Sunday, 8 June 2014

Makeup Revolution review and swatches!

Makeup Revolution products* - available at

Swatches L-R: bronzer, blusher, eyeshadow, lipstick, foil eyeshadow

I was very kindly sent a little bundle of Makeup Revolution products to test out. I was pretty excited about this as I've been seeing Makeup Revolution pop up on loads of my favourite blogs recently, plus I've been seeing a lot of positive comments and praise on Twitter too. Makeup Revolution are a very affordable beauty brand, stocked in Superdrug and available online through their website linked above. They have been compared to the likes of MUA for their budget prices combined with great quality and I've also heard how good they are at duping products, so let's see how they stand up! This is an overall review of the brand plus swatches, I might include a couple of the products in a 'get the look' style post soon.

Good work to the Makeup Revolution team for sending me this bronzer, it could possibly be very close to the most perfect shade of bronzer for my skin tone, ever. That may sound slightly over-exaggerated but that's just how I feel, I just can't keep these feelings inside. This bronzer is a very subtle and not too shimmery shade, perfect for pale skinned girls! In the swatch above it doesn't look like it matches that well, as it's swatched on the inside of my forearm where I'm super pale, but any part of my body which is my true skin tone is too freckly to show swatches! Applied using a good blusher brush, the bronzer blends really well as it's a super fine and smooth formula, it doesn't look muddy or patchy at all. It's a great product for a subtle contour, with minimal shimmer, it works really well. This will definitely be heading straight to my everyday summer makeup bag, to add a bit more tan for these sunny days we have coming up (fingers crossed)!

The blusher is also a 'baked' product, the same as the bronzer and the formula is very similar. It's an exceptionally smooth, soft powder in the pan and again applied using a good brush, there's little fall out from the pan like some cheaper blushers and it blends onto the cheeks easily. It creates a very subtle pink colour, with a very slight shimmer too. It really reminds me of Mac's Mineralise blush in 'Dainty' (click for review), in fact it's a pretty good dupe! Again, another product that will be going straight in my everyday makeup bag, for an easy to wear, daytime blusher!

I would never have chosen this shade of eyeshadow for myself, so I'm quite pleased to have received it as it will push me out of my eyeshadow comfort zone! It's a very pigmented navy/deep teal shade, that can be blended out to a less striking shade. It would be great to do a navy smokey eye look, I might try that soon! Again, like the bronzer and blusher, the formula is really soft and easy to apply. This shade might not be my choice, but I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the colours in the range. For £1, I can't really resist!

On to the lipstick! I will admit, I am a bit of a lip product fiend - they're definitely my most purchased product. This lipstick is so creamy, highly pigmented and moisturising! It's quite a bright colour, but it's not unwearable at all. It does tend to slide around on my lips slightly, so apply carefully and keep an eye on your lip line and teeth throughout the day! It's not the most long lasting of products, but it's perfect to throw in your handbag for touchups. Another £1 product, so I can definitely put up with a bit of a slidey lipstick for that price!

The most interesting product I was sent, is the Foil Finish Eyeshadow. This product comes with a squidgy, almost gel like eyeshadow plus a liquid eye primer and a mixing tray. You mix a drop of the primer in with a 'bit' of the eyeshadow and mix it into more of a liquid. I was unsure of what tool I needed to apply this with, it really didn't seem like it would end well with an eyeshadow brush, or sponge, so I went for my finger in the end. It applied quite well like a cream eyeshadow, but it was quite hard to get an even finish - but I might well have been applying it completely wrong! Rose Gold is a lovely colour, a lovely subtle shimmer eyeshadow. And once this is on and dry, it's not going anywhere! I believe that it's almost an exact dupe for the Stila Foil Eyeshadows - it's crazy how similar they are, but for the tiniest fraction of the price!

Overall, Makeup Revolution, you have gone down amazingly well with me! The price is exceptional for the standard of these products and I'll definitely be getting on down to Superdrug to get my hands on some more! I've got my eye on the Liquid Blushes - dupes for Daniel Sandler's watercolour blushes and the Iconic eyeshadow palettes - dupes for all three of the Urban Decay Naked palettes!

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution products? What would you recommend or what would you like to try?


  1. the baked blusher looks pretty! I prefer baked products too :D


  2. Looks like a lovely brand! So affordable too.

    Emma x

  3. Just found your blog and I love all of your posts! This one was super helpful!

    Kylie xx

  4. Just recently heard of this, definitely need to try their products out. They seem really good.

  5. Ok so maybe I just went on a scrolling spree through your blog.... I love it! This kind of blog has inspired me to strat my own and I'd really appreciate any tips you can give me!

    In other news this post has made me miss living in the UK and superdrug :(

    xx Nadine