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Makeup Revolution – Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load

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Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load Review

My Twitter feed has been full of comments and reviews on new budget make-up brand Makeup Revolution for a good few months now, so I’m a bit late to the party.

I have to admit that my first impression of this Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette in Lock & Load was not a good one, as the first palette that I purchased arrived damaged in the post and it had to be replaced. The palette itself is quite flimsy and 2 of the eyeshadows had crumbled and come out of their pans completely making for a bit of a mess. I also find the fastening of the palette a bit odd, there is a ‘press stud’ type of contraption at one end that you have to prize apart, and the first time I tried opening it I broke my nail.

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load

Continuing on a negative theme, I also think that Lock & Load contains a strange collection of colours – although each shade is nice in itself they don’t really sit together in a collection (the copper and the violet shades particularly stand out) and I can’t really say that this palette is a thing of beauty compared with some of the newer eyeshadow palettes that Makeup Revolution has recently brought out.

The Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette contains 14 small rectangular eyeshadows in a range of dark browns, greens and sludgy greys – with the odd bright hue dotted about. The shadows are a mixture of shimmery and matt finishes, and also included inside the palette is a small sponge applicator (in general I don’t mind sponge applicators although this one is a bit small) and a tiny eyeshadow brush which is fairly useful. There are also 2 larger rectangular pressed brow powders – more on those in a moment….

The eyeshadows haven’t been named on the palette (I do like to know the name of a shadow, and it makes it easier when blogging to explain which shades you have used).

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load Swatch

The swatch image above clearly shows the different eyeshadow shades, the 2 eyebrow powders are the ones on the very right hand side. I actually think the colours look nicer together in the swatch image than they do in the palette – I love the way the orangey copper shade shimmers and stands out.

The shimmery shadows all apply really well, however one or two of the matt shadows aren’t very pigmented and are a bit chalky and need a couple of applications to build up real colour. I’d like to see one or two more paler shades in the palette, I have a feeling that the palest cream shade (top of the left column) will run out very quickly as it’s the shade I would always apply all over my eye area before layering the darker shades on top.

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load Eyes

I created the above eye look using the Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette in Lock & Load. I started off by applying the palest cream shade (top of the left column) all over the eyelid and right up to the brow. I then followed this by applying the shimmery mid-brown shade (third down on the left column) all over the eyelid and then carefully blended the darker more matt brown (second down on the right column) into the eye socket crease. I then added more colour to the outer corners of the eyelids using the dark blue shade (fourth down on the right column) and finished off with a smudge of Urban Decay dark blue Deviant 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. I used the darker of the two eyeshadow powders on my brows (applied using the cute little brush) and finished off the look with lots of Too Faced Better Than Sex black mascara.

I am actually in love with darker of the two eyebrow powders, I’ve always been an eyebrow pencil kind of girl, but using the pressed powder and the tiny, albeit perfectly formed, eyebrow brush has allowed me to really define my brows but still keep them subtle. You just need a little of the powder on the brush as it’s extremely pigmented, then run the brush along the length of the brow to deposit the pigment – I’ll never go back to an eyebrow pencil again!

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette Lock & Load Close Up

Overall I do like this palette and I think it’s fantastic value at £4 (that is just 25p per shadow!). My main complaints are all around the packaging and the look of the palette, however the eyeshadows and brow powders themselves are really good. Plus, as the palette is so thin (only a few mm wide) it will easily slide into a packed handbag or pocket.

There are 2 other variations of the Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette – the bright Sticks & Stones, and the pretty Make Believe. I am now looking forward to trying one of Makeup Revolution’s Salvation palettes.

UPDATEC04/03/2016 – this eyeshadow palette is no longer available but Makeup Revolution have LOADS of other great value palettes, starting from £4.

What do you think of the eye look I created using this palette?

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