It’s been so long since I’ve had my eye on a makeup palette that I would do literally anything for.I’ve been preoccupied with the move, the boys, work, bae and just life in general. I haven’t been buying makeup honestly, but that all changed when I laid my eyes on the Subculture Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills.
I saw the beautiful shades of deep plums, olives, and that beautiful shimmer bronze shade “Adorn” and my mind immediately went to fall. This was a palette that I needed to have. So I stalked Anastasia’s Instagram, Twitter and other beauty blogs until I got the release date. On July 25th I sat patiently with 7 tabs open on my laptop waiting for the palette to drop. After 10 minutes of refreshing the site maintenance screen I’d finally secured my newest “baby”. I came home a few days later after a workout session and there she was waiting forme at my back door.
Before I even begin to discuss the palette I want to take time out to appreciate the attentiveness to the design of the palette itself.
I mean for real, the palette feels as if its made from velvet. I have no clue what the packaging is made of but I love the simplicity of it all(lol)
According to the Anastasia’s website this palette’s theme is “underground edge” featuring 12 “grungy mattes” to “bold metallics”. This palette comes complete with 14 shades 11 matte, 3 duo-chromatic, and a makeup brush.
*Roxy – Ultra matte muted coral
*Electric – Duo chrome lime-gold
*Fudge – Ultra-matte warm bronze
*New Wave – Ultra-matte citron orange
*Untamed – Ultra-matte tarnished green
*Edge – Ultra-matte gold mustard
*Rowdy Ultra-matte blackened purple
*Axis – Ultra-matte blue-green
*Mercury – Ultra-matte slate grey
*All Star – Ultra-matte vintage wine
*Adorn – Metallic bronze
*Destiny – Ultra-matte sage green
*Dawn – Ultra-matte sand
*Cube – Duo chrome pink pearl
I actually love that Anastasia always includes a makeup brush. I feel like it’s a freebie lol and who doesn’t love a new brush. The brushes are actually good quality as well. The first thing I noticed about the palette was the fact that the shades are super-pigmented!!! I’m always down for a eyeshadow palette that shows up on my skin boldly without the use of a base or eyeshadow primer. I mean if all I had to go on for this review is the look of the palette it would definitely get 5 makeup brushes. However I’m giving the Subculture palette 2.5 makeup brushes because there’s a few things that didn’t sit right with me.
- The rumors are true some colors produce more fallout than others “Roxy” and “Fudge” in particular. It’s best to use a light hand and don’t swirl brushes to much when using these eyeshadows. If you do this can produce fall-out and result in a loss of product unfortunately. In Anastasia Beverly Hill’s defense they claim this is due to a new method they’ve used to press their eyeshadows in the palette. But we won’t know until their next palette drops how true this actually is. I’m hoping it’s better (fingers crossed)
- Next I had to work extra hard with “Cube” and “Electric”. 2/3 duo-chromatic shades that comes in the palette. When I first tried to swatch them barely any color came on my brush. I really had to dip and rub my brush in the shadow to get that rich color that many of the other shades provided. This was definitely a major disappointment for me since I wanted to use those shades on top of other shades to create a multi-dimensional effect. And they’re so damn pretty . “Dawn” also was a bit chalky when I applied it on my lid, I guess I can use it as a brow bone highlight.
- I would have liked a little more color variation, the palette comes with 3 different greens and 2 burgundy hued colors. There’s also yellows and browns as well but I would have loved maybe one more shimmer shade that actually worked.
I didn’t have any issues with the colors blending just remember a little product goes a long way. For a beginner makeup enthusiast, I would save my money and purchase a palette that offered more than 14 shades
with an extra helping of fall out for $42. But if you like go ahead and purchase it, I mean it is really pretty to look at. You can be the judge, let me know what you think of the Subculture palette in the comments below while you check out some swatches and a look I created using the palette