Yes, it’s here.. the one you’ve all be waiting for. I know others have ‘tried’ but we haven’t had anything as close to this yet, especially at this price point. If you’re not already aware of Makeup Revolution, first of all, where have you been? secondly they’re basically the new MUA on the block with prices at similar if not identical scales and basic black packaging – oh and also available at Superdrug. I wasn’t entirely sure there would be market for another brand so similar but so far, so good.. the quality that MUA are known for is there and their range is different enough that you may still look to both for different things. I will be talking more about Revolution in the near future but for today lets focus on the Icon 3 palette, shall we?
I must admit that though I initially loved the Naked 3 and was absolutely desperate to get my hands on it I rarely use it (it’s on my vanity too so I really ought to be reaching for it) and having swathed it again for this post I can see why. Overall it’s a beautifully rosy toned palette unlike anything else (until now) that I have but the shades are all much of a muchness. There are a few standouts but for the most part it’s very samey and you definitely run the risk of getting a very muddy look if you don’t use contrasting colours. Really Trick, Factory, Darkside & Blackout are the only things stopping it from being a 50 shades of grey sequel and I just never realised it until now. That being said I can definitely see why you might want a lower priced alternative as I don’t think this is a kit you can have as your only one.. it really needs to complement another selection and if your budget is tight £37 for something you’ll reach for once in a while is pretty steep.
Upon first glance you can see Revolution have done a good job of mimicking each shade pan by pan from the Urban Decay version and below the swatches don’t let it down either. I was particularly impressed by the matte shadows, all of these swatches are on dry skin with no primer and apart from perhaps the first couple which honestly aren’t all that in the UD one I think they’re fantastic quality.
Top swatches are Revolution, bottom are Urban Decay
I’ve gone back and forth over whether I think the MUA Undressed is really as good as the Naked ad I’ve settled at the old adage ‘it’s good.. for the money’ but it’s not better. I’ve had many arguments with fellow bloggers who believe otherwise and it does just boil down to your own personal eyelids and preference. Something I love you may hate and so on so assuming you love that one and think anyone who’d buy the more expensive original must be mad then you will absolutely love this. I’m of the opinion that Urban Decay CANNOT be beat but if you put this in luxury packaging I don’t think anyone would guess they cost £4.
I’ll be doing some looks with the palette soon but for now I just wanted to share the comparison of the two which I think you’ll agree looks pretty impressive.. hopefully it will translate just as well to my eyes 😉