Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review & Swatches!

Hey beaut's!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette has been hitting the beauty headlines recently and not really in a good way, theres been lots of controversy about the shades being overly powdery and hitting pan pretty much instantly, so when I won a palette for myself on a twitter giveaway a few weeks back I couldn't wait to put the palette to the test myself!
The palette itself contains 14 eyeshadows in total and is mostly made up of matte shades, theres 11 mattes and 3 metallic shimmers, all of which are in earthy, underground colours which I think are perfect for the Autumn/Winter season! The palette also comes complete with a dual-ended blending and eyeshadow brush which I've used a few times and it's pretty good, although the blending end has shed slightly, theres also a decant sized mirror within the flip up lid which I always find really useful!
As I was completely new to Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup I had no idea what to expect from the formula of these shadows, of course I'd heard some negative things about the Subculture Palette but I tried to put those at the back of my mind because I wanted my own fresh opinion on the palette. Firstly the pigmentation is crazy good, in all my years of collecting makeup and eyeshadow palettes I have never come across a palette so pigmented in all of my life, the pigment of the matte shades is seriously mind blowing, I mean just look at those swatches below, wowza! I just have to add that none of these swatches where built up, I literally pressed my finger into the pan and done one swipe on my arm, WOW!
I found all of the shades pretty easy to blend and merge together, I would suggest using a VERY light hand when picking up the shades on your brush because the pigment is just so intense. All of the shades lasted really well of my oily eyelids too and didn't crease which is a major plus for me! Now are these shadows powdery... in a word YUP! They do kick up quite a lot of shadow when dipping my brush back and forth, they're certainly more powdery than any other shadows I've used before, I think it's because their just super soft eyeshadows, even the mattes feel buttery soft to swatch, it's quite bizarre really. To be honest the powdery kick up doesn't bother me too much, obviously it slightly annoying and a tad wasteful but for me personally it's not a huge deal.
Overall I do really like this palette, yes the shadows are super powdery but for me that doesn't hinder the quality or how the shadows perform, the shade range is right up my street and I'll be getting so much use out of the shadows during the Autumn and Winter months.

You can find the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette for £41.00 HERE.

Have you tried the Subculture Palette yet beaut's? What are your thoughts on it? I'd love to know!



  1. I personally love this palette! I think as long as you are careful it can be so nice! xx

  2. The most pigmented eyeshadows that I've ever seen. I still want this palette but I'm so afraid to buy it! xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

  3. I love the other ABH palette, but I'm not too sure about the shades in this one and that's the only thing that puts me off buying it. Your swatches look insanely good, and you really can't argue about it's pigmentation as it's incredible xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  4. I need to get this palette, I've never tried the ABH palettes before! I'm glad you loved it xo

    - Lauren

  5. So many colours. Super pigmented! Love it!

  6. This pallette is so beautiful!! I definitely need to purchase it
    Sian xo


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