So unless you’ve been living under a rock or have a life and not glued to the internet like me, you’ll know that this palette is creating a lot of heated debates. Some claim that they have hit pan on their first usage, some claim that it just does not blend. I have even heard a few people say it has oxidized on them. After reading and watching a lot of reviews I’m trying to keep an open mind. I fall in love with the modern renaissance palette every time I use it so I still have high hopes for Subculture.
After receiving it today am I still as excited? Yes and no…
So, here it is…isn’t it beautiful!
First of all let me give you a few details about this palette. I ordered it of http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk on the day of release (24th July) and received it today (1st August). I paid £42 and got free shipping as the site offers this if you spend over £25 (score)! In this palette you get 11 mattes and 3 shimmers which add up to 7 grams of products. This palette is cruelty free but some colours do contain carmine so it is not vegan. It has a 6 months self life.
I swatched with the brush as I feel anyone can make a nice finger swatch but that’s not how you apply it. It’s a nice brush, not scratchy but not really soft either. Does the job. I also used primer on my arm before swatching. This also shows the wear down off these shadows, pretty impressive after around 8 hours wear time.
Once I opened the palette i noticed two shades where slightly damaged. May not seem like a lot for most people but I don’t get to purchase much high products so it was a bit of a bummer. I got over it though, first world problems an all that…
I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous to use this palette, I had very high expectations for it. After using the first few shadows though I quickly got over it. The trick is DO NOT dig/swirl your brush into these pans. You’ll just end up with a dusty mess for no reason. The smallest bit goes a long way with these. A simple tap into the pan is enough. The pigment is just gorgeous. You will need a setting spray/fix+ for the shimmers for their full potential but that’s true for most shimmers in my opinion. No matter what you do you will get kickback, there’s no way around but it’s not as bad as everyone is making out. I have experienced fallout with the shimmers (very minimal) but none for the mattes.
I did find most of these shadows fairly easy to blend. There was a bit of skipping with the purple shade (Rowdy) but other than that I had no problems.
I am really enjoying playing with this palette. The colours are not like anything I own and I feel you can make so many different looks from everyday chic to all out glam!
I do not know if their has been a bad batch with this release or what the deal is. Some of the reviews are exaggerated in my opinion, I feel that some reviewers are purposely digging into the palettes to jump on the bandwagon and add to the negativity. I also feel that the company have been dealt with the backlash really well and Norvina (Anastasia’s daughter) has made so many public comments stating that they are trying to fix the problems. I feel they dealt with things in a professional manner.
Based on what I’ve used today would I recommend this palette. Yes I would. I feel the pigmentation and wear time is amazing. If you are a beauty enthusiast/collector I think you will get a lot of enjoyment from Subculture. I love the colours and I hope whatever issues there are, that the company can sort them soon.
Has anyone else dealt with any of the issues with this palette? What do you think of the colour selection? Will you be purchasing when it comes back in stock?