Guys… It’s not that serious. It’s just make up. If it’s not working for you. Return it.
What am I referring to you may wonder? Well… Let me just rustle up a screen cap of what a search on YouTube gets you for “Subculture review”
I much prefer to stay away from reviews of new products until I have tested them out myself, but this one, was next to impossible to do so.
The drama was explosive. Beauty “gurus” grinding their brushes into palettes and being surprised when it turns into a massive shit storm of a mess… what did they think was going to happen?
The amount of OMG! WTF! ?DISGUSTING! @#$% all over social media and directed at Anastasia is shocking, and wildly over dramatic. It is well within our rights as bloggers to not like a product or to
I bought this palette, I own this palette, I use this palette. I have used it almost everyday for a week.
This is what it looked like at the time of purchase. and this is where we are at 7 days of use later… (apologies for different lighting, one had studio lights, and one did not)
Do you SEE THERE IS NO PAN?! DO YOU SEE IT LOOKS ALMOST THE SAME?! Thank the lord for the fact that I am not a savage with my eye shadows and I am not using a pitch fork to apply? Phew. Goodness sakes that was a close one!
As of the time of the after photo I have used all of the shades with the exception of Dawn. Not for any particular reason, I just happen to not have used it yet.
I am asking politely as one human to another, can we please stop creating drama around this release? If you don’t like this item, please feel free to return it. If it doesn’t work for you, doesn’t blend, or you just don’t like the shades, please feel free to give it an open and honest review, but PLEASE stop with the consistent swirling of your brushes into it until you burn out so much product you hit pan on purpose. Stop with the over dramatics. It’s exhausting, and you are making something of nothing.
There are so many other products I have watched people “make work” that are more expensive and worse quality. (Natasha D, I am looking at your palettes).
What are your thoughts on Subculture-Gate? Too much? Seems ridiculous? or totally founded on reason?
If there is one brand I am always confident in buying from it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills. So when I decided I wanted to try a stick foundation it made sense in my mind to reach for ABH above all else.
Off I went to Sephora to find my shade (Ivory it would seem), albeit a bit too light I could still make it work.
SRP: $33 CAD
Description on Sephora.ca: This highly pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation creates a flawless, natural looking demi-matte finish. The Stick Foundation is ideal for combination and oily skin, and the lightweight, easy-to-layer foundation delivers light-to-full-coverage, depending on the method of application. It’s designed to quickly and precisely apply all-over coverage, daily touch ups, or highlight and contour with ease.
Needless to say this might be the first time I have ever felt such disappointment in ABH.
Application 3/10: I tried this foundation with the UD Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, Milk Makeup Blur Stick, and NYX Pore Filler primer. (All primers I have used with other foundations without issue. Let me tell you that now matter HOW much I tried to make more pores disappear with this foundation I looked like a pock marked crazy pants.
I attempted to blend using a Beauty Blender – it did not budge. To the point where I had flashbacks to the Smashbox contour sticks. Round two – Sigma F80- Mild success however, still smeary and stiff.
Not that I want to have an extreme close up of my pores on the internet, but I couldn’t do a review without showing the outcome of this foundation.
Please note how the product piles into my pores and seems streaky on my skin.
Coverage 4/10: This did end up covering some of my redness which is important to me. However the wear time wasn’t good enough for me. I felt like it was sliding off very quickly throughout the day. I also made note of how it wore terribly through the day but anywhere I had concealer it would cling in desperation, leaving me even more patchy.
Overall Rating and Final Thoughts
I am surprised at how much I didn’t like this product. The only thing I would agree with is the price point. When pitted against other stick foundations I think its the most reasonably priced.
As you can see by the photos, this in no way gave me a flawless or dewy finish, and I returned it a few days later. I feel like I did give it a fair shake, and it just wouldn’t work for me 😦
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day/July 4th long weekend.
Hi everyone, in celebration of the giveaway winner being only two days away I decided to do a tutorial/giveaway demonstration of the Power of Makeup palette that I am giving out. If you would like to enter the giveaway in it’s final days please do so!
Happy Saturday everyone! And happy long weekend to everyone who has one! For those of you who have to work this weekend, I feel your pain and you will make it through I promise!
I was meandering around some blogs this morning while drinking my coffee and watching the puppy bears fight over the smallest toy rope that exists in our home (about 6 inches long… seems ridiculous considering, but they love it), and I stumbled across the 7 deadly sins of makeup, and now here we are!
1. Greed- What is your most expensive make-up item?
The most expensive makeup item I have ever purchased is very recent to my collection. It actually just got to my house on Thursday, and is probably the first and only time I would spend this much on a palette. That being said, when I was lusting after this, all I could think in the back of my mind was that I have Marc Jacobs “The Vamp” palette and I didn’t love it. I struggled to use it, and wasn’t overly impressed.
I don’t regret this item in the slightest and so far I have used it almost everyday since I bought it. To call out the most incredible shade… the yellow gold in there is INSANE, barely even touch it and it is the most pigmented beautiful shadow I have seen in a very long time.
2. Wrath- What product do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I love this foundation. I truly do. It covers like a dream, it blends like a dream, the shade doesn’t oxidize, and it stays put. The effort to put this on and make it look flawless is 100% minimal. So what could there be that makes me hate this? The bases all see to be covered don’t they? Well… it makes me break out like crazy, my skin hates it. The true love hate about this is that it makes me break out like mad, but it also covers so well I can’t even tell I am breaking out until my foundation is removed. Then the next day when I go to use it again it covers the break outs up again, I remember I love the foundation for all of these reasons and then it is truly just a vicious cycle.
3. Gluttony What brand takes up most of your makeup collection?
100% Urban Decay. I could go through and say which brands have more items in each section, but if we have to choose based on total impact on collection it’s definitly UD. I have their products in each category except for base (eg. foundation, concealer, primer). There is obviously a hole in my collection in that sense… perhaps I should rectify that problem… Now looking back at these pictures I can name a few product I missed pulling out of my collection… dang it.
4. Sloth- Which product do you neglect due to laziness?
These products sit in my collection and look beautiful, but I just don’t do anything with them. I buy them thinking, man I am going to be so beautifully illuminated, only for them to sit in my drawer and be sad because I never take the time to use them. The work I have to put in to these is too much for my brain to handle at 5 am.
5. Pride- Which product gives you the most self confidence?
No matter how I feel about myself, or how good or bad of a day I am having, if I have a black wing happening I can take over the world. It is many women’s signatures, and I am absolutely one of those women. Not pictured is my favourite gel liner which is the L’Oreal Infallible gel liner in black. I am trying not to buy everyday products when I have so many dupes that needs to be worked through. My favourite liquid liner is by NYC, which is fantastic because it is only about $3.99 CAD.
6. Lust- What item is at the top of your beauty wish list?
Do you see that price? Because I do… Part of me only wants it so I can say I own a $240 USD palette. That being said I have heard the reviews for Natasha Denona’s products and there are very few that aren’t absolutely RAVING. I want. Right now.
7. Envy-Which make looks great on other people but not on you?
This is a very difficult question for me. I know that this is not going to translate as anything other than “I am the prettiest princess and everything looks great on me” However, I have a face that can handle a lot of makeup. I am comfortable in any makeup, no matter where I am. I will go to work wearing blue lipstick, or black, or bright purple, or dark red. Any eyeshadow colour, style, or liner style can work with my face. I have neutral/olive skin tones, so there isn’t anything that really sticks out for me that doesn’t work with my skin tones… hmmmm. Maybe a consistent smokey eye?