Yeah, yeah, I know. Another blog post about the bloody ABH Subculture palette that people haven’t shut up about. However, for a change amongst the large number of negative reviews, it’s a positive post because quite simply, I absolutely love this palette and haven’t put it down since the day it arrived.
I’m pretty sure everybody has seen/read/heard of the controversy surrounding this palette and although I had too, I still chose to purchase it and I’m so glad that I did.
Of course, there’s no denying that this palette does have a large amount of kick back (pretty much every YouTuber on the planet have shown us that) but so many people have clearly misunderstood this palette and it’s formula. For those who don’t yet understand why this is, I’ll explain. These shadows are not just your normal pressed eyeshadow powders. Instead, they are pressed PIGMENTS and as any make-up fanatic will tell you, they are two completely different things.
Pigments are very strong in colour and more often than not they come in a loose form. For this palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills have actually pressed pigments into a pan form, something that I feel a lot of people are misunderstanding or not informed of before purchasing. Understandably, if you’re not used to working with loose pigments or extremely pigmented shadows this palette can come as a bit of a shock but once you’re used to the formula, blending technique and *slight* fall out, these shadows are a dream.
As for the blending, I honestly do not see the issue whatsoever. Obviously certain colours don’t blend together and end up looking like a hot mess but anybody that understands colour theory will know what colours to put together and what ones will take a horrific turn. If you have this palette and you’re struggling with blending the shades together then do a little bit of research into colour theory or even buy yourself a little colour wheel from your local art shop or WHSmith’s because it will help you so much. As an artist, my game completely changed when I started concentrating on colour theory and having a wheel to hand so it’s definitely worth investing in.
The packaging is exactly the same as the Modern Renaissance palette – that classic smooth velvet texture but comes encased in a cardboard box. I kept my box for my Modern Renaissance palette and will also be doing the same for this one as the texture of them does sometimes mean that they become grubby easily. If you’re anything like me and you normally end up with make-up all over your fingertips and hands then be wary of the velvet packaging because EVERYTHING tends to stick to it and it’s annoying as hell.
You do get a free brush with this palette which surprisingly, is actually really good! Unlike a lot of palettes where you get a free brush and it ends up being plain awful, this one does a great job and I constantly reach for it. One side of the brush is fluffy and perfect for blending out crease and transition shades and the other side is a flat, more dense brush which works perfectly for applying the metallic shades or packing on matte shades all over the lid.
The main question that’s probably on everybody’s lips – is it worth the money? In my opinion, 100% yes. I’m head over heels in love with this palette and reach for it constantly. If you’re tempted, do it. You may be surprised at how much you actually enjoy using it.
Thank you so much for reading and as always, feel free to pop any questions in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Until next time,