The day has come… I finally purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. I waited a while to do this review because of all the attention this palette was receiving on it’s first week. So many people completely destroyed their palette after one use. This wasn’t their fault of course, it was just that the palette had a crap ton of fall out. Then there were other palette’s where fall out wasn’t too bad; my palette falls into this category.
Before going to Sephora and buying the palette, I watched a bunch of reviews. Good and bad. I made a pros and cons list. My money is important so I made sure I invested time into learning about the palette before spending. After countless hours, I decided I truly did want the Subculture palette.
My first impression came from the outside – the packaging. I’m a huge sucker when it comes to the way makeup brands present their products. This palette basically is the grungier sister to the Modern Renaissance palette. The biggest thing that I loved was the fact that it was soft. That’s why I bought the MR palette in the first place. What I really appreciated about this palette was that I already knew what kind of colors I would find on the inside based on how it looked outside.
The Subculture palette is a cool-tone lovers best friend. With almost every palette going towards warm toned shadows, there’s not very many with a few cool toned palettes out on the market. Now, as someone who does not look the best with cool tones, this palette makes me want to branch out a little.
If you 100% know you aren’t going to use many of the shades in this palette, I recommend you don’t buy it. Invest in something you will actually use and let the palette go to someone else.
What’s also great about this palette, and all other ABH palettes, is the way they create color quads. For example, take cube, dawn, roxy, and electric – right there you have a small shadow quad to work with. Same goes for dawn, destine, electric and fudge. Claudia designs these palettes where all colors can be used together without clashing; making it so easy to create amazing eye looks.
Now for the downside of the palette.
For starters, the color fudge is a completely different formula in this palette than in the World Traveler palette. I was extremely disappointed when I swatched this shade next to the ‘original’ and the color and consistency weren’t the same. Of course not every eyeshadow color can remain the same, but to completely change everything about it is a negative thing to me. I have yet to actually use the shade, I’m just a little nervous it’ll look really bad on me.
My next biggest issue is how hard it is to blend some of the shadows. As a makeup artist, I have a little bit of patience when it comes to blending. But for someone who doesn’t have time or is new to makeup, this can be a big disappointment. The shadow that’s given me the hardest time to blend is the shade ‘all star’. It’s such a beautiful shade! What totally sucks is that if I place the shadow in the crease first then try to blend, it creates a big blotch of shadow. After a few attempts of using this shadow I’ve learned that lightly feathering it into the crease creates a more seamless blend.
Then there’s the fall out on some shades. I had this issue with the Modern Renaissance palette; some of my shadows hit pan within a few uses which was a total bummer. I’ve learned that when it comes to ABH eyeshadows you do not have to swirl the brush to get color on the bristles; it’s just THAT pigmented.
I understand that as consumers, we want our products to last us a very long time since it is our money we’re spending. But I also think it needs to be understood that brands make mistakes and products will always have some sort of flaws to it. If you’re truly unhappy with the product then return it. It’s totally a hassle and I know you probably want to avoid doing so, but if the Subculture palette is making you unhappy then it has to be done.
With all of this being said…
I’m a fan of the Subculture palette! New Wave has been my go to shade since I bought it! It’s such a beautiful and unique shade, and also perfect for fall! It’s totally different than most palettes they’ve created which is really good for the brand. To be completely honest, I don’t think they deserved all the negative attention they received because let’s be real, Anastasia & Claudia have never created a product without making sure they’re 100% satisfied.