Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review + First Impressions
There have been a lot of mixed reviews about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. Some are loving it. A LOT are hating it. So I decided to put it to the test and try it out for myself.
In this blog post I will share my honest review and first impressions of the ABH Subculture palette.
Before I share my thoughts here is some info straight from the ABH website:
An essential eye shadow collection, Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette features 14 shades that range from grungy mattes to bold metallics with an underground edge. Complement to best-selling Modern Renaissance Palette. Full pigment and easy-to-blend formula. 14 shades with ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes. Includes dual-ended brush.
For this particular look I used four shades:
Dawn (ultra matte sand) - as the transition shade
Untamed (ultra matte tarnish green) - in the crease and on the lid
Adorn (metallic bronze) - on the inner corner and inside of the lid
All Star (ultra matte vintage wine) - on the lower lash line
I had heard these shadows produced a lot of fall out so I decided to do my eye makeup first and left my base until last, minimising any mess or streaking.
I started by applying 'Dawn' as my transition shade. It went on very easily and as I blended it out with a clean blending brush it softened any harsh lines.
I then took 'Destiny' into the crease but I wanted a darker green so I switched to 'Untamed' and blended it through the crease and took it down onto the lid. To blend I took a denser blending brush as I really wanted to fuse it into the transition shade.
I then took 'All Star' on a pencil brush and ran it on my lower lash line smoking it out under the wing of my eyeliner.
To add a bit of glam I decided to finish the look by placing 'Adorn' in the inner corner and slightly onto the inner lid blending it in with the green.
The ultra matte shades are all EXTREMELY pigmented. When I dipped my brush into the pan it picked up a generous amount of product so tapping off any excess is a must. It also leaves a bit of excess fall out in the pan too. The metallic shades are also very pigmented but I found the fall out minimal with only a few specs needing to be brushed away.
In comparison to the Modern Renaissance palette, which is huge favourite of mine, there does seem to be more fall out especially of the matte shades.
When it comes to application I recommend using a light hand, starting small and building up. If you go in with too much product you're going to get a lot of fall out and it will be a mess. Use small, tapered blending brushes to precisely place the product where you want it to go and use a clean fluffy blending brush to smoke it out. I also like to have a clean tissue on hand and tap the brush on the tissue before applying so I only have minimal shadow on my brush.
While the palette contains an incredible range of colours I don't think they are designed to wear too many at once otherwise it would become a muddy mess and hard to rectify. I see them more as statement colours which is why I only used 2 shades for my upper eye and added a metallic shade for a glam finishing touch.
Definitely apply your eye makeup first and then your base. It will save you a lot of time and cleaning up. Some of these darker shades aren't very forgiving so it may ruin your base.
I quite like this palette. It has a lot of shades which I don't own which was the main appeal when I purchased it. I don't think it is better than the Modern Renaissance palette which is one of my go-to palettes, because I find those colours are easier to wear and make my eyes really pop. It is extremely pigmented but I do wonder how soon I will hit pan on some of the matte shades due to the fall out. I am definitely going to continue experimenting and creating looks with this which I will shade on my Instagram soon!
Have you got the Subculture palette? What do you think of it?