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