Makeup Revolution’s Alexis Stone The Instinct palette review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Makeup Revolution
  • Availability: released in September 2019
  • Contains: 28 eye colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$25.00
  • Would you purchase again: yes
All of the entries for the year 2020 were completed before March 2020. Most items were bought in, or before, 2019. And so, despite the pandemic where buying makeup is definitely a lower priority, I'm still publishing these posts.
Makeup Revolution’s Alexis Stone The Instinct palette

A gorgeous rainbow of matte colors! Everyone wants something like this, right??

Let’s start with something right off the bat: this palette mixes traditional pressed eyeshadows and pressed pigments. The reds, pinks, and purples - the left three columns - are all pressed pigments, which mean that you’ll need to use different application techniques to get the best wear out of them. In addition, the brand website cautions that the red may stain skin. (The reds are also definitely not vegan.)

The palette is cardboard, and so it doesn’t close tight. I don’t like that. I also don’t like that, due to slight irregularies, the eyeshadow pans don’t all sit exactly the same within the wells. For the price of this palette when compared with Makeup Revolution’s other palettes, I had hoped for more durable packaging and a neater appearance. (And just a short while later I got it! When the Colour Books came out. But that’s another post, and I digress.)

This is also one of the more expensive MUR palettes available. Even the Colour Books, which have a lot more eyeshadow per book, don’t cost this much.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

The entire Alexis Stone Instinct palette. The left four columns: reds, pinks. purples, and greys. Four red eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four pink eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four purple eye colors, swatched dry over primer. The right columns: greys (again), blues, greens, and golds. Four grey eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four blue eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four green eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four gold eye colors, swatched dry over primer. Four of the color-pans in the palette, shown with a 5-gram cosmetic jar for size comparison.

On the upsides: a whole rainbow! These also have great color payoff, though you will need to use a primer and sealant to get the color payoff to stay strong all day long. They’re all matte finishes, so you can get the rich, saturated colors without the light-catching shimmer finish.

The individual pans are larger than most MUR palette pans, so you get a good amount of each color.

The shades are numbered, not named. They are also in columns, arranged in a gradient from lightest (top) to darkest (bottom). I would have been happy to have an actual orange column rather than they grays, but I can see how they greys can be a bit more versatile - from the dove-grey to the charcoal. I’m glad we got actual reds, a good array of golds, and a decent blue and green selection.

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