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Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette + Swatches + Look

On my recent trip to Spain I picked up this Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette from Primor for just under 5 Euros.

This seems like it was developed as a cheaper alternative to the very popular Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I’m not a big fan of how cool tones look on my so I don’t own the Urban Decay Naked 3. I won’t be comparing this palette to the Urban Decay one.

Iconic 3 Palette

Iconic 3 Palette

Here are the swatches of all the shadows. I’m quite impressed by the pigmentation of these shadows and although some of them feel a bit chalky, they go on very nicely. It’s 5 EUR, what more can you ask for?

Iconic 3 Swatches

Iconic 3 Swatches

So far I’ve tried a couple of eye looks with this palette but I only have a picture of one of them below. I found that the matte shades blend very nicely but when picked up with a brush and blended over the lids, they do seem to lose a little bit of the colour intensity.

To get the look below I used the second and third shadows from the right. They look quite dark when swatched on my hand but on my eyes they seem quite light and wearable. The all over lid colour is the leftmost shade mixed with the 5th shade from the right.

The colours that look similar to each other when swatched on my arm, look almost identical when on my lids.

Iconic 3 Palette Look

Iconic 3 Palette Look

Another look that I tried with this palette (and didn’t get a photo of) was one where I put the shimmery pink shade (second from left) all over my lid. I had some fall out when I was applying the shimmery shade and when I tried brushing off the fall out with a fluffy brush (as I always do) I was left with shimmer all over my cheeks. The shimmer wasn’t budging.

For under 5 Euros, this palette does the job. I can get a few pretty eye looks with this and the shadows blend very well and last all day on me. I wish that the colours looked more similar to the hand swatches when blended over my lids rather than turning into shades that are very similar to each other. But hey, I can’t complain really.


Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Showtime Swatch

Makeup Geek Showtime Swatch

This Makeup Geek shadow is described as a “Rusty brown with warm undertones and a foiled finish”.

This shadow is very smooth and creamy, and the pigmentation of this is really excellent — just what the Makeup Geek foiled shadows promise to be. This shadow is very similar to the colour Burlesque, that is darker and more brown than Bitten.

To swatch this (in the above photo) I barely touched my finger onto the pan and did just one swipe.

This is very long wearing and after 8 hours on my lids, this shadow is just as vivid and it doesn’t crease up on me.

I love wearing this all over the lid for a smokey eye with a bit of Chickadee, Latte and Cocoa Bear in the Crease. In the inner corner I like going for either Magic Act or In the Spotlight to highlight. Check out a makeup look that I created with this shadow down below 🙂

Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow


Wearable Halloween Look using Makeup Geek’s Insomnia Pigment

Makeup Geek Insomnia over the Lips

Makeup Geek Insomnia over the Lips

I’ve posted this photo of Makeup Geek’s Insomnia pigment over my lips on Facebook and Instagram and it’s been well loved. I also posted it on the Makeup Geek website and it got featured! I’m of course, thrilled.

So for Halloween I’ll give you a complete makeup look of a full face, wearing the Makeup Geek Duochrome Insomnia pigment on my lips over Sephora’s Jumbo Waterproof Pencil in Purple. For this look I tried to get my lips to go a bit pointy towards the edges, but in a subtle way.

On the eyes I’m wearing the shadows Peach Smoothie, Latte and Country Girl (from Makeup Geek) and then the same Insomnia Pigment from my lips but over my lids. Of course, I couldn’t go without big winged liner and big lashes for halloween.

Makeup Geek Insomnia over Dark Lips — Full Look

Makeup Geek Insomnia over Dark Lips — Full Look

I would say that this is a subtle way of incorporating Halloween in a makeup look. Just a dark fancy lip and some big winged liner. A bit vampy, a bit fun, just for Halloween 🙂


Makeup Geek Insomnia Pigment — A look for Fall

Makeup Geek Insomnia

Makeup Geek Insomnia Makeup Look

I’ve just tried out this Makeup Geek pigment in Insomnia today and I must admit, I’m in LOVE with it. I think this look turned out to be very Fall appropriate since this duochrome pigment has a warm red-brown base but then reflects a beautiful teal/blue. It’s a fall look with some colour 😀

For the eye look, I used Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans and the Insomnia duochrome pigment. I first put Peach Smoothie all over, then Creme Brulée, Latte and Cocoa Bear to blend in the crease. I picked up some of the Insomnia pigment and sprayed on some Mac Mineralize Charged Water onto my brush to dampen it and applied it wet onto my lid. I then blended out the edges with Mocha and made my outer C  (or v?) deeper using Corrupt.

The eyeliner I’m wearing is Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Tropper. On my lashes I’m wearing Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara and some cheap falsies that I found on eBay.

On my brows I’m wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills brow duo powders in Brunette.

On my face I’m wearing Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NW15, set with Ben Nye Neutral Set powder, bronzed with Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer in Give Me Sun, Milani Luminoso for blush and The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer as my highlight.

I kept my lips simple, wearing Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 – Marvellous Mauve.

As a first impression, I’m loving this Makeup Geek pigment! I got it on sale from the Makeup Geek website and it’s currently still on sale for $6. It’s a great price, check it out 🙂



Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette | Would you buy it?

So I’m going to try out this series on my blog that I’ll be calling “Would you buy it?” and I’ll be discussing new popular products on the market and my reasoning about whether or not I would buy the product. I invite you to join in, and let me know what your thoughts are through the poll and comment section down below. 🙂

I’m going to start off this series with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. This costs 54.72 from

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (promo picture)

This palette contains 12 Naked Smoky Eyeshadows in: High (champagne shimmer micro-glitter; Dirtysweet (medium bronze); Radar (metallic taupe iridescent micro-glitter); Armor (metallic silver-taupe tonal sparkle); Slanted (light metallic gray); Dagger (medium charcoal micro-shimmer); Black Market (jet-black satin); Smolder (deep plum-taupe); Password (cool taupe matte); Whiskey (rich brown matte); Combust (soft pink-taupe); Thirteen (light beige satin)


  The package also comes with a double-ended brush and a lookbook. Check out the swatches down below from instagram:

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The packaging of this palette seems by far the best out of all four Naked Palette, the print is appealing and the packaging looks sturdy from youtube videos that I’ve watched.

Personally, I’m a sucker for Naked palettes but somehow the colour range in this immediately hit the wrong chord with me. The only warm tones in this palette are High, Dirty Sweet, Radar and Whisky and the rest of the colours are classed as cool toned. Lately I’ve been loving my warm tones and right now, this palette isn’t for me.

Through various online reviews, I’ve read that some of the shades are not as pigmented as other Urban Decay eyeshadows. I thought that I might be into the colour Whiskey, but temptalia rates this colour as a D+… Certainly not spectacular enough for me to buy this palette for this colour.

Final Verdict – I’ll give this a miss

This palette doesn’t have any shadows that I’m excited about and certainly none that I would call unique. That, in combination with the quality of some of the shadows not being up to Urban Decay standard leave me with my conclusion of giving this palette a miss.

Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments below. Would you buy the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette? And why?

Did you like this sort of post? How can it be improved? 🙂