Monday, 11 April 2016

Makeup Monday- Speed Review: Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (& MAC comparisons)

Compared to other bloggers, I haven't really jumped on the Makeup Revolution bandwagon but I recently picked up the New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette as the colours appealed to me based on the swatches I'd seen online. In particular, I liked the concept that this eyeshadow palette contains the standard neutral colours along with some which are an unexpected twist on that.

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

The palette is presented in an outer cardboard matte black packaging with the signature Makeup Revolution rose gold metallic writing. The palette inside is made of sturdy black plastic, with the front being matte and the back being shiny, which I liked. There's a full sized mirror in the lid and a double ended synthetic brush is included. Whilst I probably wouldn't reach for the brush except if I were in pinch, I liked that the brush is a step up from the standard foam tipped applicators which many brands include (& which I never use). It has a flat brush at one end for packing on shadow and a fluffy brush for blending. My only complaint about the packaging is that the names of the shadows aren't printed on the palette itself but only on a transparent plastic sheet.

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette review

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette contains 16 eyeshadows, each of which is 1g (as a point of reference, a standard MAC pan eyeshadow is 1.5g). There's a range of cool and warm tones in matte, satin and shimmer finishes and I really liked this selection.

First up, the top row from left to right:

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals palette swatches

Bias is a soft Champagne with a shimmer finish which works well as a single wash of colour over the lid or as a highlight shade.

Neutral is a light mauve with a matte finish, ideal for blending through the crease.

Personal is a frosty peach with a subtle gold sheen. It is very similar to the now discontinued MAC shade, Shimmer Pink. I found this to be the only shade which was a little patchy but it can be built up.

Vogue is a vibrant coral with a satin finish. To me, this is the hardest colour in the palette to wear and I'm almost wondering if I'd get more use out of it if I tried it as a blusher.

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow swatches

Trend is a matte rust coloured orange-brown. It's the perfect warm toned "Jaclyn Hill" colour and would again, work well in the crease. It's one of my favourites within the palette.

New-Tral is a cranberry colour with a satin finish. It is a brighter pink than MAC's Cranberry and not a dupe.

Tone is deeper cranberry with a matte finish. It's another shade which works well in the crease as well as to deepen the outer "V".

Custom is a deep, cool toned brown with a matte finish. It is very similar to MAC Embark and as such, would double up well as a brow powder for those with dark hair.


The shadows along the bottom row are equally stunning:

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow swatches

Cool is a matte cream shade that's ideal as an all-over base colour or brow bone highlight.

Style is a very light pink with a highly shimmery finish. Nonetheless, it's smooth without chunky glitter.

Partial is pinky lilac colour with a foil finish. It's similar (although not a dupe) to MAC Star Violet.

Mode is a rose gold shade and again, has a foil finish. It's another favourite of mine in the palette and looks stunning paired with Trend.

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow swatches


Adapt is mauve toned brown with a matte finish. It's perfect to using in the crease as a transition shade.

Buff is a lilac toned taupe with a shimmer finish. It's very similar to MAC's popular Satin Taupe. It's another favourite of mine within the palette and pairs well with Adapt, Suit and Strong.

Suit is another lilac toned taupe but the satin finish means that it has less intensity than Buff.

Strong is a blackened purple with pink shimmer particles. It's very similar to MAC Beauty Marked.


Overall, I've found the shadows to be highly pigmented, buttery soft and easily blendable. It's a well put together palette and whilst I may have mixed up the order of the colours so that the pairings are more obvious, I love the unusual selection of colours and have found myself inspired to try different looks since picking up this palette. Even though I've highlighted the similarities to MAC shadows in the case of some shades, the vast majority are shades which are unique even within my crowded makeup collection.

It's hard to believe that Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette costs just £6.99. I'd highly recommend checking it out.
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