This is how I feel about the new ABH palette: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
If you were waiting for the big reveal on what my opinion was at the end, I’ve kind of ruined the surprise. Sorry not sorry! This palette is so pretty, so pigmented, and just generally impressive that I might just leave this post here…
Okay maybe not, because I really want to tell you guys about this palette! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on an ABH palette for ages, but I’ve always missed the limited edition ones, either I’m not aware that they’re out, or I haven’t got the funds at the right time (thanks uni fees – jeez). Anyway, as soon as I saw this on Cult Beauty – they helpfully sent me an email all about it, they’re definitely not enabling me… – I snapped it straight up, and it came within about three days. As you can tell from above, I absolutely love it, so here’s the breakdown of the looks, quality, and usability of this palette.
The palette itself is seriously pretty. Covered in pink velvet, with the ABH logo embossed in gold on the front, I think it looks fantastic. Inside, there’s a sizeable mirror, which is great, although it could be bigger. My only qualms with the packaging is that it’s a bit cardboard-y. It’s one of the palettes that you can fold the top back around, which can be useful, but the necessity of using a flexible material for this purpose has made the palette feel slightly worse quality than you’d expect for the price.
But the eyeshadows. They make up for any shortcomings with the packaging (which is still super pretty). A fantastic mixture of warm and cool toned shades, with plenty of crease shades, highlights, stand-out shockers and sparkly accents. The formula is buttery (as always) and they blend out well on the eye. They are so so pigmented, which causes a bit of fallout in the pan, but this doesn’t really transfer when applying. It’s also something you have to accept with high quality, finely milled shadows, unfortunately.
So, onto the shades. The first four shadows on the top row are Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, and Buon Fresco. Tempera is a matte-ish cream shade, which is great as an eyeshadow base. Golden Ochre is an interesting yellow-brown shade, which is actually a fantastic one for the crease. Next is Vermeer, an insane shimmery pink champagne shade, which almost looks wet on the lid. Then there’s Buon Fresco, which is a nearly matte light pink shade, great as a base or as an initial crease shade for a plum smokey eye. This actually comes up a lot darker on the lid than in the pan, and is very cool toned.
On the bottom row, the first four shades are Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, and Red Ochre. Raw Sienna is an amazing orange-brown, another perfect crease colour. Burnt Orange is a lot more orange – as the name might suggest – still great to blend out the crease, as it’s matte, and so useful as a transition shade in any bright eye look. Primavera is very much the same in formula as Vermeer. Both are so buttery, and Primavera is a gorgeous gold shimmer, which again looks wet when pressed all over the lid. Finally, Red Ochre is a matte brick red, with that hint of orange poking through. A really unique and wearable shade.
Onto the other end of the palette. Left in the top row we’ve got Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber. Antique Bronze is an amazing shimmery red-brown, amazing for deepening the outer corner on a glitzy smokey eye. Love Letter is, honestly, one of the least likely shades I’ll use in this palette. It is gorgeous, and fantastically pigmented, but it’s such a genuine bright pink! Cyprus Umber shows much darker on the lid than in the pan, and is a fantastic cool-toned matte dark brown, a great all-rounder.
Finally, we have Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, and Realgar. Venetian Red isn’t overly red, more of a light orange burgundy shade – actually that really doesn’t describe it that well! It’s like if you took a burgundy colour, but not the deepest one, and added a slight pink-orange undertone. It’s a truly unique colour, and if you were going all out with a deep red-toned eye, this would be amazing. Warm Taupe is a cool-toned medium brown, which I have been using non-stop to build up my crease colour. Finally, we have Realgar, which is near enough a true brick orange colour. Really pigmented and would look great layered in the crease with Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange, it’s the more-orange relative of Red Ochre. See below for swatches!
[Top row, L-R: Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber. Bottom row, L-R: Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, Realgar.]
All in all, I was really impressed with my first ABH palette. The colours are just perfect for me, and there’s only one shade that I can’t really see myself using day to day, which is pretty good when it comes to pre-made palettes. I’d highly recommend getting this whilst it’s available, you can get it on Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay, the latter of which has free delivery!