I thought it was about time that I churned out this review for you. As many of you may know, I decided to purchase the known ‘Subculture dupe’ palette from Makeup Revolution to test out and review purely for you guys! I wasn’t willing to splash out on the actual Subculture palette to then find out that it was a complete waste, bloggers sadly have to save too!
Since this is my first eyeshadow palette review, it might be a little different in layout, as I will be highlighting the most looked out for things in eyeshadow palettes, in other words, bare with me guys!
To start of with, here are a few details about the palette itself:
- Named the RE-LOADED PALETTE ICONIC DIVISION palette
- RRP £4 each (major steal!)
- Total of 15 eyeshadows
- Includes mostly mattes and a few shimmers
- Supposed ABH Subculture ‘dupe’ palette
- Cruelty free
- NOT paraben free
- Vegan friendly
- Gluten free
- Each shadow is 1.1g
- Last for 12 months (particularly important as this palette uses parabens)
Where to purchase
*Disclosure, some of the links provided in this post are affiliate links, if you could use them when purchasing that would be fab, however you are 100% within your right not to do soYou can purchase this palette from a few different places, as it’s available worldwide. I’ve added a few links below of where you can buy these liquid lipsticks, hope my review helps you make an informed decision!
So the colours in this palette were what intrigued me the most, as it was almost identical to the Subculture palette. I can’t lie to you guys, the yellow shade itself made me buy the entire palette haha! I really was on the lookout for a great matte yellow.
I’ll briefly describe all the colours left to right starting from the top row:
- Dual-chrome shade, looks white but reflects back pink
- Matte nude-peach
- Matte khaki green
- Shimmer brown gold
- Matte cool brown, almost ashy
- Matte deep turquoise, SUPER on-trend right now
- Matte berry mauve
- Matte orangey-peach
- Pressed chunky glitter, lime green shade with gold and silver glitter chunks
- Matte brick brown
- Matte soft orange
- Matte mustard yellow
- Matte soft turquoise
- Matte plum
- Matte charcoal black
My most used and favourite shades
I cannot lie to you guys, my favourite is the yellow in this palette. Every time I pick it up, I just want to use the yellow shade! A few other favourites are the turquoise shades, the khaki shade and the bottom left soft orange shade.
Most of the shades in this palette are matte, but they vary a little in texture.
Whilst swatching I noticed the more pigmented colours were more buttery and smooth, whilst the softer colours applied a little bit more patchy. The shades don’t feel chalky in my opinion, however, there may be an odd one or two that can come off chalky, they were mostly buttery for me.
The lime green shimmer is very hard to apply, as the texture is like that of a pressed glitter, its extremely hard to get any colour payoff, especially with a brush, so I do recommend applying with your finger using a tap motion rather than a drag.
The gold shimmer is as basic as possible, its the least exciting shade for me as they pop this in most of their palettes, and looks super flat and basic when applied to the eyes, it doesn’t really give me the pop I want in an eyeshadow look with gold-brown shimmer.
Pigmentation & Swatches
This is probably what most people are bothered about, and I can tell you guys the pigmentation pay off is so good, especially considering this palette is £4! Some shades were more pigmented than others, but most of the shades have a buildable element to them, the only problem there is that it can make blending out tougher and longer.
I definitely recommend popping a primer of some sort on your eyelid prior to applying these eyeshadows, as it will help the pigmentation pop. Concealer usually does the trick for me, but if you have super oily eyelids, opt for what you usually wear as you don’t want this slipping and sliding everywhere.
I’ve done some swatches for you guys to see for yourself, you can find more of my swatches on Instagram using the hashtag #sepiaswatches). For reference, I am an NC30 skin tone in MAC:
Whilst these shades look great when you initially apply them, you can find that after about a minimum of 3 hours wear, you’ll notice the colours started to fade and mush into one. I think it’s great for normal everyday wear, but if you want something that will stay as vibrant as when you first apply it, maybe opt for something more of higher quality.
I never really expect too much with MUR packaging, simply because it’s so cheap, I’m never too bothered about this aspect.
However, for those of you who are bothered, here’s a brief description:
- Plastic outer packaging
- Closes with a basic palette seal that clicks shut
- See through outer shell so the colours are visible
- Gets mucky pretty easily, but can be cleaned off
- Prone to scratching
- Fits easily into a smaller size Ikea Alex drawer unit, standing, slotted in
- Logo on the front easily scratched off
I actually think £4 a palette is a pretty good deal, especially if the colour payoff is like the one in this palette.
Do bare in mind, that the price takes into account quality of ingredients also, which aren’t always the best seeing as MUR use parabens. This does scare me a little bit, so if you aren’t familiar with the effects of parabens or intend to use this eyeshadow daily, please do look up how these can affect you long-term.
Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Kaolin, Silica, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 15850, CI 42090, CI 19140, CI 77288, CI 16035
Overall, this actually did take me by surprise and recently was one of my most reached for palettes simply because of how compatible it is with my skin tone and eye colour (brown).
Would I recommend this? Definitely! But it still comes with a few things I emphasise people consider prior to purchasing. Whilst I think the palette is great, I would not recommend MUAs to use this on their clients because of the paraben content, nor would I encourage young people to simply go out and buy it being uniformed of the potential risks associated. Now, risks always come with the use of makeup, but if you can get your hands on better quality makeup, I would certainly go for that instead, as you’ll have more peace of mind. Your eyelids in particular are a sensitive part of your face, with it being the thinnest layer of skin, so be kind and gentle to it!
If you can’t afford great makeup, this is something you can definitely buy without it being as toxic as counterfeit makeup. Do remember, this has passed all legal and regularity systems for cosmetics, so it is definitely safe to use! But the long-term impact is uncertain.
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