ABH Subculture Palette Review & Swatches

ABH Subculture Palette Review & Swatches

There has been many undesirable reviews going around the internet about the newest Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, the sister palette to the adored older sister the Renaissance Palette. Before I received the palette in my hands, I was expecting the worst from what I read and saw online, but to my advantage I learned on how to approach the powdery mess by not swirling the color till it hit pan on the first swatch (As Seen on YouTube).

Pigment:The pigment of the eye shadows vary, the mattes are the most powdery and pigmented eye shadows. Some color do tend to go on darker when applied to the skin, and with primer. All you need to do is only tap the Matte shadows once and at most, twice to get enough color. The 3 non-matte colors : Adorn, Cube, and Electric have a different textures between them all (see below for each color description)

In comparison to the Mario and Renaissance palette, all 3 palettes have fall out, are highly pigmented eye shadows, but the difference with Subculture is the colors and ingredients are a bit different, as well as how they are pressed. (read Bustle article with Norvina's responses below) With the Mario palette, I love the warm tones to create a look on my clients. The Renaissance is a beautifully blendable warm cool toned palette I also carry in my kit. I was looking to add more fun and editorial edgy colors to my kit and purchased the Subculture palette. It has colors that look like September "fall-out" leaves and is quite edgy is why I was drawn to the palette.

To see Norvina's responses in regard to the palette's powdery mess, her tweets can be found in an article by Bustle.

Pressing issues:

It is said that the eye shadows are not pressed the same way, that can the cause major fallout but it doesn't explain how some of the matte colors blend splotchy and muddy together.

Product Details:

Price: $42

Eyeshadows: Made in USA

Brush: Made in China (PRC)

An essential eye collection with fourteen shades featuring grungy mattes and bold metallics with an underground edge.

Cruelty Free Product | Hypoallergenic | Dermatology tested



The Colors: (How I see and describe it)

  • Roxy: Matte Peachy Shade is super pigmented with lots of fall out, darker when swatched. Applied smooth with no patchiness.
  • Cube: Looks white in the pan but is a Pink iridescent shade, has a waxy texture that I had to scratch some off to apply.
  • Dawn: Camel Matte Shade a nice subtle shade
  • Electric: Lime Green metallic shade with gold micro specks of glitter is slightly waxy but has more color payoff than cube and easier to apply. I like this unique color.
  • Destiny: Cool Navy Green Matte Shade
  • Fudge: Warm Brown Matte Shade
  • Adorn: Metallic Bronze. My favorite color and texture in this palette, it is creamy and heavily pigmented. I used my finger to apply this as it feels like the Colourpop Supershock shadows. Love~
  • New Wave: Mustardy Turmeric Matte shade
  • All Star: Brown Plum Matte..gets a bit patchy
  • Untamed: Cool Pale Green Matte
  • Mercury: Neutral Gray Matte, came out a little uneven
  • Edge: Mustard Yellow Matte
  • Axis: Forest Green/Teal Matte
  • Rowdy: Dark Blackened Brown Matte


Primer: (I used no primer on the left side of my swatch picture and video)

With primer, (I used Mac painterly pot) the colors stick better but again it the mattes blends out muddled and uneven. I have used my fingers, my own synthetic brush, and the brush that comes with the palette, same result.

Possible reasons:

Although these colors really look nice, maybe the ingredients that create these colors don't work well with each other. It can also be the reaction to our body chemistry and heat that it changes the color on our skin. Also many of these color when mixed with each other will equal muddy browns or gray. The patchiness however has to do with the formulation of each color. Just like with liquid lipsticks ( I have tested 100s) each color has different quality in wear. In my many years (decades, I am old) of experience with eye shadows I have yet to find a matte yellow that was smooth and creamy.

Getting it to work:

Try using only 1 matte color with 1 of the metallic/duo chrome shades as that would cause less muddling, or using 1 color for a monochromatic look. If you really want to get it to work try different primers, brushes, and go lightly. I am hoping something may work for you. Check hastag #abhsubculture on instagram for videos to see if it may help.


With all that , if you are unsatisfied with the Subculture palette, ABH has a great return policy in place. They include a return shipping label with your package if you order from Anastasiabeverlyhills.com and can return it within 30 days for a full refund (Sephora as well). Instead of going "berserk" online or being rude with clickbaity thumbnails, state the facts politely. Remember there was a team of people who put sweat and hard work into creating this product. Hopefully from all the feedback from us consumers, ABH can release a V2 of the palette, because a lot of us are loving the color combinations in this palette. It is unfortunate that quality can differ from batch to batch, and maybe one of us might hit the "good batch lottery." At this time I am unsure if I will be returning it, I may keep and use it for a monochromatic look with the less patchy colors. I give this palette a 3 out of 5, how about you?



Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Swatches on fair skin

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Swatches on fair skin

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette swatches on NC15 – N20 Skin

Available for $42 at Sephora, Ulta, and Anastasia Beverly Hills website.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks Swatches & Quick Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks Swatches & Quick Review


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Swatches : Kathyrn, Heathers, Ashton, Pure Hollywod, Naked, Crush, and Midnight on NC15-NC20 Skin. Gold is Molly Cosmetics 24K Liquid Lipstick

Slowly I was able to get the newest colors when they came back in stock. The most recent ABH liquid lipstick purchase  was Midnight (Black,. Paint the Royal Blue was also $10 but I did not get that one). It was on sale at Macy’s, they were running a Black Friday promotion in July  and it was only $10 with free shipping, I could not pass the deal. When swatched on my arm the black is nice and even, but if you rubbed it will slightly come off. Most good liquid lipsticks when swatched on my arm do not budge, as I wear it all day till bed time. I don’t worry about it smearing all over the place and keep it as a temporary arm tattoo for the day. Prior to getting Midnight I got the color Ashton. Of course, I got lured in with all the social media pictures on Instagram. Ashton is a pretty warm terracota color when first applied, after an hour or so it turned into a reddish dark bricky color. I wanted it to look like how it looks when first applied.

With most of the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks pictured, they make my lips look wrinkly and feel dry. Kathryn also got a little darker with wear but did stay on my lips almost all day with no wear, but it looked a little dry and shriveled. I was swayed away from buying their Liquid Lipsticks 2 years ago after I had Electric Coral and Craft crumble, crust, and crack on my lips. This time I thought I give it try again because Norvina said they are reformulated, and supposedly even a 3rd reformulation. Anyways I rarely reach for the Anastasia liquid lipsticks, maybe because there are other colors and brands that complement my skin and comfortably long-wear.

The gold outline is Molly Cosmetics in 24K Liquid Lipstick. The gold is amazingly vibrant, but if touched or wiped it starts to crust off. On the lips it is the same, if I keep talking it just kinda flakes off and loses its Metallic look. It is a fun liquid lipstick to use for costume parties, halloween, lip art etc.

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183 Collection of Liquid Lipsticks and growing + Makeup Shopping Diary

183 Collection of Liquid Lipsticks and growing + Makeup Shopping Diary

 Items Last updated: September 21 2016  9:40pm  pst

Hope this list can also help you request comparisons or possible dupes. For request please find me on instagram (imeltformakeup) and post a comment or DM. Most liquid lipsticks should be already swatched on my Instagram, you can easily use a collage app and screen shot two+ colors for comparison. I like to use the layout app by instagram 🙂

Each brand is linked to their liquid lipstick category, and price is in USD.

  • September:
    • Jouer Fall Collection: Fall 6 Liquid Lipsticks + 1 lip topper (PR) (166 count)
    • Colourpop Fall Edit: Hutch, Notion, Viper, and Times Square (160 count)
    • Tarte: Blush palette
    • Kylie Cosmetics: Maliboo, Koko K, Kristen, Candy K (183 count)
    • Urbandecay: Vice Blackmail Palette
    • Pat McGrath : Bloodwine
    • TheBalm : Trustworthy and Sincere (168 count)
    • Smashbox : Outloud (169 count)
    • Girlactik : Luxe & Sweet (PR) (179 count)
    • Laura Geller Makeup (PR)
    • Besame Cosmetics (PR)
    • Catrice Cosmetics (PR)
    • Morphe Brushes (PR)
  • August:
    • 8/19 Ordered TheBalm.com Liquid lipstick Trustworthy + Sincere (2) 20% off code: ipsy20
    • 8/19 Received: Jouer Cosmetics (4) of the Fall Liquid Lipstick Colors Release date 8/23 (PR) 
    • 8/19 Arrived: Colourpop (3) Prim + Lax + JIC
    • 8/18 Ordered Impulse Cosmetics – sample size liquid lipsticks for $2.99
    • 8/17 Ordered Stila Cosmetics Vinyl Lipgloss during there 2 day sale on sale
    • 8/17 Ordered Tarte Shape Tape in Fair & Light Medium to Mix
    • 8/10 Arrived: SmashBox Chill Zone + Stepping Out (2)
    • 8/9 Arrived: Milani Metallic Amore Liquid Lipstick (2)
    • 8/9 Arrived:Colourpop Metallics (3)
    • 8/9 Arrived:Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Limited Edition (2)
  • July:
    • 7/29 Arrived: Jouer Liquid Lipsticks (2)
    • 7/22 Arrived: Milani Amore Mattellics Liquid Lipsticks (4)
    • 7/21 Arrived: Anastasia Beverly Hills Midnight Liquid Lipstick (1)
    • Molly Cosmetics Metals + Nude Liquid Lipstick (2)
    • NYX Cosmic Metals (2) metallic lip gloss (not included in the total)
    • Added Price, Product Content*, Manufacture of Origin, and Vegan*.
    • *Please double check their website not all products by one brand are vegan.
    • **Some do not provide certain unit of liquid measure so I had to convert it based on what was giving, it maybe more or less.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $20
  • Product Content: 3.11 g / 0.11 oz (3.25 ml)
  • Country Manufacture: USA
  1. Ashton
  2. Craft
  3. Crush
  4. Electric Coral
  5. Kathryn
  6. Heathers
  7. Midnight
  8. Naked
  9. Pure Hollywood

Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip Liquid Lipsticks

  • Price: $20
  • Product Content:  4.53 g/ 0.16 oz /5 ml
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  • Cruelty Free
  1. Cranberry Stiletto
  2. Fortune Cookie
  3. Raspberry Tiramisu
  4. Versailles

Caked Cosmetics  Lip Fondants Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 6.8 g /0.24 oz /7 ml
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Creme De La Creme
  2. Legit
  3. Sweet Tooth

Colourpop Ultra Matte/Satin Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $6
  • Product Content:
    • Ultra Matte: 3.2 g / 0.11 oz (3.25 ml)
    • Ultra Satin: 3.2 g / 0.11 oz (3.25 ml)
    • Ultra Metallic: 2.85 g / 0.10 oz (2.95 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  • VEGAN / Cruelty Free
  1. 3-Way (Metallic)
  2. Alyssa*🔅
  3. Be-Dazzled
  4. Be Merry 🚫  mini set
  5. Beeper
  6. Bianca
  7. Botanical🔅
  8. CHI
  9. Chilly Chili
  10. Cheap Thrills
  11. Creeper
  12. Dopey🔅
  13. Dr. M
  14. Echo Park🔅
  15. Flitter* (Metallic)
  16. Frick n’ Frack🔅
  17. Glitter 🚫 mini set
  18. Hutch*🔅
  19. Jellies
  20. JIC (Metallic)
  21. KAE
  22. Kween (Metallic)
  23. Last Dance🚫 mini set
  24. LAX
  25. Limbo
  26. Lights Out (Metallic)
  27. Littlestitious🔅
  28. Love Bug*
  29. Lumière 2
  30. Lyin’ King🔅
  31. Magic Wand🔅
  32. Man Eater (Metallic)
  33. Mess Around🔅
  34. MIDI
  35. Molly🔅
  36. Notion*
  37. Panda🔅
  38. Petit Four🔅
  39. Platform
  40. Prim🔅
  41. Privacy Please
  42. Rooch
  43. Salt (Metallic)
  44. So Wavy🔅
  45. StingRaye
  46. Tansy🔅
  47. Times Square (back from the grave, released tomorrow 9/21/16)
  48. Trap
  49. Tulle
  50. Vice
  51. Viper*
  52. Zebra (Metallic)

🔅Ultra Satin. *Newly Added 9/21/16

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint Liquid Lipstick $18

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 4g / 0.14 oz (4.1 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  • VEGAN / Cruelty, Gluten, and Paraben Free
  1. Rockstar
  2. Ruthy
  3. Satin Creme
  4. Speechless

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick $18

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 4.5g / 0.16 oz ( 4.7 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Bare with me
  2. BerryMe2
  3. Chocolate Wasted
  4. Cork
  5. Dessert Suede
  6. Sand
  7. Stone
  8. Truffle

Girlactik Lip Paint Matte Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $23
  • Product Content: 7.08 g/0.25 oz / 7.5ml (actual 8ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Allure
  2. Bashful
  3. Demure
  4. Divine
  5. Flirtatous
  6. Iconic
  7. Luxe*
  8. Starlet
  9. Sweet*

*Added 9/21/16

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 5.61 g /0.19 oz (5.6 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  • Vegan/Cruelty Free
  • Ships from USA (Ordered from Beautylish.com free ship over $35)
  1. Mannequin
  2. Weirdo

Jouer Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 5.9 g/0.21 oz (6ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Bronze Rose*
  2. Buff
  3. Brique
  4. Cabernet*
  5. Creme Brulee
  6. Dahlia*
  7. Dulce De Leche
  8. Filigree*
  9. Fraise Bon Bon
  10. Lychee
  11. Melon
  12. Noisette (gifted to me from Jouer at PhameXpo)
  13. Penny*
  14. Petale De Rose
  15. Snapdragon
  16. Skinny Dip (Lip Topper)
  17. Tawny Rose
  18. Tan Lines (Lip Topper)*
  19. Terra*

*Added 9/21/16

Kat Von D Beauty  Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $20

  • Price: $20
  • Product Content: 6.5 g /0.22 oz (6.23 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Bow & Arrow

Kylie Cosmetics Metal / Matte Kylie Lipkit $18-$29

  • Price: $18 Metal $29 Lipkits
  • Product Content: 3.11 g/0.11 oz (3.25 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Candy K*
  2. Dolce K lipkit
  3. Exposed lipkit + mini
  4. Heir (Metallic Mattes)
  5. King K (Metallic Matte)
  6. Kristen (mini)*
  7. Koko K* (single + mini)
  8. Leo Lipkit (Birthday Edition + mini)
  9. Lord (Metallic Matte)
  10. Maliboo lipkit*
  11. Reign (Metallic Mattes)

*Added 9/21/16

Impulse Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $10.99
  • Product Content: 9.3 g / 0.33oz (10ml)
  • Made to Order in USA
  • Vegan Friendly & Cruelty Free
  1. Red: Two Timer
  2. Orange: Two timer + Daffodil
  3. Yellow: Daffodil
  4. Green: Go Ninja
  5. Blue: Asphyxiate (metallic)
  6. Purple: Psychedelic
  7. White: Blow
  8. Dark Deep Purple: Melancholy

*Added 9/21/19

Lipland Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $18.99
  • Product Content: 2.5 g/0.10 oz
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Aventus
  2. Empire
  3. Fifty-Fifty
  4. Montenegro
  5. Rezy
  6. Temple

Makeup Monster’s Matte Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $15.95
  • Product Content: 5.9 g/0.20 oz (6 ml)
  • Country Manufacture: USA
  1. Hit the Dirt
  2. Sedona
  3. Vintage Avenue

Milani Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

  • Price:$8.99
  • Product Content: 5 g /0.17 oz (5.02 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA, with US and NON-US Components
  • Shipped from: Los Angeles USA
  1. Automatic Touch
  2. Cinematic Kiss
  3. Chromattic Addict
  4. Mattely in Love
  5. Materialistic
  6. Raving Matte

Molly Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick (Swatches Pending)

  • Price: $16 (there is a 10% coupon floating around, I used RISSA for LippieLust on IG)
  • Product Content: 4.5g / 0.16 oz (4.73 ml)
  • Country of Manufacture: Hong Kong SAR
  • Cruelty/Gluten/Paraben Free
  1. 24K (Metallic)
  2. Diamond Cognac (Metallic)
  3. Impeccable

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Cream (Swatches Pending)

  1. Galatic
  2. Speed of Light

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $19.90
  • Product Content: 6g /0.21 oz (6.21 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Aries
  2. Atlantic City
  3. Bel Air
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Charmed
  6. Dubai
  7. Havana Nights
  8. Hypno
  9. Laguna Beach
  10. Mocha
  11. Paris Rendevous
  12. Pasadena
  13. Santa Ana
  14. Sao Paolo
  15. St. Tropez
  16. Venice

Pinky Rose Luxury Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $18
  • Product Content: 6.55 g /0.23 oz (6.8 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Exotic
  2. Luxury
  3. VIP

Smashbox  Always on Liquid Lipstick (Arrived today 6/27/16)

  • Price: $24
  • Product Content: 3.6g /0.13 oz (3.8 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: Italy
  1. Chill Zone
  2. Girl Gang
  3. Miss Conduct
  4. Outloud*
  5. Stepping Out

*Added 9/21/16

Stila Stay-All-Day Matte Liquid Lipstick

  • Price:$24
  • Product Content: 2.83 g/0.10 oz (2.95 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: Italy
  1. Aria
  2. Baci
  3. Beso
  4. Caramello
  5. Chianti
  6. Como
  7. Fiery
  8. Patina

TheBalm  Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick

  • Price: $17
  • Product Content: 7 g/ 0.25 oz (7.4 ml)
  • Country Manufactured: USA
  1. Adoring
  2. Charming
  3. Committed
  4. Honest

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring Liquid Matte Lipstick Swatches 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring Liquid Matte Lipstick Swatches 

Ordered these from Ulta.com last week, because I got impatient with Sephora not having them in store yet, even though they had the slots displayed *cry* lol follow me on snapchat: meltformakeup for my makeup addiction swatches and shopping.

I have only tried a few, and the lighter milky colors always tend to be dryer and accentuate my lines. Deeper colors I think sit better and feel nicer on my lips. I’ll be posting lip swatches and videos on my youtube and instagram if your are interested.

Happy Friyay! xoxo imeltformakeup

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring Colors
Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring Colors


Colorful Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Colorful Liquid Lipstick Swatches

You know me I am always trying to swatch makeup in different cute ways. Enjoy my little flower swatches with mini reviews of each below.

Stila – Como ($24) : Stay all day liquid lipstick is neon magenta/hot purple look when on the lips. It’s comfortable  and buildable.

Colourpop – Lyin’ King ($6) : Ultra satin liquid lipstick that is long wear but not transfer proof. It’s all vegan and cruelty free. I would say this color looks like a red berry on me.

Colourpop – Jellies ($6) : Ultra Matte liquid lipstick is a little hard to apply because it’s a bit drying. Fun and affordable color for halloween costume looks etc.

Dose of Colors – Berry Me 2 ($18) : Liquid-matte lipstick is a pretty berry color, it really brightens and complements my NC15-NC25 skin. Sometimes I find the applicator a little hard to maneuver to get the clean edges. I have not worn it all day but it is comfortable. A nice dupe is the colourpop panda ultra satin, apply and blot off excess and it looks exactly the same. See picture below.

Anastasia Beverly hills – Electric Coral ($20): Liquid lipstick is a neon coral, it applies nicely. I don’t wear this color often as I am not a huge fan of coral, but this was once of my few first liquid lipsticks I got at Phamexpo for a discounted price and it’s a Springy color. 🙂 *Yesterday I just received the new ABH liquid lipsticks in Dolce, Stripped, Crushed, Kathryn, and Naked look out for my swatch and review post.*

colorful flower swatches
Stila Como, Colourpop Lyin’ King, Colourpop Jellies, Dose of Colors Berry Me 2, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Electric Coral (Green Stem is Colourpop Dr.M $6)

Nude Lippies for Spring or when in the Nude  

Nude Lippies for Spring or when in the Nude  

Here are some nudes that doesn’t look like Snookie on my lips, unless that is the look you are going for😋 

My favorite amongst these is Bashful by Girlactik Beauty. The formula, long wear, and overall quality of the liquid lipstick is best for my lips. (Check out my “best liquid lipstick” blog post for a more in depth review) The least favorite in this group is Colourpop Echo Park, it’s a little darker than I anticipated and not a fan of all the Ultra Satin liquid lipstick smell.(Like old oil, and after weeks it smells a little rancid😣) For $6 the Colourpop liquid lippies are worth a try, the color selection doesn’t compare to other brands.(all they need is to come out with a yellow, so I can do a rainbow swatch 😁🌈)

Nude liquid lipstick swatches
dose of colors bare with me swatch,girlactik bashful,lipland rezy swatch,anastasia beverly hills pure hollywood,colourpop echo park swatch,colourpop magic wand swatch