Subculture by ABH: The Biggest Disappointment​, BUT…

I’m sure that you’ve heard of the catastrophic release of the new Subculture palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Well, here’s a plain and simple review for you all on my opinion about how awful it is if you haven’t already heard that 6 trillion times.


1) Blendability

One of the most important aspects of an eyeshadow palette is its blendability. Have fun with this one – Subculture is a disaster when it comes to blending the matte shadows. I’m not going to lie, I can be pretty heavy handed with eyeshadow, so this palette was literally my worst enemy. I had to be super conscious about how much product I was placing on the brush, tapping off the excess with my brush until I didn’t see any fallout, and even then it wasn’t fricking working for me. skjdfsduhf. It took me 2 times longer to finish my makeup when I created this look, although I really did love the way it turned out. BEWARE, this palette is not great to start with for beginners or people experimenting with makeup, because it will literally make you so frustrated.

2) Pigmentation

The colors in this palette are GORGEOUS, but what the hell is up with some of these shadows appearing darker after application? Not only THAT but holy buns, the shade “Electric” was one of the hardest shadows to work with. It’s practically sheer. I had to literally pack it on my lid seven times. SEVEN TIMES!! It even weirdly flattened out in the pan as if I overly wet my brush, which I never did. So bizarre. There’s a huge discrepancy in the pigmentation – probably one of the worst thing that a brand could overlook.

3) Fall-Out

Holy wow. The fall out from the shadows is so extensive that you could probably collect the fallout and create an entirely new shadow. Have you heard of people hitting pan because the shadows are so loose? This is not a manufacturing issue, this is a formulation issue. Whatever ingredient has been newly added in the formula of these shadows has screwed them up. Even the gorgeously pigment shimmer shadows have an enormous amount of fall-out. *Italian gangster voice* What are we paying for here?! While I was playing with the palette, I noticed that wetting my brush and using some of the darker shadows as a liner actually worked AMAZINGLY (pictured from my Instagram as the cover photo of this blog post).

4) Flash Back

If any of you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you know about the weird flash back photo I posted (scroll down slightly for the photo if you haven’t seen it). Take a look at the main ingredients listed on the back of this palette. Talc is one of the main ingredients which can be found in a lot of powder foundations or eyeshadows. Talc allows the powder to be extremely soft, but it kicks back with flash like crazy. Try putting just MAC’s Studi Fix Powder Foundation on without a liquid foundation base and go ahead and compare a photo of you with Kasper. The resemblance will shock you.


You really have to go out of your way with this one. Skip it, if you haven’t already heard that enough to make your ears bleed. Save your money for another palette, or wait until they come out with a newer batch.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!



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