I don’t know when my transition to eyeshadow palette snob began, but it felt like overnight that I went from the likes of Makeup Revolution and MUA to Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that I had a serious palette clearout and gave most of my high street palettes to friends and family. Now I use a ton of high street makeup generally, but for some reason eyeshadow palettes became high-end only. Well recently, after receiving the Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 Palette at a Superdrug event, I’ve had a change of heart and I’ve remembered exactly why I love the high street so much and why their palettes shouldn’t be overlooked. Prepare for an absolute beaut.
Pinks, oranges and generally any warm-toned has been the eyeshadow trend all year, and I’ve totally bought into it. I love these kinds of shadows but I haven’t yet parted my cash with some of the most hyped up palettes such as Naked Heat and Modern Renaissance. Instead, I’ve shopped my stash and fallen in love with the warmer toned shadows in the original Naked palettes and things like that. But for just 8 pounds Makeup Revolution have created this absolutely beautiful 32-pan palette which totally buys into the trend.
When I opened this up (beautiful rose gold packaging by the way), I didn’t expect to see so many shadows looking back at me. I was expecting maybe about 18 shades, but housed into this quite small palette are 32 shades. This does mean that each pan is pretty damn tiny, maybe 1.5cm x 1.5cm? I’m also not that big on palettes which have twenty plus shades, but the more I’ve used this palette the more I’ve loved it, so although on first look I didn’t have the highest expectations, I’ve really made it work for me.
Firstly, I don’t find the 32 shades overwhelming because they’re organised so nicely. The top row and bottom row are all shimmers, the middle two are mattes. Easy. Someone once told me the best way to “work out” a palette, is to look for the duos and quads, and this one is really cleverly organised into lots of duos. You can pick any shade and one of the shades next to or above it will just match beautifully to it.
The shadows themselves are gorgeous, Makeup Revolution absolutely aced their colour selection here. You can really rock the trend and go bold with the bright pinks and corals – which are still surprisingly wearable, or you can play it safe with a whole host of warm-toned neutrals. All the shades work well together so the whole thing is pretty foolproof. The formula for 90 percent of the shadows is amazing, it really made me remember just how good Makeup Revolution is when it comes to formulation. There are a few of the shimmer shades which have quite large chunks of glitter (Pastel, Kisses, Palette Whistle) and generally, I would say I prefer the formula on the matte shadows but to be honest this is no different to say the Naked 3 which has a rather questionable shimmer formulation.
I’ve very quickly discovered some favourites in here – Candle, Cerise, Drop to name a few – and it makes me sad that they probably won’t last all that long because the pans are so tiny. But the more I use this palette, the more I discover new favourites so I’m sure I’ll make my way around the whole palette, even to those bright pinks one day.
Overall, I’m so, so impressed by this palette and I’ve had a sudden realisation that you really don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy good quality eyeshadows anymore. I genuinely cannot believe that this palette is only eight pounds, if this had been in Urban Decay packaging and only half the shades I probably would have been picked this up for five times the cost, that’s really mad to think isn’t it? I feel like I’ve got a lot of my ‘warm eyeshadow’ desires sorted with this one and since I’ve had it, I’ve barely put it down and to be honest I don’t see that changing anytime soon!
Will you be trying this bargain palette?