Hello all! I haven’t posted in a hot minute. I’ve been crazy busy, and will be starting my first education job tomorrow! Anyways, I need to get on a better posting schedule and figure out my life. Butttttt, just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean I haven’t been buying! I’ve been working on this post for quite some time, so, here we go!
The Anastasia Subculture palette has been one of the most dRaMaTiC products of 2017. I just don’t get it. I’m going to start out this review saying that I actually ADORE this palette, but I do understand people’s certain issues with the palette, and the marketing. I know this review is sort of late to the game. However, I wanted to use this palette for quite some time to give you my real thoughts. I used this every single day for work for a week. In addition, I used this Friday night for more of a going out look. If you guys are still interested in this palette keep reading!
First of all, when I first saw this palette leak, I nearly died. I live for Fall, and although I love a good Burgundy palette, I feel like I have so many. This palette reminds me of late October and early November when the leaves are in full force and Winter starts coming in. The palette has warm tones, cool tones, and neutral tones. In my opinion I find it to be more versatile than the Modern Renaissance (my all time fave). I used this palette every day for a week and also for a nighttime going out look. I just feel like the color scheme works well for several situations. It’s both on trend while still being different from other palettes on the market.
In addition, I appreciate this palette due to the matte to non-matte ratio. There are two duo-chromes (one which I personally find to be more metallic) and one metallic. Eleven mattes round out the palette. I hate when there are not enough matte shadows in a palette, as I find that it becomes to difficult to create different looks. I really cannot say enough good things about the color scheme.
As for issues with the palette (and my counter thoughts on some of them), I do agree that the marketing was not the best. This palette was marketed as a sister to the Modern Renaissance. While I still like the formula of Subculture, I do agree that it is different. This palette contains more of a pressed pigment situation and that can lead to difficulty blending etc. While I love it, and see how the colors complement the Modern Renaissance, I cannot agree that it is totally a sister palette.
As for the fall out, I find that there was more drama than fall out. When I first received my palette after seeing horrible reviews, I took the brush the came with it and dipped it into both the Subculture and Modern Renaissance. I noticed the same fall out. I personally love more powdery shadows and find them easier to work with. In fact, I tested out the palette against Colourpop and Lorac shadows, and felt that the fall out was comparable. I just don’t understand why people were swirling their brushes around and creating the kick up. The shadows are super pigmented and you just need a bit on your brush.
As for the blendability, I do agree that some of these shades are a bit difficult. I find the the blues/greens/reds are difficult to blend out, however, it can be done. You just need to spend time building up the color. These are colors that I would typically use for a night out so that doesn’t bother me too much. More neutral colors like “Dawn” and “Roxy” work well for me, especially in the crease. This isn’t the easiest palette to work with but I don’t find that it’s impossible. I really love the looks I’ve been able to create.
People also felt that the staying power wasn’t there. I totally disagree! I’ve worn these shadows to work and they’ve lasted all day long. I have used the shimmer and duo chromes with a setting spray so that they appear more intense, but these colors have worked well for me. I typically use the Anastasia concealer and then a primer on my eyes when applying shadow, and I felt that this worked just as well with the Subculture.
All in all I actually love this palette so much. I do certainly see people’s points about the fall out and blending. However, I can look past that. I find that this is such a great Fall palette that’s a bit more unique to my collection.
Did you guys get this or are you so over it?! let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Until next time!