Hey everyone! This week I have a different look for you. And by different, I mean different from my norm!
Just over a week ago I discovered the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette at Winner’s (Canada’s Marshalls, although we have Marshall’s too now) on sale for half price! Last year when Subculture came out, I ordered it immediately. However, by the time I had received it, all the drama surrounding this palette had emerged, and I felt myself losing all interest and just not wanting to deal with a difficult palette. So I returned it untouched, so that they could still sell it to someone else. Since then, I haven’t really regretted it until this Fall came around again. Lately, I have found myself craving these shades… Mustards and grungy greens, reds and blues.
To my surprise, I saw on instagram one day that someone in the US (I assumed) had found it on sale at Marshalls. For the next week I proceeded to stalk my Winner’s and Marshalls, because Canada often gets the same products, there’s just a bit of a time lag. Well after a couple of visits, I got my hands on one for only $30 CAD! Now that is a price I am willing to pay for a potentially risky palette that is supposedly difficult to use.
I’ve heard from some people that ABH is in the process of discontinuing this palette, which is too bad after it only being around for a year. It’s no longer available on the US Sephora, but it’s still available on the Canadian Sephora.
Anyways, today’s look is a little different for me because it is both on the lighter and grungier side. I also took a pass on the winged liner for once. I always think I look so weird without the elongation winged liner gives my eyes. It just makes them look bigger to me, but then again I’ve been wearing winged liner far before it became a trend (people used to accuse me of wearing dance/stage makeup, because I was a dancer). So whenever I don’t wear winged eyeliner I just feel I look strange regardless.
To accomplish this look I used the following shades:
I created this look with inspiration from Samantha Ravndahl’s Youtube video. I didn’t follow her technique exactly, but I used the same shades in the same places.
- I first packed New Wave onto the inner and outer corners, blended the edges, and applied to the lower lash line. I also pulled this shade throughout the crease and diffused it above the crease. This mustard yellow is very pretty and applies true to the shade you see in the pan. I do think it could be more pigmented, for a palette that has such a reputation of being overly pigmented. But I always seem to be left wanting more with yellow shades.
- I then blended out the upper crease into the brow bone with Dawn. I have a sneaking suspicion that this shade IS very pigmented, as it was very efficient at blending out the edges of other shades! With one pass, bam, the shade was diffused. Gotta say, I’m a big fan.
- To deepen the outer corner I then used a small blending brush to slowly build up Untamed. This is a pigmented forest green shade that applied well. The edges of this shade were easy to blend and I experienced no patchiness.
- I then blended the edges of Untamed with Destiny. This is more of a sage green that was also very pigmented. Again, It diffused the edges of Untamed really easily, probably because of the amount of pigment, and I experienced no patchiness or issues.
- I then patted some white concealer on the center of my lid with my finger (I just wanted some tackyness on the lid, and I wasn’t going for precision or any sort of cut crease) and pressed on Adorn with my finger as well. Adorn is one of those typical bronze-y shades that ABH always has in their palettes. Very pretty, and accompanies the mattes in this palette well, but definitely no stranger to ABH palettes.
- I finished off the look by lightly applying Fudge on my lower lash line pretty close to my lashes.
As a final step I applied the NYX Jumbo Pencil in “Black Bean” to the water line and the Ardell Faux Mink 812 false lashes.
For a palette that incurred such drama, I literally had zero issues with using it this first time. Everything blended well and performed exactly how I would have liked it to. So, so far my outlook on using this palette is very positive! And I am looking forward to creating more grungy and muted, but colourful Fall looks!
Have you used the ABH Subculture palette? How do you feel about it being discontinued so soon? Do you have a good dupe that you can share that has similar tones? Let us know down below!