Amanda Leeson puts the latest Anastasia Beverly Hills palette to the test.
The Subculture Palette - the follow up to the much loved ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette. Of course, as soon it launched I ordered the palette - terrified that it would sell out. However, what I didn’t realise was the reviews were terrible for it. YouTube had nothing but bad reviews of how the shadows wouldn’t blend and had a ton of fall out. However, my experience was a lot different to the reviews online. 
 
The palette contains 14 shadows and boasts a grungy colour scheme. With strong mattes to bold metallic, it’s a million miles away from the soft girly tones of ‘Modern Renaissance’. 
 
Firstly, my biggest fear with the palette was that the colours wouldn’t be wearable, although they definitely do push me from my comfort zone. The colours are strong and definitely have the ability to create an ‘out there’ look, but are more than capable of working on an everyday basis. 
 
The shadows are very controversial and yes, they do have a good amount of kick back (meaning when you dip your brush in some powder in the pan comes loose). However, I did go as far as to compare both Anastasia palettes and I found they were both very similar in that regard. You definitely need a light hand when it comes to dipping your brush or you could end up using the whole palette in one go. 
 
The main difference I have found between the two palettes is that the ‘Subculture’ palette is a lot more pigmented than the ‘Modern Renaissance’. The smallest dip of your brush gives you so much colour pay off.  
 
Now for blending. Looking at the colours in the pan you can get quite a fright. Strong pigments can be blended down really nicely to just give a wash of colour and all in all, the colours blend together really well - which I didn’t expect. The tone of the palette work well together to create so many different looks. 
 
The one thing about this palette that, I suppose, is a down side is that it doesn’t have a highlight shade, meaning something for the brow bone and the inner corner. The first shade in the palette ‘cube’ looks as if it would be perfect for this, however, when swatched it’s more of a holographic pink. Definitely not something bad, but something to keep in mind. 
 
Overall, I think this palette is beautiful and really pigmented. It is available to buy online from Cult Beauty.co.uk and Beautybay.com. It retails for approximately €50, depending on the conversion rate. Alternatively, you could always ask your friend on there J1 to pick one up for you in Sephora.