Makeup Revolution’s Colour Book Shadow Palette CB05 kit review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Makeup Revolution
  • Availability: released in December 2019
  • Contains: 48 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$20.00
  • 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 Colour Book Shadow Palette CB05 kit

This is one of five “colour book” palettes: blacks/greys/whites (CB01), browns/golds/creams (CB02), reds/yellows/oranges (CB03), purples/pinks (CB04), and this one, greens/blues (CB05). Each has the same basic structure: 24 mattes and 24 corresponding shimmers separated by a plastic barrier, each palette a mixture of eyeshadows and pressed pigments.

I chose to get this one instead of the others because it had the fewest ultra-light colors (MUR’s lighter shades don’t always have good color payoff). I was also more attracted to the several deeper green and blue shades than I was to a palette full of purples or browns. There’s a good mix of deep, medium, and medium-light shades as well as neutral, cool, and warm blues and greens.

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

The entire palette: shimmer shades in the top half, matte shades in the bottom half. The 12 green shimmers, in the palette. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 1, 7, 13, and 19. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 2, 8, 14, and 20. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 3, 9, 15, and 21. The 12 blue shimmers, in the palette. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 4, 10, 16, and 22. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 5, 11, 17, and 23. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 6, 12, 18, and 24. The 12 green mattes, in the palette. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 25, 31, 37, and 43. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades The 12 blue mattes, in the palette. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 28, 34, 40, and 46. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 29, 35, 41, and 47. Four shadows, swatched dry over primer: shades 30, 36, 42, and 48.

When the palette is set down on a counter with the writing “right side up” and the palette is opened, the shimmer shades are in the top half of the palette and the matte shades are in the bottom half. Since the mattes are the ones most likely to have loose dust on them which could fall onto the other colors, this is an extra step toward keeping the mattes and shimmers separated when the palette is closed.

The two lightest greens - both the matte and shimmer versions - are fairly thin and patchy when swatched over primer. The lightest blue applies a bit more smoothly and evenly, but it’s still thinner and it doesn’t build up too well. This was more than halfway expected, though: my previous experience with MUR colors is that the lighter shades, regardless of finish, just don’t have that much coverage and don’t really layer well.

The other 45 colors in this palette swatched like a dream. Be advised that these perform best when patted into place rather than swept on - and since most of these are pressed pigments rather than eyeshadows, they will need a primer and likely a sealant or fixative to stay in place all day. I also used a flat brush to pick up and pat down color, rather than trying to use a fluffier brush and swirling it in the pans…and even so, I left some dust behind on the matte shades.

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