For a long time now the world of budget make up has been reigned over by one brand, Make Up Academy or MUA. Then last week I walked into Superdrug (British Drug Store) and was about to walk straight up to the MUA stand when something new caught my eye. There’s a new budget make up brand in town – Makeup Revolution London.
When I saw the new kid on the block however I got rather excited and splurged a little.
The pricing is pretty similar to MUA with eye shadow palettes coming in at £4. That’s not the only thing that is similar though. They are entering the arena of the dupes among which is their own line of Urban Decay’s Naked collection dupes named ‘Iconic’ to rival MUA’s ‘Undressed’ attempts.
The first thing I put my hands on was the Redemption Palette Essential Mattes. I have the MUA version of this palette and was interested to see how it compared.
After a bit of swatching I was impressed with the pigmentation.
Next, I picked up the Ultra Blush Palette (£6), which was very pretty.
I also got myself a couple of mascaras, eye liners and a nail varnish.
Of course the best way to test make up is to put it on your face so that’s exactly what I did!
I was really impressed with the eye shadows, the colours are gorgeous and the blend really well.
The Line & Flick eye-liner worked well. The “line” end struggled a little to show on top of the eye shadow on my eye lid, it performed better on the waterline but the “flick” end more than made up for it and it made for a very easy winged eye.
I loved the Awesome Lash Power and Definition mascara, it does the business – even distribution, no clumps and long, defined lashes.
The blusher is also lovely, really silky it has good pigment while still allowing you to build up gradually.
I was less impressed with the nail varnish. It came out pretty streaky even after two coats but I wasn’t expecting a miracle for £1 and my nail painting abilities are shady at best so take that one with a pinch of salt!
A general observation on the line as a whole, I prefer the packaging of Revolution, it is designed to make it less easy to get into. This combined with the Sleek style pull out testers on the display means that you are far more likely to take home products that have not been prodded and poked by god knows who, which is always comforting.
Most of all I’m just glad that the market isn’t be monopolised by one brand any more. A little competition is always healthy because hopefully this will serve to encourage MUA to step up their game again (I feel they’ve been flat lining recently). I just wish Boots would get in the game, they are allowing Superdrug to kick their butt in the budget make up arena!
What are you favourite budget beauty buys?