Revolution Matte Brights


 I’ve said it a hundred times but matte eye shadows are SO hit and miss, when they’re good they’re GREAT but when they’re bad they may as well not be there at all. This isn’t restricted to budget brands either, high end matte shadows can be terrible too but what I will never understand is why they include the colours that just DO NOT WORK. You can see from the swatches below there are some great brights here but the paler shades are barely worth having and if you went straight in to do an eye look without swatching you could totally mess it up by using the shades you’d otherwise pass on.


For the money the selection that are good are seriously brilliant value but it just kills me that they could have replaced the not so greats with shimmery formulas they KNOW are good. Someone has to sign off on that sub par product when they could be honest and make a couple of tweaks to make it perfect. So far I’ve used the bold orange and pink shades (top) and have found them to translate just as well to the eyes as the swatches and overall I’ve been really impressed with Revolutions eye shadows but I can’t be alone in this frustration. I think I’ll have to try the not entirely matte Acid Brights to compare.

Available online for £4



  1. Lucy
    3 July, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I completely agree with you! I bought a Sleek Matte palette, the bright one, and was gutted when I tried to use it. I’d heard such good things about Sleek and it was my first product from them (and was a gift so I didn’t swatch before). Some colours were ok, but others had no payoff. Considering it was a bright palette (and this was before the UD Electric was due out) I expected colours with punch, and it fell completely flat as I never use it!

    What’s the point in including colours that don’t work?? I don’t get it. As you said, someone signed off on it, surely it would bother that person too… or so you’d think.

    It’s a huge frustration of mine, as you can tell!

    • Lucy
      3 July, 2014 / 2:11 pm

      Actually, just realised I think this Revolution palette might be a dupe for the Sleek one, which would explain the same issues!

  2. 3 July, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    The colors that did show up look really nicely though! I really like the orange.

  3. 3 July, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    it’s such a shame cos these colours are so bright & pretty in the palette, at least it wasn’t expensive! x

  4. CharlyH
    9 August, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    The colors look wonderful. Also, you have to keep in mind that not everyone wearing their products will be so fair skinned. I purchased all of their palettes (that have the slimline pans like above) and they are all super pigmented on my skintone. My suggestion would be to maybe try swatching with a black base primer, white base primer and flesh tone primer. The color difference will be drastic and it would help to differentiate between the more dramatic & subtle makeup looks that can be achieved. Either way I enjoyed your swatches.

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