Me and contouring used to be mortal enemies. Everything was too dark, too orange or too muddy; none of which were a good look on my pale skin. Then I found a matte Makeup Revolution eyeshadow which did the job but I really wanted a palette that did it all. I don’t have the spare money to throw at something from Anastasia Beverly Hills so I thought I would go for the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Kit as an alternative.
Makeup Revolution are a highly affordable brand and this palette was no exception: £8 for eight large pans of products, that’s £1 per shade! Unsurprisingly I went for Light/Medium as dark was never going to work. I didn’t even bother to swatch it. Now the packaging isn’t the luxury of Charlotte Tilbury, (oh how I lust after those lipsticks,) but it isn’t ugly either. The product is cased in a sturdy thick plastic which is practical for taking places as I found in France. One of the best features of the packaging is the full size mirror which adorns the inside of the lid bit. Products like this that don’t think they need mirrors are somewhat mistaken; if I’m going away I don’t want to be taking an extra mirror with me. This mirror is a great size and Makeup Revolution have done well to have such a quality feature.
The palette itself contains eight different powders. There are two matte highlighters, the pale creamy white and the yellow, one shimmery highlight and two baked highlighters. As for the contour powders there are three, all matte. Two with warm brown undertones and another with more ashy brown undertones, the gem of the palette if you’re pale like I am. All the powders are very velvety to the touch and blend easily, which is good if you can be heavy handed sometimes.
The first shade is a pale, almost translucent powder perfect for setting makeup as other powders similar do very well. This shade makes the kit great as not only can you contour, highlight and brighten, you can also set your makeup. The yellow shade looks quite scary when you look at it in the swatch above but I promise you I only built it up so you would be able to see it. If you’ve seen any YouTube videos lately yellow powder is great for setting and brightening under eye concealer and this does just that. I like to dust it under my eyes using the Spectrum Brush I received in my Birchbox! The next shade is a pinky peach shimmery highlighter. This is more your conventional barely there highlight for everyday natural makeup. I really like it as it is quite understated, I also think it would make a gorgeous eyeshadow. Next up is the less conventional highlight shade, this is one of those that will make you shine and gleam bright in all kinds of light. It is silver so might not work for all skin tones, but works on mine quite nicely, (that’s pale as paper if you haven’t read my blog before.)
Now for the shades you probably want to hear about: the contour shades. There are three, the first is quite orangey good for those with a tan but not for me, it sort of reminds me of Hoola by Benefit but a tad more orange. The next one is the one I use, it’s quite ashy and without warm tones. Even better than just being a contour shade for me it also can double as a brow powder. It’s not the best match for them but when you’ve forgotten your brow powder it’s a lifesaver. The last contour shade is a slightly reddy brown, perfect for if you have a tan I imagine, but not for when you’re Casper the ghost. Now the final shade is a golden baked highlight, for those who want a summery golden goddess glow. It would also make a good eyeshadow I think.
If you like to contour but don’t have the budget for a high end palette like me, I believe this to be a really good alternative or starter palette. On another note I have hardly tried anything from Makeup Revolution so would really like some recommendations of what to try next!