Makeup Revolution’s Maxi Reloaded Palette in Monster Mattes review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Makeup Revolution
  • Availability: released in May 2019
  • Contains: 45 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$18.00
  • 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 Maxi Reloaded Palette in Monster Mattes

This kit contains 45 matte shadows in a rainbow of shades, mostly more saturated shades with a few brighter shades. There are a few soft shades, and a handful of neutrals, as well as some deeper, almost-autumnal colors. It’s a good complement, shade-wise, to both Dream Big and Large It Up. I love that MUR decided to release a palette full of mattes! I like shimmer shades, but having good solid mattes is equally attractive (for one, you can layer a shimmer shadow over a matte eyeshadow and either add an effect-layer to the matte, or punch up the color in the shimmer.) The right half of the bottom row contains most of the shades that I dislike: the supersoft pastels that don’t have great color payoff and are buildable but you really have to pack it on.

As with all of Makeup Revolution’s matte shadows, I prefer to use brushes with a flatter, blade-like brush head and gently pat the first layer in place, then lightly stipple to make sure that the color stays in place better and has less fallout.

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

The entire Monster Mattes palette. The first two rows, minus the last column. Row 1 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 1, 2, 3, and 4. Row 1 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Row 2 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 10, 11, 12, and 13. Row 2 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 14, 15, 16, and 17. The second two rows, minus the last column. Row 3 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 19, 20, 21, and 22. Row 3 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: 23, 34, 25, and 26. Row 4 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 28, 29, 30, and 31. Row 4 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 32, 33, 34, and 35. The final row and the last column. Row 5 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 37, 38, 39, and 40. Row 5 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 41, 42, 43, and 44. Column 9 - four shadows swatched dry over primer: shades 9, 16, 27, and 36. Column 9 - shadow 45 swatched dry over primer.

One thing that I’ve seen other beauty-community folks mention is that if they swirl a fluffy makeup brush through a matte shadow and there’s a visible amount of product kicked up, they know that shadow will apply smoothly and will have good color payoff. I see the logic, but that’s also effectively sending product into the air to be lost forever…or at least lost to cosmetic uses, as it will get all over your vanity surfaces, float through the air and end up as dust on nearby surfaces, be drawn into your HVAC system. (You will also inevitably breathe some of that in. I prefer to have my shadows outside my body where I can see them!)

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