REVIEW: Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Palette + Swatches

by - September 21, 2016

Raise your hand you've reached your limits on the same old nude and neutral palettes! I mean, don't actually raise your hand, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I'm over it. I've got all the nudes in my collection that I could possibly need and I'm on the lookout for palettes that are still wearable, but a little bit different than the other things I have in my collection. I'm admittedly not all that adventurous when it comes to my eye looks and bright pops are colour are more rare than I might like them to be, but I think it's time to change that a little bit. Why am I telling you this? Because I think the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Palette just might be what a lot of other people like me - sick of the same old neutrals but not quite ready to go full out colour - are looking for.

Keep reading to take a look!

As a rule, in the past, I've really loved Makeup Revolution powder products and they're the ones that I tend to gravitate towards ordering from the brand. This particular brand is packaged pretty much exactly the same as their Iconic Pro palettes, which I own both of, and I find the formula to be very much the same. Like the Iconic Pro palettes, the New-Trals Vs. Neutrals palette contains 16 shades in a matte black packaging and comes with a double ended brush that's certainly usable, but not one that I personally really reach for. Unlike the Iconic Pro palettes, which contained a row of mattes and a row of shimmers, this palette contains 6 matte shades and 10 satin/shimmer shades that are interspersed together.

As you can see, this palette does have some more traditional neutral shades that you might find in your NAKED palettes, but it also has some really gorgeous warm pops that are really wearable, but a little outside the typical neutral palette shades. The layout of this palette is, admittedly, a little bit weird to me and I think I likely would have laid them out a little differently if I was designing this palette, but that's just nitpicking and it really doesn't effect my actual experience using this palette.

Like I said above, I've always really enjoyed Makeup Revolution powder products, and this palette is no exception. Aside from a couple of shades that I just can't seem to make work the way I want them to, I really do love the formulas of these shadows. I think the shimmers pack a lot of punch and pack easily and smoothly onto the lid, while the mattes in this palette are about 50/50 for me.

Bias, Neutral, Personal, Vogue, Trend, New-Tral, Tone, Custom

In this row, my favorite shade is Tone, which is a rich, shimmery red shade that I'm drooling over using in more fall looks. It pulls a little bit deeper and more wine toned on the eyes and looks beautiful all over the lid and blended out with some grounding brown shades. Overall, I really like this row, aside from the shade Neutral, which might as well be called invisible because I can't get it to show up either in a swatch or on my eyes. The shade Custom really doesn't swatch well, but I actually really like it in my crease and outer corner to deepen up a look and I do find that it actually blends really well, which was surprising based on the swatch. This row is definitely the one that makes this palette interesting and unique, in  my opinion.

Cool, Style, Partial, Mode, Adapt, Buff, Suit, Strong

This row is populated with shades that really remind me of some that are in your typical NAKED style palettes, but I'm not mad at them because they're (almost all) really gorgeous. Style seems to have solved their product with pale shimmery pinks and applies without any of the chunkiness I noticed in these types of shades in previous TAM Beauty palettes. Partial, Mode, and Buff all pack a lot of punch for use all over the lid and have really gorgeous formulas. Unfortunately, I really struggle with the brown mattes in this row as well. I actually really like Adapt in the crease, because I feel like it gives a really smooth transition, but Suit is a little bit chalky and doesn't give the best blend or depth. Strong is the kind of shade that I just don't get in palettes like these. It's one of those dusty matte black bases packed with fuscia microshimmer, but it just ends up looking faded and blah when I try to apply it.

Here's a look I did using this palette:

This is just a super simple eye look that I would do for my every day type of makeup. I started with Adapt as my transition shade and blended it through the upper crease using a really fluffy brush. Next, I packed Partial all over the lid up to the crease using a flat shader brush. I then went in with a blending brush and added just a little bit of Trend to the crease to keep everything warm and add a little bit of dimension. Finally, I used Custom on a small domed brush to softly deepen up the outer V. To give a little bit of dimension to the lower lash line, I smudged just a little bit of Trend there and blended it out with the slightest bit of adapt for a really soft finish. Super simple look, but it's very fall appropriate and wearable. 

Since this is the kind of look I tend to go for on a day to day basis, I think this palette is really great for us not-too-adventurous makeup lovers on a budget.

Overall, I continue to be mostly impressed with Makeup Revolution shadows and I feel like I will reach for this palette a lot in the coming months when I want those warm, shimmery pops on the lids. Some of the matte shades in this palette don't feel as silky and gorgeous as mattes in other TAM Beauty palettes I've used in the past, but I do definitely find them workable and I don't need to reach for another palette to get a whole look.

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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