Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review & Swatches: Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in Heat

Part 3: Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause, Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug
Part 2: Makeup Revolution THE ONE Foundation
Part 1: Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette


This was recommended in a lot of the blog posts I looked at before making my order, so I decided to pick one up. I chose Heart, a lovely peach shade, but got sent Heat which is more of a dark salmon pink because Superdrug can't spell. Luckily this is actually quite a nice shade. I'd still like to pick up Heart though, as it's a nice peach. And only £3!

First Impressions

Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in Heat
 A good amount of product, especially when you consider how pigmented it is. Nice little pump dispenser. The packaging reminds me of GOSH primer.

Swatch




SO PIGMENTED. Ridiculously so. It's like the lip tar of cheeks - you only need a tiny bit for huge colour payoff. Both times I've worn it I've accidentally put too much on. It's really blendable though, much easier to use than other liquid blushes I've tried (especially the really liquid ones like Benetint).

The Verdict 

8/10

Great pigmentation, easy to apply and blend. A fantastic product for the price!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause Review & Swatches, Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug Review & Swatches

Part 3 of the Makeup Revolution reviews.
Part 2: Makeup Revolution THE ONE Foundation
Part 1: Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause

First up is the Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause. This is a bargainous £1 (yes, ONE BRITISH POUND), not that you'd know it! The internet tells me this is a good dupe for MAC Rebel - from the name, I'm guessing they knew exactly what they were doing...

First Impressions

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause

The packaging reminds me of the NYX Round Lipsticks with the colour in the end of the tube. I don't know whether this is just my lipstick, but the cap is really loose and kept falling off.

Swatches/on the lips

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With Cause

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Rebel With A Cause

Nicely pigmented, satin finish. The scent isn't overwhelming (unlike the NYX lipsticks which smell and taste remarkably like soap). In real life the lipstick is quite a bit darker than the photos would suggest, so perhaps not a summer shade, but a good purchase nonetheless (especially for a quid)! Quite slippery though, so I'd recommend blotting with loose powder to fix it.

The Verdict

7/10
For a quid, it's pretty damn good. Great colour payoff and not a bad price for a MAC dupe!

Makeup Revolution Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug

I've never seen a product like this before, although I'm sure it exists elsewhere. Coming in at a slightly more expensive (ha!) £3, this is a lipstick formed of a solid core of colour surrounded by an Argan Oil exterior. It's meant to be more like a tinted lip balm than a lipstick.

First Impressions

It looks weird, but interesting weird.
Makeup Revolution Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug
Take me to your leader.
Unlike the Amazing Lipsticks there's no colour on the end of the tube but there is a little window in the top so you can see the colour (just about).

On the lips

Makeup Revolution Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug

The back-of-hand swatch didn't come out for this one. It's not very pigmented, which is to be expected with all that oil diluting the colour payoff - in fact, on the website they recommend you apply it "more than once" to spread the colour more evenly. I had to run this over my lips a few times to get any noticeable colour. That said, it is nice and moisturising, and subtle enough that you could just wear it during the day instead of lip balm.

The Verdict

7/10

Good price, nice and subtle, good for everyday wear. If anything, it's a nice tinted Argan Oil lipbalm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation (Shade 5)

Here's the second part of my series of Makeup Revolution reviews.
Part 1: Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette Review & Swatches
Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation review

Another Makeup Revolution product I picked was The ONE Foundation (£4). I'd read good reviews online, and it comes in a good range of colours including one white and one very dark, allowing you to mix your perfect match. On the Makeup Revolution blog there's a shade comparison chart, listing the ONE Foundation shade numbers alongside popular MAC, Bobbi Brown, NARS and Illamasqua foundation shades. I picked Shade 5 as I'm around the NW15-20/Bobbi Brown Warm Sand range.

First impressions

What a tiny bottle. Here's a picture next to a lipstick for comparison...
Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation review


The bottle itself is opaque, which is slightly annoying as you can't actually see how much is left. It also feels extremely flimsy and cheap but then it was £4! It has a nozzle at the opening.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation review


The foundation itself is really watery - it reminds me of when a product has separated and you forget to shake it, and all the liquid comes out first. I shook it, and it was exactly the same. This means that to get a reasonable coverage you have to use quite a lot of product, leaving you with the feeling of wearing, well, a lot of makeup.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation swatch
This might give you some idea of how insanely runny it is

I tried applying it with both my beloved Real Techniques Stippling Brush and the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge, but the consistency just wasn't great. I've seen thicker BB creams.

One redeeming feature of this foundation is that the white or very dark mixer shades would be useful if you've got any foundations lying around that don't match your skintone. I've been using this to lighten/thin my MAC Studio Fix foundation to make it less orange, so that's something.

The verdict

4/10

Good range of colours and great price point but rubbish coverage and watery consistency. I wouldn't buy this again.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Today's Makeup: Pinky Neutrals with Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette

Catchy title, but then there are no shade names in this palette!

I wanted to try out some of my new Makeup Revolution products (reviews to follow!) so here's a look with some of them. As usual, my camera hasn't really picked up the full intensity of the colours! Check out my full review and swatches of the Iconic 3 palette here.




Products used

Face

Illamasqua Hydra Veil
MAC Studio Fix foundation (NW15) mixed with Makeup Revolution The ONE Foundation in Shade 5
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15
Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in Heat

Eyes

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette (Shades 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 12)
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

Lips

Makeup Revolution Amazing Care Lipstick in Love A Hug

Review & Swatches: Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette (Urban Decay Naked 3 dupe!)

If you've been floating around the UK beauty community of late you'll no doubt have heard of the new budget brand Makeup Revolution. Guardian beauty columnist and all-round Trustworthy Beauty Person Sali Hughes called it "seriously impressive". I decided to order some products - you can buy them directly from the website or via the Superdrug website, with a Superdrug instore launch coming later this summer - and see if they were worth the fuss.

Price-wise, Makeup Revolution is comparable to budget favourite MUA - products range from as low as £1 to £5, with a 100 shadow palette coming in at £12.

The first thing that caught my eye on the website were the Iconic palettes (£4 each). There are three, and each one is a dupe for one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I own the original Naked Palette (much used, much loved) and grabbed MUA's Undressed 2 palette which is a dupe for Naked 2. However, I'd never found a Naked 3 dupe, and with a price point of £4 it was a good opportunity to try out the pinky-toned neutrals which I've never really used before.

First impressions

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette Review and Swatches (Naked 3 Dupe)

Obviously the case isn't anywhere near as nice as UD Naked, but what do you want for £4? The shadows are pretty big, although I don't know how deep the pans are. It comes with a sponge applicator - I'm not entirely convinced that sponge applicators weren't invented by Satan so I'm just going to chuck that out.

Swatches

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette Review and Swatches (Naked 3 Dupe)
Swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance
My shitty camera doesn't really do realistic colours, but safe to say this is not half bad for the price. The mattes are a bit chalky and the lightest shade (dupe for Strange) doesn't even show up on my skin. The shimmer shades are much more pigmented but a little crumbly, so I'd recommend using a tissue or loose powder to catch fallout when applying.  The second shade from the left (there are no shade names, but it's the dupe for UD Dust) has larger shimmery particles in and the payoff isn't quite so good - you just get the coarse shimmer and nothing else.

The consistency of these shadows reminds me a lot of the MUA shadows, which are the same price.

The Verdict

6/10

All in all, if you want buttery soft, pigmented goodness (and if you particularly wanted the matte shades), then suck it up and spend the £40 on the Urban Decay box of treats, but if you're like me and can sacrifice quality for price then it's definitely worth a buy! I'm certainly happy.



Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Monkey Island Cross Stitch Pattern!

Monkey Island Cross Stitch

I'm Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate! I've been experimenting with PCStitch and managed to create this pattern which I'm rather proud of, using the actual sprites and font from the first game, Secret of Monkey Island.

If you've never played the Monkey Island series of games, what are you waiting for?? The retro graphics might put some off, sure, but the dialogue is amongst the funniest of any game I've ever played.

This will definitely be my next project - right after I sort through my floss collection and try to label them all with their proper colour numbers! (I regret my laziness...)

For now you can buy the pattern here.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Alan Partridge Cross Stitch Pattern and IPA Cross Stitch Pattern

I've been a keen stitcher for some time now and have drafted a few of my own patterns for cross stitch, but til now I've never put them online. I decided it was time!

Now you can get your hands on this classic Alan Partridge quote as a cross stitch (complete with Toblerone:)
Alan Partridge Cross Stitch


Or, if you're a linguistics nerd like me, you can stitch all of the consonants and vowels from the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as a sampler with some pretty borders:

IPA cross stitch


I'll be posting more soon, plus the odd free pattern, so if you're a needlework fan then make sure to bookmark the blog!