When Makeup Revolution launched back in March 2014, one of the products which launched as part of their original product range was the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Eyeshadows. The Awesome Metals were £4 each and there were four shades in total, and I still own three of the original shades which I use very sparingly as they discontinued them a couple of years ago which left many of us seriously gutted.
The original Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals were an amazing dupe for the Stila Magnificent Metals foil eyeshadows, except the original Magnificent Metals are £33.50 each so the £4 dupe was a godsend. I was over the moon when Makeup Revolution announced last year that they were re-launching their foil eyeshadows and I couldn’t wait to try the Makeup Revolution Flawless Foils Eyeshadows the minute they launched.
The Makeup Revolution Flawless Foils Eyeshadows are now £5, and are available in a total of seven shades from the Revolution Beauty (used to known as TAM Beauty) website and Superdrug.
I bought four of the seven shades but I was gutted to see that the original shades weren’t included within the new lineup, especially the Rose Gold Awesome Metals which is one of my all time favourite eyeshadows. There is a Rose Gold shade within the new range but it’s a deep red shade and absolutely nothing like the original Rose Gold shade which is really disappointing, and I know many agree with me too.
The Makeup Revolution Flawless Foils Eyeshadows are now £5 each, yet they are the same weight as the original formula and the new version doesn’t contain a silver mixing plate like the original. It’s a shame the price has increased especially as the formula isn’t as good as the original in my opinion which I’ll go into more detail after the swatches.
“Back with a brand new formula, our cream-to-powder Flawless Foils create an incredible high-shine finish. Use these soft, bouncy shadows alone for a sheer shimmer look, or layer up for a bold metallic effect.
Every shade comes with an Intensifying Primer that works with Flawless Foils (and other eyeshadows) to create a long lasting finish and vivid colour.
Apply a drop of Intensifying Primer to your eyelid and tap until tacky. Gently press the Flawless Foil over the top using a flat synthetic brush or your finger.
The Intensifying Primer can also be mixed with Flawless Foil to create a buildable liquid shadow. Mix a small amount of each on a surface or the back of your hand and gently press onto bare eyelids or over eyeshadow.“
I have included three different sets of swatches; firstly dry swatches which are swatched directly from the pan onto unprimed skin, secondly are brush swatches after applying drops of the primer into the pan and lastly swatches done after applying primer with my fingertip onto unprimed skin.
The dry swatches really are disappointing which worried me as the original formula swatched amazingly directly from the pan, but the new formula feels sticky and lumpy again nothing like the original formula. I would recommend never using these dry as they don’t perform very well, but there’s a reason they come with the primer so it’s to be expected they’re better when used with the primer.
I don’t like applying primer directly into the product as it’ll reduce the shelf life of the product directly as liquids are a breeding ground for germs/bacteria, so I’d only ever apply the liquid onto the back of my hand and then use my finger to pick up product and then mix it on the back of my hand.
When mixed with the primer, the eyeshadows are all quite sheer as shown in the swatches above except for Overcome which is still relatively sheer but they’re not as opaque as the original Awesome Metals. I chose Rival which is a metallic pink, Rebound which is a warm gold, Overcome which is a matte chocolate brown with gold sparkle and Retreat which is an olive green.
I’ve been asked if the new formula is ‘foiled’ as I have to say, whilst there’s no doubt they’re metallic eyeshadows, they’re not foiled like the Awesome Metals were is such a massive shame.
The ingredients list on the back of the box for both products is very different and it shows in the formula and performance as these aren’t dupes for the Stila Magnificent Metals whereas the Awesome Metals absolutely were. I will take some photos of the Awesome Metals and pop them within this post so you can see the difference.
I still think £5 is a reasonable price for pretty shadows such as these but if you’ve tried the original Awesome Metals, I think you’ll be disappointed with the new formula as it’s very different and the foiled finish isn’t as intense and Overcome isn’t even a metallic shade which baffles me.
I spent £20 on these four Makeup Revolution Flawless Foils Eyeshadows shades and if I’m completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend buying multiple shades as they’re metallic rather than foiled, and you could get the same finish/effect with their 24k Gold Palette as every shade I have here pretty much features in that palette and it’s £8.99 for 15 shades so it’s a much better deal.
The shadows in the 24K Gold Palette aren’t sheer like these either, so you don’t have to mess about with using a primer just to make them work. I love Makeup Revolution products SO much, but for me these just don’t compare to their amazing Awesome Metals, unfortunately.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the original Awesome Metals and what you think of the new Makeup Revolution Flawless Foils Eyeshadows?