Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette
After weeks and weeks of putting it to the test, I am finally here with a review of the Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette. This one was surprisingly one of my most requested reviews to do. There is something to be said about the attraction of dupes. If you are unaware of what I’m talking about, this Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette is an exact dupe of the uber popular Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette. I would love to get into the talk of dupage, but that’s really a topic worthy of a whole another discussion. So today, I will be focusing on all the deets of the Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette – Packaging
The packaging isn’t luxurious or expensive feeling which is obvious since this is an affordable drugstore palette. It’s a black plastic packaging and I like that the lettering is rose gold. The advantage of the packaging is that the palette is very lightweight. It comes devoid of a mirror but comes packaged with a really fantastic brush that is not one of those throwaway kinds. There’s one thing that kinda throws me off. I am no ingredients expert, but the front of the packaging clearly has a label saying the formula is talc free. And yet, turn to the back to read the ingredients, the second ingredient is TALC. Could someone explain this to me? And for anyone wondering, we do not like talc in our makeup because it is a possible toxic carcinogen.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette – Shades and Swatches
This is an all matte palette. It contains 12 shades in mainly browns, light beiges and peaches and one black. Here are the swatches. I always swatch without a primer just so you can see how they look in their original form. Plus sometimes, I forget to wear a primer so I expect my shadows to still look good and be pigmented in such a case. The way that the palette is laid out is very user friendly. The left, middle and right sections are divided into quads so that creating looks may become that much easier for a beginner or when you are in a rush and have no time to let your creative juices flow.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette – Eyeshadow Formula
Kickup: The first thing you’ll notice when you dip your brush in is that the shadows are very dusty. Meaning they do have a lot of kickup that you must tap off before touching the brush to your eye. To me, that is not a big deal at all. Everyone’s (and mine) beloved ABH Modern Renaissance Palette also has the same kickup. Kickup bothers some people so I thought it might be helpful to point it out. When you’re blending it on the eye though, there is no fallout whatsoever. When you touch the shadows, they are not creamy and are dry, but they are soft to the touch if that makes sense. I don’t find these to be hard or horrible or chalky by any means. In fact, I do really love the texture.
Pigmentation: The shadows in this palette are HIGHLY pigmented. They may not be Modern Renaissance soft or pigmented, but they’re definitely up there in quality. Obviously, the shade I use the most is that rusty orange shade that all of us are crazy over. That shade is soo gorgeous and pigmented, it basically makes the look for you without you having to work hard at all.
Blendability: I find the shadows to be very blendable and easy to use. They are smooth, opaque, non patchy and easily blend out on the lids. There is literally nothing else I can address or anything more that you’d want from an ideal palette. I am a medium brown skin toned gal, so my lids are already not pale, which means, it takes well pigmented shadows to show up on my skin tone and these certainly do. Some of the lighter white beige shades don’t look the most flattering but that’s purely because of my skin tone. The darker you are, the chalkier lighter shadows tend to look. That’s just a simple fact.
Longevity: The eyeshadows last a crazy good amount of time on the eyes. Even without a primer, they can certainly look perfect past the five hour mark, but with a primer, you can easily extend that flawless look until a good 9+ hours. I’ve only tested these for that length, so those are the only numbers I can cite. Personally, I rarely ever find myself in a situation where I have to wear my makeup for over 9 hours in any given day.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light and Shade Palette – Price and Availability
United States: This palette retails for $15.00 (USD). For people in the United States, you can find this at Ulta online or in stores. I would highly recommend that you wait for a sale, because this brand is almost always on sale at Ulta and Makeup Revolution has several other fantastic products that you might like to take advantage of during the usual BOGO 50% off sales.
United Kingdom: I believe this brand is widely available and easily accessible through Superdrug and the palette costs £8.
Worldwide: Makeup Revolution as a brand is under the parent umbrella called TAM Beauty. So you can order anything from this brand from the TAM Beauty website as well. I believe TAM Beauty ships worldwide.
All in all, let’s answer these questions:
1. Do you need the palette? – YES, if you don’t have the KVD Shade and Light. If you already have that, you definitely don’t need this.
2. Is it worth the money? It is absolutely worth the money (it’s pretty affordable anyway). I reach for this almost daily now. I just can’t seem to put it down.
3. Overall rating? – 8/10
That’s it loves! I hope you found the review useful in case you are looking to buy a new drugstore eyeshadow palette. Whether this is an actual quality dupe for the KVD palette, I unfortunately cannot comment on that. I have heard from several others though (ones who own both the palettes) that it is. I personally absolutely love the palette and I can see myself getting a ton of use out of it. Let me know if you guys have it, tried it and what you think of it. Until the next time …