Budget palettes from Makeup Revolution London – are they any good?

I usually live off of my Mac, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palettes both professionally and personally. I prefer smaller quads or magnetic ones where I can replace the shade if I got through it so I rarely venture to the world of highstreet pallette mania that is currently happening on the beauty scene. I know everyone went bananas over the Naked Heat palette from Urban Decay, Nars, NYX also had incredibly popular ones with similar shades.
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I have never tried Makeup Revolution London, but cruising among the isles of Superdrug I have found a few eye-catching palettes and thought it was high time to give it a try. After all, even Jane Cunningham, the British Beauty Blogger has collaborated with them so it can’t be that bad, right? The brand was founded in 2014 under the helm of Tam Beauty, they are responsible for other brands too and their goal is to create on-trend make-up products for a very accessible price.

My questions are: do you have to part with fifty-odd pounds to achieve a quality make-up look or a four-pound palette can perform just the same? Are palettes with over 20 non-replaceable shades a waste? If you can’t afford the likes of Nars and Urban Decay is Makeup Revolution a good alternative?

One of the palettes I went for is called Soph, a collaboration with SophDoesNails, the palette contains 14 matte and 10 shimmer eyeshadows (1.1g/0.04oz product per shade) for £10.00. There’s a good variety of shades in there for everyday, natural looks and for more fun, colourful looks too. The packaging is young, pretty and big bonus for the large mirror that comes with it.


Pigment: I have found the matte shades less pigmented than the shimmer ones, they are a bit patchy here and there and I had to have a good 3-4 layers on my arm for the swatches. They don’t blend beautifully but you can definitely work with them. The shimmer shades perform much better, the pigment is stronger and they blend better too.  I think the second and third row of the shades are the really good ones in the whole palette, the first and fourth row is a bit of a miss. My favourite shades are Mixed Berries, Pine Tree and Petrol (this reminds me of Club from Mac).  Despite all this, I think this is a workable and fun palette for maybe a teen who starting to experiment with makeup. As a makeup artist, and an adult makeup lover I wish these shades were replaceable and more pigmented.

Durability: I have found that with a primer (I used a Mac Paint Pot) these eyeshadows (both matte and shimmer) were staying on well during the day. Maybe they have faded a bit, but not considerably.

Swatches (in natural light, no flash):

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Matte: Penguin, Pancakes, Fairy Lights, Iced Coffee, Cuppa Tea; Shimmer: Pink Champagne

 

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Matte: Tiramisu, Peaches; Shimmer: Grow Old, Sparks Fly, Smokey Bronze, Mixed Berries

 

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Matte: Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Pug, Danger;  Shimmer: Pine Tree, Petrol

 

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Matte: Strawberry Sweets, Mug Cake, Nightmare; Shimmer: Festive Flame, Copper Coin

The second palette I went for is called Re-Loaded Newtrals 2 for £4.00 (1.1g/0.04oz product per shade), it contains 15 warm matte and shimmer shades that are very much ‘in’ at the moment. The packaging is a bit more utilitarian than the first one but given the price difference, it is understandable. There’s less variety in shades here that makes it a bit more limited in terms of the looks you can create with them.

(The shades don’t have names so I numbered them to make it easier.)


Pigment: similarly to the other palette, I have found the matte shades less pigmented and more patchy, harder to blend than the shimmery ones (I used 3-4 layers for the swatches) and I think with this shade range you would still need more colours (like darker browns or blacks) to create finished makeup looks. There are a few lovely shades here like number 1, 2, 4, 8 and 11 but I don’t think I would personally use the others much unless I was going for a more Instagram-y look which I don’t normally do.

Durability: just like the shades in Soph, these are staying on well too, I wore them over a Mac Paint Pot as I do all my eyeshadows.

Swatches (in natural light, no flash):

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Matte: 3; Shimmer: 1, 2, 4, 5

 

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Matte: 6, 7, 10; Shimmer: 8, 9

 

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Matte: 13, 14, 15; Shimmer: 11, 12

All in all, I am a bit indifferent towards these palettes, to be honest. The most positive I can say is that both palettes are cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and made in London which is amazing. They are good, but they don’t blow my mind when it comes to quality. In the budget world, there are better, more practical palettes than these (like Sleek) and in the pro world brands like Viseart, Mac, Kryolan, Ben Nye are all great. I prefer pigmented shades that blend easily and preferably in a palette where I can replace the shades I use most.

I wouldn’t put Makeup Revolution in my pro kit or buy more for my personal makeup collection, I rather part with more cash and have fewer shades that I always use but I will definitely use these palettes for a few makeup looks for my Instagram in the near future just to see how they work on pictures.

 

 

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