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As you can tell from the title, today I will be reviewing the Makeup Revolution (or now, just Revolution) ‘Nudes Collection’. Now if you haven’t heard of this collection then that’s understandable. There was one photo of the full ‘Nudes Collection’ on their Instagram on March 3, then after that they’ve been posting lip swatches of the collection here and there. However, with their recent launches of their concealer, stick foundation, the egg eyeshadow palettes, and of course Revolution Pro (reviews coming), I think this collection is easy to miss.
I bought some items from this collection because they posted on their Instagram story when the collection dropped and it looked right up my alley so I didn’t want to miss out.
The collection contains 4 matte shades, 4 gloss shades, and 4 metallic shades. Making a total of 12 lip products in the entire collection.
I purchased the following:
- Revolution Nudes Collection Gloss – Skinny Dip – £3.00
- Revolution Nudes Collection Matte – Stripped – £3.00
- Revolution Nudes Collection Matte – On Display – £3.00
- Revolution Nudes Collection Metallic – Pixelated – £3.00
I mainly wear matte lipsticks, which is why I bought two of the mattes, but I wanted to test out each formula.
I bought these from Revolution Beauty (previously called TAM Beauty) as this was the only place that they were available at the time, but Superdrug now stock them too. These were purchased at the same time as the concealer, so I have the same to say about the shipping – it takes ages.
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Packaging & Swatches
As you can see in the above photos, the packaging for this ‘Nudes Collection’ consists of a clear plastic tube, which you can see the colour of the product through, and a peachy-nude lid. The brand name is printed on the tube in rose gold.
I’m not the biggest fan of this packaging. I’d imagine that the lid will get dirty easily, additionally the top peach-nude part doesn’t feel very sturdy. The rose gold lettering, since it’s just printed on the tube, will fade and be removed over time. I haven’t had these very long but the lettering is already scratched and part of it is removed on some of the tubes.
The swatches are pretty good but not the best I’ve ever had. Every one of these is slightly patchy and requires layering. Whilst I did try to make the application slightly more even in the swatches, I didn’t keep layering the product. So you can see the patchiness a little, especially in the matte shades.
Revolution Nudes Collection Gloss – Skinny Dip
When I first saw this product in the box I was confused. I didn’t remember purchasing a purple gloss, and I was mostly correct about that.
I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to start including the swatches of the product from the company website to see if the product resembles the colour shown on their website. In this case, it absolutely doesn’t. I thought that I was getting a rosy nude gloss, and instead I pulled out a super purple gloss.
I’m a little confused by this gloss if I’m honest, because the swatch looks pink-toned, but the actual description for this product says its a ‘mauve nude gloss’ (aka, purple). I really need to get into reading the product colour description, because of situations like this, but I just trust that the photo the brand provides would be true to the product’s colour.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m not a fan of this colour. As I’m super pale, these light purples make me look either like I’ve completely lost circulation to my lips, or that I’m dying. Neither is a particularly good look.
The formula of the gloss itself is okay, it’s not the best I’ve ever tried, but it’s also far from being the worst. For £3.00 it’s alright, but it’s certainly not anything to be hugely excited about. The formula is slightly on the sticky side, but it doesn’t leave those strings when you press your lips together. I think if it were a colour that suited me, then I might reach for this gloss occasionally, but I can’t see myself using this very often at all. I’ll see if I can make it worth by just adding it in the centre over the top of a matte lipstick, but I’m not too sure about it.
Revolution Nudes Collection Matte – Stripped
This is definitely one of the ones that was closest to the shade shown online when applied to the lips, but in the tube it looks completely different. In the tube it looks like more of an orange tone, but once applied it looks more like the colour it’s described to be (‘a soft brown’).
The formula of these mattes is quite odd, it’s a bit like the NYX lip lingerie formulas. So it feels kind quite thick and mousse-like when you’re applying it, but it’s still a thin formula. It’s really difficult to explain the feeling if you’ve never tried a product like it. I haven’t encountered this formula very much so I wouldn’t say it’s particularly common.
This particular matte shade is quite patchy, and I’d say it needs two layers to be opaque. It takes quite a while to dry down and is sticky when it’s drying. Plus it’s that type of formula where if you press your lips together during this time, it will pull the product off of areas on your lips.
The actual colour of this one I don’t mind. I wouldn’t say it’s anything special, and it’s not the type of shade that I put on and feel super confident, but it’s still a nice colour.
Unfortunately, I can’t stand the formula. It’s very drying, and you can definitely feel it on your lips. It also crumbles and isn’t long lasting at all. I tried to wear this for a full day test, as I do with all new lipsticks and I had to remove it after a couple of hours. Despite not eating or drinking anything during the time I wore it, it was so crumbly that it completely wore away in the centre. If there’s one thing that doesn’t make me feel good when I’m out and about, it’s the knowledge that my lipstick looks horrendous.
Revolution Nudes Collection Matte – On Display
This is another strange one. Whilst the gloss doesn’t look like the picture online in the tube or on the lips, and the other matte looks like the swatch online when applied but not in the tube, this one looks like the colour online in the tube, but not on the lips.
From the picture it’s very difficult to tell this one apart from ‘Stripped’, in person there is a slight difference. This one is slightly darker and warmer, but the difference really isn’t much. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this problem with Revolution lipsticks either! I bought two of the Renaissance bullet lipsticks a while ago, but I still haven’t reviewed them because when I looked at the photos I had absolutely no idea which lipstick was which, so I need to retake the photos.
This shade is described as a ‘chocolate nude’, personally I don’t see much about this that is chocolate. Whilst I do think it leans towards the brown nude side, it certainly isn’t what I’d describe as ‘chocolate’. Even the swatch from the Revolution Beauty website is more orange, than brown. I think this is a shame because I really loved the colour that was shown online and I wish that was what it had looked like applied.
Once again, the formula of this matte is exactly the same, it’s crumbly and drying and just isn’t for me.
Revolution Nudes Collection Metallic – Pixelated
I’ve never tried a proper metallic lipstick before so I was pretty excited to get this one. I chose this one as it looked like a pretty red shade online and I thought that would look amazing. On the website, it’s described as ‘chestnut’.
This is definitely the shade that I like the most out of the items I bought from this collection. However, it pretty much has the same issues as the mattes. This one I find even harder to apply, it’s also streaky, but I think the fact it’s so shiny hides some of the patchiness. Additionally, it’s so incredibly drying, and it also crumbles.
I think it’s such a shame that the formula on this isn’t fantastic, as the colour is really beautiful and I’d definitely find places/times to wear it. Whilst it will make a really pretty Instagram picture, I want to be able to wear it for more than just a picture. I might try adding it to just the centre of my lips over a matte lipstick to see how that performs. I’m determined to make this one work somehow.
Overall, I can’t help but be disappointed by this collection. I have other Revolution lipsticks that I love, but these are just a no go for me. Granted, the Revolution lipsticks I have are bullet lipsticks, so I can’t compare this one to other liquid lipsticks by the brand and it could be that their liquid lipstick formula just isn’t for me.
The colours online on Revolution Beauty (and Superdrug) I’ve found to be wildly different to the colour that the product is when you receive it. Therefore, I’d recommend either reading the colour description, looking online for other swatches, or going into Superdrug in person and looking at the colours there. Every time I’ve bought a Revolution lipstick online, the colour I receive is not what I expected.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this collection. Personally, I just find that there are better lipsticks out there (even from Revolution themselves) and I can’t see any way to make these work for me. Of course, we’re all different and have different needs, so perhaps these may work for you – and if you already have one (or more) from this collection and love them then I’m happy that they work for you! They just don’t for me.
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