If you’re big into makeup like me, you already know all about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. This palette was released in July 2017, and there was ALOT of talk around it. I have never owned any Anastasia eyeshadow products, and before this palette was even released, I told myself I could purchase the next palette they released. Enter the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. I saw photos of these shadows, and wasn’t all that impressed. The shades were pretty dark and not really up my alley, so I decided to pass on purchasing.
And boy was I glad I passed on buying this palette! The controversy that followed was INSANE! Everyone on Instagram and YouTube was talking terribly about the pigment, the fall out, the lack of blendability, you name it! So why do I have this palette you ask? Well, I fell for Sephora’s Boxing Day sale (this palette was $35, regular $55). I saw that the palette was marked down, and figured, what the hell! I had heard that they reformulated the shadows, so I thought I’d give the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette the benefit of the doubt, and here we are!
This was one of my favourite looks I created using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. I started with Mercury in the crease, which was super pigmented, and probably could have used a lighter hand (lol!). I took a little of Untamed and Axis (both blues) to mix into the outer V and a little on the lower lash line. I then attempted to add Cube to my inner corner, but this shade really has zero pigment. I liked the look of this, but realistically, how often can I wear blue shadow?
I was really attracted to the army green shade, Destiny, in this palette and wanted to create a special look. Starting with Dawn and New Wave, I then added Destiny into the outer corner and crease. One of the problems with this palette is that it really lacks in shimmer shades. To get the effect I wanted in the inner corner, I had to use a shade from a different palette. I did like this look, but the green shade looks very muddy and not blended properly.
These two looks above are what I would call the “everyday” looks I created from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. On the left, I used Dawn and New Wave in the crease, Fudge on the outer V and Adorn on the lid. On the right I used Dawn and New Wave in the crease, Electric on the lid and Fudge as the winged liner. Electric looks like an amazing colour, but again, barely any pigment! The shimmer shades in this palette are not great.
Lastly, I wanted to create a fun “going out” type look with the palette. I used New Wave in the crease, then layered on All Star and Rowdy to create this purple smokey eye. I really like the way it looks, but it isn’t clean enough for my liking, and the only thing to blame that on is the formula of the shadows.
All in all, this palette is just ok. When you swatch the shades on your hand, they’re super pigmented, but when you apply them with a brush, they muddy up, they don’t last all day, and don’t blend together to create the look you want. Not to mention, this palette includes a brush, and it barely works. When you tap your brush into any of the shadows, a cloud of pigment comes up, which I saw a lot of people complaining about online, it’s bearable, but why should I keep a palette like that in my collection? Final verdict? The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette will be heading back to Sephora, which I purposely kept the box and receipt for.