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Looks Featuring This Product
Based on 4 Reviews, 5 Quick Reviews
The Good: Versatile (5), Easy To Apply (4), Long-wearing (4), Buttery (3), Travel-friendly (2), Easy-to-Use (1), Great Value (1)
The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (7), Buildable (2)
The Bad: Powdery (4), Hard To Blend (2), Hard To Apply (1), Fades (1), Fall Out (1)
4 Written Reviews
By Hope 5 months ago.
I had zero interest in this when it came out - to me, the colors were ugly. As a person with green (hazel) eyes, I never wear teals or army greens as they make my eyes look far less green and more brown and yellowish. And then Subculture-gate took over and I figured I had dodged a bullet. A few days ago, I found a brand new and unblemished palette at Marshall’s, and it was marked for clearance for a really low price. I bought it, figuring I could give it to a family member. I ended up playing around with it, and I love it! Is there a significant powder kicked up? Sure - but what highly-pigmented matte shadow doesn’t? This appears to be just like Modern Renaissance in terms of powder. I’d call myself an untalented beginner at makeup despite my age, and I use products somewhat sparingly and build color slowly (I’m “an old,” and in a conservative line of work). I’ve had no problems whatsoever with the palette looking like hell, and I absolutely love how easy it is to apply and blend. The colors, especially Edge, New Wave and Roxy, look great on hazel-green eyes, and Cube and Electric are totally fun and original. The only colors I don’t use are Destiny, Untamed and Axis, making Subculture - at the robbery price I paid - totally worth it.
By Jana 6 months ago.
As far as eyeshadows go, Subculture by ABH is my problematic fave. Almost a year after Subculture's initial release, I fell in love with the bold color scheme and shades such as All Star, Edge, Electric, Axis and Cube. I'm a late bloomer, I know. While this ensured that I purchased Subculture after it's update/reformulation and therefore own what is considered the more reliable and less dusty version of the palette, I still can't help but treat the palette with kid gloves. Partially because I'm a novice at makeup, all too well aware of Subculture's notoriety and partially because even after ABH tweaked it, Subculture still remains somewhat... temperamental. Cube and Electric, originally considered total duds, work great for me but Roxy and Dawn are almost -too- powdery for my tastes and much messier to use than any other shades in the palette. The performance overall isn't consistent, either. Sometimes, the eye-shadows partially disappear from my lids within half an hour after application (and yes, I always prime my eyes with an eye-shadow primer and set the primer with eye-shadow). Sometimes, they go on patchy and can't be blended out nicely. On other days, the palette is perfectly well-behaved and allows me to create great grungy looks inspired by Sam Ravndahl's Subculture video. I have no idea what makes the palette tick and I'm not sure I'm skilled enough to ever figure it out. Do I like Subculture despite all of its and (potentially mine) flaws? Absolutely! But would I recommend it to others? I honestly don't know.
By foxwaffles 8 months ago.
The formula is not beginner friendly. I bought it just this past June 2018 so the formula and press is definitely different than the original batch. The darker colors are so pigmented they become patchy and hard to blend, so a light hand, patience to build up the colors, and really good blending skills and brushes are a MUST. I have tried this palette with brushes ranging from cheap to mid-end and this palette will perform as well as your brushes. My Shop Miss A "All About Eyes" brush set performed really poorly on this palette. My Urban Decay brushes performed better. I think if you have higher end brushes you will get a lot more mileage out of this palette. However, the color story is unlike anything I have ever seen. Using a combination of the green, yellow and orange flatters my monolids in a way many other eyeshadows simply don't. This absolutely flatters my olive/warm undertones and looks so good on medium to tan skin. The shimmers are awful for a brush. Use your finger and you will get flawless results. The biggest disappointment in this palette is Cube. It really doesn't perform well. I use it as a shadow topper or as a highlight for my face. Works much better as that. Do not buy as your very first palette ever, this is a 5/5 add-on palette and a 5/5 color story, but 3/5 if you only have cheaper brushes.
By Amanda 12 months ago.
I love a more grungy- undone look, so I'm not a big shadow blender which is a major deciding factor in how Subculture is going to work for you - to get the fantastic pigmentation that these shadows have means that the shadows are very softly pressed, so firmer application and overworking the shadows will just muddy the shades into a patchy mess. We get a nice mix of warm, cool, and neutral tones, and [having hooded eyes] I love the matte to shimmer ratio. There's some pretty, more toned-down 'everyday' work looks. However it's when I add one or two of the more punchy shades to take my look up a notch [I find myself gravitating towards New Wave, Roxy and Edge all of the time]. that I really fell for subculture - if you have blue eyes like me and/or love autumnal shades, you'll love the shade selection too! I've got quite a few new palettes within the past year, but none of them pack as much punch visually with the shade selection; it really encourages me to step out of my comfort zone. I've not had any issues with fading, oxidizing or creasing to feedback - I believe those problems are being caused by people applying too much product. Any let downs? The duo chrome shades Cube and Electric aren't as soft and apply on the sheer side, but almost every duo chrome shadow I've tried is, so I guess that's not a real negative for me as the shadow seems to be designed as shadow toppers. Dampening the dense shader end of the supplied brush for application of these two shades, gives a more intense look, compared to applying the shades dry. So there we go; I mostly like my Subculture palette and will rebuy it when I need to. I think it's just a question of preferred application technique with the very soft shadow, rather then good batch versus bad patch. I think that if you are used to using softer shadows and aren't a big shadow blender, then this palette will work for you. If you prefer to use a firmer hand for shadow application and love your blending, then you might want to sit this one out.