• Jade Hiller

Talking ‘bout a revolution

Make up Revolution Reloaded Iconic Division eyeshadow palette

I haven’t heard much about these new eyeshadow palettes from Makeup Revolution, which is a damn shame, because they’re great.

There I was, minding my own business in Superdrug, when I came across this shiny, eyeshadow-y slice of goodness, for a mighty four British pounds. I dropped it forthwith into my basket with nary a hesitation.

Reloaded iconic division is a fifteen-shade eyeshadow palette that’s a dupe of ABHs subculture palette, which wasn’t very well received when it launched, unlike their fabled modern renaissance palette. I don’t know about you, but in my life, over forty squid for an eyeshadow palette, especially one that doesn’t even blend properly, is rather prohibitive, hence my excitement over Makeup Revolution’s version.

I was especially excited over the mustard eyeshadow that the palette contains. I have been searching high and low for a mustard yellow eyeshadow for months. I even went to Mac, and came out with a pumpkin orange shade, which was nice, but not what I was looking for.

Eyeshadow palettes like this, full of off-beat shades like army green, deep orange, and shimmery copper get me downright enthused. You see, I’m not so old, that I don’t remember a time when the high-street eyeshadow offerings were limited to taupe and frosted blue. Barry M was indeed ‘the most colourful name in cosmetics.’ In fact, it was the ONLY brand doing eyeshadow pots that weren’t brown. And now, we have these ultra-colourful, affordable eyeshadows from a myriad of brands- that actually work!

I’ll admit, I’m no great shakes when it comes to carving out a perfectly blended eye. For a start, I have deep-set eyes, which are only becoming deeper and darker as I age. If I decide to put together a sultry, smoky eye, I look like a skull. Hence, I enjoy matte, warm toned eyeshadows, such as orange, which I pair with liquid liner.

But these eyeshadows do blend. The coverage can be differing. The lighter colours apply a treat, and looks great as a wash over the eyelid. The darker colours, such as the dark green, can be a little patchy, but again, can be blended out easily. Some shades are soft, or to use that beauty guru word ‘buttery’, and some are merely acceptable. None of the shades are shockingly bad, or feel rough on the eye. They all have decent pigmentation. I especially like the two shimmery shades. I didn’t really notice any ‘fallout’ from any of the shadows. This is good, because I wear contacts, and no one needs eyeshadow dust sticking to their lens.

I have very sensitive eyes, prone to eczema around the lid (jeez, is there anything good about my eyes?) and these shadows don’t provoke any sort of reaction. Indeed, none of Makeup Revolution’s make up has ever set off my sensitive skin, so I’d go out on a limb and say it’s a pretty safe brand.

So, is this eyeshadow palette worth your hard-earned dollar? Abso-fucking-lutely.

Did I mention it has a mustard yellow?




London, UK


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