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Normally, I’m not too big on eyeshadow. I’ve had the same custom four-color palette from M.A.C. since my senior prom, and the only big eyeshadow purchases I’ve made in the past five years have been a limited edition LORAC palette from a Black Friday sale and a 144-color palette from e.l.f., also from a Black Friday sale (I really love Black Friday, guys). I’m more of a cat-eye and mascara girl. That’s just the way it’s always been.

That said, I’m a bit of an Ulta junkie, and I’ve also got a newfound appreciation for so-called “mermaid” products. So, when Ulta unveiled a new brand (well, new to them) called Makeup Revolution, and I saw that one of their palettes was called “Mermaids Forever,” I snapped it up faster than Ariel could call Flounder a cuttlefish. Get it? Because that’s a Little Mermaid reference and I’m talking about mermaids? God, someone should pay me to do comedy or something. Oh, and while I was at it, Jillian and I picked up a few other products, namely the Matte Blush, the Vived Baked Bronzer, and Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer. You know, for science.

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First things first: Here’s the Mermaids Forever Palette ($15):

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It comes in a very exciting, shiny aqua box, BTW. I don’t know how many mermaids you’ve spoken, but all the ones I communicate with on a regular basis tell me that that color is really hip with all the merpeople right now.

The palette comes with 32 colors, with both and shimmer and matte finishes:

makeup revolution palette featured

Aren’t they all so pretty? I personally love that the palette includes both neutral and bright shades—this way, I don’t have to invest in 17 different palettes in order to get all of the colors I want and need on my face/in my life.

Here are the majority of the colors swatched on my paper-pale skin:

makeup revolution swatches

I say “majority” because when I tried to swatch the seven light, neutral shades on the left side of the palette, they were actually too light and too sheer to even show up properly on my skin. That’s not to say that they’re bad shades, but they’re probably best used as a base wash or maybe just to add some subtle shimmer to your look. You might even be able to use them as a highlighter, now that I think about it.

As for the brighter and darker neutrals, the shadows are pretty well pigmented. I think you’d get the best results by applying a clear or white primer underneath, but then again, I don’t know how bright you like to go with your eyeshadows. Personally, I found that the blues, greens, and metallics did the best in terms of color. There was little to no fallout involved in the swatching process, which is always promising, and the shadows all came off pretty easily, too. Overall, for a $15 palette, it’s pretty great.

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Like I said before, we also picked up Makeup Revolution’s Matte Blush ($5) in Fusion, Vivid Baked Bronzer ($6) in all three available shades, and the Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer ($5) in Rebel, Attract, and The One For All. We didn’t do any swatching of the bronzers (because it was tough to get a good photo #editorproblems) or the lip color (because we forgot #humanproblems), but here’s what each product looks like, respectively:

bronzers

You can kind of see the texture just in the picture, but if you’ve ever had an experience with Milani‘s baked products, it looks a lot like that. Or, as Jillian put it, it looks like the “surface of Jupiter.” As you all might know, bronzer and I have a very complicated relationship given my aforemention paper-pale skin (I always end up looking like a very stylish Oompa Loompa), but I’m excited to give that lightest shade a try.

And here are the lipsticks:

makeup revolution lipsticks

If you couldn’t tell by looking at them, these are liquid lipsticks, not at all unlike the Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede Lipsticks we tried a few weeks back. The color all the way on the left (that’s The One For All, BTW) is actually way brighter than it looks in the photo—I saw it on Jillian’s hand earlier, and it’s basically neon, which I’m pretty excited about, but I can’t imagine too many other people will. Unless you’re like me and love unconventional lip colors. I’ve yet to try these out, but Jillian has, and she said that, while the color is pretty great, it ends up getting dry and a little flaky by the end of the day. Hopefully that was a one-time thing, but given my extensive experience with liquid lipstick (really, I have at least 20 tubes of the stuff at home, and no, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest), I have a feeling that’s just the nature of inexpensive liquid lipsticks. I never had a problem with drying or flaking with my Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion, but that also comes with a $30 price tag.

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And, last but not least, here’s the Matte Blush in the shade Fusion:

matte blush

It’s actually a lot peachier in real life, even though it kind of looks like that stereotypically awful pink blush you see in movie’s when middle school-ers try out makeup for the first time. Thinking Fusion might be a good dupe for NARS Orgasm blush ($30), we tried it out:

blush dupes

Here’s the breakdown, from left to right: NARS Orgasm is the sheerest shade (I caved and bought a compact of it a few years ago, and I’ve never regretted it for a second), the middle is Fusion, and on the right, we have Fusion layered over a thin layer of highlighter to mimic Orgasm’s shimmer. Our general consensus was that the color was there, but the Matte Blush was way too pigmented to adequately sub in for Orgasm. If you love a more opaque blush, though, definitely give this a go.

This is only a small sampling of the Makeup Revolution products that are available on Ulta right now. They have more eyeshadow palettes, as well as concealer palettes, baked highlighters, and contour palettes, and the highest price point is only $25. If you’re looking for a new brand that has the luxury feel of your high-end favorites without the luxury price tag, this is definitely one worth trying.

Do you already use any of Makeup Revolution’s products. Are there any new ones you want to try out? Tell us in the comments!