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Makeup Revolution is pretty new to Irish shores. We could buy it online but never in store. Now we have a couple of stands, just in the Superdrug’s we have here in Dublin. So still not the easiest to get if you don’t live in the county 🙁

I picked up a few bits which I documented here in a blogpost a while ago.

One of them was their Radiance Palette.

Irish beauty blog makeup revolution radiance palette

This is a trio of their highlighters. If you are a makeup fiend you may be thinking these look familiar? Well you would be right there.

This palette has a remarkable resemblance to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which I also have in my possession.

beauty blog hourglass ambient lighting palette

These are being compared alot online. The Makeup Revolution Palette is being deemed a dupe for the Hourglass. They look really similar in the pan but of course the Makeup Revolution one is a hell of alot cheaper than the Hourglass palette. So do they compare?

Beautynook Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette V Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

irish beauty blog close up makeup revolution radiance palette                                                            Close up shots of both palettes

beauty blog close up ambient lighting palette

Here is the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette swatched on my arm from left to right.

makeup revolution radiance palette swatch

Then, here is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette swatched in the same way. Radiance Light first, Incandescent Light in the middle and then Dim Light.

Hourglass ambient lighting palette swatch

I think the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette fares ok. The palette itself is grand. It had a good sized mirror within a plastic casing and the powders are housed pretty firmly inside. The product is a little powdery and takes alot of building up in my humble opinion. It disappears as you blend it into the skin, but you can eventually get there and build up a glow with them. They have quite a sparkly finish.

As I reiterate in most of my posts I have oily skin, and I find the Radiance Palette doesn’t last very long on me. After a couple of hours of applying any of them, I can’t really see the product anymore, it’s like it just sinks in, not great 🙁 It may work better on drier skin? I don’t know.

So what about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette?

I have this palette a long time now and really love it. I love the sleek packaging (even though it’s plastic) and then the powders inside are just so soft and buttery to the touch. They blend into the skin without much effort at all. They glide onto the skin much easier and they last much longer on me personally then the Makeup Revolution ones. They look more soft focus than the Radiance Palette, which I prefer too.

There is a pretty substantial price difference between these two. The Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette will set you back €10.35 and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a whopping €68!

On comparing the palettes, it really comes down to brass tax, you get what you pay for. There is often amazing similar products (I find the word ‘dupe’ hard so I’ll go with similar ha)  to be found in the ‘drugstore’, of course, and I love to hunt them out and shout them from the rooftop, but I personally don’t think I have found one this time. They definitely look similar, but they do not perform the same at all.

In conclusion, I think the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette is OK as a shimmery highlighter palette, I don’t think I would repurchase it, whereas I think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a gorgeous face powder/ soft focus highlighting palette and I would splurge on it all over again. That is my over analytic summation anyways 🙂

Do you have either? Or both? Let me know what you think.

xxx

On a little Boots flurry…we all have them now and again done we? 🙂 I picked up some brow offerings from Sleek Makeup.

Let me introduce you to, The Sleek Eyebrow Stylist and the Brow Perfector.

Sleek Makeup Brow Artist Brow Perfector

 

 

It was 3 for 2 on makeup in Boots so I did pick up a nail polish too, but that’s not what you came here to read about 🙂

 

I’ll talk about the Eyebrow Stylist firstly, as this is the one you would use first in your brow routine. The packaging is on point. Very similar to it’s more expensive counterparts from Hourglass or Burberry. It’s sleek…get it Sleek?! (sorry).

It has a spooley on one end and then a wax slanted crayon on the other.

Sleek Brow Artist

I have a motto now, don’t buy a eyebrow pencil without a brush or a spooley at the end, it just makes life easier!

The pencil itself is soft in texture and it glides on without much faffing about, the slanted nib is quite wide though so in my opinion the Eyebrow Stylist is more for just filling in the body of your brows rather than any precision work. It’s great for someone who already has a great shape to theirs (lucky you) and just needs to tidy up any gaps or make you brow a tad longer. As the pencil is soft, it is easy to rub away, but it does set with a gel over the top. As I am an oily sucker, I tend to add a bit of powder on top, when I have time to just for added assurance. The colour I chose Medium 717 is a good medium brown, but it does have some red to it so be wary of that. This suits me as I have red undertones in my hair and brows anyways so it doesn’t look peculiar. There is colour choices though so I wouldn’t let that deter you.

Overall for a waxy ‘drug store’ brow pencil the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist is a good choice. I have used the Hourglass pencil in the past and I never got along with it. I definitely like the Sleek version better and at €6.99 it’s less than a third of the price.

Onto the Sleek Brow Perfector.

Sleek Brow Perfector

This is basically a coloured brow gel, that you can use to define and help keep your brows in place over product or you can just use it alone to add a bit of colour and definition.

I picked up the colour Light Brown 041. I didn’t want my brows getting any darker after using the Brow Perfector so I picked it up in a colour that just slightly lighter than mine.

The little nifty spooley that the gel is applied with really loads up with product so I would advise you to give it a bit of a wipe before use…I found that out the hard way because the gel clings to any hair it is in contact with. It is a very wet formula too so easy to smudge…again found that out the hard way. It does set my brows and adds some subtle colour and texture, great! But I found that throughout the day the product can start to flake and even clump together, not so great.

In conclusion, I am not a huge fan of the Sleek Brow Perfector. I have used better more affordable brow gels from the likes of Wet n Wild and Catrice. It will set you back €5.99 but won’t be a product I will be rushing to buy again. However, I have just been gifted the clear version of the brow gel so I will jumping straight into that now and hoping is fares better.

Onto the demonstration 🙂 I have applied both of them for you to see them in action. My brows are not my crowning glory…I picked the best one out of the two to show…we all have one we like better don’t we?

Sleek Brow Artist Review (5)

My Naked Brow 🙂

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist Applied

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist Applied

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist and Brow Perfector Applied

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist and Brow Perfector Applied

 

 

There you have it. What do you think? Let me know.

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette

 

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette So this is the brand, Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. Contouring has taken off so much in the mainstream world. It is not just a makeup artists secret weapon anymore. I have spoken about contouring before, but it is a much more expensive product, have a read here if you are a makeup junkie 🙂

At first glance, this looks very similar to a Nars palette or if you are familar with Elf, they do a product very similar looking too but again mimicking Nars.

The packaging is smooth to the touch and inside it boasts a large mirror..never a bad thing.

It contains two powders. A matte grey toned bronze and a pinkier toned lighter powder. A highlighter and contour duo.

The dark shade is on point for my light skin tone, the highlight shade is pretty much my skin tone so it won’t be doing much highlighting around these parts. As you can see below it’s barely even visible. With tan on and maybe a darker shade of foundation it may work though, I can use it as a setting powder on normal days.

seventeen define and conquer swatchThe Seventeeen Define & Conquer is a good damn product. I think I would be so rash and say I like it better than some of it’s highstreet counterparts.  The deep shade is the perfect tone for contouring. It’s a soft powder, it blends in really well and does a great job of defining your cheekbones without looking dirty or grubby, as well as your nose or temples depending on how much contouring you like to do.

Before application

Before application

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette on skin

After application

I have a round face, so I need more than a bit of powder to give me definition but it does make things look better that’s for sure. I tend to use it under my chin too for a bit of shadow, I need all of the help I can get 🙂

As I am pretty oily, my skin tends to eat up makeup during the day. I found the Seventeen Define & Conquer powders lasted really well on me and I could still notice the contour in the evening when I was washing the day away.

If you are new to contouring and want something to learn with, this palette is perfect for you. It even gives you a little step by step guide to get you started.

This Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit is available in Boots and is €7.59 a bargain or what?

xxx

 

Rimmel Nude Foundation

I have been going on about the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation on social media since it came out and I got it. So I figured I just had to do a blogpost on it 🙂

I love Rimmel foundations. I am a particular fan of the Stay Matte range that I speak about here in a past blogpost.

I think the Lasting Finish Nude pips the Stay Matte foundation to the post for me. I am really loving it. So much so I bought a second back up bottle because I did not want to be without.

Of course before the Nude version, there was just the normal red topped Lasting Finish. This is a great foundation and I really like it, but it can be a bit heavy in my humble opinion for during the day. The Nude version eliminates that. It is a medium coverage foundation, but it can be really be worn lightly or built up depending on your preference, as it does not cake on the skin. It also has an spf of 20 not ideal for going out in the evening (if you are going to be getting your picture taken), but great for during the day.

I haven’t the best skin in the world, I waffle on about this all of the time. I am oily, have enlarged pores and am prone to breakouts. Don’t be too harsh on me.

Before Lasting Finish Nude Foundation

Before Application

After Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation application

After Application

This is a liquid foundation. For me, on a normal day, one pump of the Lasting Finish Nude is enough to even out my skin and make me look somewhat human. I usually use a kabuki foundation brush to apply it, just because this is my preferred way to apply foundation.

Sigma  Round Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush F82

I have used a Beauty Blender in the past and it has applied lovely as well though. I always use a primer, no matter what it is so I don’t know how this foundation would do without one. With a primer and some light powdering, I find it lasts really well on my skin, and it has never oxidised on me. I wear the shade 100 Ivory.

It is not too drying on the skin either. It has a semi matte finish, I think, so if you have combination or even dry but well moisturised skin, this is still a lovely edition to your makeup routine.

I have a stupid amount of foundations, low end and high. I am always trying to find the “perfect” one. They are in a container altogether on top of my Alex from Ikea.

My Foundations

Well, lets be honest they are spilling out of the container, but you get the idea 🙂

I haven’t touched any of these since I bought  the Lasting Finish Nude, this has been a lone soldier atop my desk with the rest of my go to makeup. That makes a pretty bold statement in my world.

The happy ending to this story too is that this foundation is €8.99, pretty good right? Well at the minute Boots are selling it for €4.99 here and instore!

I am such a fan, I cannot really say much more about it. If your near a Rimmel stand, swatch it yourself and see what you think.

As always thanks for reading, and let me know if you pick it up.

Gemma

xxx