This week (March 17-23) I used the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Division Palette. It’s pretty clear that this palette is *ahem* inspired by the ABH Subculture palette, but I’m not mad about that. Personally, I don’t think I would mind the soft formula that the Subculture palette has (LORAC shadows are my favorite, so this isn’t surprising), but I wanted to try these bolder shades out in a “lower stakes” way than splurging on a high-end palette.
After using this for a week, I don’t feel like I’ll ever buy Subculture, but would absolutely repurchase the MUR version if I went through this palette. I purchased this for only $2.19 (!) after a $5.00 off coupon I’d earned a few weeks before by purchasing some brow products to have on deck for when my Ofra pencil finally runs out. This palette is worth so much more than what it costs.
The formula is soft, but applies the bold colors in a way that allows you to build them up to the intensity you want. The pans are a nice size, which is the main reason I would recommend this over Subculture. Also, the yellow in this palette is beautiful!
The mattes in this palette are very nice. They are soft, blendable, and buildable, which is all I really look for in a shadow. I prefer mattes not to be super pigmented so I’m able to start more sheer and build them up to where I want them, and these hit the mark.
The shimmers each perform differently. I have found that they apply best over a cream shadow stick (NYX is my favorite recently). My favorite is the copper, followed by the green, and then the pink would be the one I’d reach for the least. The green in this palette is less duo chrome than what Electric looks like from Subculture. The pink shade has a decent pink shift, but I added Urban Decay’s Fireball on top on the day I went for the pink one.
I don’t mind that MUR has a lot of products that attempt to “dupe” other brands’ popular products because they also have a fair amount of products that are original ideas or take a brand’s concept and run with it in other directions, like what they’ve done with their chocolate bar line. This is the first item I’ve ever purchased from this brand, so I can’t speak to the quality in other products, but this palette is wonderful.
Do you have any Makeup Revolution products that you recommend? What’s your favorite drugstore dupe?
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