3 Dupes for the Anastasia Subculture Palette

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You may have heard all of the recent negative reviews on the Anastasia Subculture Palette, with many beauty gurus claiming that it was too powdery and didn't blend well. I was actually on vacation when it launched and planned to buy it when I returned home, but by the time I did, the bad reviews were starting to pour in so I decided to hold off and see if maybe they'll reformulate.


In the meantime, I've been seeing a few "dupe" alternatives for the Subculture palette floating around social media, starting with the above photo of the Kara Cosmetics ES07 Palette. I posted the above photo from online retailer IKateHouse.com last night and the palette is now sold out on their website.

It is still available on the Kara Cosmetics website but it's a bit more expensive at $21.99...still half the price of Subculture though. I've never used Kara Cosmetics but have seen good reviews on YouTube and my feeling is that they seem to be very much like Morphe or Coastal Scents. It appears to have most of the same shades as Subculture plus quite a few more!
The next photo is from @futilitiesmore on Instagram...she was able to find dupe shades for Subculture right within her collection of Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Now I wouldn't recommend buying all of these shades to create your own Subculture palette because at $6 a pop, it'll cost you $84, or double the price. However, if you already own some (or all) of these shades, or are looking for just a few of the shades in Subculture without buying the entire palette, Makeup Geek could be the way to go! Plus their formula is fantastic.

Finally,  I was looking through my own collection to see if I could find anything similar to Subculture and came across the NYX Perfect Filter Palette in Olive You. It only has 10 shades (vs 14 in Subculture) but has a very similar vibe to it!

So what do you guys think? Did you buy Subculture or did you pass on it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. I was primed to get it for sure, then the reviews started rolling in. First ABH said there was nothing wrong with it but then they said there was indeed a problem with how the shadows were pressed. Reviews seem to be either one-star or five-star with not much in between. Those that love it claim those that hate it are stupid amateurs and don't know how to use it properly. So... way too much drama!! Not getting it. I personally think ABH has a huge PR problem on its hands and would have been better off recalling all the palettes and re-releasing them only when the problems with its formula and blending were fixed.

    I have made my own sorta-dupe palette with Coastal Scents Hot Pots, which run ~$2 each. Also, thanks to your swatches, I ordered the Nyx palette shown above and it should be here next week.

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  2. I think I'll get that Kara palette soon. When I saw it on your Instagram last night I looked into it and it does look like a good option! I've had luck with morphe type palettes. I wanted the ABH palette but it's too much drama and the positive reviews I saw said that if you take your time and play with it it's okay but for $42 I don't want to have to spend time I don't have on a palette lol
    Thanks for this dupe round up!

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  3. How is the NYX palette formula? I might def pick that one up <3

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  4. Omg do you mind sharing what shades of the hot pots you got to dupe the pallete ?

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