abh subculture

I apologize in advance for the length of this review.  Since there was so much controversy around this palette, I wanted to speak about the specific colors that I loved and the specific colors that were a little more difficult for me to work with.

This palette is the “sister” to the ultra popular Modern Renaissance palette. It has 14 shades in total, 13 being completely new shades. This palette is available online and in stores at Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta and Anastasia Beverly Hills and retails for $42.

I am late to the game when it comes to reviewing this palette.  I was actually going to pass on purchasing this palette when it first came out. I loved that we finally had an eyeshadow palette choice that had unique shades… however, I was unsure if I would get a lot of use out of this palette because of the unique colors.  Fast forward to all the drama that started to surround this palette. Yikes! I watched a lot of youtube videos, and it seemed like there were mostly just negative reviews, all talking about the blend-ability and the insane fall out.   While I definitely experienced fall out in the pan, there was none on my face, and definitely wasn’t as extreme as it seemed after watching the reviews.  In fact, I purchased the Subculture and the Prism in the same shopping trip and used the Subculture instead of the Prism the first day that I brought the palettes home and I didn’t realize that I was using the “bad” palette.  lol.  I just thought there was a good amount of pigment, but nothing to the extent of the reviews I watched.

According to the Anastasia Beverly Hills site, the shades are described as:

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

Please see below for the swatches:

I will say a few minor cons, if you will.. or just things I’ve noticed about this palette are:

Electric : While, this shade looks amazing… it requires work. You need to build it up (if you don’t use Fix+) but the color is so beautiful that it’s worth the extra work.  This is actually my favorite shade in the palette.

Edge : From the look of this shade in the pan, I thought this was going to be a bright (ish) kind of yellow. It swatches darker than it looks in the pan and goes on darker as well. The shade is described as a gold mustard.. and I guess that’s pretty true. In person I thought it would be a much brighter shade than it turned out to be. It’s actually a good thing in my opinion as I prefer the darker color, but I just wanted to mention it as I was just a little surprised by it.

Cube : I thought this would be my favorite color in the palette, but I actually had a hard time building the color up.  I do enjoy the pink shift, but I wish this eyeshadow didn’t need to be built up so much.

Axis :  This is actually the only color is the palette that I truly DO NOT like.  I tried to blend it into a makeup look and it was so pigmented that it got everywhere even after tapping the excess powder off of the brush.  This color is not one that I will use again because my experience was so poor. 

I would definitely say if you’re curious about this palette… go swatch it. Purchase it if you want, and if it doesn’t work out for you, return it.  The more I talk with others, the more I hear about their positive stories and their love for this palette. It’s refreshing after hearing all of the drama and negative reviews in the beginning.  Everyone is different and everyone has different experiences, skin types, tones, techniques, etc.  I do really like my palette and I love that it brings something different and unique to my collection.

Have you tried this palette? What has your experience been like? Let me know!


Thanks for reading! 🙂






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