Oooh boy am I a sucker for pop art designs…
Well it’s only been a few days since the Anastasia Subculture palette was released and there’s already a bit of controversy. Let me get right to it, these shadows are powdery AF and there have been lots of complaints online. But… so were the ones from Modern Renaissance. Maybe not as much the Subculture ones, but soft, buttery shadows are often powdery. RELAX PEOPLE!
(If you’re looking for a video review and 3 looks, check out Sam’s channel)
And like the Modern Renaissance palette, Subculture comes in the same type of packaging: sleek and fuzzy.
But that’s about where the common ground ends. The shades in the Subculture palette are very unique and, well, surprising. One blogger pointed out that these are meant to be used as quads, sequentially. While most of the shadows were pretty great, there were some duds. Read on for more on that…
I started this palette left to right. This look used Dawn as a transition shade, which was a bit deeper than I thought. As well as Roxy (the controversial, powdery shade) to add depth.
I popped Destiny in the crease thinking it would be lighter than it was (a trend with this palette) and then patted Fudge in the outer corner and into the crease. On the lid is Electric and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. The two glitter shades in this palette are CREAMY.
Inner corner is a bit of Cube, which actually shows up as an iridescent pink. This shade needs to be scraped off every once and awhile because it tends to go a bit hard and sort of packed down.
Now onto the next look. I used a bit of Edge as a transition and it looked a lot like a bruise on my skin because of the mustard tone, so I warmed it up with New Wave and deepened the crease and outer V with All Star.
On the lid, I patted Adorn all over. This one is another creamy glitter that is just stunning and has zero fallout.
And as I worked my way through this palette, I found the one major dud: Mercury. I tried to use this as a transition shade and, again, it was a lot darker than it looked in the palette. This shade WILL NOT BLEND. I mean, on this eye I have a scar running through the lid so it disrupts the shadow a bit, but this shade was ridiculous.
Onto the rest… the orange shade is New Wave and boy was it bold and pigmented. I used Axis in the outer corner and into the crease. Then for a bit of shimmer, I patted Cube in the centre of the lid which you can see on the orange to green transition.
For this look, again I tried to use Mercury as a transition and I had to blend for a good 5 minutes but I think it turned out ok. The green is Untamed, which honestly looks a lot like the green from the look above, don’t you think?
But that yellow, Edge, I was not expecting to look so stunning on the lid. I also lined a bit with the purple shade, Rowdy, and am so happy with how this look came out.
Overall, I do really like this palette. I’m not in love with it, but it’s pretty decent. The shadows do kick up quite a bit so just a tap here and there and you’ll be ok. I probably won’t reach for this as much as I do for Modern Renaissance, but I definitely do not regret purchasing this palette.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette launches on Sephora on August 1. Will you be picking it up?
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