Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Hey y’all! Got back from a weekend in New Orleans to an internet that was flooded with negative reviews of the ABH Subculture Palette. The biggest names including Alissa Ashley, Laura Lee and Jeffree Star were disappointed and “shook” to say the least. Here is my review of the palette, but I’ll say there’s not much of a bright side…


First off, don’t be fooled. Although labeled as the sister palette to the popular Modern Renaissance Palette, it definitely doesn’t compare. Don’t get me wrong. The colors are GORGEOUS at first glance, but at first touch that’s another story.

I was beyond bummed when my favorite colors turned out to be the hardest to blend… *sigh* Axis and All Star were calling my name, but wherever my brush landed, that’s where the pigment stayed.

Their “easy-to-blend formula” isn’t as easy as they state it to be. The swatches alone were patchy and powdery which is evident in the photos. The pigment was there, but once it landed on your skin – it stayed there and wouldn’t budge, which is kinda annoying.

Ultra-Matte Shades (L-R) | Rowdy, Edge, Untamed, New Wave, Fudge, Roxy
Ultra-Matte Shades (L-R) | Axis, Mercury, All Star, Destiny, Dawn

The shadows are extremely pigmented. There is no denying that, but this can easily be seen as a disadvantage for those shadows, like Axis, that don’t move around easily and make it hard to blend into other shades.

L-R | Cube (Duo chrome pink pearl), Adorn (Metallic bronze), Electric (Duo chrome lime-gold)

The Duo chrome shadows (Cube and Electric – pictured above) and the Metallic shadow (Adorn) were no different. I was crossing my fingers that the shimmers would give this palette some life, but nope. The top row of the photo is swatched dry and the bottom row is with a wet brush, but both didn’t give us those pops of color that show up in the pans. Instead, they are on the dull side and require you to really work before seeing any pigment…

If you want this palette to last you more than a week, you have to tap the shadows with the lightest hand because the texture of the mattes is best described as left over charcoal at the bottom of a grill. It’s messy, powdery and spreads a mess of color across any surface around you including your hands. My white desk was covered with Axis, Rowdy and All Star within the first few minutes of me using this.

The smallest movement creates a lot of kickback.

If you hate constantly blowing away fall out then this is not the palette for you. The formula has drastically changed since Modern Renaissance. Instead of Minc, their prime ingredient is Talc. In other words, that means it will suck up moisture and cause patchy spots in the crease.

I’ll keep working with these to see if there is anything I can do to make these shadows play well together. In the meantime…

Wish I’d seen these video reviews beforehand and saved my money. *Update: I sold it because I just wasn’t feeling it.

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