The Modern Renaissance palette has fourteen 0.7g/0.02oz shadows; it has more shades than previous ABH palettes (fourteen versus tweleve), but it is also more expensive at $42 (the other palettes were around $35). There's been some debate as to why the price was increased and a lot of people say that it's because this palette is permanent, but I think it's because ABH wanted to see if it would sell if it priced more comparably to other mid/high-end palette (like the ones from Urban Decay or Lorac). ABH said that if this palette does well, they'll likely come out with a cooler version, which I'm interested in seeing. While it is more expensive, I think it's justified since I find that shadows in the Modern Renaissance perform better than the ones in my Artist palette.
Vermeer is another shadow that doesn't show up well on me because of my skin tone; it's almost like a shimmery, slightly pink-toned version of Tempera. It's also one of the three non-matte shadows in this palette. ABH describes it as an 'iridescent shell with a metallic finish'. The name Vermeer, most likely refers to Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch painter. Because this has a metallic finish, it's not as sheer as Tempera, but again I think the best use for this would be as a highlight or to add a touch of shine.
Normally, I'm not a fan of matte shadows, but when they are formulated like these (with more slip and adherence from the dimethicone), I actually enjoy using them. This is Buon Fresco, an 'antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish' and one of the colors in this palette that is also available as a single shadow. The name refers to a painting technique that translates to 'true fresco', or a mural painted on wet plaster (it's actually slightly more complicated than that, but that's the general idea). This is another unique color and it's a great transition shade to use with some of the brighter berry colors in this palette.
Next is Burnt Orange. Unfortunately, my camera washed it out quite a bit, so it looks really similar to Raw Sienna. It's definitely in the same shade range, but Burnt Orange is a lot more, well, orange! You can kind of see it in the pictures, but the difference is a lot more pronounced in real life. ABH describes is as a 'deep orange with an ultra-matte finish', but it's really more brown than orange (plus I have some burnt orange shades that are a lot deeper of an orange). I feel like ABH included these similar two shades (Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange) since the brown of Raw Sienna works better with the berry shades and the orange of Burnt Orange works better with the more orange/chocolate shades. This color is also available as a single shadow.
Overall, I really like this palette! I am biased since I was immediately drawn to the colors, even before I had seen it in real life, but after swatching and playing with it a little, I do think it performs well and is quite comparable to other similarly priced palettes. The only shade that really gave me any trouble was Love Letter, which is unfortunate since that was one of the colors that interested me the most (not to mention that it's also one of the most unique colors here), but you can work with it, especially if you use it over a primer or base. If the colors in this palette interest you, I'd say go ahead and pick this up, but feel free to take your time and go check it out in person first since it's part of ABH permanant line and will hopefully be around for quite a while yet.
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