Friday, 20 February 2015

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Makeup Revolution Haul

As you are bound to find out sooner or later, I am obsessed with shopping! What's even better is when it doesn't cost me an absolute fortune! Even though the things I usually buy don't break the bank, I don't like to compromise on quality.

However sometimes it can be pretty hit and miss with certain things, so I thought I'd share a little Makeup Revolution shopping spree I had the other week, and to share my views on whether this bargain brand is even worth it in the first place.

Overall, I spent around £30 and got free shipping too (love a bit of free shipping)!



Before I start I just want to say, sorry for the awful wood my university desk has, I'm sure you'll get sick of seeing this as the background to many of these photos, and I promise it won't happen again, just let it offend your eyes this one and only time!


Eye Products




This has to be my favourite thing that I bought! I bought it on a whim, as I want to try as many brow products as possible in order to see what works best for me, and I'm so glad I did. 

At first I was quite put off by the colour, as on the website it looks strange, but once blended out in the brow, it looks really nice and I have to say, my eyebrows have never looked better!



The product can be built up to create a light to a dark brown that is shown in the tube. It's more on the warmer side of brown, with a slightly red-ish tint to it, but doesn't look ridiculous in dark brown brows, and my eyebrows are nearly black.



This comes in four shades, Fair, Light, Medium and Dark.





This is supposed to be a dupe for the Naked 3 palette, however I don't own it, so I can't wholly vouch for that. I love the shades in this palette, as they're all nice and neutral (my favourite) and contain a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades.




I love that there's a high number of matte shades in this palette as in regular cheaper palettes you only tend to get a couple, which is not the best for everyday makeup looks. The shadows themselves are rather highly pigmented, and the shimmers are probably the best quality of them all. 


For this I used the third shade in (light pink satin), fifth shade in (purple toned taupe-y shimmer) and the second to last dark brown shade.




Another eye shadow palette, this time the complete opposite. I bought this as I wanted to experiment with bright colours, and just colour in general, as I usually stick with neutrals and don't venture as far as a blue eyeliner.

This is a lovely palette as it has a range of different colours, from greens, blues and purples, so let me play around with lots of different looks, which is why I bought it.



I find it's best used when applied with the fingers, as that why it gets the best pigmentation when applied to the eyelid.

This is definitely best left for night out looks though, as the shades are either very bright, or quite dark and vampy.



This is just a quick eye look that I did for this post (excuse the no mascara, sorry!) I used the dark purple shade and the pink/purple shade from this palette, along with the darkest, the medium matte brown and the lightest shade from the Iconic 3 palette.

Single Eyeshadows (£1)


Both of these that I picked up are matte shades, as I seem to have far too many shimmers and satins in my collection. Both nicely pigmented and easily blendable. They seem so be a little bit dusty when you pick them up from the pan, but once blended out the look really good! Packaging is slightly awkward and cheap feeling but for the price, what do you expect? I will definitely be buying more of these in the near future!

Envy - Navy

Touch Me - Cream/champange

Lip Products

Amazing lipsticks (£1)



These lipsticks are exactly what they say on the tube - AMAZING! They're only £1 and surprisingly not as rubbish as you'd expect! Granted, the shades I got definitely need a lip liner for the more opaque look I usually go for, but perfect for a lighter, more sheer looking lip with a satin finish.



They also have a nice little touch of the colour of the lipstick visible on the lid of the product, great for displaying like I do, and easy to find in your collection. I will definitely be buying more the the price!

Treat


This is a sort of brown-y pink nude colour. I love this one so much, and a good start for the Kylie Jenner lip trend; it's my favourite of the bunch. Smells like sherbet too! YUM! Unfortunately, this one snapped in my bag, so the tube is a little bit messy, but easy replaceable for the price!

The One

Lovely light pink nude colour. A bit too light for my liking, but I think it looks good on a more natural make up day for me personally and probably in the summer too. Smells like cake, I love it!

Dare

This is the first product I bought of their's and I actually picked it up in Superdrug! This one is a matte shade, however it's not as opaque as I would like it to be, and takes a few layers to look good. This can be resolved with a lip liner underneath though, so I'm happy with this as I would say it's a true red shade and I would probably get a lot of wear out of this.


Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer (£3)



Firstly, this product is a matte formula...


What I Believe

The first thing I will say about this one is, this is not the usual shade I would go for as it's rather bright and I feel coral/oranges don't suit me very well - it doesn't come out as it looks in the tube. However I do think this one would be great for summer, so I'm sure I'll get some wear out of it. Because of the light shade, it shows a lot of the fine lines in my lips, but I'm more about the longevity than the matte look, so putting a little bit of lip balm on top wouldn't faze me.

Rebel

I LOVE this shade, it is just perfect! Very matte, very dark, I just can't get enough! However, there are two drawbacks... The first, it is a bit of a pain to apply, but this can be avoided by using a smaller lip brush to apply to lips, or firstly lining your lips for a more precise lip. Secondly, it has a really strong plastic smell while applying, but doesn't linger once the product it dry. Overall, if you can ignore the smell while applying and your love deep, dark, berry coloured lips, you need this!

Misc.

Bronzer in shade Medium Matte (£2)


On first use, I was not convinced that I would like this product. But after the fourth use, I managed to get the perfect contour/bronze. Takes quite a bit of blending out from the initial application, but best way is to use a light hand and build it up. I will 100% be buying this again. It is now my favourite bronzer!


Full Pro Eye Brush Collection (£6)


Now I knew these would be either hit or miss, but for the price I thought I would try them. Some are good, but some I just can't get to grips with. Almost all had the odd hair that was out of place or slightly longer, but nothing that a pair of scissors could fix, and didn't affect the performance of the brush.



The angled brush I have been using with the eyebrow tint and it works fab, so I love that one! It's nice and thin, so it is precise. The round shader brush is great for packing on colour, it's quite petite, so fits into the corner of the eye lovely.

Now the two that I'm not so keen on are the blending brush and the angled crease brush as they are just too dense to do their jobs properly. I even tried to use these with a cream eye shadow and they didn't seem to blend it very evenly. However, if it was a base that I was using, I would have been happy with it. So you can make these two work, but takes a little bit more work and finding the right products to use.

These can be bought in the collection or individually.


And that is everything! It's been a few weeks since I started writing this post, so I have had a lot of time to try them out and put them to the test, so I hope the mini reviews were good to help you decide on whether or not to put an order in with Makeup Revolution!

If I were you, I would say YES, as you cannot go wrong with the price! There are a number of other things that I have seen on their website that I reeeeally want, so they could get ordered soon!

Let me know in the comments below if you've tried Makeup Revolution and what your recommendations are! They may just make an appearance in the next haul.





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