Price point, packaging and quantity
The Revolution Beauty (or Makeup Revolution) Re-Loaded Palette Visionary is part of a collection of 8 eyeshadow palettes (so far) which have been quite popular with Revolution lovers. Some of them are considered dupes for more high-end products. The Iconic Division palette, for example, is said to be a dupe for the infamous ABH Subculture. As far as I know, the Visionary palette isn’t officially supposed to be a dupe for anything, although some might say it has similarities with ABH’s Norvina. We’ll talk about this later. Let’s get the review cracking.
The palette can be found on the Revolution Beauty website and costs: €4.99 // £4.00 // $7.00. They offer free delivery across Europe for orders over €45.
Revolution Beauty products are usually easy to find in drugstores in continental Europe and the UK. In the USA, I think they are available in Ulta.
The packaging is pretty straightforward and consistent throughout the Re-Loaded collection: the back is black plastic and the front is see-through. It doesn’t have a mirror, and you shouldn’t expect one at this price point. The advantage of a see-through front is that you know which palette you’re picking up right away, especially if you have the whole collection.
The back of the palette has the names of the shades, and I have to say they went to town on naming them:
The palette has 15 shades: 2 satins, 10 mattes and 3 shimmers. It is vegan and cruelty-free. Each one of the shades weighs 1.1g.
Review and swatches
I have to admit that when I first saw the palette, it struck me as very reminiscent of the new ABH Norvina palette. Although the pops of purple and pink might make the palettes look similar, that’s pretty much the only thing they have in common. The Re-Loaded Palette Visionary has more mattes and seems generally more neutral and muted, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Texture: the mattes are overall a strange mix of powdery and buttery and there’s a lot of kickup in the pans.
Application: that’s the advantage of powdery shadows: they’re quick to blend and I have to say that these particular shadows are super easy to work with. Strangely enough, there is hardly any fall out.
Staying power: it’s quite poor without a base, and OK-ish with one.
Pigmentation: This is where, in my opinion, the palette has the most weaknesses. Some of the colours that drew me in at first turned out to be extremely underwhelming. The white shade is absolutely not pigmented and doesn’t do much. Same applies to the very bright purple right in the middle of the palette (shade 8): it’s quite pale in comparison to what it looks like before application. If you want to get the same kind of impact, you’ll have to build it up for ages and even that won’t get you close to the desired payoff. This will cause two problems: firstly, the shadow will get patchy after the 23rd re-application and, secondly, that means you’ll hit pan in no time.
The darker mattes, the more muted ones, are surprisingly more interesting. They are lovely transition shades but they all look beautiful individually and are great as a quick wash of colour over the lid. Shades 1, 2, and 3 are perfect for that.
The lighter mattes are just a series of setting powders for pale people.
Thankfully, the shimmery shades save the day. The real star is the pink shimmer. It’s a stunner and would stand out even in a high-end palette.
The white shimmery shade in the bottom row looks quite cool at first but it’s pretty golden when applied on the lids. It would make a decent highlighter.
Final thoughts on the Re-Loaded palette Visionary
Is it a Norvina dupe? No. It does looks similar but it’s much more muted and underwhelming than the ABH palette. Also, the colour payoff cannot be compared as ABH shadows will be much more pigmented and have more staying power, which should not come as a surprise since the Norvina palette is ten times more expensive than the Revolution Re-Loaded Palette Visionary.
Would I recommend it? Yes, of course. It’s hard not to recommend a palette that costs four quid. Although some of the shades fail to impress to say the least, this palette is worth buying just for the shimmers.
In my next post I’ll be reviewing Revolution Beauty’s new concealer and I’ll be comparing it to their now famous Conceal and Define.
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