CHEAP LIPSTICK KLAXON! Make up Revolution Velvet lip laquer and lipstick

I’m not going to waste an immense amount of time here because -and I’ll be honest- these aren’t all that good**. My love for Make up Revolution generally knows know bounds -they are absolutely shaking up the game among the cheaper drugstore brands with highly pigmented, finely milled products that match a lot of the big brands for longevity and colour payoff.

(**for me. If you’re 15, knock yourself out because you will have lovely full young lips on which any formulation, however cheap looks great. *weeps*)

Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer in What I believe (L) and Lipstick in Bliss (R)

Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer in What I believe (L) and Lipstick in Bliss (R)

The Velvet lip Lacquer is pretty much the same kind of deal as MUA have going on with their Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers which have been out for a while now (and no, I didn’t get on with those, either)

Left -Lip Lacquer. Right-lipstick

Left: lipstick. Right: Lip Lacquer

The lipstick is a pound. Let’s just park that there for a moment and consider it. A POUND.  If I had my teenage years again I would spend all my money on these because they come in some of the most hideous colours imaginable, including green, blue and black.

Being 45, I am a little bit more cautious and so went for the sheeny coral-y/pink colours to try. The packaging is fine -the lipstick is sturdy enough and doesn’t look like it’s going to shatter the first time it drops into the washbasin (or is that just me?). Even though it has swatched well (above), the texture was dreadful. I had scrubbed and moisturised in preparation, but the lipstick went on in fits and starts, was claggy yet without having any hydrating properties and just sort of sat there.

Not impressed

Not impressed

To be fair, the lip lacquer was actually worse. If I had gone for this in a bold colour you might have been able to see the texture better:

Grumpy face

Grumpy face

It’s not the greatest photo, but I think you can see the way it managed to cling to all the dry skin (which, I would like to reiterate, I had scrubbed and moisturised not five minutes previously).

So it’s a no from me. But I can’t be too harsh because the prices are amazing (Did I mention the lipstick is A POUND?) If you’re on a budget or just want to try some dramatic colours before deciding if you can carry them off then this is a great way of doing it.

Make Up Revolution lipsticks are £1 and the Velvet Lip Lacquers are £3 and available HERE

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Stila magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow dupe review

Gah! But have you seen the price tag on this one? I don’t think of Stila as an overly spendy brand (Their smudgesticks last for ever, don’t budge and are currently on offer here) but when I saw this on a stroll through M&S the other week, I had to have a go on it.

Stila Magnificent metals

Stila Magnificent metals

The colours are something else: golds, platinums, plums, aquas -and of course, Kitten-

For £33.50 (let me say that again -thirty three pounds fifty), you get a little dropper bottle of primer and a pot of foil pigment to dab on top. The principle is that you can apply a wash of sheer glitter or amp it up by layering the foil until you can single handedly rival the lighting rig at Pacha. This kind of look is usually not for me and I leave it to the whippersnappers. It’s a lovely product which for evening wear on unsullied, uncrepey eyelids would look fantastic *sighs heavily*.

I went for the sheer wash of gold, which was still pretty glittery. I blinked at myself a few times in the mirror, went through the dilemma of wiping-it-off versus doing-the-other-eye-to-match, did the other eye and then wandered over to Superdrug…

…where I found THIS

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m secretly in the pay of Make Up Revolution, so heavily have they featured here recently, but I am a firm believer of cheap and cheerful make up for the odd times when you want something fun. Foundation, blush, powder -all worth splurging on in my opinion because you mostly wear them every day. Quality, longevity and superb finish all count and my maxim is pay as much as you can afford for the stuff you like.

For glittery eyeshadow that comes out once in a blue moon my purse stays firmly in my bag.

These foils, which come in 5 finishes (so not as many as Stila, but hey), cost FOUR POUNDS. And they come with a primer.

Left: Pure Platinum Right: Rose Gold

Left: Pure Platinum
Right: Rose Gold

The MUR foils come with a little tray for mixing your colour, should you want to, but this works just as well patted on with a finger.

Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Separate Primer

Separate Primer

You can also buy a separate bottle of primer (£3, above) which I’m currently trialing under other eyeshadows and is working quite well.

The difference, as far as I can see is that the Stila foil has larger particles of actual glitter in it, whereas the MUR version is finer and slightly more sheeny on application.

Below are photos with and without primer:

Swatched without primer: Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Swatched without primer: Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

With primer

With primer

The light didn’t fall brilliantly on the silver with primer, but I think you can see that the primer makes all the difference in terms of intensity.

So there you have it. The difference of £29.50 for effectively the same product.

Stila is available HERE and MUR HERE

Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?

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