitely close. Every single shadow in the Wet n Wild palette has a match in the Modern Renaissance. Here is the breakdown (based on the shadows from left to right in Rose in the Air):

Wet n Wild – ABH

  • Transition Shade – Burnt Orange
  • Top 1 – Antique Bronze
  • Top 2 – Buon Fresco
  • Top 3 – Primavera
  • Top 4 – Tempera
  • Bottom 1 – Cyprus Umber
  • Bottom 2 – Love Letter
  • Bottom 3 – Red Ochre
  • Bottom 4 – Realgar
  • Transition Shade – Warm Taupe

The four shades that were not include in the Wet n Wild one are:

  • Golden Ochre
  • Vermeer
  • Raw Sienna
  • Venetian Red

Again, as presented above, the shades are almost exact dupes. The pigmentation I think is actually really good on the Wet n Wild. They aren’t as buttery and pigmented as the Modern Renaissance, but for the price, they are pretty darn close!


If the swatch post and the price comparison weren’t enough, I would say that the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air is almost a perfect dupe for the colours in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. Personally, I’m still super happy with the Modern Renaissance, but if you’re on a budget and are looking for a great palette with similar (exact) colours, the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air is a fantastic option. I can definitely see myself using this for travel!

A fellow CBB member, Samantha Jane did a really great video of her side by side looks which can be found here.

You can get the Modern Renaissance palette from Sephora.

The Wet n Wild palette will actually be released in December 2017 on and February 2018 at mass retailers so mark your calendars!

UPDATE: I’ve had such a great response to this post! You can now pick up the Wet n Wild palette online here!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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  • Oh wow, that is a very close dupe indeed! I bought Modern Renaissance during the Sephora sale, now just waiting for it to arrive.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • You’re gonna love it Shireen! I’ve noticed you’ve been wearing more and more eyeshadow and I’ve been loving it!

  • I have to get this palette! I haven’t used eyeshadows much in the past, but I’d like to start grabbing a few of the more affordable ones to start.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

    • Yeah, the Wet n Wild ones seem awesome! Definitely a good foray into eyeshadow!

  • Makaela Premont

    I definitely have to get the Wet n Wild version, it looks so pretty. And for the price you really can’t beat it especially if you don’t have the money for the AA.

    Great job on this post!

    -xo, Makaela

    • It’s incredible isn’t it? The price just seems so crazy! Thanks Makaela!

      • Makaela Premont

        I think its because it really is low-key crazy! The bigger brands be trying to take our hard earned coins.

        • I’m so excited to see what other budget brands start to come up with. Colour Pop, Makeup Geek, and Wet n Wild are definitely forcing brands to look at their formulations and prices and think about us as consumers!

  • I really want to get my hands on these new Wet n Wild palettes. I think the Wet N Wild would be a great travel palette.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    • Totally! I’m definitely going to be taking mine on future trips!

  • ooh that Wet n Wild palette looks amazing! I have the Modern Renaissance, but I like the idea of using the Wet n Wild for travel (I’m super scared of breaking my expensive palettes). I can’t wait for the palettes to hit stores!

    • Me too! The WnW one is so much smaller too so just fits a lot better in a makeup bag.

  • Francesca Gariano

    I didn’t even know this Wet N Wild palette even existed! I’m obsessed with the ABH shades, but I know they wouldn’t suit me. I am so stoked to see if I can try to find the Wet N Wild palette so I can play around with the shades without committing to the ABH price tag. Thank you so much for this comparison!

    • They are brand new and will be released next month! Yeah for sure, this is a pretty inexpensive way to see if the colours will work!

      • Francesca Gariano

        Cannot wait! I’m marking my calendar to check out the Wet N Wild website! Don’t think I’ll be able to wait until February for them to hit mass retailers #Impatient hahahaha.

        • Oh I totally get you!! It’s super exciting!

  • mahamatar

    Honestly they are so similar in the pictures but I feel that the renaissance palette has better longevity on the skin even without primer. I love wet n wild products but just not a fan of their palettes so far, but if your on a budget than you can’t go wrong with W& W!

    • For sure, definitely agree that the shadows are more pigmented, and would still buy my MR. The price difference though is so crazy! Definitely would recommend it for someone on a budget!

  • bri ❁

    This is so cool!!! I just shared this on a Bunz group – unreal comparison!

    • Thanks for sharing Bri!! <3

  • Ooo the color scheme is definitely very similar! I can never afford a $40 palette! I’m definitely going to be trying out the Wet n’ Wild one! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

    • Definitely! Mark your calendar for Feb!!

  • Wow I’m surprised at how similar they are! If I didn’t already have the MR palette, I’d definitely go for the Wet n Wild one!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • It’s CRAZY how similar they are!!

  • Wow this is actually such a good dupe! I love my Modern Renaissance, and I think it is 100% worth it if it’s in your budget, but this is one of the best alternatives I’ve seen! I love that the drugstore brands are stepping up their game!