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:
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?