Monday, 30 June 2014

Review: Make Up Revolution Ultra Blush and Contour Palette - Sugar and Spice

Budget make-up is getting better all the time, and one brand has certainly been making a big impression in the blogosphere lately. Everyone's talking about Make Up Revolution, and the word is good! The Iconic Eyeshadow Palettes have been particularly praised, but today I'm turning my attention to blush. 

The Ultra Blush and Contour palette in Sugar and Spice* shows a sleeker look for Make Up Revolution than their first few palettes had demonstrated, and I love the replacement of the clear lid, with a classier-looking black containing a nice big mirror. It's so handy for travel, and with such a good selection of shades, you'd be likely to pack this in your suitcase or weekend bag. I've never had a palette quite like it, with eight blushes in one place, and opening it for the first time I was really struck by how pretty the pink shades looked all in rows together. 

The palette boasts an impressive array of colours, including contouring, matte blush, and highlighting shades. I love that there are matte and shimmery powders, and the merged baked powders at the end are instantly impressive, as they look so beautiful in the pan. Luckily, all of the shades are as lovely once applied. I had tried a Make Up Revolution blush before, and been impressed by the pigmentation and found it to be very blendable. I think they may have improved their formula slightly, as these are better still, and are not so powdery as the first one I tried was, applying beautifully to the skin. The pigmentation of these is incredible, and you do need to be careful with some of the brighter shades as it can be easy to overdo it - if you've ever used a blush by Sleek, you'll get the idea. If you do though, it's easily fixed with a bit of blending. They have a similar wear time to Sleek blushes too, the shades I tried this week lasting between 4-6 hours before fading away. 

I do of course have a few personal favourite shades. One is the top left, which reminds me of a pinker version of Bobbi Brown Brown Berry, one of my all time favourite blushes. The two middle shades of the bottom row are also gorgeous, and really flattering. The second from last in particular, is a gorgeous coral, perfect for Summer. The shimmery baked powders are a big improvement on their Vivid Baked Highlighter, which I had tried and found pretty but too glittery. These powders are more finely milled, catching the light with more subtlety, and although both are pretty the pink is stunning. I can see myself using it all Summer. The shimmery finish eliminates the need for a highlighter, making it perfect for those days when you want to pop on something pretty and go. 

Six Matte Shades
Two baked merged powders
Overall, this is a seriously pretty palette and considering it costs just £6, it's a bit miraculous! I think the Make Up Revolution isn't going to be squashed any time soon...

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