As you can clearly tell from the title today I will be reviewing the controversial Subculture Palette. I bought mine the day it was released, I was one of those crazy people refreshing the page every five minutes and yelling at my phone whenever it crashed. I had 3 other people on standby who were repeatedly refreshing and rolling their eyes at the insanity of it all. After about 45 minutes to an hour my sister finally managed to add it to the basket and get to the checkout! I was overjoyed, the palette was mine!
Subculture arrived a week later, and in that week the bad reviews were rolling in. Alissa Ashley’s video was everywhere and it seemed like everyone was having the same issues of the palette being too powdery, un-blendable, and hitting pan after a couple of uses. It’s safe to say I was a nervous wreck. £42 had come out of my account, which is pretty sly of ABH since it’s also $42, and I was certain this palette was going to be a massive fail and I was going to be devastated.
When the palette arrived I was worried it would be broken as I know some people received theirs damaged. Thankfully mine was perfect and the colours were absolutely stunning. I was immediately drawn to ‘Axis’, the dark teal blue, and ‘Electric’, a pale green shimmer.
The first thing I did was swatch them on my arm. All I did was dab my finger into each colour and swiped them down my arm once. As you can see in the picture most of them are extremely pigmented, the ones that are lacking in pigment is ‘Electric’ and ‘Cube’, although ‘Cube’ is described as a duo chrome pink, it just didn’t show up on my arm at all. I was impressed with the swatches and thought ‘Adorn’, the gold metallic shade looked incredible. So far I had no complaints and was excited to play with them.
When it came to creating a look and actually using the eyeshadows I hoped for the best that mine wasn’t going to have a lot of kickback or fallout. I took my trusty Spectrum fluffy brush and very gently tapped it into the first shade I wanted to use which was ‘Roxy’, the peach colour. Nothing extreme happened, it was definitely powdery but no different to Modern Renaissance. I didn’t feel the need to swirl my brush around in the pan as a couple of taps picked up more than enough product.
After priming my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion as usual, I used ‘Roxy’ as a transition shade in my crease. It blended out softly, wasn’t patchy and I wasn’t getting that strange line of product that so many people seemed to get. With the same brush I used the colour ‘All Star’ on the outer corner and to deepen the crease, and then ‘Untamed’ also on the outer corner and working my way toward the lid. On the lid I used Electric with a flat Spectrum brush, the pigment on this shade wasn’t great and took some building up but the end result was so pretty and striking and I was very happy with how this look turned out. I thought it would be a perfect everyday look for Autumn and Winter.
The next day I wanted to create a more dramatic look with the bolder colours. So I went straight in with ‘Axis’ on the outer and inner corners and the lower lash line, blending it out to get that pointed shape. I did get some fallout with ‘Axis’ with it being such a dark colour, but it wasn’t enough to really bother me and it was easily fixable with a giant fan brush and some concealer. Next I used ‘Edge’, the mustard yellow, and put that on the centre of my lid, as an attempt at a halo eye haha, I also used that on my lower lash line too. Again, I really liked the outcome of this look and while it’s not one I would wear out in public it was fun to do.
The last look I did with this palette is possibly my favourite so far. Again I used ‘Roxy’ for the transition shade and then ‘Destiny’, a khaki green, for the outer corner. ‘Destiny’ was harder to blend, it did look patchy in some places so I had to pack on more colour and then blend it out with a very light hand. I then used ‘Adorn’ for the lid which is such a beautiful colour, I cannot fault that shade at all.
The only colour that I cannot get to work for me is ‘Cube’ it just doesn’t show up on me at all. I will keep on trying to use it as it is a really pretty colour, but right now it’s just not working. Apart from ‘Cube’ I haven’t really had a problem, other than my lack of skill, since I am not a professional, just someone who loves makeup. The pigment of these shadows are amazing, they blend well together and it’s such a fantastic colour scheme for Autumn and Winter. I do get some fall out but nothing drastic or different to Modern Renaissance.
The picture below shows what my palette looks like after 3 uses, as you can see I’ve had no major kickback and there’s still plenty of product. The batch number on my palette starts with P7, which I have heard is the ‘good’ batch while palettes with the number P3 are the ‘bad’ ones. I don’t know how much truth is in that rumour, but since my palette has worked pretty perfectly I can only assume it’s true.
In my honest opinion I would recommend this palette but wait until the next batch are released. Norvina Claudia, the president of ABH, is currently doing what she can to fix the issues so that the next batch will, hopefully, be up to the high standards everyone expects from the company. Personally I’ve had no problems and I adore this palette. The colours are beautiful and a breath of fresh air with all the warm tone palettes out there right now. I feel like this will be a staple during Autumn and one that I will be reaching for again and again.
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