This was going to be a three looks – part of the series I busted out last week. But, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding this palette. Of course, I didn’t learn about it until I had mine in my hands from the mailbox.
According to ABH’s Norvina (founder’s daughter), the Subculture eyeshadows are a uniquely pigmented formula – super powdery, so that you literally only have to tap it twice or three times (don’t swirl your brush) and you’ll be able to formulate looks. The hope was that the palette would last a long time with VERY little pigment needed to make a look. Fine, great, perfect. But, if you’re making a huge change to your product (I don’t know like reinventing the eyeshadow as every female knows it), maybe throw a NOTE in the box?! Instead, she took it upon herself to Twitter rant the poor girl who complained about the palette first. Also, I bought this palette because of how great the sister palette was – why is this totally different?
Listen, as you can see below I created a small look – it’s not impossible. But, I’m totally not a fan of this ‘new formulation’. The Modern Renaissance palette is a cult favorite – why did we change the concept? It is super pigmented, but to the point that it doesn’t blend great, doesn’t build up without becoming patchy and that yellow shade is ick. But, I could work with some of the shimmers. These are more like M.A.C. pigments than pressed eyeshadows. Which again, is fine, if it was marketed and communicated that way. You can’t drop the bomb that the formula of your eyeshadows is totally different than anything you’ve ever made a week after it’s launch/people have already purchased it.
You can most definitely be the judge. Go to Sephora and touch the colors yourself – even have one of the makeup artists apply it to you, see if you have any issues with blending. I have to say though, I wouldn’t recommend spending the money on this one and if you’re looking to grab an ABH palette, go with MR.
DISCLAIMER: I didn’t even WATCH any reviews because I wanted my own TRUE, HONEST review of the product. The girls reviews included here I watched after I noticed mine was different. I also usually LOVE ABH eyeshadows, hence why I’m so disappointed in this palette. I don’t know if I’m more disappointed in the product itself, or the response afterwards.
UPDATE: Decided to return it. Tried playing around with the shades one more time, and it’s really just not what I anticipated/was expecting. $42 is just too much money to eat.
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