Iconic Pro Makeup revolution lipstick blinfold looking ahead duel matte

iconic pro makeup revolution blindfold duel matte looking ahead swatches

So, I jumped on the Makeup Revolution bandwagon late. The Superdrug where I live is tiny and has only just started stocking MUR and so without placing an order online (I like swatching before I buy!), I had to rely on going in to Chester or Manchester to pick anything up. At first I wasn’t massively overwhelmed with the range, but after a couple of months they expanded so much and I couldn’t help myself.

I picked these up in my latest “shopping trip” ie. I was off work sick and tripped on to the Superdrug website (whoops.) I saw the packaging on these and the size of the rang and had to pick some up. The packaging is very stylish, similar to Mac, but lighter and with gold hardware.

The colours I picked up were Blindfolded, a dark blackened plum, “Rebel”-esque shade, Looking Ahead, a dark pinky nude and Duel Matte, a matte (obviously) true Hollywood Red. I was a little disappointed with Blindfolded because the picture made it look like a deep blackened red, almost like a burgundy shade. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, but I have a million lipsticks that look exactly like it.

The forumla doesn’t seem to be consistent across the range either. Looking Ahead doesn’t seem to last more than 2 hours on me, but Duel is very long lasting, and made it through a full day at work with minimal re-applications, through food and drink and endless coughing. I didn’t find that Duel needed a lipliner either, as it doesn’t bleed at all, and stays exactly where you want it too.

I find with lipstick that you pay for what you get, and that is definitely true with the Iconic Pro range – or what I’ve tried of it really. For the price tag of £2.49, these lipsticks are wonderful, but I can’t help but feel that the matte versions in the range are slightly more superior in quality. Don’t get me wrong, I love that a drugstore brand has finally come out with a durable matter lipstick, and at such a goo dprice point, but the matte side of the range isn’t massive.

All in all, this gets a 3.5/5 from me. I love the colours and the matte formula is dreamy, just every so slightly let down by the lasting power of the regular formula.

Has anyone else tried these lipsticks? Let me know what you think!

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Hello lovelies! So this week I’ve been pretty sick, and to make myself feel better, I decide to treat myself. I’ve been hoarding Boots points all year and finally, finally, found something worthy to spend them on. After lots not much deliberation, I decided to add this beauty to my basket, and let me tell you now – you all should to.

The Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette is the brand’s first multi-use palette, and it focuses on everyone’s favourite makeup trend – contouring. #SHAPEMATTERS contains 12 eye shadows for crafting beautiful eye looks, 4 face powders to contour, bronze, highlight and add glow to your face and 2 brown shades to sculpt the most perfect brow, along with a clear setting wax.

What I love about this palette is that it’s all very neutral – I know, it’s boring of me, but it’s just so wearable. The shadows are pigmented, and you’ve got everything to make an everyday look or something much more glamorous. “Blackout” is so intense that you can actually use it as an eyeliner! My favourites are “Totally Nude” (top middle) and “Platinum” (middle right).

The face section was the reason I bought this palette. The contour shade is perfect for pale skin, with it being a more ashy brown and cool toned. The bronze shade is pale girl friendly also, which I’ve always found hard to find. The highlight shade is beautiful, ever so slightly yellow toned and definitely my favourite shade for highlight. Lastly, the “Glow” powder is to die for. It’s a shimmery champagne colour and will suit everyone.

Lastly, the eyebrow shades. To be honest, they’re both a bit too light for me. These would be better for someone with blonde or light brown hair, but as mine is naturally a darker brown, they just don’t really do much. All is not lost though, because the “Sumatra” eyeshadow is the perfect eyebrow colour for me!

To top it all off, this palette comes with a dual ended brush for brows and shadows, and the world’s most massive mirror (slight exaggeration?)

All in all, I would 100% recommend  this palette. The shadows are better than anything I’ve ever used, and the contour colours are just perfect for me and what I was looking for. If you buy anything this month, make it this.

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette retails at £60 but can currently be found for £30 at  Boots.

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