XX Revolution is the newest Revolution sister brand which launched in June. I placed an order for six XX Revolution products to give the brand a try, including the XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette but I wanted to wait until I’d given it a proper try before writing about it, because it’s so pricey compared to the other Revolution palettes. I’ve already featured the XX Revolution ConcealXX Super Fixx Concealer on my blog already, as well as the XX Revolution Fixx Brow Sculpt + Set Gel.
XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette
The XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette is £16 and one of four CrystalXX Shadow Palettes. I bought two of them; Quartz and Platinum, but I was really surprised by how expensive they were. The whole XX Revolution brand is expensive, and the quality isn’t any better than their standard ranges, so I wouldn’t recommend purchasing anything at full price. Boots and Revolution have the brand almost constantly on some sort of sale, so the products can’t be selling well, but I’m so glad I didn’t spend £16 on each of these palettes.
The XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette contains twelve eyeshadows in a pretty, metallic compact. The lid of this Quartz palette looks almost like shell, and it really is a stunning design for a palette, but it’s not worth paying double the price of their other twelve pan palettes just for the fancy packaging.
“Meet our high shimmer crystal and foil finish XX Revolution Crystalxx Eyeshadow Palettes
Pick your crystal – are you karat, platinum, quartz or amethyst? Each travel friendly eyeshadow palette is encased in a shimmering gemstone reminiscent resin and contains 12 shades of our unique glass shimmer formula that gives off a multi-tonal glow.“
The quality of the shades within the XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette differ considerably. The bottom row are shimmers, with the first and last shade being very patchy and sheer. The third shade on the bottom row stains very badly, which might be why this palette is labelled as being a shadow palette, and not an eyeshadow palette.
The top row features two smooth shimmers, and two very flaky shimmers. Then the second row has three very flaky shimmers and one standard shimmer. The flaky shimmers are a nightmare to apply, and you have to use your fingertip to smooth them onto the lids, but even then the flakes end up all over the face. These shades need more binder in the formula to keep the particles together, because they’re super high-shine shimmers but the flakes make them so hard to work with.
When I saw this palette, it looked extremely similar to one of my personal favourite palettes; the Jouer Making Magic Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette but the layout is similar, but the formula isn’t comparable. I wish they’d spent more money on the formula than they did with the packaging, as the shades look so pretty.
I’m really tempted to buy some small plastic pots, and break up the shades with a spatula to use them loose mixed with the Mehron Mixing Medium, to try and get the best out of them, but I’ll be sure to review the Platinum Palette with swatches very soon.
You can find the XX Revolution Quartz CrystalXX Shadow Palette right here.