Review: Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer

Hi everyone!

Like every other makeup enthusiast I was super excited to hear about Revolution’s new concealer and its shade range. It was something I insisted on buying in person but its popularity proved so immense I couldn’t even find teasers in store, let alone the actual product! After its launch, it took almost two whole months for me to get my hands on the concealer to try!

Revolution Conceal & Define costs only £5 and is available at Superdrug’s stores and website, as well as the Tambeauty site.

Not surprisingly, the packaging is a very trendy rose-gold, and the tube a little bulky compared to my other products. It’s pretty and looks lovely in photos, though.

The doe-foot applicator is nice and really pleasant to use, although sometimes I find it picks up a little too much product. This is a minor gripe, though, and I find the amount plenty for the areas I use base products on. The product doesn’t set too quickly either so it’s not a problem that I’ve got way too much concealer on one side of my face.

I don’t use foundation all over my face normally, and in hindsight, I actually use foundation and concealer the same way – mostly around the centre parts of my face where redness most often shows. I am also not fussed about concealing my dark circles – I am a student after all, and it’s a perfectly normal thing in the exam season! With this in mind, my base products have to match well to the outer parts of my face.

The swatch below shows the concealer next to my two favourite current matches in concealer and foundation- the Maybelline Eye Eraser in Light and the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in 1W2 Sand. Both of these current products I want to avoid repurchasing if I can find cruelty-free alternatives, which is unfortunate as they match really well and I have found that I do have a difficult skintone to match – a neutral – yellowish tone that many products fail to match by turning too orange. Oxidisation also really annoys me so I’d much rather my base products didn’t do that, too.

 

I always get define and conceal mixed up and corrected it three times on this blog post alone…

 

I liked the match for C6 against my skin. Surprisingly, Superdrug labels C6 for ‘medium skin tones with peach undertone’ although I have never labelled my skin tone as such and C6 doesn’t obviously seem like that kind of shade either. It’s also surprisingly light and less yellow compared to Maybelline Eye Eraser in Light and Double Wear in 1W2 Sand. It blends out well with a natural, very slight brightening effect due to the difference in shade whereas 1W2 is perhaps the darkest I could go without it looking horrible.

In terms of lasting power, it fares pretty well. I have oily skin and this will inevitably break down on the nose despite a generous dusting of powder. However, it looks far better after a few hours than the Eye Eraser does especially on the upper lip and beneath the chin where the product can also break up at times.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with it and would probably repurchase this again over my other options. Let me know if you’ve tried this and what you thought of it!

Until next time,

X

 

Short Review: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter 

Ever since highlighting took the makeup industry by storm I have refused to step onto that particular bandwagon. I usually join in on hyped bandwagons really late and this one seems no different, but really it’s extra special,  because… I have oily skin. Shine is my natural enemy. I powder my face to bits because I know at the end of a work shift I’ll just shine! So I avoided this trend, but recently highlighting has just been calling to me and I finally thought, well this one is only £3 and it can’t hurt…

Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights is packaged in sturdy plastic with a clear lid. Nothing mind-blowing, but not downright terrible either. The design of the actual powder helps it, though. It actually looks pretty good for a product at that price point.

(Hey! My photos got better! I’m hella proud of these pretty shots.)

With the swatch below, I don’t think you can see the shimmer all that well. Swatched using my finger, I flattened some of that cool pattern on the powder, and it did come out a bit glittery rather than as a highlighted shimmer. However, with a brush on the cheeks, this shows up so subtly and not as chunky glitter at all. It’s hard to go overboard with this and the sheen it leaves is definitely gold rather than a white highlight.

You’d think that perhaps my skin in its oily stages would completely mask this highlighter by the end of the day. I dare say that anyone who isn’t familiar with highlight probably wouldn’t notice the difference. However, when I tried wearing it all day, a fellow makeup lover noticed the gold sheen even after I turned into an oil slick and I am genuinely baffled as to how, when all my (matte) makeup sort of melds together and looks glossy.

I think this highlighter has powers I just don’t understand.

Would I recommend this? I actually do not know. For anyone who has normal, not oily skin, I’d say give it a go for the glow! If you’re oily skinned like me, I am still figuring out whether I should have bothered. Personally, I think this was a bit of a novelty, hype-induced purchase.

Let me know what you think of this, if you have it!

Thanks for reading,

X

Rambly Review: Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Sugar & Spice Palette

Confession: after dabbling in makeup for a year and a half, I finally own my own blush palette – and a highlighter, but that’s for next time(!). At last, I have all my categories sorted when it comes to doing a face full of makeup.

Anyway… Recently I was gifted the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Sugar & Spice palette from AT. It’s a super late Christmas present as I haven’t been able to see her. She was originally planning on getting me The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and had it wrapped and all(!) but as you may have seen, Tray gifted it to me as her present. So now we are planning on reading it together and sharing our thoughts as we go along.
Anyhow, let’s get on to the palette review!

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Makeup Revolution are one of my favourite budget brands, especially for palettes, offering brilliant quality at such affordable prices. This is now the third palette I own from them – the other two are eye palettes. This costs £6 for 8 nicely sized pans of product, and is very easily found at Superdrug or Tambeauty’s website.

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box and sleek plastic casing with a large mirror in the lid and signature rose gold text. It definitely feels worth a lot more than £6!

Shades
Of course, being blush, they’re all pinkish shades. Some lean more nude and some are hotter pinks, and shimmery. It’s nice variety for blush but who am I to talk when I’ve not tried many (LOL)?

First off, I would like to humbly say that I TRIED, with these swatches. They’re not my best. Soz. This photo shows up so blue and dark on my computer monitor compared to my phone- let me know if you’re seeing the same thing for future posts. I used my finger to swatch these with two swipes.

On the top left, we have two subtle, more nude shades. These are great for washes of colour and it’s good for beginners like myself who aren’t sure about going overboard with the colour.

On the top right, we have a bright, very ‘Barbie’ pink and then a blush so pale and glittery it’s a cool-toned highlighter. I can’t see myself using those shades very much.

On the bottom left, there are two deeper, redder pink shades. Although they are similar, the left-most shade leans redder and the second shade is pinker. I have to be very careful with these, it’s so easy to go overboard with them.

On the bottom right, a light orange coral pink and a darker shimmery shade. These are like the nude shades in that they are easier to work with and not overdo it on the face, but the shades themselves are a little bolder.

They really are pigmented with high colour payoff. Especially with the deeper shades, I only needed a small tap with my brush and I worried that I had gone overboard. It’s not too chalky and there is a little fallout – but when learning to work with those darker shades, I decided that if I’m getting fallout, that’s WAY too much product on my brush. The lighter shades are easier to use for anyone who is worried about going overboard. Overall I’d say there’s a good range of ‘difficulty levels’ for anyone who is new to blush like me.

I have oily skin, and when I first apply all my makeup, it looks okay! It definitely adds some life back into my face. Even over the course of the day as I inevitably get oilier and my makeup melds together a bit more, this still holds its own and stands out. I even got a few compliments on the blush specifically during a work shift! Worked the right way, it’ll definitely draw the right attention.

(You have no idea how close I was to going to work with pink blush and green eyeliner. I’d put on the eyeliner first and didn’t expect the blush to come out so pigmented so, after failing to blend it into oblivion, I just got rid of the eyeliner and instead went for a rose-brown themed look. For a neutral yet not nude look, pink and brown are great!)

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new palette!

Thanks for reading,

X

Review: Makeup Revolution New-trals VS Neutrals Palette

I think this purchase was my reaction to all the hype about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette – it looks beautiful, sure, but I’m not ready to splash out again for another high end palette, not just after treating myself to Kat Von D. Doesn’t stop me from making it a permanent stay on my wishlist, though…

Meanwhile, student discounts were happening and I hit 400 points on my Superdrug H&B card, so I bought this palette that I’d been eyeing up for ages. The palette costs £6.99 and contains 14 pans, and is available from Superdrug or Tambeauty’s website.

The New-trals VS Neutrals palette consists of a top row that looks like it was swiped from Modern Renaissance, and a bottom row that has similar shades to that of the Naked 3, or MUR’s Iconic 3 which is the duped version.

Packaging
I have to say, this is a step up from their typical palettes with sponge applicators and clear plastic lids. This palette was in a cardboard box and the palette itself has a matte lid with a big mirror on the inside, and contains a double ended brush which actually functions pretty decently. The shades are also named, and the palette comes with a piece of clear plastic with names on that I’d already lost by the time I took the photos, but it’s still a step up from no names. Maybe one day we’ll even see names printed under the pans.

Cardboard packaging in MUR’s rose gold style. Rose gold anything is always going to be a winner these days.

Colour Swatches
(As you may have noticed, this is a ready-n-waiting post that has been sitting in my drafts for months! Hence old photos from before the new camera haha – I may update it in future.)

Top row of shades. L-R: Bias, Neutral, Personal, Vogue, Trend, New-Tral, Tone, and Custom.

Gonna say it now – I bought this palette for the beautiful reddish shades on this top row, namely, Vogue, Trend, New-Tral and Tone. Aren’t they beautiful?? So appropriate for the autumn season and will work its way into the springtime, I suspect. All the shades in the palette seem to have some degree of shimmer which can make even the matte-looking shades more satin sometimes.

‘Trend’ seemed to be softer than the other shades – I got more pigment and a little more fallout when swatching that one – but Moi over at 35thofMay noted that ‘Tone’ was a shade that did the same thing, and not Trend.

 

L-R: Cool, Style, Partial, Mode, Adapt, Buff, Suit, Strong.

 

This is the bottom row that seems to be identical to shades from the Naked/Iconic 3 – Here’s a link to the review that says so. The Naked 3 is the rosier edition of its original, so I think it was a good selection to include for autumn to spring. Of course, the only downside is having two of the same shades if you already have it. Luckily, I don’t.

That aside, the glittery foiled shades are absolutely gorgeous and probably the ones that benefitted the most from me swatching with my fingers. The shade ‘Strong’ (last on right) seems to have a love-hate reputation due to its pigmentation and/or choice to use purple glitter flecks in it, but I really like it and it showed up fine on my eyelids. Perhaps it is a problem with consistency between palettes.

I have to mention, I just used a one-finger swipe for all these swatches, so the colours didn’t turn out as bold as other swatches that you can find online. The colour is very easily built up on the eyelid though.

If anybody is curious about wear time, it’s similar to other MUR palettes if you’ve tried any. They wear pretty well without a primer although crease on my oily eyelids, and with a primer on, they will look great all day. The colour does fade a little throughout, but I didn’t notice until after many hours of wear.

Overall, I really like the shades and can work with all of them – I’m going to have a lot of fun playing around with the top row especially.

Thank you for reading!

X