First Impressions: Makeup Revolution’s 2016 Ultra Collection

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In autumn 2015, Becky bought me the Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked palette as a gift. A few months after that, I was looking at the main MUR site to see if there was anything that jumped out at me, as Potentially Very Interesting. (Always better to do this around the holiday season because you get All Kinds of Options!!) There, just waiting for me to spot it, was the 2016 Ultra Collection. for £20.00 (approximately USD$30.00).

Except it had been marked down to half price just after Christmas.


First Impressions: Makeup Revolution’s 2016 Ultra Collection

The collection is a pretty nice assortment of MUR goodies: liquid eyeliner, eye primer, 2 lip glosses, 2 lip sticks, a blush/bronzer trio, a highlighting powder, an eyeshadow palette, and three brushes. (I admit, I really wanted that palette. A rich green, a medium-deep pink, some nicely saturated cooler shades, and what looked like a majority of shimmer or pearl finishes! Yeah, I needed that. The rest of it was secondary.) The brushes are decent, but not a personal first choice; the lip glosses have a very strong sweet “faux-strawberry” scent that is a bit offputting, but the pigmentation's good; the blush/bronzer trio looks interesting, and I appreciate having another primer to try out.

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First Impressions: Makeup Revolution’s 2016 Ultra Collection

Not shown in that photo above are the brushes and the highlighting powder. I didn't really have room to display everything!

This is a newer line, and it may have been created partially to move into Sleek's space of “affordable good-quality UK makeup.” One difference that I spot almost instantly, though, is the pigmentation. Sleek's big push is that their makeup works well on all skintones, not just pale or medium. Their eyeshadows are not the most pigmented I've ever tried, but they are very pigmented for USD$12 palettes. Sleek's blushes are also amazing! Makeup Revolution…they're attractive, and they're not “whispery sheer”, but they just don't have the same color payoff as Sleek.

This is a nice collection, a great introduction to a wide range of items from the entire MUR line. I can see these types of kits as being a great “holiday” kit for the budget-conscious person who's just starting to explore makeup…or someone who's had a rather blah month (or two) and could use a pick-me-up. They're a great introduction to Makeup Revolution. I don't know, for sure, if I can see myself getting these types of kits in future years, only because…I've gotten one. And I can see myself using the palettes (now there's an irony) and maybe the nude lipstick, but I'm not sure about wanting to buy the other items again. (Maybe they'll be an “every couple of years” thing.)

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