I like the First Impression Friday thing and I am sticking with it, I will pepper in some Product of the Week posts when I have them but this gives me a little variety! The moment we have all been waiting for is upon, well the moment that I have been waiting for – I have the ABH Subculture palette in my hot, little hands. This palette has not been well-loved on social media, this is the double-edged sword of having so much information at our fingertips, I have been absolutely dreading the arrival of this palette. Modern Renaissance has been one of the best palettes that I have ever used – the pigmentation, the formula, that packaging *swoon* I have watched every, single available video about this palette and there are a couple of things that have irritated me – first off, all of the makeup artists claiming that one needs to understand colour theory in order to be able to use this palette, that this is not a beginner’s palette, people who are having trouble aren’t makeup artists, if you are expecting a Modern Renaissance type palette you will be disappointed, blah, blah, blah. First off, the pro thing really annoys me – these brands are marketing products to millions of consumers who are not pros. If these products were only marketed and made available to pros, this would slash their sales. If I can walk into an ULTA or Sephora and purchase an item then I am less inclined to assume that it is a product for pros. I can get on board with the colour theory claim, yea – if I mix blue and yellow then I am going to get green, hashtag – not a moron. Most of the videos I have watched haven’t been posted by beginners and finally, ABH specifically marketed this as the sister palette to Modern Renaissance so the disappointment is more than merited. I have been using this for a little over a week and spoiler – I like it.
I will spare you the sordid details as this has already been talked to death. It is powdery, not any more so than the Modern Renaissance palette though. I am comparing it to my second MR palette which is more powdery than the first one that I purchased and panned. The consistency is different so I think this lends some merit to the looser pressing claim put out their by ABH. Both are very pigmented, you dab your brush into either and you are going to get enough shadow for you entire eye (both eyes in some cases) – funny to me though that Subculture is being called a pressed pigment palette when MR performs much the same but isn’t being called that…? This does make either palette a little tricky to use if you want to use more than 3 shades but not impossible. It took me a little over a week to use every shade as I don’t use more than 3-4 shades for my eye looks – call me boring but at some point, it all looks the same! I watch these tutorials where 9 shades are being used and in the end, you just can’t tell – I don’t get it. As for the shades included in this palette, yes, they are stunning but I don’t think that ABH fully realized the concept they were going for. A teal/mustard eye sounds gorgeous but when you blend those two – you are going to get a grey/brown look which is probably my only complaint. You can pack the colours on near each other but you aren’t going to get a super blown out, smoky, teal, mustard look if you want that kinda’ thing. I didn’t have blending or fallout issues, I have been using soft, fluffy brushes and I think this works great at not picking up too much product. Also, I have worn the shadows with and without eye primer and didn’t have blending issues. I have used this palette at least 7 times and as you can see, have not hit pan on any of the shadows.
I will certainly use this palette more heavily in the fall, I think that the shades are really stunning. The only one that I am not sold on is Cube, it is a white duo-chrome with a pink shift, it just seems out of place to me and I couldn’t get it to show up on my eye. I think that with the shades available, combinations are surprisingly limited but I still think it is lovely. I think it hits stores 8/15 – if you wanted it but were then put off by all of the social media drama, go swatch it and see for yourself!
Have you tried it? Thanks for stopping by ❤