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Written on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The world was waiting for this palette to be released, as ABH palettes are famous for being very popular because of the gorgeous quality.

But after the first reviews of it appeared online where they said that the palette was of a bad quality and extremely dusty, I became a little bit more upset.

So, here it is, the controversial palette Subculture by ABH.

Palette. It’s a usual velvety to the touch box with a magnet closure. It has a mirror and a brush inside. The double-ended brush is of awful quality but what can we expect from an included brush. I'm thankful that it’s not a sponge though.

The palette consists of 11 matte shades and 3 metallics.

Upper row:

Cube - silver pinkish metallic shade. It’s badly pigmented and is best applied with a wet brush.

Dawn - warm, yellowish shade. It’s very soft and pigmented. Ideal for the crease.

Destiny - matte teal shade of a good pigmentation too.

Adorn - vibrant bronze shade. It’s dry in texture and is better to be applied with a wet brush or fingertip like Cube.

All Star - dark crimson shade of a stunning intensity.

Mercury - dark taupe which is bright and dusty.

Axis - intense green-ish shade. One of the most difficult shades in the palette. It’s so dusty. Besides, it’s almost impossible to wash off the white brush.


Lower row:

Roxy - bright peachy shade of soft texture.

Electric - metallic lime gold shade. It’s usual and beautiful. Technically it is reminiscent of the Adorn shade.

Fudge - matte hazel-colored-- a very bright color.

New Wave - dusty orangy shade that is well pigmented

Untamed - tarnished green that is intense and soft.

Edge - dusty yellow that can look like a healing bruise if badly applied

Rowdy - dark plum color. The most pigmented in the palette.

Swatches of all the shades:

As you can see the most popular and used words in my descriptions are dusty and pigmented.

And that’s true. The shades are very dusty so the spending becomes huge. But I can say that I know the way out. The thing is that you need to use a light hand when dipping in with your brush. One light touch of the pan is enough for the shade to appear beautiful and pigmented on your eyelids.

Pigmentation and blending.

This palette is no way a palette for a newbie in the make-up world. Since the shades are extremely pigmented you should know how to treat them, considering the fact that the palette has a lot of matte hues. Yet I wouldn’t say that the process of blending them is very difficult or complicated. I’ve been using this palette for a month already and I’ve never had an issue with the blending. The shades have never looked patchy or left stains. The most important thing is use a light hand and work neatly. The dark shades are easy to apply as they look opaque even on the mobile lid.

Longevity. It’s fine. The product doesn’t fade or crease. 5 stars here.

So, summing up I can say the following:


- pigmentation

- soft shades

- opaque shades

- easy to blend

- longevity


- badly pressed products

- Cube and Axis shades

- Adorn and Electric are too dry

As for being dry, the Modern Renaissance palette is also dusty like this one. I already have holes in the pans there.

Modern Renaissance is also very well pigmented like Subculture. Honestly I see no reason to swear about the Subculture palette so much as many other popular bloggers and vloggers did.

I give it the Subculture by ABH 4 stars, as there are no problems with it that I can’t solve.

Price: $42



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