Makeup Revolution pride themselves on creating good quality yet affordable makeup products, and due to the low prices, the packaging as a whole is relatively plain and simple just like any other affordable drugstore beauty brand. MUA have their own more luxurious range called MUA Luxe but the products still have relatively plain and basic packaging however the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Collection really is luxurious whilst maintaining affordable prices. Although the packaging is certainly pretty special for the Renaissance range, I wasn’t sure if the formulas would be any different to their regular range to warrant the slightly elevated prices. I chose the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow Bronzer and Highlighter Kit as the packaging looked amazing. I really didn’t need another contour and highlight kit but the packaging totally won me over and I was dying to see what the hype was all about.
The Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow Bronzer and Highlighter Kit is only £8 so it’s still very much a budget beauty product, especially when you consider it’s £7.99 to purchase the Revlon ColorStay Powder Bronzer. When Makeup Revolution launched their Renaissance collection, they did get negativity about the higher price tags but £8 is actually very reasonable for a highlight and contour duo without even considering the more luxurious packaging. The packaging really is beautiful, from the matte black and rose gold foil box through to the velour storage pouch for palette which I’ve never seen before in a drugstore makeup product.
The velour pouch might feel unnecessary to some, but it makes the experience of using the kit a little more special and who doesn’t want to feel fancy when doing their makeup?! The palette is packaged within a clutch like compact with rose gold metal hardware and a domed lid which has a rubberised coating similar to that of the NARS compacts. The palette feels surprisingly weighty for the price and opens by pushing the two clasps at the front apart. £8 might sound pricey for a product from a budget brand but if you break it down as £2 for the highlighter, £2 for the bronzer, £2 for the luxurious compact and £2 for the velour pouch it really is a great price and I can’t imagine TAM Beauty making masses of profit on the sale of these as the packaging is so well made.
Onto the shades and their swatches of the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow Bronzer and Highlighter Kit, the contour is a neutral toned matte bronzer. In the pan, the bronzer shade looks like it has tiny, tiny sparkle particles which worried me as I’d not see anyone else mention the sparkle and I don’t want glitter on my cheeks. Luckily the glitter doesn’t translate onto the skin whatsoever, and I’ve examined my skin under electric light and in natural daylight and I can’t see any glitter on the skin. I really like the bronzer within this kit as it’s not too cool or warm so you can use it as a contour powder and/or a bronzer and it’s buildable on the skin. The highlighter is a golden shade which is sadly too deep for my pale skintone. Even with a light hand, it’s just a touch too dark and warm but I’m still happy I bought this kit as I love the contour so much and the packaging is amazing for the price. I really hope Makeup Revolution extend their Renaissance range as the packaging is so pretty.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried anything from the Makeup Revolution Renaissance collection?