First up, this Pro Looks – Big Love palette is another Makeup Revolution dupe. If you own the ‘Return of Sexy’ eyeshadow palette from Too Faced then you will recognise the shadows and configuration immediately. I don’t own the Too Faced version to do a comparison for you – but the fact that Big Love is a dupe is the reason that I purchased it. Elizamakeup has done an amazing youtube video comparing the two palettes and it is well worth viewing to see how the shadows compare. For the purposes of this blog post I will just be focusing on Big Love.
I really like the idea of this palette as it is broken up into thirds with a configuration of five colours in each third that are designed to be used together. Palettes which randomly splash colours across the palette without attempting to group them via colour tone drive me a bit nuts. As I am such a makeup amateur I find those kinds of mixed-up colour configurations more difficult to work with as I’m not that savvy about what shades should be used together. (I am also a bit compulsive about colour coding and for that reason alone I’m all about an orderly palette – lol).
The shadows are named and the names are well cute. I think I have said it before, but I do wish that Makeup Revolution would print the names on the palette rather than on the clear film but that is just my personal preference.
The first thing you will notice about this Big Love palette is that there are satins, shimmers and glitter shades but no mattes. For me, this means that I can’t travel with this palette which is a bit of a bummer as I really like to use mattes for transition shades in the crease. I actually think of this as a special occasion palette as the shimmery shades are really beautiful, but not necessarily for everyday wear.
So lets have a look at the shades up close.
In the Neutral third Looking out (swatch 1) and Chameleons (swatch 4) are really quite sheer. I would have loved for the gold of the Chameleons shade to be richer and more pigmented but it is still a soft, pretty colour. The other three shades, however, are buttery and pigmented. Into the night (swatch 2) has lots of micro glitter but I think that it is quite beautiful – and I’m not really about glitter shades! I also particularly love Head over heals (swatch 5) which is just to die for.
The Purple third of this palette is my favourite configuration of colours. These shades are just beautiful and work so well together. The highlighting shade called Romantic Moments is a stunning satin shade – the swatch does not even begin to do this justice. It is perfect as an inner corner highlight but I also love this all over the lid. Absorbed (swatch 2) is also beautiful and I have used this all over the lid with a little soft, matte brown in the crease for a quick, everyday look. When you wear this Purple third together you get a super glam, smokey look and it is the section I reach for when I use this palette.
Finally we have the Smokey third of the palette. The highlight shade Stepping Out is thick and buttery (almost wet feeling) and is very bright. The silver shade, Different Light (swatch 2) has a blue undertone and is very pretty with Weave Your Magic (swatch 3) to darken up the outer corner. Dreaming is a very glittery shade but if you want that glitter to transfer to your eyes you are better off tapping it on the lid with your finger than with a brush.
Overall, these shades are shimmery, glittery and seriously glam. I don’t use this palette on a day-to-day basis but for a night out it is perfect. If you wanted to buy this configuration of colours from Too Faced you will pay about AU$70 for the Return to Sexy palette. For me, particularly as this is a special occasion palette that I won’t use regularly, the Makeup Revolution Pro Looks version is a much more budget-friendly option retailing at approximately AU$12. Plus, it is cruelty-free!
Have a fabulous day 🙂