And it’s finally here … Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2 eyeshadow palette review that is. Easter bunny aka Ličila.si sent me this palette a while ago and I have been thoroughly testing it since.
Never heard of Revolution brand? No, it’s not something prehistoric but rather something brand new. Here is quote from their site:
Makeup Revolution launched in London in March 2014 delivering revolutionary performance and quality, in every product at revolutionary prices. Made with the finest ingredients, the range starts at an amazing £1, with a range of professional and must have products with limited edition collections – you can finally afford them all!
Finest ingredients are debatable, but I did find their products to be quite good for “drugstore” brand. First item I’ll be writing about is their “dupe” for Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette called Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2. Funnily enough, Naked 2 is the palette I’ve been eying a lot lately as my Naked 3 is just not “me”. Lets start with photos of the palette itself:
Great color selection, right? I bet your next question is same as mine – what is the color payoff? Here is where this story begins to became interesting. My first impression was – it sucks. And I put it into drawer for a few days. There just was no workable pigmentation from eyeshadows.
Fast-forward to few days later when I decided to play some more with palette. Test no.1 – apply it with fingers. Yup, I liked intensity and color payoff. In essence, you have to really load your brush to get good results. Fallout is minimal, so you won’t look like a raccoon even with darker shades. But do tap off the brush just the same … precaution and all that.
What amazed me the most was lasting power of the pearly eyeshadows – no primer and they managed to last couple of hours with no creasing. Color did fade, but they did not slide into the crease. I guess old saying about thicker layer of eyeshadow on oily lids for success holds water with these eyeshadows.
They did slightly irritate my eyes, so that ended up being only downside for me. Heavy feeling goes away after half an hour of so, but still – it’s there and is major reason for loss of stars in the review box. I know there are not many of us with irritations, so I’m guessing majority won’t really have issues.
Formula itself is nice and not chalky. Redemption Palette Iconic 2 also gets thumbs up for no glittery eyeshadows … or better yet, glittery eyeshadows with crappy consistency. Matte eyeshadows are soft and not hard to work with, but not as nicely pigmented as Inglot, UD, Collistar ones. I do try to be realistic though – you pay ~6 EUR for Revolution palette … price of one eyeshadow in Inglot.
Swatches were made in the same spirit as the most of the Iconic 2 eyeshadows were worn – heavy application and NO primer. Yeah – I had to wear them primer-less so I could for once enjoy in easy blending.
First eyeshadow almost matches my skin tone, so it’s pretty much invisible. As you can see, there are 2 matte eyeshadow – one brown besides “invisible one”. Other are more or less pearly. For my warmer skin tone, this row is easier to combine than the second one.
Last 6 eyeshadows are as pretty as first 6, but 2 eyeshadows are cooler tones with one matte color – which looks more dark brown on me that black. Other 3 colors I combined a lot. They make up for lovely trio with one almost champagne-brownish shade, bronze-brown and darker brown with hint of purple undertone.
Does anyone have any of the other palettes? What do you think of them?
*items were sent to us for review by Licila.si