Have you guys seen this yet? The W7 ‘On The Rocks’ palette looks like a relatively ‘unpopular’ Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. Could this be a dupe? Could this be better? The only way to find out for ourselves is to dive in, take a peek and give it a whirl. Keeping all fingers crossed for a positive outcome from these gorgeous shades, let’s do this.

Hello everyone and welcome to a wintery 17th of December, which is of course Day 17 of Blogmas! How are we here already? Today I am going to talk to you about this and I find this very exciting. Christmas has come early for me!! Well, not really, I bought this myself but it feels a bit like it.

So, is there anyone out there who missed the Anastasia Beverley Hills (ABH) Subculture debacle? Beauty gurus everywhere seemed to be finding themselves disappointed with the high-end product. What was going on?

I watched a great number of reviews on YouTube and mostly the overall response seemed to be negative. The pigmentation of the palette was certainly positive but beauty gurus and experienced makeup artists were finding it difficult to blend and messy in the pan with all of the fallout.

Anyway, with Christmas on the horizon and me being a sucker for a W7 palette, I found myself having a look at W7’s website. Low and behold there was something new! A new palette, looking similar to the W7 Delicious palette… This could only mean another ABH dupe!? But what could this be? I clicked the button. There, in front of my eyes was the Subculture palette in W7 style. I knew I was going to do it. I clicked buy.

So for me, Christmas has come early. I have this new addition and it isn’t the 25th! Woohoo! It doesn’t matter how many palettes one owns or feels guilty about, having a new one is still so very exciting!

Anyway, I digress.

With Subculture priced around £43, this W7 offering is far cheaper. But, does it work and is it worth the £12.95?

This time and unlike the Delicious palette, the individual shades have names. Mostly lovely names at that with all being related to a cocktail bar experience. Slightly confused about caracao and wonder if it is supposed to be Curacao but hey ho. I know they are just shade names but when they’re good ones, it adds a little something extra. I find it really annoying when makeup palette shades have naff names and with 14 b.e.a.utiful colours, this palette is gorgeous.

Now, if you have come across my content previously, you have likely seen me talking about W7. I am a big, big fan. There have certainly been a good few products that haven’t worked for me but I am mostly pleased (and at times delighted!) with the things I have tried. As with the Subculture palette, W7 does, at times, receive negative reviews from YouTubers. DramaticMac, for instance, slated the Delicious palette even stating that it was crap, but I found it worked for me and I love it. So, I had high hopes for this one too.

I have used this palette a few times now and each time I have created eye looks with the blending brush that comes with the palette. I know right!? Who does that these days? But, this time, the brush is actually quite nice and is softer and fluffier rather than the flat brushes that are usually included.

There are so many options for looks with this palette. With such a great range of colours you can really experiment and opt for warm coppery tones or cooler olive vibes depending on your preference of outfit! As you can see from the swatches, the pigmentation is good.

The textures do vary in this palette as does the quality. For instance, Caracao is certainly chalkier and a little more difficult to work with. However, they are creamy and workable with great pigmentation.

I don’t have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette but there are some swatch comparison videos already online if you fancy a closer look. DramaticMac that I mentioned earlier has put one up and she gives a great comparison.

In conclusion and as you may have gathered already,  I am very happy with this palette. I love the range of colours. They are different to my usual style and so add a different dimension to my collection. Certainly, go check it out. I for one can’t wait to see what I can create next.


Check out yesterday’s post here: Blogmas 2017 – Day 16 – Childhood Christmas Memories

I have also talked a lot about W7 on my blog. Check out some other posts here.

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