Hello there, today is all about revisiting an item from blogging’s past, this month is all about this beauty here, the Anastasia Subculture Eyeshadow Palette. Last month was all about a Tarte palette and this month we are still talking about eyeshadow palettes, I might revisit other products at some point in time, we’ll see. You can check out my original review for this palette here too. Let’s just jump right in and see if things have changed.
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This palette appears to be a little bit trickier to find, I know you can pick it up at some TjMaxx locations currently for a discounted price but it is also available on the Anastasia website for full price which is a whopping $42.00. This comes with fourteen different shades in various finishes ranging from mattes to metallics, a good mix of finishes and shades.
Let’s talk about packaging before we get into too much, the packaging is very Anastasia and I kind of hate it but I kind of hate all Anastasia eyeshadow packaging, it’s velvet and gets dirty really easily. Overall, I really like the look of it but I hate the feel of it.
Let’s talk about the colors in this palette, I was in love at first sight, it was weird but really interesting and like nothing I had seen before, which is still how I feel about this one, it’s a really pretty and inspiring palette. I would say that the layout seems a bit random but at the same time the color selection is a little bit all over the place so I am not sure what could be done about the layout.
Now, lets talk formula a little bit, when swatched these eyeshadows are crazy pigmented, it’s hands down some of the most pigmented eyeshadow I have ever seen, it gets me really excited when I see the swatches, seriously though, look at these swatches.
While these shadows are really pigmented I think that they are also really powdery, or more I know they are really powdery. The other Anastasia palettes I have are like that too but these ones feel a little bit excessively so.
Having used this for a while now I think that this palette is actually rather difficult to work with with it being so powdery. A lot of the colors are hard to blend together properly and end up looking muddy or just not right, it’s really annoying because these shades are really stunning and I want to be able to come up with some really fantastic looks but I find if very hard to do so.
There are a few looks I can create that I really love but overall I just find this a hassle to work with. There are some shades that stand out though, like electric, which is a harder pressed shadow and impossible to apply without using my finger but it is so pretty that I don’t really mind. Edge is another one that is stunning and so interesting, it’s a deep matte yellow and axis is stunning as well.
These are the three very different looks that I came up with and honestly, I am only happy with how the third one came out. I am sure part of it is me, I’m not the best with eyeshadow, but I also not trash with it so I think these shadows just aren’t as great as they could be.
As a whole, I think I was really a little bit on the fence about this palette to begin with and just didn’t say it, I think I was trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. I still think part of the reason I don’t like this is because of my, but overall I do not think this palette is as well formulated as the other Anastasia palette that I have tried so I will be passing this one along because I don’t see a point in keeping things that I do not enjoy.
Have you tried this palette? What were your thoughts?