I’m very pleased to introduce the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette on my blog a week after its launch. As soon as I saw this palette I knew I had to have it. Therefore, I had a countdown set on my phone for the release.
I’ve never been more excited about makeup as I was about the release of the Subculture palette. I stayed up late the night before the launch in case it was released at midnight and waited till 1am before I passed out. Luckily, when I woke up it still wasn’t released, but I spent the whole day refreshing the ABH UK site. Then 5pm came and I was experiencing so much stress over this palette as the site kept crashing. However, I managed to get my hands on not only one, but two Subculture palettes. I didn’t mean to purchase two, but because the site crashed before it showed me that my order has gone through, I went ahead and ordered another one.
Sister palette to Modern Renaissance
I know this palette is not everyone’s cup of tea as the shades are quite bold and don’t necessarily work with one another. However, this palette has been made to work hand in hand with the Modern Renaissance palette. I absolutely love Modern Renaissance and you can read my review here. The reason why I wanted Subculture so much is because I don’t own anything like it in my collection and I thought it would be the perfect palette for me to get out of my comfort zone.
Both palettes arrived on Monday and as soon as I had them I went ahead and took photos for my blog, so I can swatch the shades. Especially since all the controversy over this palette surfaced over the weekend. If you don’t know, there are quite a few review videos on YouTube where the palette is presented as unusable. Many people have stated that the shades are not blending well. Then there’s people who’ve experienced the palette to be very powdery and have had a lot of kickback from the shadows to the point where they hit the pan on the first use.
The packaging of Subculture palette is almost the same as Modern Renaissance packaging. The only difference is the colour. I quite like the colour of the outer box, but the colour of the velvet used on the palette is quite dull and I’m not a big fan of it. You can read my thoughts on the other aspects of the packaging in my Modern Renaissance review.
When I first swatched these on my hand using my fingers, I was blown away. The pigmentation of this palette is insane. It’s even more pigmented than Modern Renaissance. The shadows are incredibly soft. I also swatched them with a brush to see if the pigmentation is still the same and whether the palette has the horrific kickback. I was very happy to find that the pigmentation is still the same when you pick up the shadows with a brush. However, when you swirl the brush in the shadows, they are very powdery and you get a lot of excess coming off the brush. The only two shadows that I found didn’t swatch so well were Cube and Electric, two of the metallic shades.
Colours in Subculture
Just like Modern Renaissance palette, Subculture holds 14 shades with ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes. Three of the shades are metallic and the rest are matte. The shades in the palette include:
Cube – duo chrome pink pearl. In the palette this shadow looks white, but when you apply it, it reveals its beauty. It’s a beautiful shade for the inner corner as it really brightens the area and gives it a unique look with it’s pink duo chrome. This also works beautifully over other shadows to make them pop.
Adorn – metallic bronze. Adorn is my favourite shadow from the palette as it’s the most pigmented shade and it’s very creamy and easy to apply.
Electric – duo chrome lime gold. This one is more of a yellow shade than gold, but it’s still very pretty as it’s very sparkly.
Dawn – matte sand. I love this one as a transition shade as it has peachy undertones and works quite well with my pale skin.
Destiny – matte sage green. It’s a lovely muted green shade which would work perfectly for a green smoky eye.
All Star – matte wine. I wouldn’t call this a wine colour, but rather a purple with burgundy undertones. It’s a lovely shade nonetheless.
Mercury – matte slate grey. This one is a lovely brown grey. I think it would work very well with Dawn and Adorn for an every day look.
Axis – matte blue green. This was one of the colours that initially made me want this palette. I have no other shadows like this in my collection and I personally think it’s beautiful.
Roxy – matte muted coral. I absolutely love this shade. It’s girly and can be used for so many different looks.
Fudge – matte warm bronze. This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s also a very popular shade which was out before this palette. I personally love that it has been included as it makes this palette work for so many different occasions.
New Wave – matte orange. Another favourite. I’ve been loving orange eyeshadows lately and this one is beautiful.
Untamed – matte tarnished green. This one is a cool toned blue green. Very pretty.
Edge – matte mustard gold. Upon application this one is very similar to New Wave.
Rowdy – matte blackened purple. I think this one is the most grungy shadow in the palette. Perfect for a smoky eye.
Today, I actually played around with the palette to see how the shadows perform on the eyes. I used Dawn, All Star, Axis, New Wave, Electric and Cube to create the look below. I’m not very good with eyeshadow, but I do believe that practise makes perfect. The look I came up with was quite different from what I normally go for, but I do quite like how it turned out. I do have to say that although the shadows are quite powdery and create a lot of kickback, a little definitely goes a long way. I found that tapping the shadow very gently in the pan only once picks up a lot of product and then there’s very little excess. This shows that the palette is very, very pigmented. I did find that the shadows blend quite well besides Axis which I really struggled to blend it.
So, is Subculture worth it?
Another thing I wanted to address is that Cube and Electric are actually very pigmented, but because they have a different formula which is slightly more creamy I kind of had to scrape them with my brush first to get the pigmentation to come through. I think the controversy arose from the fact that the brand didn’t really educate their consumers before the launch. The palette has been made using a different technique to achieve the pigmentation it has. Thus, it takes a bit of time to get used to, but it’s definitely not unusable. I think it’s an amazing palette and if you’ve been thinking of purchasing it, do it. You can always return if you find that it doesn’t work.
The palette cost me £42. Currently it is sold out on Anastasia Beverly Hills UK site. However, today it launched on Beauty Bay where it actually costs £41. I found this quite unfair, so I would recommend ordering from Beauty Bay, especially since they often have good deals that you could use to get the palette for an even better price. Do I think this palette is worth the price? Yes, I actually do. Each shadow works out to be £3 and for the quality and pigmentation of the shades I think it’s a pretty good price.
Have you tried this palette? If so, what do you think about it? If not, do you want to?