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Apr. 10.

Something Else Saturday: Makeup Revolution Haul

ses-revolution-thI was fortunate enough that on Friday the postman arrived with a package. Just a small package of bits from Makeup Revolution, the young gogetter company from England, who only recently celebrated their first birthday. As they had an offer on to celebrate, where if you spent £25 or more you got freebies worth £26, I felt it would be wrong not to try some bits and pieces. This is what arrived.

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The haul in all its glory

There’s only 17 items there. Not a lot really, but to make it easier to work through, I’m going to break it down into sections. We shall start with face products.

FACE:

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm (£5):

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Primer compact

Primer compact

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

I ran out of primer recently, so this was a good choice to try a different one. It is tidy, compact and comes with an applicator sponge.

Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher – Blushing Heart (£4.99):

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Box

Blushing Heart Box

The Blushing Heart (so adorable)

The Blushing Heart (so delightful)

Seriously, how cute is this. I may never use it, it looks so adorable, but I do like how there are three shades included in it.

Vivid Blush Lacquer – O’ Boy (£1.99)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Very pigmented swatch

Very pigmented swatch

This is a liquid blush with a pump lid, but I will caution you now. Be gentle. This thing is seriously pigmented. I can still see some on my hand from where I touched it on the sheet I was using earlier.

LIPS:

Amazing Care Lipsticks – Electric Love & Love Pink! (£3):

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Lipstick Tubes

Lipstick Tubes

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

These are glossy lipsticks with an inner colour core surrounded in an Argan Oil jelly outer. They look like you would have to reapply them often, but your lips would be super comfortable wearing them.

#Liphug – I think you’re amazing (£2.50):

Red #Liphug box

Red #Liphug box

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

I think you're amazing bullet & swatch

I think you’re amazing bullet & swatch

A product named after its own hashtag! A mix of comfort, colour and staying power, it is probably not a shade I would have picked for myself, but I do love the name, and I think I’m amazing too!

Lip Power – Can’t Escape Me & Anticipate It (£3):

Double Ended Lip Powers

Double Ended Lip Powers

Can't Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Can’t Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

I do like rooting through my lip drawer for glosses to put on top of lipsticks, and here we have them perfectly matched up into one pack. There’s also two completely different shades here, a vibrant pink and a dark, almost vampy berry.

EYES:

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer – Matte (£2.99):

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

A large tube of the matte version of the I Heart Makeup Eye Primer. I find myself reaching for the Focus & Fix primer a lot lately, so it will be interesting to see how the two stablemates compare to each other.

Amazing Volume Mascara – Ultra Black (£2):

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Mascara Brush

Mascara Brush

I’m always confused by products that come in black and beyond black (in this case ultra black) but I can see beyond that. It does also come in a waterproof version, and the brush looks quite nice. I am interested to see if it can do what it says!

Pure Pigments – Levity & Starless (£1):

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

I already have one of these (a sparkly brown called Grandeur) and happily added Levity, the pinky purple to my basket. As part of the free gift I received the sparkly black, Starless, and… Another Levity. I am guessing the free gift packs were pre picked, and it is luck of the draw, but I am not complaining either way. When applied over a primer to give them something to cling to, these guys pack serious power.

Baked Eyeshadow – Electric Dreams (£2.50):

Baked Shadow Box

Baked Shadow Box

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Swatching these was a little more difficult than some of the other shadows, mainly as the baking process leaves them a bit drier than normal, and then working dry onto a dry surface is awkward. There is a hint to how pigmented these are, and built onto a primer or worked wet, these could be beautiful! I am also giving away my love of purple here 😉

Palettes:

Here’s the piece de resistance! Three palettes that in most cases do almost everything, and the other is just too spectacular to include in the eye section. Starting with:

I Am Naked (£5.99):

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

6 neutral eyeshadows, and a nude lipstick, in 1 cute portable set. It’s all there, ready to go for whenever I want to get naked (stop sniggering, Cat ;-))

Go! To The City (£6.49):

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a highlighter. All pigmented, all colourful, and all ready to go!

Salvation Palette – Give Them Nightmares (£6):

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

12 shimmer shades and 6 matte, at 33p per shadow. That and, well look at it. How gorgeous is everything, EVERYTHING to do with this palette. Never mind nightmares, this is like my dream palette!

So, that is my haul. A lot of fun to be had with it, but tell me, what caught your eye out of everything here?

Robyn

Note: While some products were free, they were a gift with purchase, and were not given for review consideration.

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Dec. 05.

Face Friday: Magazine Inspired Red & Gold Christmas Look

ff-redgold-thLast week, while reading through a magazine, I saw two looks that combined elements of red & gold. It stuck with me, and I wondered if I could create something of a Christmas party look inspired by it. Well, I gave it a go, and the results are here for you today for Face Friday.

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Here are the looks that I drew inspiration from, which come from the December issue of Cosmopolitan. I was particularly taken by two elements, the gold eyes from the left, and the gold cupids bow and red lips on the right. It’s these elements that I wanted to combine into one look, so after scrubbing, cleansing, toning, moisturising and putting on a ton of lip balm, I went through my collection and took out the following to be used in creating the look:

Face:

  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Contour: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)

Eyes:

  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus + Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Pigment: Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)
  • Shadow: Makeup Revolution – Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (Various Golds & Silver)
  • Liner: Paese – Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (Fakeout)

Lips:

  • Lipliner: Revlon – Colorstay Liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Lipstick (297 – Red Passion)
  • Gold Lip Line: Essence – Effect Eyeliner (02 – Gold Digger) topped with Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Blush (Apply/Blend)
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Apply Contour
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blend together blush/highlighter/contour
  • Blank Canvas – E24, E25, E32 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Undereye shadow/comb lashes
  • Ecotools – Angled Liner Brush – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick
  • Emite Make Up – L312 – Pigment on upper lip line

That is quite a list of products and brushes to work through, but Christmas is a time for going all out. And to answer the question of what all of this gets you in the end, here it is:

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Now, I’ll freely admit I was a little forgetful, and forgot to do photos using flash, which is a pity, as it would really show off the eyes. The glitter pigment used will really make your eyes sparkle, and the combination of red and gold is a classic. The addition of silver in the corner of the eyes added another dimension to them, giving a bit more colour depth, while the mascara created great lashes without resorting to potentially over the top falsies. The only thing I am slightly concerned about is the gold along the top lip, which may have benefited from a liquid gold. I felt that in the minute amount I used, it was just slightly lacking. Not awful looking, but not stand out. I think that once I have somewhere to go that isn’t a hospital, I will be redoing this look and actually showing it off. In fact, I may just have the perfect matching manicure to show off for you on Monday.

What do you think of this look? Would you go for a gold lined lip, or should it be left to editorial makeup? And am I using enough glitter? The comments await!

Robyn

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(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)
Nov. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Random Bits from Makeup Revolution

MUR-Swatches-thMakeup revolution is a budget brand that has been making quite a splash since its launch at the end of last year. Pitched in the same price point as brands like MUA, they want to make professional quality makeup affordable by all, and from reading numerous reviews online, they seem to be succeeding in that regard. But, I always prefer to try things out for myself. So, in a case of needing some retail therapy a couple of weeks ago, I placed an order, which arrived last week. That means that for Tried Tuesday today, I have a selection of swatches to share with you.

I bought essentially two categories of product, lips and eyes. We’ll look at the lip products first.

Lips

I bought three lipsticks to try out, all of which were £1 each. Two came from their “Scandalous Shades” while the third was a “Vamp Shade”

The first thing I noticed upon opening them was that a couple of the lipsticks appeared to have impacted on the top of the tube at some point. This is especially noticeable on the deep red (vamp) lipstick, a shade called “Rebel With Cause”, and to a lesser extent on the purple (scandalous) lipstick “Depraved”. The pink, “Crime” was unaffected. As they were still in their tamper proof plastic seals, I know they weren’t used, but it does slightly concern me as to the quality if this is allowed to happen. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less concerned about it in a £1 lipstick, compared to something more expensive, but it does bother me a little.

Though, I said I have swatches, so here are some swatches. The top is the three tubes, the second is swatched on the back of my hand, and the third is on my lips.

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)

(top – bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

These were all done after a single application on the lips using a lip brush, and there is fairly good colour payoff. You could of course reapply to bump up the colour.

I’m most intrigued by Depraved. It is a curious colour, that I actually quite like, but I’m trying to figure out how to actually wear it. I’ll have to have a think about that.

Eyes

I also have three eye products to show you. The first two are a primer and a pigment. I’ll get to the third in a couple of moments.

The primer is one of three in their Focus & Fix range of primers. The one I have here is Brighten, which I’m told is suitable for metallic shades. The other two are original, and matte (for matte shades). These cost £2.50 each. Alongside it, I have a loose pigment Eye Dust shadow (£1) in a shade called “Grandeur”, a metallic bronze/copper. There are 25 shades of pigment available, so you should be able to find one to love!

In the pictures below you can see the primer by itself on the left, the pigment in the middle, and then layered over the primer on the right, both without flash and with.

Witout flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I can understand how the primer is designed for metallics, as you can see the metallic sheen from it. The pigment itself is a little lacking on its own. While that can be useful if you want to go subtle, I always think of pigments as being for intensity. That problem is greatly alleviated by layering it over the primer. It really makes the pigment come to life in both pictures. I wouldn’t mind picking up another couple of pigments to see what else they can do.

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

The third and final eye product I picked up, really deserves its own post, so I will keep it brief. It is the Awesome Eyeshadow Collection, a palette of 100 shadows, covering nudes and smoky shades, in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic colours. What’s more is that it is only £12! That leads me to why it should get its own post. I have to wonder just how good the quality can be, to offer 100 shades for such a low price. We are talking 12p per shadow. Just out of curiosity though, I chose 10 random shades from the palette to swatch a couple of evenings ago. With no special preparation, and no primers, these were done using a cotton bud on the back of my hand. The shades I chose are outlined in pink below, and correspond to the colours on my hand, reading left to right.

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

For such a quick test, I think there is some promise there. Yes, a couple of the shades do look a little weak by themselves, but I would need to do something more thorough to test this out. I can see it being a quick and easy way to build up a collection of different colours though, as the shades are quite varied.

Now, the good news, for those of you who absolutely must play with your makeup before buying, is that Makeup Revolution are available in Ireland! The bad news at the moment is that they are only available in Superdrug in Omni Park, Santry. But, if you are in the area, it would be a shame to not go in and have a look. My spies tell me that the price differential between the UK and here is only about 35 cent in the pound. If, however, you are unwilling or unable to make that trek, you could always do as I did and order online from Superdrug or the Makeup Revolution Store, and then Parcel Motel the parcel.

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? Is there anything that is tempting you? Or do you believe that the price is just too low to be good quality? The comment line is open!

Robyn

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