Makeup Revolution has taken the blogging world by a storm and rightly so because their beauty offerings are very affordable and good quality. I was really curious and one day when I was super bored I just placed an order mainly because I had read a blog post and I was like, That's it!! I am placing an order. A lot of people have likened the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette as a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and have compared these eye shadows and shown swatches but I don't own the Naked 3 Palette or any Urban Decay Naked Palettes although I own a few Urban Decay Eye shadows so I can theoretically compare the quality.
About the Brand
Makeup Revolution is a fairly new brand which was launched in March 2014 and they offer a range of products (about 300!!! say what!!) from foundations, eye shadow palettes, concealers, brow kits, name it and the best thing is their prices are really affordable. On the Iconic Redemption Palette, it says it is designed and developed in London which is true but I also think it is actually manufactured in Asia (China) which is normal for many makeup brands. They are also cruelty free which is always an added plus. Currently, you can purchase this online on the Superdrug website or the Makeup Revolution website. I purchased mine through the Makeup Revolution website and the service and delivery (£2.95) was actually good. I hear it would soon be available in Superdrug which would be super amazing because I kinda like walking into a shop to pick up products instead of shopping online but coming back to a package waiting for me in the post box always makes me happy so I guess both ways are still good.
For the price of the products, I would say the packaging is good and does not feel cheap. Actually, I quite like it and it looks more expensive than what it costs. I like it when companies take pride in ensuring that the packaging of their products is of good quality. It just makes everything really worth while. The closest similar package I can think of is MUA but they are much better. The eye shadow palette has a clear plastic lid so you can see all the eye shadows really well although it does not have a mirror. I like the brow kit's packaging and I think it feels sturdiest of the lot plus it has a little mirror. They both come with little tools (eye shadow applicator and tweezers for the brow kit) but seriously, who even uses these things? Not me, I just bin them because there's just no point. Now, on to the products...
Iconic Redemption Palette 3 |£4 |link
I chose this palette because it had been very much hyped in the beauty and blogging world but mainly because I liked the range of colours as they all looked wearable. It is described as a perfect mix of pearl(satin), shimmer and matte shades with a rosy/dusty pink hue to them which is the reason why I think people liken it to the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette which has a similar pink theme going on. I thought I would not like the shimmer shades but they are actually really nice and I find that the colour pay off was not bad at all ; fall-outs were quite minimal too. I am mostly impressed by the pigmentation although I had to scrap off the first layer especially from the matte shades because the color pay off was a bit dodge intially but afterwards, they all appeared very pigmented. I have read other reviews from fellow bloggers and it appears the initial scrapping had to be done to uncover the pigmented shade hiding underneath but make sure you scrape it off really lightly. I am sorry I don't have any proper swatches but I am working on some looks soon so maybe that would be better than swatches..or nah? Let me know in the comment box. Meanwhile, a brief description of the shades from left to right include:
1. A matte shade which is the lightest of the lot and I use it for my brow bone and it really works well. It can also be used to highlight the water line but I have never used it for such because my contact lens won't have it
2. A light pink shimmer shade which would look amazing for a bridal makeup. I actually use this to brighten up any other shades.
3. This is another light shade with very slight pink hues which looks very flattering. It has a satin finish and is one of the shades I reach for often.
4. A light pink shade which is similar to number 3 but it is purely a matte shade and it applies really well and this is another shade I love especially for everyday wear.
5. This when things get more pigmented. This has to be my favourite and most used colour in the palette. It is a dusty pink shimmer shade which comes off looking like a light lilac colour on my eyelids and I really like it despite it being a shimmer shade
6. Next to this is a gold coppery shimmer shade which I thought would be similar to MAC's Amber Lights but it is not. It is very pigmented and I think this and no 5 are the best shades of this palette.
7. This is a very nice crease color especially with all the pinky hues going on in this palette. I use this usually on my crease to calm things down from all the shimmer party. It is light brown shade with a matte finish.
8. This is a taupe shade which has a shimmer finish but I don't use it that much.
9. This is a dark brown chocolate shade with a shimmer shade which I like especially if I am going for a slight smoky look
10. I would describe this as a light taupe shade which I think would look very flattering on many skin tones and I love it.
11. I can't quite describe the texture because it is cross breed of a matte, shimmer and satin finish; so a little bit of everything. I adore this shade and I would describe it as a true Taupe shade with grey undertone
12. It is the darkest shade of all and it's a dark chocolate brown greyish shade which is the best for smoky eye.
Focus and Fix Brow Kit (Medium-Dark) |£2.50 |link
I had little hopes for this but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. To be fair, it looks like the MUA version but it feels much sturdier and is of better quality. I chose the Medium-Dark version because I thought it was the safest option for my skin tone. I don't think they have a dark version because that would have been ideal. This kit contains eyebrow powders of a light brown, medium brown and dark brown with very slight greyish undertones shades. As expected, I mainly use the dark brown with which is quite flattering. I really like the texture, pigmentation and how easy it is to apply to my eyebrows and the good thing is its lasting power is really great. I actually prefer this to the Sleek Eye Brow Kit. It also has a transparent gel-like wax (I think) which helps seal the brow shade however I don't really use this because I hate to see it messy :-).
Focus and Fix Eye Primer |£2.50 |link
Now, I had high hopes for this primer but I was not as impressed as with the other products I purchased. First off, the packaging is nice and it has a doe-foot applicator which makes application really easy and effortless. It ha a really light almost liquid texture which was surprising because I am used to eye primers being a little pasty. From the applicator and onto my skin it has a dusty pink shade which disappears once it is blended leaving some shimmer behind. To be honest, I am not a fan of the associated shimmer; I feel it is unnecessary. I generally have not noticed any significant difference with the longevity or vibrancy of my eye shadows with this primer which is such a shame because I quite like the packaging. Oh well!! I still use it with highly pigmented eye shadows like MAC which lasts long and appears vibrant with or without a primer.
Overall, I really like the Makeup Revolution brand, I mean who would no, given the quality and affordability. I think they have such a good marketing campaign and I hope they keep this up. I would definitely be making another order soon. They have been churning out new products recently which is really nice because we girls/ladies always like something new especially when it comes to makeup. I thought I might add that while the Iconic Redemption Palette 3 has very similar shades to the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, the quality and pigmentation is very different (I have tested this out in-store and with other Urban Decay eye shadows I own) although the Makeup Revolution version is a very close contender and I still like it a lot. Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? See you in my next post....x