Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Swatches!

Hi readers and friends! I was going to wait until a lot of drama subsided with this palette but I wanted to show swatches for it. We all know this palette and we all know that a lot of people hate it, love it or are on the fence about it. This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. As we all know, this palette was marketed as the sultry and night-loving sister palette to Modern Renaissance. For some awkward reason, when I saw the marketing for these two palettes, I immediately thought of Daria and Quinn.

This is just how my mind works, I suppose. Anyways, I purchased this palette right off of Anastasia’s website before it glitched out and I snagged a P7 batch which I hear is the better performing palette. Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 Let’s check out the pictures and swatches I took for you all!

This is the palette in the box. I apologize how this box looks but because of the felt on the palette, I tend to keep it in the box for storage. I also have used this palette religiously for the last two weeks just to check out pigmentation and how each shade performs.

The back of the box has the batch code which is P7F2O. From what I watched and read online, the P7 batch performs better than the others that were originally launched. The box also has the main ingredients, distribution information, cruelty-free bunny, the layout of the shadows, and it shows a six month shelf life. Don’t get it twisted. All of ABH’s eyeshadow palettes have a six month life, while their glow kits have a 12 month shelf life. Please check my other posts for my verification on this.

Here is my actual palette. I love how it is a darker color than the Modern Renaissance palette. It will still get dirty but I don’t think it would be as noticeable.

The back of the actual palette has the same information as the back of the box. It has a note that says the eyeshadows were made in the United States. The brush includes in the palette was manufactured in China. Please note that these shadows have talc as the main ingredient instead of mica. I’m describing a lot of the details because there are dupes of this palette all over Wish and eBay already. *sigh*

Here’s the inside of the palette. It has a mirror that comes with a peel-off sticker and two rows of shades. There are eleven ultra-matte shades, two duochrome shades, and one shimmer shade. As you can see, I have used this palette a little bit.

Here is a close-up of all the shades in the palette. Since this palette is more of a pigment palette than an eyeshadow palette, please use these colors with caution and just dab a bit on each application and don’t be scared to build up color. 🙂 A little of this guy goes a long way.

Here is a picture of the brush included with the palette. It does have nice blendability and the bristles were soft. I used this brush for all the brush swatches today.

Okay, it’s swatch time! Please note how much pigment are in these swatches. I promise that I haven’t hit pan yet on any of these shades and I have used all of them in my two week use experiment. I swatched these in quads. Also, the quads are shades that would compliment each other to make eye looks.

The first four shades being swatched are Cube, Dawn, Roxy, and Electric. Cube reminds me of the Pink Heart highlighter from their Moonchild Glow Kit. You do need to work this shade but it adds a beautiful inner corner tone. Dawn is a peachy beige matte that works as a great base shade. Roxy is a pastel orange-pink shade. I love this shade and how pigmented it is. Electric is a pretty duochrome that is a brownish green that is super pretty.

The next four reminds me of camo colors. Destiny is a matte olive green that is lighter wirh brush application but can be built up. Adorn is that token copper shimmer shade that has been in every palette for the past two years. It blends well but nothing new. Fudge is a matte chocolate brown. New Wave is one of my favorite shades in this palette. This is a matte light-orange yellow and so pretty. This shade is highly blendable.

This third swatch set starts off with All Star. I love this shade but it lacked in pigment with both application techniques. This shade can be built up into something beautiful. Mercury is a dark beige-gray matte shade. Untamed is a dark bluish-green that needs to be built up when using a brush. Edge is a matte mustard shade that can be found in Lime Crime’s Venus 2 palette.

The last two shades are Axis and Rowdy. Axis is a dark matte blue. It looks nicer muted with the brush technique, in my opinion. Rowdy is a matte browinsh-burgundy shade. Please take note, while pretty, use lightly because it takes over a look quickly.

There is the overview of the palette for you. I’m happy with this purchase, but everyone is different with their preferences. If you are unsure, wait until Sephora carries it to swatch and check the shadows out on your own 🙂 xo


Impulse Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow and Glitter Swatches!

Hi friends! Today I’m checking out a quick purchase I made from Impulse Cosmetics! I purchased their eye primer for glitter, two glitter pots and two loose eyeshadow pots. The nicest thing about this company is that everything is handmade and cruelty-free. They do offer some vegan options and they always say if a product is vegan friendly or not. A lot of the pigments are fun duochromes that have a really bold shift to them.  

They were involved in some makeup drama a couple of years back from stealing images from Fyrinnae eyeshadow and using it as their own. I’ve been doing some searching around the internet and reading that some of the shadows do not match the pictures on their site. Unfortunately, I can see where this makes sense. They had quite some trouble making decent swatches on both that actually matched. I’ll show you all what I mean later in the post. I’m also going to show the pictures off the site for comparison too. 

Here are the jars! The top jar is their eye primer (Glam Glue eye base) that helps with glitter and the shadows. They all have the same design and packaging.
Here are the labels on the bottoms. All of these products are vegan and cruelty-free. They have all the ingredients listed and the website for the products. 
Here are the glitters and the eyeshadows in the jars. As you can see, they look awesome in the jars! I fell in love with Braainz (purple eyeshadow) because of the zombie reference but my swatches were a bit… eh.

Before we get on my arm and brush swatches, I wanted to show you in a collage of how the four shades looked on the website. 

Here are the four we are swatching today. Braainz and Witching Hour are on the bottom. Carver and Hotmess Express are the glitters in the top row. As a tiny disclaimer for myself and my blog, I was not paid for any kind of review and these are my thoughts only. I am not here to bash a brand at all.

Okay so here come the swatches. I did the eyeshadows first, following is the glitter with the Glam Glue.

Here are my swatches of these four shades. As you can see, I have a bit of an issue with how these turned out. Braainz looks definitely a lot nicer on the website and the finger swatch. On the site it did say that this shadow was patted on the primer. With the brush swatch, I absolutely hate the periwinkle that randomly came through. Witching Hour looks ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE ON THE WEBSITE. I can’t even begin to describe how upset I am. Carver with the primer is nice. I mean you can’t really go wrong with glitter. I also wish HotMess Express looked more like the website photo. 

All I can say is that these are my personal experience and I wish it was better. I love indie brands however, it can be quite scary if you don’t know what you’re going to get or expect. 


Some Shade and Light Drama.

This morning I was checking my Instagram feed and I saw that there seems to be an angry Kat Von D post.

Kat Von D Shade and Light
Makeup Revolution duped her Shade and Light palette.

Okay so I can completely understand why she’s mad here. They didn’t even change the name. They kept the same layout as her palette and they weren’t really low key about it in the least. She has every right to be upset and a bit salty about it… however… A lot of high-end companies get duped to make things more affordable for others like teenagers, people who don’t make as much money as they like, etc… also, I just checked on Ulta’s website and the Ultra Contour Light & Shade Palette (Makeup Revolution) is only $15 to a comparable $48. I also noticed that they have multiple chocolate bar-esque palettes up for sale for the same price tag.

I can’t personally weigh in on anything from Makeup Revolution because I don’t own anything. I do love Kat’s Shade and Light Palette and her eyeshadow but I can completely understand the want and desire to obtain her palettes for a lower cost.

Edit: see Kat’s response to her Instagram post right here.