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What’s WRONG with the ABH ‘Subculture’ palette?

By on August 2, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills are back with a sister palette to the much loved ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette, and it seems like the whole beauty world (and world in general), have been going crazy over this new release.

With this palette only launching last Tuesday on the ABH official website, I knew that I had to add it to my collection as the MR palette is one of my holy grails of all holy grails. The palette features 14 shades, most of which are new eyeshadows, and feature a range of colours from pinks and reds, to dark blues and vibrant shimmers.

However, I am going to start by saying that this palette is not worth the money at all… and here’s why.

Firstly, I found some of the shades to be difficult to blend- especially the shades, ‘Untamed’ and ‘Axis.’ Disappointingly, these were the two shades that I was most excited to try out as I don’t normally go for any other eyeshadow colour other than reds and oranges (are you with me?!)

Next, I found that some of the shadows *cough* New Wave *cough*  had a lot of fallout. Normally, I’m not that fussed with fallout as there’s no such thing as a perfect eyeshadow. Fallout = high pigment as you will see in the Modern Renaissance palette. However, there’s a difference between a bit of harmless fallout, and half the eyeshadow colour spiting at me. On the other hand, I would like to point out that ‘New Wave’ is easier to blend than ‘Untamed’ ‘Axis’ so not all the matte shades in this palette are a battle to blend with.

And now onto the shimmers. If you’ve followed my blog or YouTube over the past few months, you may be aware that ABH shimmers are my favourite shimmer eyeshadows ever. They give any look such a glamorous pop, and most of the time don’t even need a bit of help with water (even though that does make it even more pigmented than they already are).

I first gave ‘Cube’ a go, and man it confused me. I totally forgot that it was a duo-chrome eyeshadow so I dipped into my white shimmer as you do to end up with a pink eyelid. But that isn’t all bad, in fact, I love that aspect of it. Next up was the one eyeshadow I was itching to use the whole tutorial, ‘Electric.’ From what I’ve heard and seen from this palette, this green toned shimmer really adds a major pop… and it’s green?! So I gave it a try. And it was definitely worth the wait. Even though I didn’t get to try out ‘Adorn,’ I would say that the shimmer shades were highly pigmented, and did not let me down.

Overall, do I regret purchasing this palette? No, as it’s so different to anything I currently own. But do I think it’s worth the money? Definitely not. I am a massive fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and will always back their products, but this palette was a let down for me. Compared to how well the Modern Renaissance was formulated, and how well it blended, this is on such a lower level to me. I don’t know what has gone on with this palette, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected.

Do you own the new ‘Subculture’ palette, and if so, what are your thoughts? Leave your opinions in the comment section below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette: Review

By on January 11, 2017


Beauty Bay finally got the ABH Modern Renaissance palette back in stock, and as soon as I saw it advertised I had to leap online and get it. It feels like I have been lusting over this platte forever so I’m having a mini fangirl moment over even having it.

The palette comes with 14 shades- and each really compliment each other. The palette is focused mainly on red / pink tones, but they blend so incredibly well together to give that overall look.

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My personal favourite shade has to be ‘Love letters’ (mainly because I don’t have many pink eyeshadows), but each colour is unique to anything I have ever seen before which makes it extra special. The palette retails at around £41, and I bought it from Beauty Bay’s official website here. (It sells out quick though!)

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When I tried out this palette, I found that all the colours where so incredibly creamy which of course is a bonus! There is a bit of fall out, but not a lot.

The only critique I have of this palette is that the brush that comes with it isn’t the best. I tend to stick to my Real Techniques eye brushes as opposed to the one supplied with the platte. However, it’s only a minor issue.

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Honestly, is it worth the money? I have found that there is a lot of overhyped beauty products which are higher end (including the Urban Decay Naked palettes). However, even though this did burn a bit of a hole in my bank account, it is totally worth the money. You can create so many warm looks using this palette so the possibilities really are endless. It is also PERFECT for summer (which my Morphe 35O isn’t really), so it is exactly what I have been looking for, for so long.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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