ABH Subculture Review


Hi guys!

Today I wanted to give my thoughts on the newest eyeshadow release from Anastasia Beverly Hills; the Subculture Palette.

I bought this on Beauty Bay last month regardless of the poor reviews from some of my favourite Youtubers. I’ve always believed that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone wants different things in their eyeshadow.

I really wanted to try this palette. The colours are right up my street and I wanted to form my own opinion on this palette. I have used this for a full month and I am finally at a point to give a proper review.


The Subculture is described as an essential eye shadow collection of fourteen shades featuring grungy mattes and bold metallics with an underground edge. The packaging certainly gives this vibe. It is a dark satin aqua blue shade, which I love. It is so pretty. Inside, the layout is the same as the Modern Renaissance Palette.  There are fourteen shades and a mix of shimmer and mattes, although the vast majority of shades are matte.

The shades in the palette look stunning. There is a great mix of khaki, green, yellows and reds. It gives a very strong Autumnal vibe. I can definitely see it getting a lot of use in the cooler months. It has the perfect tones to match the changing colours of the leaves in Autumn. I absolutely adore the shades in this palette.

There are definitely shades in here that I love, and others that could do with some improvement, but overall I do love this palette.

Left to Right: Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, Axis

Cube: This shade is really soft and pretty. It makes a gorgeous inner corner and brow bone highlight. It doesn’t really show up on my eyelid, but it adds that minute pop of sparkle to those areas really well.

Dawn: Dawn looks like it should be darker in the pan, however it matches my skin exactly. I’ve been using this as a setting powder for my eyelids. It provides a fantastic base for the other shadows.

Destiny: I really like this shadow. This didn’t give a lot of fallout compared to some of the others, but with it being a pure pigment, there was some. It is such a beautiful colour that you need to apply very slowly. If you go in too hard, that is when the shade won’t blend. But in tiny doses, it blends out really easily.

Adorn: Adorn is gorgeous. This is a beautiful bronze sparkly shade. I did need to set it with some setting spray to bring out the pigment to its full potential, but it applies beautifully. I have used this across the lid or to create a halo eye.

All Star: This was one of the shades that I was the most excited to try. It’s a gorgeous maroon shade in the pan. On the lid, it applies more mahoganny to dark brown. It’s still gorgeous, but I wasn’t expecting it to oxidise. It blends out beautifully and is one of the easiest shades to use.

Mercury: Mercury is a really lovely transition shade, although beware… this is darker than it looks in the pan. This does give a fair amount of fallout, but just tap off the excess and go in slow when applying to the eyelids. It is actually one of the softest shades to blend- it’s beautiful.

Axis: This shade is gorgeous. It is one of the toughest to blend, but I found that if I first applied it into the crease, then packed the shade onto the lid it was much easier to blend out. It’s definitely one of those shades that needs some TLC.

Left to Right: Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, Rowdy

Roxy: Roxy is a beautiful warm orange shade. It blends out really well and creates the perfect transition shade. It’s warm and works really well with All Star.

Electric: This is my favourite shade in the palette. It’s a duo-chrome yellow-green sparkly shade. It looks amazing straight across the lid with one of the green mattes as a base.

Fudge: I have a marmite type relationship with Fudge. In the crease it works amazing. However, this is one of the loosest shadows in the palette so when I apply it to the lid and blend out the edges, it becomes patchy, completely removing itself in weird places on the lid. I needed to pack an awful lot of shadow onto my eyes to stop that occurring as often.

New Wave: This is another favourite. I use this mainly as a transition shade but it looks gorgeous across the lid too. It really warms up an eye look.

Untamed: This is my favourite shade to wear underneath Electric. They compliment each other really well. It blends out really well, and a little goes a long way.

Edge: This is another gorgeous warm transition shade. It blends out beautifully and really helps take the edge off some of the darker shades in the palette. I tend to use it to soften my lower lash line.

Rowdy: This is one of the strongest pigments in the palette. It is such a dark purple shade. I have used this to create a smoky eye once and athough it looked beautiful, it took a lot of work to get there. You really need to blend this shade, and use the tiniest amount on your brush. I do tend to use this more as an eyeliner now though.

One of the main issues people had with this palette was the fallout and kickback. This does have a fair amount of kickback, but when you compare it to other highly pigmented palettes they are the same. It is just something that comes with higher pigmentation. I don’t feel that it is the major issue that a lot of people are making it out to be. The majority of the shadows apply beautifully which is the point. I don’t find any difference in application with this compared to it’s predecessor; Modern Renaissance. I just feel that Subculture has more shades that I would use more often.

If you think that you would use the colours in this palette it is worth giving a go. I would recommend making your own opinion up about this palette rather than listen to reviews. We are all different after all. What may not work for one person may be another one’s holy grail.

Thanks for reading guys, and have a lovely day.



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