Makeup Revolution | The One Blush Sticks

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review

Makeup Revolution's The One Blush Sticks* have had quite a hype surrounding them since they launched late last month and have been dubbed by many as a very affordable dupe for the NARS Multiples. Having never forked out a hefty £30 to own one, I can't say how they compare but with Makeup Revolution's offering at a mere £5, I certainly know what I would be reaching to first to try out!

These cream blush sticks are available in two formulas; matte and sheen with four shades in each formula and are designed to be used on the lips and cheeks. The ever so sleek matte and glossy black packaging cleverly reflects the finish of the product inside which I think is a thoughtful touch from Makeup Revolution. The twist up tube feels has a clip close lid which feels sturdy so I have no concerns about travelling with them in my bag. No one wants a horrible creamy mess in the bottom of your handbag! The only little nag I have concerning the packaging is the lack of the shade name on the tube. When your rushing to get ready in the morning the last thing you need to be doing is opening up every tube to find the shade your looking for, and keeping them in their box isn't always practical.

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review sheen formula

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review sheen formula swatches

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Malibu- Warm toned bronze with gold shimmer
Rush- Warm coral with gold shimmer
Pink- Shimmery mid toned pink
Dream- Shimmery pale pink

The sheen formulas are easy to wear as they aren't overloaded with glitter and are subtle enough for everyday. Pink is my favourite blush shade in this formula as it gives a pretty glowy flush to the cheeks. Rush is more shimmery than pink so I tend to not wear this alone on my cheeks as a blush but mix Pink and Rush together to get more of a peachy cheek. Rush would make a stunning highlight for deep or olive skin tones. Dream makes a pretty pink highlight for me especially in the winter months when I'm much paler. Malibu is best suited to warming up my complexion as opposed to contouring as it contains shimmer. You could also blend it on your arms and legs in the summer months which I think would look beautiful. 

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review matte formula

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review matte formula swatches
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Matte Malibu- Warm deep chocolate brown
Matte Rush- Vivid coral pink
Matte Pink- Bright bubblegum pink
Matte Dream- Creamy baby pink

The matte formulas my favourite out of the two formulas and I love every single shade! They are extremely pigmented so very little product is needed and a light hand with the darker shades is wise. Matte Dream is the shade I reach for the most which I wasn't expecting as I don't typically wear pinks this pale. As soon as I tried it I fell in love with how subtle yet affective it was. It looks so natural and is perfect for that 'no makeup' makeup look. Pink and Malibu are equally beautiful and amp up your cheeks in an instant. Malibu is a great cream contouring shade and being in a stick form, makes it really easy to place in the hollows of my cheeks. 

All of these blush sticks have a creamy texture that melt into the skin and blend out with ease. What I love about both formulas is that they don't set instantly so you have time to blend them out and really work them into the skin. My favourite way to apply them is by tapping a small stippling brush onto the product. I find I have the most control this way rather than using the stick directly on my cheeks. If I'm in a rush, I use my fingers which works just as well. I was also pleasantly surprised with how long they wear. Without setting I can comfortably get away with around six hours on my dry skin. Oilier skin types can easily set them with a powder. I must admit I haven't tried these blush sticks on my lips as I think they're much more suited to the face. 

This has to be one of my favourite launches to date from Makeup Revolution. They are creamy, blendable and incredibly affordable at just £5.00 each. I love everything about them! I can't wait to see what the brand comes up with next!

Real Techniques | Miracle Complexion Sponge

Monday, 24 November 2014

real techniques miracle complexion sponge review
real techniques miracle complexion sponge review flat side

real techniques miracle complexion sponge review curved side
I am already a big fan of Real Techniques with at least one of their brushes making it into my daily makeup routine. A few of my favourites being the Blush brush and Setting brush. It has taken me a long time to purchase their only sponge offering but I finally got round to it, and I'm so glad I did!
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The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge -link has been compared by many to the Beauty Blender and is hailed as an affordable dupe. Having not tried the Beauty Blender, I can't give a side-by side comparison. The sponge is designed to be used wet or dry, to give you a flawless base. What sets this sponge apart from the others is its three surfaces; a large rounded side to cover large areas of the face in no time at all, a precision tip for concealing underneath the eyes and for pin pointing blemishes, and a flat side for heavier coverage and to use round the eyes and nose.

I personally think you achieve far better results when you use the sponge damp. I Run it under the tap for a few minutes (it will double in size) then pat off the excess with a towel. The sponge becomes far more 'bouncier' which only helps when it comes to applying foundation. Using a tapping motion melts the foundation into my skin and gives me a beautiful dewy finish. I must admit this method of applying foundation takes a little more time but it's the perfect tool for anyone with dry skin (like me!) who finds brushes can irritate and accentuate dry patches.

The pointed tip and flat side of the sponge work do a fabulous job at concealing underneath my eyes, especially with high coverage concealer. It retains just enough product so you don't get that awful cakey under eye whilst managing to get into every crease and cranny with ease.

The only down side I can mention about this sponge is how annoying it is to clean. Rinsing it out seems to take an eternity and I have yet to find a product that can get every foundation stain out. Being a bit of a clean freak when it comes to brushes it upsets me when my little sponge looks dirty!

Overall, the Miracle Complexion Sponge has left quite an impression on me. I love the dewy natural finish it gives my foundation. Yes it is more time consuming to apply foundation than with a brush but I think the results are worth it. Concealer and cream contouring look beautiful too. It's versatility means I will definitely find a way to work this little guy into my routine. For the bargain price of £5.99 I would recommend trying out this sponge before the (three times the price) Beauty Blender if you're unsure about how you would get on with this type of tool. 


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