Beauty Review

ABH Subculture Palette Review and Swatches

So, it’s been a while since my last blog post. As always, life has gotten in the way and blogging has had to take a back seat, but I’m ready to get back into it now. A few quite big things have happened this year, good and bad, including me deciding to start working for myself, so, unfortunately, blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I’m also planning on giving my blog a bit of a redesign, which I’m hoping will really help me start a fresh and get me loving my blog again. So, what better to get back into blogging than to talk about the Subculture palette which I’ve been using a lot lately.

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I’ve been playing around with makeup a lot more recently and also buying a lot more! I was very late to the party with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, so as soon as I saw that the Subculture palette was being released, I knew I wanted to get it straight away!

I know there’s been a lot of mixed reviews on the Subculture palette, with A LOT of negative reviews on YouTube, but I wanted to try the formula for myself and form my own opinion.

It was released on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website on 25th July and 2nd August on Cult Beauty. I ordered it on the day it was released, so got it from the ABH website. I’ve not tried a lot from the brand, so I decided to order a couple more items with the palette – two of the liquid lipsticks in “Catnip” and “Madison” and the Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. Shipping was £10.95, but this was for express delivery, so I would get the items in 2-3 days (yes, I’m incredibly impatient!).

The item arrived in a couple of days and I wasn’t charged a customs fee, which is a bonus! As soon as I opened the Subculture palette, I loved how the colours looked and how they really complimented each other. You can really see that a lot of thought has gone into each of the shades and how they work together to create different looks.


Subculture Shades

Much like Modern Renaissance, Subculture has 14 shades. The Subculture palette has two duo-chrome, one metallic and eleven ultra-matte shades, whereas the MR has eleven matte shadows and three metallics.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette

Subculture palette swatches

Duo-chrome Shades:

Cube – A very sheer shade which has a lovely purple-pink shimmer. It doesn’t give off much colour, but I think it works perfectly in the corners of the eyes to add a subtle shimmer.

Electric – This was one of the shades I was most excited for, it’s a lime-green and gold shimmer and like no other eyeshadow I currently own. I found this quite hard to apply first off, but once I’d got past the first layer, I found it applied really nicely. The website suggests pairing it with a setting spray and a synthetic brush for added intensity.


Metallic Shades:

Adorn – This is a bronze metallic shade, which is probably one of my favourites in the palette.


Ultra Matte Shades:

Dawn – A nice neutral sandy peachy colour which I found great to use as a base shade.

Roxy – A muted coral colour, which works really well with Edge.

Destiny – A lovely sage green colour, which would be great to use for a more subtle make-up look.

Fudge – On the website, this is described as a ultra-matte warm bronze, a great colour for using in the crease.

All Star – A burgundy shade which goes really nicely with the yellow and orange shades.

Untamed – A muted dark green colour which is quite cool-toned.

Mercury – A slate grey with a pinky tint.

Edge – Described as a gold-mustard colour. I’m not usually one to use yellow eyeshadows, but I was surprised how much I liked this.

Axis – I love this colour – it’s a dark blue/green colour which works well at deepening the whole look.

Rowdy – A nice dark purple/aubergine colour which, like axis, is a lovely deep colour to use in the crease.

New Wave – A lovely bright orange colour which works well blended with Edge.

Subculture palette swatches



So now onto the application, which is what many people seemed to have an issue with on the YouTube reviews. Yes, there is a lot of fallout on these shadows, but they’re also very pigmented. I can handle some fallout as long as the eyeshadows apply well and give off an intense colour, which I think they do! Although, you definitely have to be lighter with the brush in order not to pick up too much powder. Some of the shades were slightly more difficult to blend and compared to the Modern Renaissance palette, they’re not *quite* as creamy, but after a bit of buffing, you can achieve a nice blended-out look.

Below is the look I created with the Subculture palette using the shades Edge, Roxy, Axis, Cube and Adorn. On the lips, I’m wearing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Madison. Base is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Nars Deep Throat Blush, Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow palette and Nars Laguna. Eyeliner is Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and mascara is L’Oreal Miss Manga Punky.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Make-up look

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Make-up look


Final thoughts

Overall, I really like this palette. I think the combination of colours works really well and could be used to create a number of different and unique eye-looks, not only darker and more extreme looks but also for everyday wear. I don’t think it’ll be one I reach for on a regular basis, but one I’d use if I wanted something a bit different. It’s definitely not like anything I already have in my collection so I feel like it’s a great addition!

Have you tried this palette before? What do you think of the shades?

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  • Amy

    Looking at the colours swatched I find myself really wanting this again! It’s good to hear your thoughts on the blending and fall out issues. I love the look you created with it!