Makeup Revolution recently launched two new palettes with their newer ‘Super Elite’ eyeshadow formula. The two palettes will look very similar, as they are Makeup Revolution’s interpretation of the famous (and incredible) Lorac Pro Palettes. Now I own both of the Lorac Pro Palettes and they’re my favourite palettes within my palette collection, so I was intrigued to see how Makeup Revolution’s £6.99 offering compared. I have the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette which is ‘inspired’ by the Lorac 2 Pro Palette, and contains their Pro 1989 Double-Ended Eyeshadow Brush whereas the original Lorac Pro Palettes don’t contain a brush at all.
The two Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Palettes are packaged within matte packaging, whereas their other palettes are packaged within super glossy palettes. In all honesty, I much prefer the matte packaging as I think it looks a lot sleeker and it’s not a fingerprint magnet like the glossy palettes.
The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette comes with a thin plastic sheet with the shade names on, but I never keep the plastic sheets personally and would much prefer the shades to either be listed on the back, or to be included under each shade; just like the Lorac Pro Palettes do as it’s so much easier and more convenient.
The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette contains eight matte shades along the top, and eight shimmer shades along the bottom just like the Lorac Pro 2 Palette, and the overall tone of the palette is very cool whereas the original Lorac Pro Palette (and Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 Palette) is very warm toned. I really love the large mirror within the lid, as it’s so handy especially if you were planning on taking this palette away whilst travelling.
The brush that is included within the palette isn’t one you can purchase individually, but it has one flat side which is supposedly for applying shadow and the other end has a fluffier brush which is for blending.
Sadly the brush isn’t the best quality.. the blending brush especially is poorly cut which you can clearly see from the photo above. The flatter brush is too shiny for applying shadow to my lid, everytime I try to apply the shadow it just doesn’t pack any shadow onto the lid whatsoever although it’s good for applying primer or cream shadow.
Don’t let this one brush put you off the Makeup Revolution brushes completely, as their individual brushes are much better quality and you can read my review of the whole collection here.
Like I said previously, the first row of shadows are all matte and I was blown away by how pigmented and smooth all eight shades were. None of them are patchy or chalky like a lot of drugstore matte shadows tend to be, and these swatches are just one swipe of shadow.
Credit where credit’s due, Makeup Revolution really do know how to make good matte shadows. Along the top we have a yellow toned cream, a warm brown, a cool toned brown, a peach, a dark purple, a dark navy, a grey and a dark grey. The shades all translate as the shades you see in the palette except, the last two look identical when applied to the lids.
Onto the eight shimmer shades.. unfortunately they’re not as impressive as the mattes. The first four shades are particularly below par, and unfortunately they barely show up on my lids even with a primer. The last four shades are slightly better, with the last two shades being the better shades.
have to say I am disappointed with the shimmers as a whole, as Makeup Revolution’s shimmers are usually incredible, and super pigmented. Obviously my palette could be a one off, but these shadows are supposedly a better formula than their normal palettes – which I’d agree with completely as far as the matte shades are concerned, but the shimmers aren’t as impressive sadly.
I’m a big Makeup Revolution fan and I own over 20 of their palettes, but the shimmers within the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette just don’t live up to the amazing quality of their other palettes such as the Naked Underneath Palette or their Naked Chocolate Palette. The shimmer shades definitely need a good eyeshadow primer to help improve their pigmentation and longevity but for £6.99, it’s still worth a look even for the incredible mattes alone..
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