Friday, 8 June 2018

Revolution New Products | Haul & Review



It’s been a good long while since I did a haul from Revolution (they seem to have had a glow-up and dropped the ‘Makeup’ from their name, am I right?) but a few of their new launches were really catching my eye, so I placed a little order to sample some of their brightest and best new products.

Ever since they launched, the brand have always been one of my drugstore faves. Trend-led and always quick with the latest innovation, or product dupe, the prices are affordable while the formulas are great quality.

The only thing that’s been missing is the company’s persistently bad customer service (I even asked if they were losing the plot last time I ordered from the website). There’s nothing like poor service to leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I hadn’t placed an order with them since, but I was lured back by the deafening buzz around a couple of their new launches and to be fair, they seem to have realised that they really need to up their game, because this was a better experience.

So, what were the irresistible new products that caught my eye, and did they live up to the hype?




Conceal & Define Concealer 




This is a product that it seems the whole of the internet beauty community lost their damn minds over when it launched a while back, so since then it's been on the never-ending list of beauty products I wanted to try. This formula is being praised as up there with the concealer heavyweights from premium brands.

Now, concealer is one thing I usually always pay out for. Working full time and having a toddler equals a serious eye bag situation that only the big guns seem to be able to take care of - could this £4.00 alternative really compete?

My concealer ride-or-die is Mac Pro Longwear, and so far I haven’t found anything to compete with it in terms of staying power, performance and general creaseless perfection. My number one issue is that a lot of formulas settle into the fine lines around my eyes and actually make the situation look worse. But at £18.50, it's far from a bargain buy, although I consider it worth the spend. Could Conceal & Define really rival that? The internet seemed to think so. Praised as miraculously lightweight yet full-coverage, it promises a matte finish that is ideal for contouring and won’t settle into lines and creases.

There is a huge range of shades, which is great to see in such an affordable line, and a handy guide on the website to help you choose (I opted for C4 - and use an NC15 -20 in Mac terms). One thing I liked straight away is that there’s a large doe-foot applicator. This makes the concealer extremely easy to swipe on, before blending out with a brush or sponge. Erasing dark circles and contouring is made easy. You also get a really large bottle, especially compared to my usual favourite.

And I have to say that so far, I find a product that does live up to the deafening internet buzz. It doesn’t crease (amazing!) and it stays put. This really is a great buy for the price, I can already feel a repeat purchase coming on.

Renaissance Flick Eye Liner Pen 






The last thing I needed was another eyeliner pen, but hands up, the beautiful packaging on this one lured me in. It’s a vision in tapered rose gold and looks very much more expensive than the £5.00 price tag. But would this lure me away from my current favourite? (NYX Epic Ink Liner Pen, which is simply fab!).

The first thing I noticed was the incredibly black, dense pigment this delivers. If you want your eyeliner to be as dark as Maleficent’s soul, this will take you there. The tip is very tapered, so it's effective whether you’re aiming for a subtle line or something much chunkier, and the shape of the pen makes it easy to grip and detail with.

And if you’re sick of your liner fading by lunchtime. This does not budge. Seriously. Trying to get it off the back of my hand after this shoot needed an oil-based makeup remover before it would shift. It doesn’t specifically say this is waterproof, but licking my finger and rubbing did nothing, so I’m going to say it is unless you’re in the habit of swimming underwater to work.

For all of the above reasons, this eyeliner is truly something special, and when you consider that it's only £5.00?? You’d be mad not to give it a go.

Hyaluronic Fix Hydrating & Plumping Makeup Fixing Spray 




I have always loved the Revolution makeup setting sprays, which work really well for me - certainly giving just as good a performance as their more expensive counterparts, like Urban Decay’s Allnighter. And for summer, I was really intrigued by this new launch, that fuses staying power with the skin-plumping, super-hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, a wonder product that now crops up in almost every skincare product you care to name.

The key here is Sodium Hyaluronate, a molecule small enough to penetrate the top layer of skin and lock in moisture. My skin is fairly balanced but can run to dry in the summer months, and there aren’t many of us that couldn’t do with a little moisturising pick-me-up.

The spray is light on the skin and not heavily scented, so it's pleasant to use. Like the other Revolution setting sprays, it does a good job of keeping makeup on lockdown - ideal for me as I don’t have time to top up during the working day. I notice the difference when I use this and an eyeshadow primer as to how fresh my face stays looking. For £6.00, this is a really great buy for summer.

Rose Gold Mini Chocolate Palette 






The last thing I need is another eyeshadow palette, but when they’re as cute as this, I’m weak. Sorrynotsorry.

Hot on the heels of the Too Faced Chocolate Chip palettes (mini versions of their famous Chocolate Bar offering, which I love), Revolution have launched their own redux versions. The shades don’t map across exactly to the Too Faced offering, but the Revolution Chocolate palettes are pretty fab in their own right (see my review of their Gold version, which I loved!).

This Rose Gold version comes with the super-sweet melted chocolate casing, and you get 8 shades to play with - a mix of 6 mattes and 2 shimmers. Being a huge fan of warm eyeshadows, this is a dream for me. There’s everything from beautiful burgundies to matte neutrals, all of which work well together.

All the shades are really blendable and easy to work with, and if I was jetting off to sunnier climates for a holiday, this is definitely what would be coming with me at the moment! With a nice clear mirror in the palette lid, this is definitely as good as anything from Too Faced. Amazing value at £6.00.

1 Million Eyeshadow Palette 




This was running as a free gift when you placed an order over £15 on the website, to celebrate the brand reaching 1 million Instagram followers, and instead of just being an afterthought, it's a real beauty.

Eight super soft, blendable shadows in large pans beckoned me in. There’s a warm neutral brown, a light shimmer pink, a beautiful metallic cranberry shade that I love, and some brown metallics. All of them are really gorgeous and top quality. These are apparently some of the shades from Revolution’s other bestselling palettes, and I can see exactly why. Stunning and wearable. I was very happy to receive this!

Revolution are so hot right now - incredible formulations, trend-led products and still those amazing prices. Spread the word!

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