ABH Modern Renaissance Palette | Worth The Hype?

You got it, I caved. Massively. I gave in and bought the ridiculously expensive (£41.00) Modern Renaissance palette from ABH. I have no shame at all in admitting that I did buy this palette after seeing that everyone and her nana had it, and I did feel a bit left out. Like, what’s the big deal? It’s just a bunch of warm-toned shadows that you can find in many eyeshadow palettes out there, right? Wrong – & I’m about to tell you why. 


Honestly, I thought I’d hate the velvet-style packaging as I didn’t like the original UD Naked packaging of the same style. However (a massive however) I really don’t mind it, actually I’ve actually grown to love it. I adore the bold white lettering and the rose gold ABH signature brand logo too – and helloooo magnetic closure. All in all, I really like the way this palette looks and I’m not really surprised since ABH packaging is always sleek af. My one gripe would probably be that the inside of the packaging is cardboard which has the potential to get damaged easily – but I can 100% over look this due to how beautiful it is. 


There are an impressive 14 warm-toned eyeshadow shades in the palette:


Golden Ochre


Buon Fresco

Antique Bronze

Love Letter

Cyprus Umber

Raw Sienna

Burnt Orange


Red Ochre

Venetian Red

Warm Taupe



I’ve been trying out the palette for about 2 weeks or so now, and I completely take back my initial opinion that this palette would be quite limiting. There are so many looks you can create with this, warm-toned only obvz, from neutral eyes to intense sunset-smokey looks. I’ve personally stuck to doing more neutral-pink based eye looks using Burnt Orange/Raw Sienna as a transition shade, Buon Fresco in the crease, Love Letter smoked out in the outer corners, and Vermeer as an inner corner highlight.

Wanna make your eyes pop? Smoke out a bright like Love Letter or Realgar on the lower lash line for some serious intensity. Or prefer more of a bronze smoke-out? A combo of Antique Bronze and Cyprus Umber would be right up your street. Or if you’re like me and just need one-swipe-of-shimmer-and-go on busy days, then a light swipe of Venetian Red mixed with Primavera adds that little oomph that looks like you’ve put in a tonne of effort.

What do you think of the Modern Renaissance palette?

Worth the hype or not worth a penny?



  1. Lubna Umar
    February 10, 2017 / 3:37 PM

    This is such a dreamy palette. I love it ! I feel like it is definitely worth the price !themisslubna.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:09 PM

      I totally agree with you! xo

  2. Becca Fletcher
    February 10, 2017 / 4:07 PM

    Ive been wanting to buy this palette for a while now because I dont own anything like it and Ive never tried anything from ABH before. Xwww.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:09 PM

      It's definitely worth it if you like to wear warm eyeshadow shades! x

  3. Chloe Lauren
    February 10, 2017 / 4:36 PM

    I'm so obsessed with your blog photography Hun! I deffo need to get more props but it normally just looks silly and out of place when i try ahah, also random, but I love your nails!xClo x Xvousetesbellex.blogspot.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:10 PM

      Thank you so much, Clo! <3

  4. Jasmin N
    February 10, 2017 / 6:25 PM

    I'd love to try this, but kind of feels like it's a bit too expensive for my budget haha 😀 It looks stunning tho! x♥ Jasmin N // Little Things With Jassy // BL’

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:12 PM

      It is a pricey one! x

  5. Nicole Merza
    February 10, 2017 / 7:50 PM

    This is my favourite palette at the moment! It even has the potential to be my most loved palette ever. I'm so glad you like it 🙂 Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:14 PM

      Totally, it was 100% worth it for me! xo

  6. Sophie Mills
    February 11, 2017 / 11:45 AM

    I absolutely love the palette, and it definitely warrants all the hype it gets. However there's a fair amount of kick up which I didn't notice at first but the more I use it, the more it frustrate me. I do think it blends well and the colours are stunning, and it's more versatile that you initially think, I just thought I'd get more use than I do which is a shame for the high price point I paid. Sophie x | Essential Twenty

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 12, 2017 / 5:15 PM

      Me too, I totally agree but it does blend so well so I can overlook that! x

  7. Little Yellow Butterflies
    February 12, 2017 / 5:52 PM

    It looks SO beautiful….I'm insanely tempted…Your photos are stunning and are making it look even more irresistible!! Cia | Littleyellowbutterflies.com

  8. Courtney Gardiner
    February 13, 2017 / 1:38 PM

    I got this just because of the hype around it, everyone was getting it so i just had to, too. I've found myself only using the same 4/5 shades and not touching all the pinks/reds/orangesCourtney | Lashes and Luxe

  9. Gemma Louise
    February 16, 2017 / 12:19 AM

    I'm still debating buying this but it's so gorgeous! xxGemma Louise

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