Monday, 7 August 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance and Subculture

Way to break the internet, ABH.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you about the internet beauty community reactions regarding the Anastasia Subculture Palette. Pigmentation, blending, shade selection - this palette has created bees in bonnets throughout the blogosphere. I am, overall, very pro-Anastasia as a brand (highlight and brows in particular - liquid lips, not so much), but when you've got blending experts like Ms. Jamie Genevieve struggling, and Temptalia's Christine essentially issuing a witness statement, there's something going on.

Anastasia Subculture Palette
So. The palette.

Ok, I'm a huge Modern Renaissance fan. Rather warm, surprisingly pink but very easy to deal with in general. You can see a direct shade comparison below - Overall, Subculture is much grungier, more autumnal and, well, more green. So far, so good.

As an aside - due to the shade selection, a lot of these colours are complementary colours. From a colour theory point of view, that means you're going to have to be pretty switched on when it comes to precise blending. When mixed, a lot of these colours will essentially cancel each other out and look pretty grey and gross. The upside of this, however, is that you can create some beautiful, dramatic looks with this palette.

Anastasia Subculture and Modern Renaissance

The texture - this is where the dream is falling apart for some people. The eyeshadows are not firmly pressed - regardless of the batch/inconsistency issues, these are loosely pressed eyeshadows, and there is a lot of kick-up in the pan. My experience overall with Anastasia shadows is that they do produce a bit of dusty shadow in the pan due to their general softness, and the same can be said for Subculture. The matte shadows are extremely pigmented - the lightest tap in the pan is more than enough. In fact, they are much more like a pure pigment than a classic matte eyeshadow. I haven't had the crazy fallout issues that some people have had with my particular palette.

Anastasia Subsulture Palette SwatchesThe duochromes are definitely not my jam - sheer, firm, and easily duped - but let's be real, you're not buying this palette for a shiny pink.

Blending? Honestly? Not straightforward. You need a very light hand. The pigment levels are such that the softest brush you have and the lightest tap is more than enough. If you normally lay down a little loose powder before you apply your eyeshadows (or do this over a good tacky base) you'll probably have no issues.

Overall? I like it. I'll keep it. I'll use it. I haven't had the extreme issues that many people more talented than me have had - I can only presume there are some fairly major inconsistencies with production. Modern Renaissance hasn't been knocked off her podium.

What are your thoughts?

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Anastasia Subculture Palette



  1. I dropped heavy hints for this for my birthday so am hoping to have my hands on it this week. Some of the shades look beautiful but there are definitely some I won't use. I'm hoping if I use a light hand, as you recommend, that I won't have some of the issues others have experienced! xx


    1. It is a really beautiful palette but definitely requires a bit of thought and care to use. I hope you really love it! x

  2. I do really want this palette but after hearing a few comments I'm honestly not too sure. I'm not the best at eyeshadow or blending and I'm just not sure how well it'd work for me x


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