OK, I have been sucked into the vortex of Makeup Revolution. I tried to resist but the force was too great to battle against. When will I ever learn?
In the last month or so news of this too-good-to-be-true new make-up range has been sending ripples through social media between beauty bloggers and it’s a PR’s dream.
Makeup Revolution is an example of how influential, powerful and effective social media can be and this newbie on the cosmetics scene’s biggest selling point is its price. It’s so low it might as well be given away for free. Most items are for £1 with palettes for £4. I don’t think there is anything in the collection that exceeds £12.
Another factor for its popularity is its remarkable dupes on some of the biggest selling products particularly the Naked palettes and for holding up pretty well in pigmentation and quality considering its rock bottom prices. Anna Wintour’s make-up artist is impressed with the abundance of choices from Makeup Revolution. Well, they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
After careful scrutinising, examining swatches on other blogs and on Makeup Revolution’s own website, I made my choices with their Redemption eyeshadow palettes in Iconic 3 (a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3) and Romantic Smoked, a couple of Vivid Blush Lacquers (Desire and Heat), one powder blusher and one highlighter. My total bill came to £18 with £2.95 for delivery.
First impression on the palettes’ packaging is it looks very much like an MUA palette except it’s sturdier. I don’t think anyone is going to be picky about the quality of the packaging when it is priced at £4 for 12 shades. They are a mix of shimmers, pearls and mattes. By now there’s no explanation needed why sponge applicators are pointless so I will move right on.
I tried Romantic Smoked with an Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The first time the results were a bit meek, very little fall-out surprisingly and blending was trouble-free and quick but the colours didn’t show up spectacularly well on me.
However when I used NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk, things became very interesting. The chunky eye pencil provides a really good canvas for the eyeshadows to cling to and provides a neutral base for the shades to show up.
I applied the eyeshadows at 8 in the morning and this picture shows me at 6 o’clock in the evening. (I finally removed the eyeshadows around 10pm and they were still holding up rather well.) I also got a few compliments from the girls at work.
The NYX Jumbo Pencil makes a profound difference – very little fading, hardly any creasing AND no touch-ups at all.
I’m also wearing one of the Vivid Blush Lacquers in Heat (the coral one). A teeny amount is enough to dab and blend into the cheeks. I would say the Blush Lacquers are one of the products to try.
OK now this is Iconic 3 palette against Naked 3. Uncanny similarities, don’t you think? Identical even.
Here are the swatches over an eyeshadow primer:
Undoubtedly these palettes won’t leave Urban Decay quaking in their boots. They don’t come close to matching the quality of the Naked palettes but arguably they are good copies and are a purse-friendly alternative. What’s more they are a great substitute to taking the real thing on holiday for fear of breakage, loss or even baggage weight (these palettes are much lighter).
What are your thoughts on Makeup Revolution? Is it a good thing?
Makeup Revolution is available on its own website and on Superdrug’s.