Makeup Revolution is secretly hiding in a small display in the drugstore section of Ulta…. well and on Ulta.com or from them directly at tambeauty.com. This was not a brand that was on my radar for a long time and I just recently got my toes wet! This is a generally affordable brand with eye palettes ranging from $7-$15. All my items that are featured today were bought for $9 or less. It used to be unheard of to get good cosmetics at the drugstore or for a drugstore price and I must say that they drugstore is really stepping up their game! I used to be suspicious of cheap makeup because when I was growing up cheap makeup was also cheap in quality. These items I’m talking about today are worth your time. Now I can’t speak for the the whole line, but the items I bought were excellent in pigment and quality, making them gems of the drugstore, or maybe just Ulta. Right now this brand is buy one get one half off. The best part is that you can use your $3.50 off $10 ulta coupons as well, making it even more of a deal. For example, I bought 2 eye palettes ($5 each) and a highlighter ($4) during the flash sale last week and with the coupon it made this small haul around $10.50. #yippee Let’s take a look at some of the eye palettes, blushes, and highlighters …
Let’s start with these fantastic eye shadow palettes. I heard an alleged rumor that these specific ones are very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. There’s Iconic 1, Iconic 2, and Iconic 3 Redemption ($7) all correlating with Naked 1, Naked 2, and Naked 3 ($54). I picked up Iconic 2 and 3 as well as the Romantic Smoked Palette. Each palette has 12 shadows. The Iconic 2 Redemption is supposed to be cool tone nudes much like the Urban Decay Naked 2. I really liked the taupes and cool browns as well as the mix of shimmers and mattes. I was really pleased with the eye look I was able to create with this palette. Online there are pictures people have posted that make the MR Iconic 3 Redemption and UD Naked 3 dupes of each other. The color scheme of this palette is mostly rosy pink nudes and the only palette I haven’t tried yet out of the three. The Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette might be my favorite one of the three though because of the range of colors. There are greys, browns, burgundy, and even a lavender in here, as well as shimmer and mattes. Overall, these palettes are pigmented, with a range of shimmers (no glitter or flaky colors) and mattes, as well as a range of colors from light, mid tone to darker colors. These palettes are quite large as well, about twice the size of the new Wet n Wild Au Naturel palettes I reviewed and swatched last week. Shopping Tip: The Makeup Revolution Iconic Smoky and Iconic Elements Palettes ($7) are supposed to be dupes for the The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette and the Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 & 2 combined. The Iconic Pro Palettes 1 & 2 ($12) are supposed to correlate to the LORAC Pro Palettes ($44) 1 & 2! #yourewelcome #worthatry #nothingtolose #eenymeenyminymoe
I am also so impressed with these blushes! Ya’ll know I have a thing for blushes so I picked up The Matte Blush in Divine (cool pink) and Beloved (coral pinky peach- not like the Ulta picture at all) and I would have picked up the Nude one too (it was soooo pretty), but they had all been open (all 4 of them), even though they are factory sealed! arrgghhh, I really hate that. Atleast if you’re going to open one, check and see if one has been opened already! Ok, anyway, these blushes are matte and do kick up powder when you put your brush in, but they look so soft on the cheek, not chalky at all, as well as being pigmented. You do not have to rub or dig your brush in to get color pay off, but because they are soft in color and on the cheek, they do not look garish on the face at all. #noclownfaces I also picked up a cream blush too called The One Blush Stick in Matte Rush, a bright coral ($9). I like this as well. I thought it was a novel idea to have a cream blush be matte. I like cream blushes because they look the most natural on the cheek, but I also think cream blushes can be dewy sometimes and combo/oily folks stay away. This matte cream blush is good for everyone and can be used on the lips too. It’s pigmented and not greasy. This tube is huge as well, there’s no way I will get through this in my lifetime.
I have heard that these Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters ($6) are dupes of the Pat McGrath highlighters which are known for an iridescent quality. The one shown is in radiant lights, there are also two others in peach lights and golden lights. This radiant lights highlighter is so pretty and is a nice neutral highlight (creamy opal color) with no glitter or sparkle fall out on the cheek. It is a hard powder and doesn’t swatch well but it looks so nice on the face, and is easily picked up by your brush. Unfortunately it met it’s demise right after the photo shoot when it fell out my hand and busted on the floor and I was so sad because I only got to use it once, but I also only paid like $3.50 for it so I will just buy another one #happyagain. #allinthenameofbeautyblogging This other highlight is a cream highlight called The One Highlight Contour Stick ($9) and I am not a fan. Oh, it looks pretty and it is a nice creamy blendable texture, but to me it looks like I smeared glitter glue on my cheek. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but all I could see in the car mirror, aka blaring light of day, was glitter sparkles all over my cheek. It’s just too sparkly for me, although I have heard good reviews and there are a lot of good reviews on Ulta. #notforme
FYI: The packaging is cheap- so there are no mirrors in the palettes and they are not substantial or protective in any way. #clearly That probably helps keep the price point down, the product inside the cheap packaging is good though- just don’t drop it! Out of 8 items I picked up, there was only one product I didn’t love (the cream highlighter stick), that’s pretty good odds in my opinion. I say that on first impression, I would try other items from this brand. They have a wide range of products in their line including large eye palettes, other potential shadow palette dupes, lipstick, gloss, highlighters, contour palettes, blush palettes, baked bronzers, bronzing strips, cream palettes, brow kit, spray primer, setting spray and the list goes on and on. Check it out on ulta.com here.
Are there any items from this line that you use or like or don’t like from Makeup Revolution? Tell us all in the comments!
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