I’ll tell you a little secret, or maybe it’s not such a secret, I routinely get rid of most of my makeup. I get so much stuff that I get overwhelmed and even though I like most of it, there are things that I tend to reach for much more. The things that are just swatched for a blog post and maybe used once, I may sell, or most likely I’ll just pack a couple boxes, take them in to work and leave them for the other ladies to go through. Some things though, I never get rid of. I usually don’t get rid of my LE edition or Holiday items unless I truly hate them. And I never, ever get rid of my ABH palettes. Never. There is absolutely nothing that can get me to part with them.
When it comes to ABH palettes, I’m an early adopter, I don’t wait for reviews or swatches because in my experience they’re flippin stellar. The only palette that seemed to be an exception to that was the Holiday palette that I’d gotten, but after playing around with it again a few months after my initial review, it turns out that it wasn’t bad at all, just maybe frozen.
Being an early adopter, this only lasted five minutes after it dropped on the website before I got it. I was drawn to the colours and if I’m going to be honest, because it’s supposed to be a mostly matte palette and I’ve been crazy about mattes lately, and ABH has some of the best mattes that I’ve ever used.
Before we get into the shadows themselves, can we take a moment and just breath in the beauty that is the packaging for this baby? Dude…it’s suede. Pink, freaking suede. Like why you gotta do me like that? As if the shadows don’t have me weak enough.
*Sighs in contentment*.
Alright, now let’s get to the business of it. The palette consists of fourteen shades of warm earthy colours dominated by mostly rich, ultra pigmented, buttery neutrals of the brown, wine and beige families. Not to worry, there are also quite a few pops of stunning brights. I kinda like the new direction they’re going with larger palettes of more shades. Before the Christmas Self-Made Palette, they had mostly been twelve shades.
Palette porn, you know you want it.
This palette is seriously not done justice by photos. It comes with the double ended brush all ABH palettes do, and I think I’ve mentioned before that the only such brushes that I keep are the ones that come with ABH and UD palettes cause they’re actually quite good and useable. Oh, and all the shade names are printed in the palette, not on a sheet of plastic that will eventually be lost. See? Not all that hard after all. Swatches and shade descriptions below.
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 (this reads more of a mauve to me).
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
I’m not sure what an Ultra Matte is, all I can say is that I’ve probably never used mattes like this before. They apply like satins, with no patchiness or dust. The shimmer/satin shades apply equally as well but it would be more surprising if they didn’t. The colour that you see in the pan is the exact same colour that applies to the lids with no loss of saturation, and surprisingly without the aid of primer which I found out because I forgot to use it the first time I used the palette. Regardless of that, they stayed put without fading or muddiness.
Buon Fresco, (a deep mauve), and Antique Bronze(a pink bronze) are so far my favourite shades in the palette and the first ones that I reached for. They apply like a frigging dream, I can’t stop saying it cause it’s true. Red Ochre, Venetian Red and Realgar aren’t too far behind. So far, the only issue that I’ve had is that Antique Bronze isn’t as pigmented as I’d like, and I find myself having to pack it to make it show, it will probably perform better with primer though.
As has been my experience with ABH, this palette is worth the money. At $42 it’s better than higher priced palettes that I’ve used, and I like the fact that this brand rarely if ever disappoints, it’s good to be able to purchase something and not be apprehensive that it’s going to suck. Even though this is technically a summer palette, the colours are going to translate so well into fall. Because of the plethora of red based tones, this palette is a brown girl’s neutral palette wet dream. Other skin tones will most definitely be able to use it, but the rich browns, ochres and umber shades will work especially well on tan and dark skin tones.