Even though I’m constantly trying to edit down my makeup collection, somehow new bits keep sneakily finding their way into my drawers. I can’t help it – there’s just so many things I want to try, all at once. Some of my latest additions came from Revlon, thanks to a recent Terry White 50% off sale, as well as Priceline’s 40% off sale.
Whenever I’m checking out budget makeup, I tend to overlook the Revlon stand but this time around, there were a couple of things that caught my eye. So I took the opportunity to stock up on a couple of intriguing bits and now it’s time to weigh in on how they’ve gone. Overall, lots of hits and one that kind of missed the mark…
I’ve hardly stopped reaching for this foundation since I picked it up. Once again, a hyped up product has well and truly met expectations. Although I didn’t love applying this with a buffing brush, blending it in with a BeautyBlender works like a dream. Natural, flawless and buildable coverage and when set down, it lasts beautifully all day long. Every now and then I come across a base that just works for my skin and this definitely falls into that category. I’ve also been really impressed with the shade match for me, not something I say often about drugstore bases. I think this might have to become a mainstay in my foundation line-up.
My last Revlon blush got broken a little while ago so I was itching to add another to my stash. And this time, I went for my ideal shade. We all know how I feel about warm, Tarte Exposed-esque peachy nude blushes and Naughty Nude is just right. Although a little peachier than my other favourites, I’ve been pairing this with warmer eye looks with great success. The slightly glowy, ‘satin’ finish of this one makes it incredibly easy to wear, too. You only need the tiniest bit of product on the brush and it adds so much life to my complexion. Although I’ll be sticking to Tarte’s Exposed as my ultimate ‘no-matter-what’ blush choice, this one’s been a welcome addition.
This has been on my list for ages. And I thought with the 50% off, it was the perfect time to bite the bullet and pick it up. I’ve heard lots of good feedback so had high hopes. In fact, what really convinced me was that my friend Liv took only this kit with her for cheeks when she went away to Europe. For me, I can totally understand why this is so well loved and think I might just be doing the same as Liv when I go away in a couple of months. I’ve been super impressed with each shade in the kit.
The banana powder is great to brighten under the eyes, although does need to be applied with a light hand. The shimmering highlighter shade is subtle but still a great addition to the kit. Not one I’d reach for every day but great if I’m in a hurry and need everything in one. The bronzer is incredibly easy to work with and is a very similar shade to my other favourite bronzers, so no surprises I love it. And finally, the contour shade is actually awesome for my pale skin. At first, I thought it would be a little too warm but if applied lightly, it adds so much definition.
I’m really glad I’ve got this one in my stash now, it’s become a quick go-to when I need a bit of everything all in one.
L to R: Colorstay Foundation in Ivory, Glow Powder Blush in Naughty Nude, Sculpt and Highlight Contour Kit in Light/Medium
You can tell I was in a spendy mood when I picked this up because I hardly ever reach for cream eyeshadows but somehow, this was a need. Nevertheless, Praline is a stunning shade so I can hardly complain. I’d describe it as a highly metallic, warm champagne/rose gold. What really intrigued me was the handy little brush, stored in the lid. It’s a small, dense and flat brush and it does a pretty decent job of applying the formula onto the lids. It can be applied quite thick or blended out a little depending on what you’re after.
I’m not sure this one was a huge win for me. The shade is absolutely perfect for me. They swatch beautifully and look lovely on the eyes when first applied. But after a while, the colour tends to crease and fade away leaving behind messy glitter. Not ideal. Cream shadow formulas are hard to get right and this one has just missed the mark. Maybe the matte shades in the collection are more successful.
During the Priceline sale, I got the random urge to re-try the Revlon lipstick formula. Sassy Mauve caught my attention straight away. Any lipstick shade with mauve in the name tends to get that response. In fact, it was sold out at the first Priceline I went to so I went to another nearby just to get this lipstick.
The formula is just how I like it – creamy and super easy to apply. It feels comfortable on the lips and stays a little bit glossy but, as can be expected with creamier formulas, it does require reapplication if you’re eating or drinking. I’ll forgive a couple of reapplications, though, when the shade is this awesome. A little brighter than I was expecting but it’s still the kind of shade that works with any and every makeup look.
L to R: Creme Eyeshadow in Praline, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve
Have you tried anything from Revlon lately?
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