Here’s part 2 of my reviews of the Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters! Read Part 1 – Sunlight Mood Lights, here. This time it’s my particular fave, Rose Quartz Lights. To be perfectly honest, I have used this every single day since I received it. It is just my perfect blush. When I saw it on the website, I was concerned it would be too dark, but once all swirled together on my brush, it creates the most beautiful bronze peach glow.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this is called a highlighter but it really isn’t one. I always use it as a blush. Even the lightest colour on this would be too dark as a highlighter for me, but could maybe work on people with deeper skin tones. On the far right of the product, the colour gets pretty dark and would actually make a beautiful bronzer. However, I use this as a blush by dipping my brush along all the colours.
To swatch the product, I used three fingers and took product from the left, middle and right of the blush.
This blush always works perfectly with the rest of my makeup, as I love warm tones and browns/bronzes/peaches/orange tones on my eyes. It also has a very subtle shimmer to it – which I love from a blush as it makes you look extra glowy.
The Gradient Highlighters are currently on TAMbeauty for just £4 each, buy yours here.
Those of you who have been regularly reading my blog for a while now will know how much I love me a blinding highlighter and that a lot of them I have reviewed have been rainbow ones. This little beauty was released by Makeup Revolution last week and is an incredible £4! Before I say anything else, I have to put it out there that this is an incredibly high quality and pigmented highlighter, especially for the price.
Let’s start with the packaging – it comes in a compact, plastic case with a border of holo (don’t shoot me if this is not holo – trust me, I struggle to know the difference between all the special rainbow effects!).
There are five highlight colours inside this palette – you can wear each colour individually, swirl your brush and grab each colour or paint an actual rainbow on your cheekbones. When I was experimenting, I found that when you swirl your brush across all the colours, the overall effect is a predominantly blue colour.
As I mentioned previously, the colours in this palette are extremely pigmented and easy to work with. I couldn’t believe the shine achieved just from swatching the product very lightly onto the back of my hand.
Today, I used the pink colour on the tops of my cheekbones, nose and Cupid’s bow. It has such a pretty effect and went smoothly onto my skin. It didn’t gather or look chalky. It just left a gorgeous glow. I’m in love!
To buy your own, either visit TAM Beauty here or Superdrug online here. It is also available in Superdrug stores. I can honestly say it’s worth every penny.
One thing I will say is, I am unsure as to why they are sold as ‘highlighters’, they are definitely more appropriately used as blushers. You could possibly dip your brush into the very lightest shade on the far left and use that as a subtle highlighter, but these are predominantly a blush.
I swatched the product with three fingers and just took some product from each third of the palette, as shown in the photo above. I mixed all of the gradient together on my brush to create the blush I am wearing in the photo below.
Sunlight Mood Lights is definitely my favourite of the three palettes. I love a peachy toned Blush as I wear a lot of peachy browns on my eyes and they compliment each other perfectly.
The lighter shade in the product isn’t the most pigmented, but is easily buildable. The darker the colour gets, the more pigmented it becomes. To be honest, I like my blushers to be buildable as I like to avoid the clown look!
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters visit TAM Beauty here.
Makeup Revolution released the beautiful Renaissance palettes last week, including this Night version, a Day one and a glow palette. The Day palette contains all matte shades and the Night one a mixture of one matte and four shimmer shades.
This palette came beautifully packaged in a gorgeous black box with rose gold decoration. The palette was inside a gorgeously soft pouch inside the box, which adds an extra element of luxury. The palette itself has a matte black case and a beautiful rose gold clasp, which I’ve never seen on a palette before.
Inside the case lid is a mirror – I love Makeup Revolution for this – and a double-ended brush. The shades themselves are beautiful. The matte colour is a white, perfect for highlighting the brow bone, as I did today. The pink and bronze tones are intensely shimmery and pigmented. The final two shades have reflective glitters in them and are stunning.
I created an eye look today using a majority of the shades in the palette –
Use the matte white to highlight the centre of the brow bone
The lighter brown on the outer V and slightly into the crease, also along the lower lash line
The copper tone over the rest of the lid and along the inner part of the lower lash line
The light pink on inner corners as a highlight
The shades in the palette are very easy to work with and blend. I experienced little to no fall out. The shadows are of a very high quality.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this palette. The packaging is stunning and compact enough to travel with. I also think this palette would make a brilliant gift.
The rose gold packaging for this highlighter is absolutely stunning. It is a large compact and you get 14g of highlighting powder for only £5 which is excellent value for money. There is also a huge mirror inside – handy for on the go!
The look and feel of these highlighters really remind me of the Jeffree Star Skin Frost ones (but I feel these are a much classier version!).
In the pan, the powder has a white glow but in the light it has a gold reflect. These highlighters have been designed for the body as well as the face (hence the reason why you get so much product) and this particular shade would look gorgeous along the collar bone on an evening out. I applied it to the cheekbones and nose today and I’m so pleased with how it looks.
The powder is very buildable and can also be applied with a wet brush for a more intense glow.
You can buy your own Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter here. There are four shades currently available – Ice Kiss, Peach Kiss, Golden Kiss and Bronze Kiss.
With the word ‘sparkle’ in the product name, I just had to give this highlighter a go! I was also drawn to the blue tone like a moth to the flame. Blue highlighter? How will I not look like an Ice Queen?
This is one of three new highlighters from MUA – an affordable but good quality brand. I’ve previously reviewed the same product in the shade Opalescent Amber. Read that one here.
As you can see from the swatch, it is VERY BLUE. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a stunning colour but during the swatching stage I was getting gradually more terrified about applying it to my face. How can this look good?
Well, I plucked up the courage this morning and applied it to my cheek bones. I did try putting it on my nose, as I normally would, but it looked frankly ridiculous. Think Adventure Time Ice King.
I had a minimal makeup day today, so I applied the highlighter over just primer and a bit of concealer. I tested it in three different lighting situations for you because I was desperately trying to make it work.
As usual my camera hasn’t picked up the tones that I wanted it to, but this looks much more blue in real life. My husband actually thought I’d accidentally got something on my face!
Final verdict – FAD!
Yes it’s very pigmented and looks beautiful in the packaging, but I really don’t see how a blue swipe of shimmer is flattering on your skin? It looks cold and a bit like a fancy dress makeup look colour. If I ever decide to create a Halloween unicorn/mermaid/alien/snowflake makeup look then this highlighter will be the first thing I reach for. Now that’s an idea…
I absolutely love the other MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighters and highly recommend them. They are also a bargain £3 for a lot of product. You can get them from the MUA website here or Superdrug here.
I’ve seen a few comments online about these new lip kits by Barry M and was intrigued enough to give them a go. Lip kits have been made popular by, you guessed it, Kylie Jenner (does that girl influence everything we do now?!) and there have been a few, more affordable dupes appearing recently.
Last month I reviewed the Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Echelon and thought it was pretty good. However, the more I’ve worn it, the more I’ve disliked it. The formula is pretty terrible. Don’t get me wrong, I love the colour and the lip pencil, but the liquid lipstick itself goes very tacky and grainy and never seems to fully dry. I watched a YouTube video the other day and it was said that these lip kits by Barry M are much, much better and I just had to see for myself!
Inside the kit you get a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick.
The lip pencil is amazingly creamy and easy to apply. The colour is quite different to the liquid lipstick, so I wouldn’t recommend using it to over-line your lips. I used it under the lipstick itself to increase the wear time.
I love the liquid lipstick colour so much! It takes a while to dry and is very runny (be careful! I spilt the tester version all over the floor in my local Boots! 🙈) but once it dries it is beautiful!
This formula really lasts too! It stays on all day and is just so smooth looking. I’m so impressed. This is my favourite lip kit so far – I’d say even better than the Kylie ones!
They are also a fraction of the price of the Kylie kits at only £6.99. There are currently three shades, but Barry M do also sell matte liquid lipsticks on their own and there are quite a few shades available. To buy your own kit from Boots, click here.
The eyeshadows are inside a gorgeous matte gold case – it’s a good travel size and has a massive and very handy mirror inside. There are 30 shades inside the palette – a combination of mattes, shimmers and sheens. You also get a good double ended brush.
One of the most amazing things about this palette is the price. It’s £9.99 and is probably the only palette you’ll ever need. You can create hundreds of looks with this palette, from smokey eyes to matte glam. There are shades to suit every skin tone and eye colour too. I’ll be uploading a tutorial using this palette, later this week.
I have swatched each of the shades, starting with the top row, down and from left to right.
The colour pay off from the majority of the shades in this palette is fantastic. I’m amazed at the high quality and high pigmentation for the price. As mentioned before, I will be uploading a tutorial using this palette later this week.
This palette has been out a few months now and I’m really late to the party on this one, but I just had to review it. I’ve been using it pretty much every day since I got it last week and I’ve been very happy with the final results every time.
To buy your own, visit TAMBeauty here or Superdrug here.
Forever on the hunt for the most blinding highlighter, I came across the Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter on the @revolution.cult Instagram page. @revolution.cult is a fan page set up by TAM Beauty for all fans of Makeup Revolution products and their sister companies (my Instagram posts have been featured on there a couple of times – yippee!)
I’ll start by saying that this highlighter is unbelievable. It is incredibly pigmented and just stunning to look at.
At first it looks like a white shimmery highlighter, but when you move it in the light you can see these incredible green undertones.
It screams mermaid tail to me! I can’t stop wearing it – I’m feeling bold with my highlight application at the moment and this product is just perfect for my mood.
This highlighter can be used both wet and dry for different intensities. It is an amazing £3 and you get a lot of high quality product for your money. I can guarantee you’ll love it! To buy your own, click here.