WTF is going on with the Subculture Palette?? | Comparing Eyeshadow Formulas and Ingredients

In order to fully understand the issue people are having with this palette, I recommend you want my video. I think I’ve discovered the reason why, and it clear as day if you ask me. In the video I share swatches, and a demo of me using the eyeshadows. No time? here’s the TL;DR : The Subculture Palette eyeshadows aren’t living up to Anastasia Beverly Hills reputation because they are a completely different formula. The are missing key ingredients that ABH shadows normally have. When one compares formulas, it’s clear as day, that missing ingredients are contributing to the issues people are having.

below I’m sharing the ingredients list I found on the ABH website. This is a pretty simplistic blogpost because the majority of the info is in my video itself, this is just what I couldn’t share in the video for time/clarity.

First up, we have Modern Renaissance. Just about every shadow in this palette has a slightly different formula, but since Warm Taupe is the most similar in color to what’s in the Subculture palette, that’s what I using as a basis of comparison to the matte shades; for the shimmer shades I’ll be comparing Vermeer and Primavera, which had the same formula.

SHADE: WARM TAUPE MICA, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZINC MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1512349>*CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE. 

SHADES: VERMEER, PRIMAVERA MICA, DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,

MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1512350> *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE. 

And finally we have the Subculture palette:

 Matte Texture, AXIS, DESTINY, MERCURY, DAWN, ROWDY, FUDGE, ALL STAR, EDGE, NEW WAVE, ROXY, UNTAMED

TALC, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA,

MAY CONTAIN: YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.

 

SHADE : ADORN TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

CUBE: TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

And then lastly, for comparison sake, Here are two shadows that are in the ABH MR palette, that are also sold as singles with an slightly changed formula. This is what I’m talking about, a slight change isn’t a big deal, but Subculture isn’t a slight change, it’s completely different.

Standard ABH Love Letter

INGREDIENTS
DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, ZINC STEARATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,

MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) <1510317>*CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.

 

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE

Standard ABH Vermeer

INGREDIENTS
DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,
MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

 

 

NYX COSMETICS Faux Black & Faux White Eyeliner Review!

NYX Cosmetics Faux Black Faux White Collection

HOLY CATS! I haven’t seen any information about these anywhere so I’m super excited to share my haul, review and mini tutorial of the new at the drugstore NYX Faux Black and Faux White eyeliner collections! I picked these up last week at Ulta, and I’ve spent a few days playing around with them and I can now say I ADORE THEM! At $8 dollars a pop these are a great deal. The deeper colors are elegant and easy to wear but are definitely not boring, while the pastels are a great alternative to white in your inner rim or to give your inner corner a little boost.  Most exciting- There’s both a RED and a BROWN-BURGUNDY!!! *jumping up and down with excitement* These types of colors are common from expensive luxury and artistry driven brands, so it’s encouraging to see this launch available from an affordable brand! A few of the pastel colors have Colourpop dupes, but the CP liners dried up on me really fast, and I tend to prefer a liner I can sharpen. In addition to swatched of these liners, I decided to also try layering the Kat Von D Alchemist powders over top just for fun! Wow- awesome combo! Bust out those Ulta point, use a coupon and check out these liners!

SWATCHES!

NYX faux Black Liner swatch ^ Faux Black collection, one swipe^

NYX Faux Black Faux White Liner Swatch^two swipes^

Faux Black & Faux White: Onyx, White Smoke, Obsidian, Seashell, Burnt Sienna, Baby Powder, Black Berry, Black Olive, Linen, Oxblood, Mint Cream & Black Hole
NYX faux Black swatches review ^Faux Black Collection one swipe & zigzags^

L-R: Onyx, Obsidian, Burnt Sienna,Black Berry, Black Olive, Oxblood, and Black Hole

^Faux White Collection, two swipes^

NYX faux white swatches and review^Faux White Collection, one swipe & zigzags^

L-R: White Smoke, Seashell, Baby Powder, Linen, Mint Cream^

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette Layered over various liners:

So what do you think? Are you excited about these liners? What color are you the most interested in? Join the discussion below!

XOXO- CORA

Top 10 MAC Lipstick Faves

Hello Babettes! I’ve been asked to share my Top 10 Mac Lipsticks and today I’m sharing my list along with a review, and both lip and arm swatches of every color! Let me know what other Top-10 or Top-5 videos you’d like to see!

My Top 10

Chatterbox
Girl About Town
Lady Danger
Dorothy Shoes
Pink Nouveau
Moxie
Viva Glam V
Viva Glam IV
Frank-N-Furter
Claretcast

URBAN DECAY LAUNCHES VICE LIPSTICK- 120 Shades of Lipstick Heaven!!!

ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? Urban Decay is about to drop it’s biggest launch yet- a total of 120 lipsticks,  74 of which are Brand. Spankin’. New. THERE IS A GREEN PEOPLE! This is not a drill!!!! A few weeks ago I noticed that the revolution lipsticks were on sale for just $11, down from $22, and now we know why. These new Vice Lipsticks will be $17 a bullet! Say what now? Yep. It’s rare to see a company launch a product that is less expensive than one it is replacing. Part of this might be due to the less expensive packaging, but I haven’t tried these yet to say for sure. When I get them in my hot little hands I’ll share, share share and share again. I’ll have to, there’s like a grillion colors.

Speaking of the colors- each retailer will carry 100 of the overall 120 shades- there are 80 core shades, 20 Sephora exclusives, and 20 non-Sephora lipsticks. I’m thrilled to see Urban Decay return to it’s roots with the less common colors like Junkie, Heroine and Perversion, as well as a few of the best colors from the Gwen Stefani Launch being made perm- HELLO Firebird! Come thru with your gorgeous self. Below is all the info I have at this time, I don’t have a launch date yet but I assume it will be soonish.

– thank you to Courtney of Phyrra.net for hooking me up with the info on these- love ya!

lipstickLipstick 1 lipstick 2

UD Lipstick Finishes Wende's Faves

Smashbox Insta-Matte Review & Demo

SmashBox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer promises to instantly transform your cream lipsticks into a plush, balmy matte. The question is, does it work…and can we dupe the effect with another product? Watch my video to find out.

While the effect can be duped by using a clear dimethicone-based primer, I still prefer Insta-Matte because it’s a bit thicker, and the texture is better, plus I know it’s lipsafe. With that being said, you can certainly grab a primer of the right texture and try it out! I also want to mention I did some additional experimenting with this. I tried it as a lipstick primer and it was a bust- the lipstick sort of slide over it but didn’t go on. I then tried it over some already-matte lipsticks I have that have hard, dry textures (read: Melt Cosmetics). The smoothing balmy feel of this made the lipstick look more velvety, and my lips much more comfortable. I’m really happy I picked this up, thank you for suggesting this!

 

 


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