When a brand says they’re about to start ‘a revolution’ it’s easy to take it with a huge pinch of salt; pretty much every name out there claims to be changing the way the industry works, how we buy makeup or the price we need to pay to get a great product – but Makeup Revolution actually achieved just that. When they launched into the UK only four years ago, there was a huge thirst for budget beauty and a need to pick up something new every week; consumers had an overwhelming appetite for everything makeup related, driven by incredible innovation and a focus on experimentation. Beauty blogs and YouTube tutorials had for the first time placed the power in the hands of the consumer, the result being a fascination with new colours and trying out new textures. Makeup Revolution met this need perfectly, delivering affordable cosmetics faster than we could snap them up, alongside some questionable dupes (“when is it too far?” we started to ask…) and they made an industry wide impact. Sales rocketed, other brands reacted accordingly and bloggers went crazy for the name that made creating content easy.
Skip forward a few years and the market has definitely transitioned. No longer are we driven by a constant need to buy, picking up ten different eyeshadow palettes every month just because they’re cheap as chips, instead preferring to invest in products that serve us well regardless of cost. There’s still a huge market and demand for budget beauty, but the focus is less on buying it all and more about finding those secret gems that perform just as good as their more premium counterparts. I’ve written previously about my opinion regarding dupes (catch up on it here) and I stated a year ago that I’d love to see brands like Makeup Revolution focusing on developing their own products rather than copying others – and it appears Makeup Revolution Pro is their forray into just that.
A range that consists of over 200 individual products, there are some real gems to be found. They certainly have taken ‘inspiration’ from some premium brands and capitalised on their existing successful colour cosmetics, but the focus here is very much on delivering ‘professional quality.’ In my opinion these certainly aren’t professional (and I’d love to hear from any pro makeup artists that have tried the range!) but they’re good enough for Joanne Bloggs to play around with and use on a daily basis. They look great, provide some fab results, and with prices starting at only £3.00 you really can’t go wrong. Here are some of the bits I think are worth checking out…
Supreme Black Flick Liner (£4.00)
so hard to find a great eyeliner that provides a precise and
long-lasting result, but this is honestly one of the best I’ve tried in a
long time. The pigment is incredibly strong and the pen nib incredibly
precise, allowing me to create effortless flicks in seconds. It doesn’t
smudge or budge and is a doddle to layer, making it a firm fave in my
current makeup bag; I’ve no idea if it dries up quickly as I’ve only
been using it a few days, but for this price I’m not sure I’d care.
Supreme Matte Lip Pigment (£4.00)
a high street version of the iconic YSL lip stains, these contain a
seriously strong pigment that layers onto lips beautifully. With a
slightly glossy finish to start with, it dries down to leave a matte
finish without drying out lips or leaving them feeling too
uncomfortable; I swatched this on my hand and had to scrub it off with a
proper cleansing oil at the end of the day, so that shows you the
longevity it offers. An amazing array of colours (not just your typical
reds, but blue, purple and grey too) makes this a really exciting new
Brow Pomade (£5.00)
obsessed with my Anastasia Brow Pomade, but this is a great high street
alternative – and a fraction of the price. It’s creamy and pigmented
enough to be applied with a precise brush to angle and fill the brows,
leaving a fab finish that doesn’t cake or bleed. If you’ve been meaning
to invest in your brows but can’t quite bring yourself to part with
nearly twenty quid, this is a great substitute.
Supreme Eyeshadow Palette ‘Captivate’ (£6.00)
the shades in this are far more suited to Autumn, the beautiful tones
are perfect to use to enhance the eye colour. I love the jewel toned red
and subtle bronze, but the rest of the tones are great for everyday
nude looks too. Like with every Makeup Revolution eyeshadow, the
pigments are pretty great and the textures creamy enough to blend –
they’re no Urban Decay, but for six quid you can’t really go wrong!
Foundation Drops (£7.00)
budget foundations were really quite appalling, even if your skin was
practically perfect, but in the last few years they’ve started to really
give more expensive names a run for their money. This lightweight
texture is comparable to brands including Cover FX and Bare Minerals,
delivering high pigment in a super liquid format to allow blending and
building; although I was impressed with the result, it does have a
tendency to move around the t-zone throughout the day and needs topping
up with powder to avoid shine. As long as you don’t suffer with oily
skin or breakouts, this could be for you.
Highlighter Palette ‘Rose Gold’ (£8.00)
photos really don’t do this justice, because the four shades within
this slim palette are really quite beautiful. Highly pigmented and with
no glitter in sight, the shimmer really catches the light and helps skin
to look radiant. I love the warmer tones for adding holiday shine to
skin, but the silver shade is great for using under the brow arch or at
the corner of eyes to widen and brighten. At two quid for each of the
shades, this is sure to be a sell out.
there’s not a major difference between this and their main line, the
products do look sleeker and offer women looking for classic cosmetics
(rather than super seasonal shades or trend-led packaging) a budget
alternative to some of their premium shades. It’s great to see Makeup
Revolution expanding and delivering real quality alongside their
newness, and these provide just a snapshot of what they have to offer.
Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution Pro range? Which pieces do you think will be the most popular?
Makeup Revolution Pro is available to buy from www.revolutionbeauty.com now, with prices starting from £3.00. The main brand is available to buy from Superdrug nationwide.
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