Makeup Revolution SophX Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

By andhonestly - Monday, April 02, 2018

I've been watching sophdoesnails on Youtube for the last 2 years, seeing her tiny channel grow to more than half a million followers in that time. Ultimately her love for Makeup Revolution, and drugstore makeup in general, has resulted in a partnership with the brand itself and two palettes - one eyeshadow palette and one highlighter palette. Aesthetically, they are pleasing and the kinds of products I would generally gravitate towards anyway but collab makeup tends to go one of two ways: pretty decent or pretty crappy. The reviews from other youtubers rarely seem to be less than positive, so I find it very difficult to decide if I actually want to try the product or not. Makeup Revolution are one of my favourite brands, they are very cheap and I did want to support Soph - but I did not want to fall into the hype trap.

The problem with hype trap is the products are talked about constantly for a few weeks and then never heard from again, whether they are good or bad. I didn't want to get swept up in the idea of something as I did with the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and end up with regrets. Even though it is pretty inexpensive.

I've also been trying to stop myself from buying things that are too similar to things I already own. I'm not insane about highlighter palettes as half of the shades are too dark for me, so that was immediately off my list. So I had to decide whether the eyeshadow palette would be worth it. I took my cue from Lucia Tepper and shopped my stash, going through to see if I could find dupes. I do have a fair few brown matte shades, and of course, a bronze and a light gold shimmer. But the other shades are pretty unique and I don't have ones quite like them. I like that there aren't too many neutral transition shades, but you still get enough for a basic look.

I also thought that this would be a good palette as a general all rounder. Some days I just can't be bothered to go through all my palettes or singles but I still want a creative look. This is a mix of neutrals, colours, mattes and shimmers so it would give me the best of all worlds. There's a lot of variety that you don't get with most palettes these days. You get everything but a blue, which I can live without as I don't think I've worn that colour since I was about 13.

Inevitably, the palette won and I picked it up from Superdrug. 

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

I really don't know about the packaging. It's nice, but it doesn't fit with Soph's style. She's into grungy, smokey looks and this seems a bit too girly in my opinion. Also, it seems like it's going to get very dirty, very fast.

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

There's a pretty huge mirror and if you care about that then great. I don't get the big thing about every palette having to have a mirror. Unless you're constantly travelling in places without mirrors (where?) then you don't really need them. I literally cannot do my makeup in palette mirrors and the only people that ever really do are on Youtube so it seems like companies are catering to Youtubers rather than the majority of their customers....

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Top to bottom:
Penguin
Pancakes
Fairy Lights
Pink Champagne
Iced Coffee
Cuppa Tea

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Grow Old
Sparks Fly
Smokey Bronze
Mixed Berries
Tiramisu
Peaches

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Cloudberry
Pumpkin
Pine Tree
Petrol
Pug
Danger

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Strawberry Sweets
Festive Flame
Copper Coin
Mug Cake
Rosewood
Nightmare

Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

First Impression
The shimmers in this palette are beautiful, as all Makeup Revolution ones usually are. They are pigmented as hell and apply nicely with a finger. Shimmer shades always swatch well, so hopefully they will look just as pretty on the lid.

The matte shades seem a bit chalky and hit and miss. The pink, peachy and generally light colours look great and easy to blend. The dark shades - particularly the black - look very patchy and this seems to be a theme across most cheap brands, so I'm not too worried about that. I have better browns and blacks I can substitute if I'm so inclined, but I rarely use colours that dark so I'm not bothered. I know from experience that the browns blend well, they just take a bit of finessing. For the price, a measly £10, I cannot complain.

What surprised me was that I fell in love with the shades I was expecting to be a bit on the fence about. For example, Strawberry Sweets is not a colour I would typically choose but I love it. Also, Cloudberry is stunning and I was so excited to start working with it.

There are also some great dupes for other palettes. Petrol is an incredible drugstore version of Urban Decay's Lounge. Pine Tree is comparably better and more vibrant than Too Faced Sweet Peach's Bless Her Heart.

Based on my first impressions, I was sure I was going to love this palette for the shimmers alone. I'm not the biggest fan of Makeup Revolution mattes as some of them are pretty chalky and these are their usual formula but the lighter shades look like they'll be fine. I'm not fussed on the darker shades - other than Pumpkin and Danger.

I've also found that it contains every colour I'd ever need for one look, which I guess is the point of collaborations like these but 💁. I'm not a fan of the all in one product. If every palette has neutral browns for the crease, creams/whites for the lid, black for smoking it out, a bronze shimmer and neutral champagne then it leaves little room for other shades that could be more fun and creative.

Obviously this isn't the case with this palette as the variety is amazing, especially considering the price. But, there are some that are quite similar to each other that made me wonder why they bothered. In person, Festive Flame and Copper Coin are practically the same shade, as are Grow Old and Sparks Fly. I could've done without Penguin and Nightmare and I wouldn't have missed them.

First Look
For my first attempt at a look using only this palette, I was wearing khaki and wanted something bronze to complement it, as well as make my blue eyes pop. I was also going to meet my new manager and even though it was my day off, I wanted to look semi-professional.

I covered my lid with a light layer of Penguin, then used a combination of Pug and Rosewood in the crease and on the lower lash line. For the lid, I used Smokey Bronze on the outer half and Sparks Fly on the inner half, with Fairy Lights on the inner corner. To match this, I used Urban Decay liner in Smog on my waterline and tight line.

Makeup Revolution SophX Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Lipstick: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London and Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Bare Enough in the centre.

Pug is the perfect shade for me as I prefer cooler transition colours, even with a warm look. It blended beautifully and I didn't have trouble keeping it where I wanted it - as sometimes shadows will either blend out forever and end up all over my face, or disappear entirely. Rosewood was more difficult to work with and would not blend at all in the outer corner, if you look at the left side of the photo above, you can tell where I just gave up. I never use eye primer, only Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and whatever face powder I'm using (currently Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Translucent), so it can't be attributed to technique. I've been using Makeup Revolution shadows for years and the darker shades can be problematic but Rosewood isn't that dark, so that was a bit disappointment.

The pigmentation of the mattes is incredible. I literally tapped my blending brush lightly into the pan and it came away with tonnes of product. When trying to build on the outer corners, I found it easiest to pack it on with a flat brush, like the ones I would normally use for the lid, and then blend out with a fluffy brush. If you go in with the blending brush in the first place, it ends up patchy and ruins the look. As you can see above.

As with most Makeup Revolution shimmer shades, you need to either wet the product when it's on the brush using a setting spray or facial mist, or apply it with a finger to get the pigmentation to translate from pan to eye. I don't like to use my finger as I have big hands and can't get any sort of precision (I struggle with a brush, I'd have no luck with my sausage fingers), so I took the product on a flat lid brush, spritzed it with Mario Badescu Facial Spray (I'm loving the aloe, cucumber and green tea one) and then carefully brushed it on to the lid. I blended out the edges with whatever product was left over on the fluffy brush.

I did find that when it came to doing my second lid, the brush was a bit too wet and I ended up with a bit of a scaly look. Which is not what you want. But this is down to user error, rather than product fault. I should have wiped down the brush before going back in, but this is something to bear in mind. I'm slightly worried about continuing to use this method as one of my other MUR palettes has hit hard pan on two shimmer shades that I used with facial spray quite a lot. So, I think it would be beneficial to use your fingers instead of re-dipping a damp brush into the shadows.

I was very impressed with Fairy Lights. I used this on a pencil brush, without any facial spray to enhance, and it looked glowy but without being over the top. I enjoy a white gold shadow, especially on the inner corner and this was definitely my favourite to use when creating this basic eye look.

I'm definitely not mad at having to take an extra step to achieve the effect I want with the shimmer shades. For £10 for 24 shadows, the palette is a bargain and the quality is comparable to some higher end brands. It's definitely better than any shadows I've tried from L'Oreal, Maybelline, NYX and Rimmel - who are the major contenders in the drugstore.

The shimmers lasted all day, as did the intensity of the colours, but I found that by the time it came to removal, they had bunched up in my crease. That's not the end of the world though. I applied this makeup at roughly 12pm and removed it around 9pm, so for 9 hours wear that's pretty impressive.

Second Look
I wanted to go for something a bit more daring, well for me at least, so I decided to try out the peachy shades in this palette. I never wear anything too bright and so I thought it would be a little out of my comfort zone.

I used Peaches as my transition shade, added Pumpkin for some depth in my crease and outer v. Then on the lid, I used a gradiant of shimmers - starting with Festive Flame on the outside, then Pink Champagne and Fairy lights. I used Fairy lights on my brow bone and a duochrome pink shade from the Iconic Division Palette for my inner corner highlight. I took Pumpkin on the lower lash line and blended it out with a touch of Peaches. I also added a bit of Urban Decay's Midnight Cowboy Eyeliner to my waterline.

Although I used the peach and orange toned mattes, they came out really pink on my skin so instead of going for a copper lid - as I was planning on - I went for the pink toned shimmers.

Makeup Revolution SophX Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Masochist
My skin looks so dry here. I was testing out a new powder and it was actually terrible.

I love how this turned out. It's smokey but still daytime appropriate, although I don't think I would wear it again. I enjoy the look, but on me I thought it was too vibrant and made me look a bit sallow. The photo looks okay, but in real life it was a bit in your face for me.

I found that the matte shades, Peaches and Pumpkin, blended out incredibly easily and without muddying together, which I had been worrying about. Unlike the brown shades in this palette, there was no patchiness or difficulty using these two colours. They created a gorgeous peachy ombre effect and is a combo I would highly recommend if you like a bright pop of colour. As it ended up looking more pink than peach, I might try it again but swap out Peaches for Cloudberry. The only problem I experienced was kickback. There was a lot of it, especially with Pumpkin.

Festive Flame was also easy to work with. I did have to wet my brush to get much in the way of pigment, but it ended up applying smoothly, and I buffed a small about of Pumpkin to blur any harsh lines. Pink Champagne however, was a pain. There was no pigmentation when using the brush dry, so I wet it with facial spray and still, there wasn't much to speak of. It was glittery but the pink didn't really show through too much. Even with my finger it was barely there. I added Fairy Lights on top and it got chunky and weird. But when blended out it looked a bit better.

As with the first look, the shades stayed vibrant all day and didn't budge - but still creased and went a little shiny looking, which I often get as sometimes my eye lids get oily. I didn't wear this as long, roughly 6 hours, but I was impressed with the longevity considering the brightness of the shadows

Final Look
For the final look, I decided to choose something daring and night time appropriate (even though the closest I got to going out was the couch). I thought it would be the best test of the darker shades, to see what I could actually accomplish with them.

I used Penguin as my base, took Tiramisu and Danger in my crease, using Danger to darken the outer v. Then I blended some Nightmare into the outer v and smoked it out, cleaning up the edges with some concealer. I also took all three shades along the lower lash line, stopping Nightmare about a third of the way in. On my lid I used Festive Flame and then some Fairy Lights in the inner corner and along the outer half of the brow bone. I also added a little bit of Nightmare on an angled eyebrow brush along the outer half of my lash line, then winged it out a bit to make the outer corner more defined. I teamed it with Urban Decay eyeliner in Zero to tight line my eyes, Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara and a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London.

Let's ignore those brows, k?

Makeup Revolution SophX Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

It looked a lot more vibrant in person but I ended up loving this. It's Disney villain-esque but still something I would wear. It's also the first time I've ever done a sharp wing looking eyeshadow and I'm chuffed with how it turned out.

Makeup Revolution SophX Eyeshadow Palette: Worth the Hype?

Tiramisu is gorgeous and easy to work with. Danger was just as easy but I found that I only needed the tiniest of tiny dabs into the pan to get an abundance of pigment. I used a Spectrum C06 blending brush for these two shades. It's quite dense but still allowed me to apply the product where I needed, and blend it out without going too wild. I used Nightmare on a Quivange angled eyeshadow blending brush that was fluffy and also quite coarse, so that I didn't go overboard and could keep it exactly where I wanted it - without having any harsh or hard to blend edges.

There was a tiny bit of fall out from Penguin, of all shades. The darker colours, maybe because you have to use a light hand, pretty much stay put and don't get all over your face. Festive Flame was easy to apply using a bit of facial mist - I don't know why but I just can't seem to get them to go on brightly without it. I watched a lot of videos and most people seem to go straight from palette to eye with no trouble. In the photo, the shimmer is not noticeable at all, but in reality it was subtle but still obvious.

The more I work with the mattes, the easier I find it to use them. Maybe it's because I don't wear the dark brows in my other palettes much, so when I do I find them difficult as I'm out of practice.

Final Thoughts
I am pleasantly surprised at just how good this palette is. Makeup Revolution usually hits it out of the park with their eyeshadows but this is definitely one of the best products they've ever come out with. The pigmentation is there, the shadows are mostly consistent in formula, they blend so easily, its only £10 and the colours are stunning.

My only complaint is that a few of the shades are a little disappointing. Pink Champagne is not the best if you're looking for a bright but pastel shimmer. Rosewood is patchy, entirely too much work to blend and I probably won't use it again as I've better shadows in similar colours that do work for me. I'm also not a fan of Pancakes as it blends out into nothing. I could use it to blend out harsh edges but I've not really had that problem.

Overall I do think this is worth the hype. It's an excellent quality and affordable drugstore palette that you can create a myriad of varied looks with. If you're thinking about trying it out, then I would recommend giving it a go.

Which is your favourite Makeup Revolution Palette?

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