This week brings a review that is not only long overdue but also much sought after. Dubbed as one of the best palettes of 2016 along with the Master Palette by Mario (review of that one coming soon), the ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette sold out within hours. Unlike previous eyeshadow palettes released by ABH, this is the first one to be made permanent. I like that because I still find myself longing for the Tamanna palette every now and again. If you want to hear my thoughts on this palette then get comfy cos it’s going to be a long one.
The ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette is the first I have seen covered in fabric since the infamous original Naked palette. The dusty pink felt, as gorgeous as it is, can be a pain for some. As suspected, it clings on to dirt, fallout and fingerprints creating quite a spectacle. I’ve had my palette for a few months and have used it quite a bit, dirtying it up each time. I find immediately going in with a makeup wipe removes all of the unsightly mess before it stains. The ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette is small and compact so it’s great for travel. The cardboard inner is sturdy and doesn’t damage easily.
The palette boasts a large, good quality mirror on the inside which some might appreciate. As you can see I still have the plastic cover on since I haven’t used the mirror. For me it’s always a two-fold struggle, the mirror pushes up the price but what happens if you need a mirror in an emergency???
I’m not sure who was the first to introduce multiple sunset and berry tones but everyone went crazy when this palette launched. I recall the Lime Crime Venus palette launched in 2015 being similar toned so I know ABH wasn’t the first. However, around the same time the Kylie Burgundy Palette (I’ll do a comparison review in the coming weeks), the Violet Voss Holy Grail and the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette I reviewed here were all the rage. The brand Beauty Creations even went so far as to create a replica product, stealing the shade names for the Irresistible palette to cater to those on a budget.
The ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette holds 14 warm-toned neutral and berry shades. Both the limited edition Shadow Couture and Master Mario palette only contain 12 shades so the additional variants are appreciated. As bold as this palette may seem, there is actually only 4 “unusual” shades that set this apart from being just another warm neutral palette. Love Letter, Red Ochre, Venetian Red and Realgar. The remaining shades are basic browns and taupes that you could easily dupe against many other brands.
There are 11 matte and 3 shimmer shades in the palette. They are described as follows:
Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter – Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber – Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna – neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
Burnt Orange – deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera – shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Red Ochre – Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red – Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe – Earthy grey with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar – Brick with an ultra-matte finish
The dual-sided soft bristled brush is good quality as expected. It is made of synthetic hairs and is flat-headed on one side with the other fluffy side perfect for blending. I don’t care much for double sided brushes because they become a hassle when washing them. However, I have used this one and it’s pretty decent if you’re limited.
Formula & Longevity
As much as I love using the ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, I did notice a few things “off” about the formula. For instance, Tempera, described as an ultra-matte, I found to be more of a satin finish. Usually shades are more pigmented when using your finger but I found there to be major colour shifts on certain colours. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that most of the shades termed as “mattes” actually contain specks of micro-shimmer. I know certain brands do this to make the shadows less chalky and when blended out or applied with a brush, most of that “shimmer” is brushed away leaving just the matte base.
I found the mattes to be very easily blendable and reminded me of the Lorac formula which I absolutely adore. All of the shades are pigmented and remain vibrant after 7 hours of wear with a primer.
Price & Where to Buy
The ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette retails for $42 for 9.8g of product. It’s quite pricey compared to other eyeshadow palettes (you can see a full breakdown here) but remember you are paying for the quality and the name behind it. The ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette can be purchased from the ABH website and Sephora.com. For local purchase, I bought mine from Muse.SA for R1000 but you can see a full list of trusted third party sellers here.
This is one of those palettes that I would term under the “Instagram made me do it!” banner. It was continuously hyped up as being something every makeup junkie needed and I fell hook, line and sinker for it. This palette is of exceptional quality but unless you don’t already have these shades in your collection, then it’s not worth the splurge.
What do you think of the ABH Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette?
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