My relationship with makeup has somewhat changed recently. Mainly, given that I’ve been working from home, I haven’t been wearing it. Makeup for me usually was part of my everyday routine – mainly because my insecure ass refused to leave the house without it – but now, it’s reserved for weekends. Obviously there is literally no reason for me to be wearing it on weekends either at the moment, but somehow it makes me feel a bit more human and a bit more productive, which is what I need on days where I have nothing else to do, otherwise I just sit on the sofa, scrolling through my phone for hours on end.
My point is, even though I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately, I still ran out of a few bits so I decided to not only pick up my essentials but to treat myself as well. Over the last few months I’ve discovered the Revolution Concealer, which I’ve been loving, and it got me wanting to try more of the brand. Their products are all cruelty free, and they’re at a really affordable price point too. Given how impressed I was with their concealer, I decided to try the foundation as well, which was the main thing I’d run out of. While I was there, I picked up a few other bits as well, mainly to cheer myself up. Now I’ve had the time to try them all, I thought I’d share my findings in the form of a beauty haul post.
Just a disclaimer, I’m not on any commission for Revolution and was not obliged in any way to write this post. All products were purchased using my own money and all views are my own.
Conceal & Hydrate Radiance Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid – FO.5
The first thing I love about the Revolution foundation selection is the amount of shades they do. Being pale AF, I often struggle to find a foundation that actually matches the rest of my skin tone, but Revolution has 50 true skin shades to choose from. I went for FO.5, which is for fair skin with pink undertones. Offering medium to full coverage, the Conceal & Hydrate Foundation contains hyaluronic acid which is supposed to hydrate the skin, preventing dry patches. On first inspection the formula appears quite thin so I wasn’t too convinced about the coverage, but actually, a little went a long way and I would definitely say it delivers on medium to full. I often find after a few hours I can feel dry patches underneath my foundation but with this one I didn’t feel them at all. It stays intact too and it really creates a smooth looking complexion. I’m always dubious about buying foundation online but I think I chose the right one here, as it matches my skin tone really well. One I will definitely be buying again.
Precise Brow Pencil – Light Brown
For the last few months I’ve been pretty loyal to my Rimmel Brow This Way kit, since getting my hair lightened it’s actually been a bit too dark for me, so I decided to go for something a bit lighter. The Precise Brow Pencil is a bargain at only £4, and the light brown shade I went for looks a whole lot more natural and it’s really easy to use. The twisty pencil end allows you to define and shade while the spoolie brush helps you perfect the shape and finish them off perfectly. I think given that the colour is a lot softer and more natural looking, I’ve officially been converted.
The Mascara Revolution
Unfortunately, this was a product that didn’t really meet expectations. The Mascara Revolution has some really good reviews on the site and promises extra volume and length thanks to its highly pigmented formula. Now, I’ll clarify that it did deliver on that front. I really liked the finished result of lovely, fanned out lashes, however, I wasn’t a big fan of the brush. The formula itself was rather clumpy which didn’t seem to help matters and the brush felt a bit too chunky so was quite clumsy to use. It also seemed quite wasteful given the amount of product that’s on it, and the first time I used it I had to give it a good wipe to avoid turning my eyes into a clumpy mess. While I liked the end result, the formula itself and the brush just wasn’t for me, so I don’t think I’ll be re-buying this one.
Sheer Lip – Decadence
I’ll fess up, this product wasn’t in this particular haul as it was one I discovered previously. However, I liked it and it actually convinced me to buy the next two things in this post so I wanted to include it. Lip gloss doesn’t really seem to be all that popular anymore, however the Sheer Lip caught my eye given that it was a really good price and promised a glossy finish without any stickiness. While I like a matte style lip, my lips often get very dry and I find the matte finish tends to exacerbate it, so I decided to go back to gloss for a change. I went for the Decadence shade as it didn’t seem too bright initially, but when applying it’s actually a lot bolder than I thought. However, it’s still a really lovely shade and I think it’ll be great for summer. I would definitely say there’s less stickiness than you usually get with lip gloss which is a plus, and the colour is surprisingly buildable. The only downside is that it’s virtually gone after a few sips of your tea, so you have to keep reapplying it. Love the colour and the general formula, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again just as I can never be arsed with all the reapplying.
Satin Kiss Lipstick & Satin Kiss Lip Liner – Decadence
So, on my quest to find my go-to lip product (first world problems), I read some good reviews on the Satin Kiss Lipstick, which promised a “creamy, velvet finish.” As I really liked the Decadence colour, I went for this one again, and at the same time I separately purchased the Satin Kiss Lipliner in the same shade. I don’t normally use lip liner, but I just thought “treat yo self.” Even though they’re allegedly the same shade, I actually found it less intense than the lip gloss version, which wasn’t really a bad thing. It looked more subtle so I think it would be much nicer for wearing everyday. The lipliner was really easy to use and went on really smoothly unlike other lip pencils I’ve used in the past, while the lipstick provided quite a nice smooth finish and actually felt a lot more moisturising than others I’ve tried. As a plus, they both lasted absolutely ages and I only had to reapply the lipstick once throughout the day. For now, I think this is definitely my new staple!
Colour Correcting Eye Cream
I’m quite a stickler for a skincare product, so I had a browse at what Revolution had to offer and there was quite a selection. Unfortunately, my bank balance wouldn’t quite stretch far enough to get everything on my wish list. The first thing that caught my eye was the Colour Correcting Eye Cream. I’ve mentioned many times before that years of wearing glasses has left me with very dark circles under my eyes, and when I wear my contact lenses, I’m quite self conscious of them. Revolution has a range of six different eye creams, so I’d quite like to try them all at some point, but I immediately was drawn to the colour correcting one for obvious reasons. With this one, it offers a pigment fixing formula which is designed to counteract purple tones and to soften dry skin under the eyes. At the moment, I’d be lying if I said I’ve seen results, however looking through other reviews it appears that’s to be expected, and it will take a while to notice a difference. Given I’ve only been using it for a week, it’s probably far too early to tell. I have noticed that the skin around my eyes isn’t so dry anymore though, so I’m going to keep up with using it in the hope of seeing some improvement to the dark circles.
Niacinamide Essence Spray
My skin is rather acne ridden at the best of times, so I decided to try the Niacinamide Essence Spray as it promised to control oil production, clear skin congestion and reduce the appearance of pores. I’ve been using this in the mornings mainly as it feels nice and refreshing and it’s quite a nice way to wake myself up. The spray is enriched with chamomile and has a soft, floral scent that’s not too overpowering. In terms of the skin clearing effects, again, I think it’s a little too soon to tell, but I’m hopeful that I’ll see some results in a couple more weeks.
2.5% Glycolic Acid Tonic
Finally, in my search for some new toner, I came across the 2.5% Glycolic Acid Tonic. This appears to be one of Revolution’s most popular products so I thought it’d definitely be worth a try. In terms of ingredients, this contains antioxidant Ginseng, Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, and Witch Hazel to tighten pores, so I thought it’d be a good shout for my insanely spotty skin. This one also comes in two different strengths, including this one and a 5% one, but it is recommended if you’re new to Glycolic Acid that you start with the 2.5%. It’s worth pointing out that the product may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so make sure that you use sunscreen or moisturiser with SPF to be on the safe side. I’ve actually really liked this product so far, and my skin genuinely feels cleaner and fresher after using it. Again, it’s a little too soon to tell in terms of whether or not it makes my skin clearer but I’m definitely hopeful. I’m not particularly a fan of the smell as it’s quite strong, but if it gets my skin looking better I’m all for it!
Overall I was quite pleased with my Revolution beauty haul, and I’ve discovered a few new products that I’ll definitely be buying again. They had so much stuff on there that I’ve had to bookmark to get at a later date, just because my bank balance took a bit of a battering on this occasion! I’m always on the lookout for more beauty bits to try so if you have any recommendations feel free to let me know!
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you thought in the comments!