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Review & Swatches | The SophDoesNails x Makeup Revolution Collection

Makeup Revolution found fame as a global brand by releasing affordable products at a rapid rate, many of which taking inspiration from (or straight up duping) cult favourites. This time, they’re back with something all new, and all theirs – well, theirs and Sophie’s, from SophDoesNails.

Mid-September saw the release of two new budget palettes to join Makeup Revolution’s line, both in collaboration with Sophie. Retailing for less than £20 altogether, this collection was sure to be a hit, and I’ve loved testing these babies out over the past few weeks. Now, I’m finally ready to share my thoughts!

Eyeshadow Palette

Containing 24 shades in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes, this palette is a thing of true beauty. The colours range from neutral mid-browns, to beautifully warm oranges, to a deep, multi-tonal petrol shade (not too dissimilar to Mac’s single shadow in Club).

Soph based the shade selection on versatility, aiming to create a neutral palette with a few pops of colour here and there that would allow you to come up with a bunch of different looks, ideal to use “all year round”. It’s clear she invested a lot of time into coming up with this colour scheme, and gave a lot of thought to each individual shade – Danger was included to be the perfect Halloween red, shades such as Festive Flame and Mixed Berries make for beautiful Christmastime shimmers, and peachier hues like Cloudberry were designed to see you through the spring and summer months.

Of course, the formula isn’t the best I’ve ever come across but, when you factor in the amount of shadow you’re getting for £10, it’s understandable that something had to give. Lighter shades such as Penguin and Pancakes are, admittedly, a tad chalky. Having said that, shadows like these work brilliantly at buffing out harsh edges when you don’t want to add any more colour, as the light, neutral tone helps make everything look softer and more seamless.

The metallic shades are the real scene stealers of this palette. Grow Old is a stunning copper gold and looks especially beautiful when used wet. Pine Tree is a lush forest green with a slight green-gold shift, and Smokey Bronze is the perfect golden bronze shade that I think everyone should have in their collection.

The deeper matte shades perform better than the lighter ones, particularly the block of eight shades on the right – I love how nicely these colours all pair together, and the layout makes it easy to determine cohesive colour combinations.

In fact, I’d argue you could almost split this palette into three blocks of eight colour sets. You have the aforementioned matte columns on the right, which provide a mix of both neutral and warm tones, the warm section on the left, made up of bright oranges and pinks like Strawberry Sweets, and finally, the pops of colour in the middle, which could be paired with mattes from either side of the palette.

Of course, you aren’t confined to using the shades as I’ve described them above, but I wanted to highlight how much I appreciate the arrangement of each colour. It’s set out in a way that would make this seemingly intimidating, colourful palette easy to get to grips with, which can be half the battle for someone with little to no makeup knowledge or experience.

This palette was a big win for me, and the affordable price tag makes it that much sweeter. If you’re interesting in seeing how Soph selected the names for each shade, you can check out her announcement video. Shout out to her for the Moomins reference, too – I was also a big fan. Who am I kidding? I still am!

Highlighter Palette

As with the eyeshadows, it’s clear this palette has been carefully coordinated, with the top row being dedicated to more wearable, everyday shades, and the bottom containing a few more jazzy colours. Five of the pans hold a baked formula, each feeling slightly powdery to the touch but yielding a more blinding highlight, while the other three shades are a little more buttery, allowing them to be blended into the skin for a more natural finish.

The entire top row (with the exception of the third shade – a dazzling, intense gold) is made up using the creamier formulation, and I cannot stress to you how much I adore these highlighters. I’ve been a fan of Makeup Revolution’s highlighters since trying, and subsequently falling head over heels for, their original Ultra Pro Glow palette (they have since released cool and warm variations, which I am dying to get my paws on). After comparing them, it seems that these shades are unique to this palette, and I’m happy to report that the formula is as wonderful as ever.

A little goes a long way with these highlighters, thanks to their intense glow-factor – I like to mix the first and second shades for day to day and apply them to my cheekbones with a dense highlighter brush (I use my MODA #BMD-265 Synthetic brush, available at Asda). I reserve the more golden shades of the palette for nights out, when I’m aiming to get an uber intense glow, and they deliver. Every. Single. Time.

The bottom row consists entirely of baked highlighters, with only the last shade created to give more of a subtle, but buildable, glow. The others pack a punch in terms of shine, and I can’t find a single speck of glitter within this palette. I definitely favour sheen over sparkle, so this is a big plus for me.

While I may only be able to wear some of the darker hues as eyeshadows, I can see the last two shades, along with the intense gold of the first row, looking stunning on deeper skin tones.

As for the packaging, both palettes are emblazoned in beautiful rose gold with Soph’s name and an ‘x’, in reference to the collaboration. Call me a narcissist, but I love things with my name on – maybe it’s the perfectionist within me who has a love of labelling? Either way, I adore the design of these palettes.

It’s evident that Sophie put a lot of thought into each element of this collection, right down to the design of the outer box, which features water colours that she made and then layered in Photoshop. Influencer collaborations can be a little hit or miss for me – sometimes, it can feel as though they’ve just agreed to a product being made, as opposed to getting involved and making it quintessentially them, so I’m happy to see that she’s gotten creative and added her own flair to this collection.

Phew! That was a long one, but I wanted to give these palettes the attention and detail they deserve. I apologise for the delay in getting this review published – I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, which I’m sure you’ll be aware of if you keep up with my Twitter, so thank you all for your patience!

What do you think of these palettes? Will you be picking either of them up, or have you already tried them? Let me know your thoughts!

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