Does Anastasia Beverly Hills' Subculture Palette Deserve All Of The Hate It's Getting?
Pictures of the Subculture palette leaked online about a month ago and I immediately became infatuated with it; the deep azure box with the soft cover, the beautiful colors…it just had a very regal look to it. I knew I had to get my hands on it, but as we all know, ABH can be a bit pricey.
Let’s take a look at just how worth it this currently sold-out palette is.
I will admit that I went into this purchase with a bit of blind faith; I was super smitten with the Mod Ren palette, so I had no reason to distrust this one. Subculture looked so good. The shades are unique and versatile. You don’t see a lot of palettes with colors like Axis and Electric. They open up a whole new realm of possibilities and creativity. I think the range of colors is really excellent. Plus, all skin tones will look great in these shades.
So everything seems stellar on paper. But this palette is a little…deceiving. If you’ve used Mod Ren, you know the pay off is good, the pigmentation is A+, the application is smooth and it’s long-lasting. I wouldn’t really say the same about Subculture, unfortunately! I don’t know if they changed the formula, or what, but it’s sooooo different.
One thing I definitely was not pleased with is that the colors do not look the same on as they do in the palette.
For example, I thought Edge would be a really bright mustard yellow, but it ended up actually being super dull and kind of dirty-seeming. I used primer, I used water, I did multiple coats, but the shade was not the same! I noticed this with New Wave, Destiny and Adorn, too. But the hues that they DID show up as were not ugly or anything, so I thought I could live with it
But the second problem was that the shadows are very flaky, very crumbly. They’re not packed well in the box. I don’t know if it was just a problem with my set, but I did hear this complaint echoed by others. It’s just extremely loose and goes to waste crumbling everywhere. And because it’s so loose, it doesn’t set well on your eye. It creates a weird gradient end-result, as it doesn't apply evenly.
The bottom line is that you have to put in a lot of effort to get this palette to work for you. I’d say it’s not for beginners, but it’s not even that—it’s simply is not up to ABH’s usual standard. You honestly should not have to pay so much and then struggle to get the colors on your damn eyelid.
If you’re an avid makeup collector or something, it mighttttt be worth it to have this palette just for the aesthetic. But for regular usage, I wouldn’t really recommend it!
Hope this helps you in future makeup-scooping-up decisions!