I am finally writing a full, in-depth review for the Fortune Favours The Brave Palette (£10) from Makeup Revolution, created in collaboration with British Beauty Blogger (Jane). In this palette, you get 30 eyeshadows with a variety of finishes. If you read Jane's post on her own palette, you'll know her thought process and intentions behind this palette is she wanted to create a palette for every woman. With such a great range of shades, I think she succeeded. I am going to go quite in depth and discuss packaging, swatches and my own experience with this palette as I have been playing with it for weeks now, and I kind of just want to put all the photos I took to good use, truth be told.
The colour immediately catches my attention as MUR palettes are usually black. This gold packaging really makes you feel like you are holding something precious. It is almost like it is limited edition, but as far as I am aware it is part of their permanent collection, they really stepped away from their traditional packaging which I think was a good move. They have never collaborated with a blogger before, to my knowledge, so it seems fitting that the packaging should be extra special for this.
On the back you can see the colours which is perfectly okay, I do like this feature. I just wish they had printed the names on the back of the box, because the plastic sheet inside with all the names is no longer in my possession. The sheet was blown away, by the wind, while I was taking shots in the garden on Sunday morning. I have tried looking for it, it's gone, forever. #bloggerproblems
Beautiful matte gold packaging, unlike any other palette I own or have seen. I really love this, because it's so affordable (£10 for 30 shadows) I wouldn't even mind if the packaging was less impressive but the fact that they managed to make it look beautiful is such a bonus. I like that it is thin, easy to open and has a massive mirror also. One thing, again, I would appreciate is if the names of the shadows were actually written on the palette, like they are in Urban Decay palettes. It is such a simple thing, but I feel like this one key feature really separates the high end palettes from the low end palettes. For me the names are most of the fun (that would be my dream job to just name makeup products all day long). It also comes with an eyeshadow brush, nothing fancy but a nice addition.
There are so many shadows, I will go through them row by row with the swatches and then talk about the brush before giving my overall opinion. FYI, above is the only picture I have of the beloved plastic sheet and you can't even see all the shade names *sobs*, damn you sunlight. All of the swatches below are done in daylight on bare skin, just using my fingertips, no primer and no flash.
|L-R: Glimmer, Buffer, Peachy, Hope, Fortune, Skylight, Transformer and Midnight Rainbow.|
Glimmer, Buffer and Peachy are really lightly pigmented. There is still some colour payoff, but you can see in contrast to the darker shades like Skylight and Transformer that there is a huge difference. I actually prefer lighter shadows to be less pigmented because I can use them to blend out other colours but that is just my preference. You could also achieve a richer pigment if you used these over a primer. Glimmer (pale iridescent, normal shimmer finish peach), Buffer (warm deep pink shade, matte), Peachy (peach, normal shimmer), Hope (beautiful warm, shimmery, foiled effect, taupe gold shade), Fortune (intense, foiled, true antique metallic gold), Skylight (pigmented, baked, royal blue shimmer), Transformer (rich green pigmented matte) and Midnight Rainbow (bluish green metallic/foiled shade).
|L-R: Ice Cloud, Golden Coins, Cashmere, Tip Top, Yes Please, Green Machine and Smoothie.|
The mattes, like Tip Top and Smoothie, tend to be less pigmented, and the foiled, Yes Please and Green Machine, and baked shadows, Golden Coins, are the most pigmented. Ice Cloud (intense shimmery silver white), Golden Coins (baked beautiful champagne gold), Cashmere (very creamy, taupe brown shimmer), Tip Top (matte khaki shade), Yes Please (foiled olive green), Green Machine (cool toned metallic/foiled leaf green) and Smoothie (a matte army green).
|From L-R: Caffeine Fix, Latte, Pink Diamond, Creme, Drama Queen, Lonely Planet and Blacqua|
Again, the mattes, Caffeine Fix, Latte and Creme, swatch quite sheer and powdery, ideal for blending out other eyeshadows but alone will not create a striking look. This can be improved by using the shadows wet or over a good base, but they still won't be as pigmented as the foiled shadows which are really creamy and smooth in texture. Drama Queen and Blacqua, the darker mattes, are clearly more pigmented than the other mattes in this palette. Caffeine Fix (matte coffee-coloured brown, much better over a primer), Latte (very similar to my skin tone, a light brown matte), Pink Diamond (foiled, sugary pink shimmer), Creme (vanilla matte shade), Drama Queen (dark brown matte with purple undertones), Lonely Planet (baked dark purple shimmer) and Blacqua (matte, pigmented, black). Really impressed with the colour payoff of Blacqua, every palette needs a matte black.
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