The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette would have to be one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of 2016! I was so excited to hear that they were releasing a new palette, dubbed as the sister palette to Modern Renaissance. The shades aren’t typically what I would gravitate towards. However, I fell in love immediately with the teals, browns and golden shades! If you want to know whether the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette lives up to its predecessor, keep reading below!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review
Other than the colour scheme, the packaging and design of this palette is almost identical to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. This palette radiates forest vibes with its teals, browns and yellows and this is reflected within the packaging. The external packaging is a gorgeous teal shade with the name of the palette in yellow.
The palette itself is of the exact same design as the box, except that it is textured velvet. This gives it a very luxurious feeling. As with the Modern Renaissance palette, the velvet is not my favourite finish. I really dislike the Modern Renaissance packaging as it stains easily. Although, as this palette is of a darker teal shade, the marks most likely will not be as noticeable as the pale Modern Renaissance palette. I still will continue to store these palettes in their outer boxes, because they are just way too gorgeous to be covered in shadow marks.
The inside of the palette is a dark black glossy cardboard which makes the palette incredibly light, making it perfect for travel. The palette has a good quality internal mirror of a pretty decent size and there is also a dual ended eyeshadow brush included. This brush has a fluffy tapered blending brush perfect for the crease and blending on one side. There is a flat shader brush on the other side, perfect for applying shadows over the eye lid.
This palette was sent to me by ABH, and I am always extremely grateful for the opportunity to test out their products. This is a product that I would happily purchase myself and in fact purchased one for my sister.
This palette is available directly from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for $42 USD, with international shipping of $14.95 USD. The palette contains 14 shadows and also comes with a double ended brush. Each shadow is 0.02 oz in weight and you receive 0.28 oz of eyeshadow in total. I think this palette is reasonably priced as the quality of ABH shadows is always amazing. You are also getting a useful brush, a variety of shades and a good balance between mattes and shimmers.
The palette contains 14 eyeshadows that are a range of teals, greens, browns and yellows. 11 shades are matte finish, 2 shades are metallic finish and 1 shade is a duo chrome.
Roxy – Ultra matte muted coral
Electric – Duo chrome lime-gold
Fudge – Ultra-matte warm bronze
New Wave – Ultra-matte citron orange
Untamed – Ultra-matte tarnished green
Edge – Ultra-matte gold mustard
Rowdy – Ultra-matte blackened purple
Axis – Ultra-matte blue-green
Mercury – Ultra-matte slate grey
All Star – Ultra-matte vintage wine
Adorn – Metallic bronze
Destiny – Ultra-matte sage green
Dawn – Ultra-matte sand
Cube – Duo chrome pink pearl
These shadows are extremely pigmented. The mattes are really soft, however they do create a bit of fall out, as with the Modern Renaissance palette. As these shadows are really pigmented and because they do kick up a bit in the pan, I would suggest to use a light hand when dipping in with your brush.
The shimmer shade Adorn is almost foiled and is absolutely stunning. The other shimmer shade Electric is a little drier in comparison, but using a wet brush would definitely combat this. The highlight shade Cube looks matte white in the pan, but it is an iridescent white with a stunning pink shift.
Comparison to the Master Palette by Mario.
There have been many comparisons between this new Subculture palette and the limited edition Master Palette by Mario. I do love the Mario palette, however, I sometimes find it limiting, as it contains predominantly shimmer shades. It is perfect for a bronze/brown eye look, but it doesn’t contain much shade variety and you can’t create a myriad of different of looks from the one palette alone. I feel that the Subculture palette contains a nice variety of shades. I love that you can create a number of different combinations from the one palette. It has warm and cool transition shades, different green toned shades, yellow shades, a burgundy shade, a peach shade and a dark purple shade to help deepen certain eye looks.
If you missed out on the limited edition Master Palette by Mario, I think you would really enjoy the Subculture palette. You have the shadows to create a bronzed/brown look as with the Mario palette as well as warm burgundy eye looks as with the Modern Renaissance palette. With the Subculture palette, you also have the opportunity to venture into playing with yellows and greens.
If you love the Modern Renaissance and the Master Palette, I think you will also enjoy the Subculture Palette. The yellows in this palette are not shades I would normally gravitate towards. I love that they included them as it will give me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Swatches
These swatches were created with no primer or base. This definitely shows you how pigmented the shadows truly are. Keep in mind that these shades may look slightly different on other skin tones.
I am really looking forward to your thoughts on this palette! Let me know in the comments below!
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