Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette | Review & Swatches




Makeup Revolution’s Romantic Smoked Palette contains 6 shimmer shadows and 6 mattes, all of which fit into a kind of purple-brown-khaki theme. This is the palette from Makeup Revolutions line that I was the most excited about- the shades are completely different from any other eyeshadow palette I own (more on that later), and I think the quality and pigmentation of these shadows is even better than in the other Makeup Revolution Palette’s I’ve tried- Iconic 3 and Essential Mattes.


 The shimmer shades


 The matte shades


Isn’t the colour scheme pretty? I love Shade 6 (shimmery, khaki green) and both of the purples, and I’m really happy that this palette actually contains a couple of matte blending shades. As far as pigmentation goes, these shadows are definitely better than those in the Matte palette, and they’re possibly a little better than in Iconic 3, too. The shimmer shades are really lovely- a few are slightly gritty, but nothing too difficult to work with, and the matte shades are, though slightly chalky, very easy to apply and blend.

This eyeshadow palette is £4 from Superdrug and from the Makeup Revolution website, and seriously, I love it a lot- I’ve never come across anything like it (though I think I did mention a while ago that I’d love a Naked palette with green, gold and purple tones, kind similar to this) and I’m having a pretty hard time coming up with any dupes. It reminds me a teeny bit of the Laura Mercier palette from this year:


See? There are no completely matching shades, but they have the same neutral-cool toned shades with lots of purple and brown. Still, I think that if you missed the Laura Mercier palette (which is incredible, by the way), Makeup Revolutions Romantic Smoked Palette is definitely worth taking a look at.

What do you think? Have you tried this one, or any of the others?


Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette | Review, Swatches & Comparison


What? An all matte palette? For £4? Yeah, this is totally what Naked Basics should have looked like, don’t you think? This palette is another gem from Makeup Revolution (a brand which I am now ever so slightly obsessed with, by the way) which I’ve been testing out for a couple of days now so I thought it was about time I wrote a little review! *Or tried to. I apologise in advance for this post, it’s kind of a mess*




I’m so happy with the colour selection! I think it would have been pretty easy for Makeup Revolution to have filled up this palette with various shades of brown, but there are actual, wearable colours here. Including purples. I have such a thing for purple eye shadows. 

The only thing I don’t love about the shades are that the first four are actually very, very similar (see swatches below), and I feel like one or two of them are only there so this can be a Naked Basics dupe- see what I mean?!


‘Foxy’ and Shade 2 are very similar in the pan, and so are ‘Naked 2’ and Shade 5- but anyway, swatches!


The first four shades are incredibly similar when they’re swatched, because, to be honest, the pigmentation isn’t great. My super pale skin definitely doesn’t help, but those four are quite built up in the picture and they’re still barely visible. The rest of the shades, however, are pretty awesome. The pigmentation is much better, and you can really see the colour intensity when they’re swatched. They are all quite chalky, but applied over a good primer they’re all really easy to apply and blend- and they last pretty well too, some of the lighter shades are only about four hours but for the more intense colours I can get at least six hours of wear out of them.

Overall, I think for a £4 palette, this is pretty incredible. I’m so happy that there’s finally a good drugstore, all-matte eyeshadow palette, and one that has a really pretty shade selection. What do you think of the swatches? Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution palettes?

Available at Superdrug and Makeup Revolution.

Urban Decay Naked 3 vs. Makeup Revolution Iconic 3


Introducing- the first Naked 3 dupe! Isn’t it beautiful? This is ‘Iconic 3’ by Makeup Revolution (a new brand which just launched at Superdrug) and I’ve been looking forward to comparing these two since I bought it, so I’m not even going to try and write a better into.

The Naked 3 Palette- £37


‘Naked 3’ contains 12 neutral-warm toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). This palette of rosy-toned wonderfulness was only released a few months ago, and it’s been a pretty firm favourite in my collection since then. It’s incredibly easy to wear- despite some of the slightly scary looking pinks- because I find that the whole colour scheme sits quite nicely between warm and neutral and the matte shades included are much better transition shades than in previous palettes. There are fewer full-on glitter shades than in Naked 1 and 2, so that helps with the whole wearability thing. I can’t think of a skin tone or eye colour that wouldn’t suit the shades in this palette, to be honest, and the quality of the shadows are absolutely wonderful. The only thing I have against the palette is the price, but as this is my favourite of the Naked palettes I can almost not cringe about it.

The Iconic 3 Palette- £4


‘Iconic 3’ contains 12 neutral-warm shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). The shades in this palette are almost completely identical to Naked 3’s shadows, but for a fraction of the price. If I’m dividing correctly (probably not), then I think you get slightly less eyeshadow in this palette than in Urban Decays, but there’s only 0.3 grams in it, so that’s not a problem. Iconic 3 comes with a dual ended sponge tip applicator (surprisingly useful for applying the glitter shades) and the packaging, though a little cheap and already slightly scratched, is pretty sturdy and quite simple, so it looks a lot more expensive than it is. The quality of the shadows aren’t as good as Urban Decay’s, but honestly, for the price, they’re absolutely incredible. There are a few slightly chalky shades, and a few that need to be built up a little, but most of them have great pigmentation, are easy to blend and last at least as long as the rest of my makeup.


 There are a couple of shades in Iconic 3 that look slightly paler than Naked 3’s, but apart from that I think they’re pretty incredible copies.   I love 4, 6 and 9- they’re all amazingly close to the pigmentation of their Urban Decay counter parts.

I’m seriously impressed with Makeup Revolution. I’ll be doing a few posts about some of there other eye shadow palettes very soon, but for now, what do you think of Iconic 3?

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Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Palette

Alright. I don’t know if I can do this. Before I really start writing, take a look at some beautiful pictures of this very aesthetically pleasing eyeshadow palette.





I have to start out by saying that I love these colours. The whole shade selection is exactly the sort of thing I would wear, and the name ‘Old Hollywood’ fits so perfectly because this whole palette just looks so goddamn glamourous. 

Then there are the swatches.


Colours? Still gorgeous. But these shadows are sheer. I’m talking, built-up-five-layers-of-swatching-on-my-super-pale-skin, sheer. The pigmentation is awful, they’re chalky, they don’t blend, and 1/3 of the eyeshadow palette is almost invisible.

I then decided to swatch them wet, to see if that made any difference-


And they look okay. This, again, is reaaally built up. The matte shades didn’t even want to try to cooperate with the water (I may have ruined Ivory) but at least you can see the actual colour of the shimmery ones now.

I don’t really know what else to say *exceptthatthispalettewas£59ahem*, because I am so, so disappointed. I expect better quality from drugstore eyeshadows than I got from this, and I actually genuinely can’t believe that they can even get away with selling this. Was it tested?! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Bobbi Brown. It’s definitely one of my all time favourite brands, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to try out any more of their eyeshadows soon.

Have any of you been able to make this work? Just so you know, I won’t be doing ‘negative reviews’ very often at all. I was actually really hesitant to publish this one, but since this palette is so very expensive and it just came back into stock on Bobbi Brown’s website, I thought somebody might benefit from reading it.

*I have a gallery of eyeshadow swatches at if you’re looking for your perfect eyeshadow palette!:) *

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

I wasn’t actually going to do this post, but I just found that Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette is still available to buy (and it’s discounted!) at for £33.60.

This palette contains twenty new and exclusive shades, ranging from everyday neutrals to vivid jewel tones- it’s quite a pretty selection of colours which I think will look particularly beautiful if you have brown eyes.

Most of the shadows are shimmery (of course) but there are three satin/ matte shades and three which look like they are borderline full-on glitter which, for Urban Decay, is really quite varied.

Also, the packaging is totally perfect. That obviously has absolutely nothing to do with why this palette was on my Christmas wish list, though. Nothing at all.





Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax, X-Rated, Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash, Poison


Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal, Derailed, Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush, Rewind

Smokeout- slightly shimmery black. It looks a little bit like it has a plummy-red tone to it in the pan and in the swatch, but on the eyes that’s almost completely undetectable. The formula’s pretty good, it could be a little more buttery but it’s definitely good enough.

Lovesick- this is actually the worst UD eyeshadow I have ever tried. In the pan, it looks black with silver sparkles but when it’s swatched it barely looks grey. I’m not entirely sure what UD are doing wrong with their very dark black-variation shadows, but even their best ones (Blackheart and Crave, I think) aren’t as good as the rest of their eyeshadows.

Shellshock- in comparison, this pretty, pure silver is crazy pigmented without too much fall-out. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be able to get away with wearing it, but I can’t wait too because it’s sososo pretty.

Coax- lovely, slightly purple toned shimmery pink. The formula is great- blend able, buttery and still slightly powdery, which is exactly how I like my eyeshadows.

X-Rated- baby pink with a satin/ matte finish. Not the most wearable, but it’s a seriously cute colour. Maybe with loads of black liner and a matching pink lipstick?

Prank- darkish greenish blue (what) which is slightly shimmery but not as pretty as I was hoping it would be. It’s nice enough, but the formula is just a teeny bit too powdery. This would probably look stunning as a crease/ outer-v colour if you have brown eyes, though. 

Madness- bright, shimmery blue. This is probably one of my all time favourite colours (not for eyeshadow, just in general) and I seriously need to work out how to wear it. The formula’s good- again, it’s ever so slightly too powdery but I can deal with that.

Strike- shimmery yellow gold which is absolutely beautiful. I’m tempted to say I’d wear this all over the lid with a matte brown crease colour- it’s beautiful! Lovely pigmentation and formula.

Stash- this is a strange one, because in the pan the colour is absolutely awesome- it’s like a shimmery, khaki green. But then when it’s swatches, it turns into this muddy looking, slightly greenish shimmery brown which is not so pretty and actually far too similar to my eye colour for me to really wear. On the bright side, the pigmentation and formula is great.

Poison- green toned black. Not the best colour, not the best formula, not too impressed. 

Radar- the quality of this eyeshadow is amazing. The swatch looks incredible and the colour’s a pretty, shimmery, slightly reddish bronze. Love.

Damaged- another one with amazing formula, only this time I actually reallyreally love this colour. It’s a definite emerald green, it’s kind of sparkly and it’s very beautiful.

Voodoo- this one is a lovely grey/ purple/ blue mix with pale blue shimmer. It does lean a little bit more grey in the swatch than it looks in the pan, which is kind of a shame but at least that means it’s easier to wear. The formula is slightly too powdery but it’s good enough.

Betrayal- this is the most beautiful eyeshadow shade ever. It’s lilac with iridescent blue shimmer, and I think it looks exactly like Elsa’s eyeshadow shade in the first half of Frozen. I’m so sorry if that reference means absolutely nothing to you.

Derailed- shimmery, taupe-y brown. Awesome pigmentation, great formula and a really pretty crease colour.

Dope- light peachy pink with a satin/ matte finish. This one’s lovely quality and super pretty for all over the lid.

Toxic- I love this colour so much, it reminds me of a really intense version of Chopper. It’s a really vibrant, shimmery coral pink with little gold flecks. Great pigmentation and formula. 

Habit- nothing too special about this one, but it is a nice yellow/ peach all-over-lid shade. 

Ambush- dark, shimmery bronze. Great quality but not quite as blend able as I’d like.

Rewind- cool toned, medium matte brown. It’s only slightly different to Faint from Naked Basics, but somehow the quality is so much worse. It’s pigmented, but it’s kind of streaky and patchy and doesn’t blend well, and it almost sheers out to look a tiny bit red? I’m a little bit confused. 

This palette is limited edition and won’t be available for much longer, so if you like the look of these shades, I’d buy them asap. This review has been pretty critical but I really do think this palette is worthwhile, some of the colours are so pretty! I kind of wish they’d spent a little more time on a colour scheme, though, it all feels a little mix-and-match.

What do you think? Do you have a favourite shade?


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