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Highlighter Duplicates – you only need one!

If you have ever wondered whether there are dupes within the TAM Beauty brands or between TAM Beauty brands and MUA, your questions are about to be answered!  Today I want to highlight some highlighters (yes, I went there, lol), that are identical from four brands: Makeup Academy, Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup London and I Heart Makeup.  

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MUA – Undress Your Skin, Shimmer Highlighter; Freedom – Pro Highlight, Brighten; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Goddess of Love and Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights.

The four peachy/pink highlighters above are, in my opinion, identical.  Aside from packaging and powder presentation, these look and wear exactly the same on the skin.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Freedom, I Heart Makeup, MUA and Makeup Revolution

I can’t distinguish between these in colour, longevity of wear or formula although I do note some minor differences in the ingredient lists.  The three highlighters in the compacts weight 7.5g while the heart shaped highlight weighs 10g.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; MUA – Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, Iridescent Gold.

The same duplication across the brands can be found in the golden shades too.  MUA, Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup all have a golden highlighter too.  The MUA and Makeup Revolution products are identical in my opinion.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Golden Goddess.

The I Heart Makeup version is ever so slightly warmer in tone in the pan, but in swatches they are extremely similar and blended out on the skin you can’t tell the difference at all!  Freedom also has a version of the golden highlighter in their range called the ‘Pro Highlight – Glow,’ but I do not own it because, as you can see, I already have all the gold highlight I will ever need!

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Freedom Makeup London – Pro Highlight – Glow.  (Image Credit – TAM Beauty Website)

Looking at the names of the brands you might note that three out of the four are owned by TAM beauty so perhaps I should have suspected that they could be similar, but to be honest it didn’t really occur to me that they would release the same product, repackaged, under different brand names, so be warned!  Saying that, this is not a criticism of the highlighter products at all – in fact I have given positive reviews of ALL these products, but no one needs IDENTICAL duplicates of products in their collection.

I hope you found this helpful!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

P.S. Please note, this issue of duplication is not a problem across all similar products in the various TAM Beauty brands but if I find any other exact dupes I will certainly blog about it 🙂

Makeup Revolution: Radiant Light Illuminating Baked Powders

This isn’t going to be one of those reviews where you are left in suspense to the last word as to the opinion of the author.

I love these Radiant Light powders.

You may wish to stop reading now if you are a busy person.  There are, after all, always emails to read, clients to see and things to do, but, if you want to find out why I love these Radiant Light powders from Makeup Revolution then read on.

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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights – highlighting powders

Firstly, lets talk about the packaging.  The outer box is a really beautiful rose gold that is super reflective.  I only wear rose gold so this is a winner for me straight up.  The compacts themselves are very sturdy, black cases with a really good quality mirror.  I love the concentric circle design that is imprinted on these and the signature rose gold lettering on the front.  Unfortunately that lettering will rub off over time, but I have to say that these feel and look luxurious.

Makeup Revolution - Radiant Lights: Breathe, Exhale and Glow.

Makeup Revolution – Radiant Lights: Breathe, Exhale and Glow.

Swatches: Glow, Exhale, Breathe

Swatches: Glow, Exhale, Breathe

These Radiant Light powders are intended to be a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient lighting powders.  I don’t own the Hourglass powders to do a comparison for you, but from what I have seen online, they are a pretty close match.

These powders are very finely milled and easy to blend.  Because they are baked they don’t kick up a lot of powder when you dip your brush in, but they are really pigmented and soft.  They give a ‘lit from within’ kind of illumination rather than a more metallic shimmer.  I use these a lot during the day and for work because they are subtle while still being beautiful.

I have acquired these Radiant Light powders individually over the last 12 months.  I initially purchased Exhale as it was the lightest shade and I wanted to try one out.  I was so impressed that I purchased Breathe and then in a recent order I picked up Glow and I love them both too.  I actually use all three sometimes:

  • Breathe: very lightly all over the face as a finishing powder,
  • Glow: like I might use a bronzer to warm up the completion,
  • Exhale: more concentrated to the cheek bones and other areas traditionally highlighted.
Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights

You can buy these three compacts in a single palette which I think is a great idea and when the time comes to replace these powders I will purchase the compact for convenience.

If my entire collection of makeup was lost tomorrow these powders would be on my immediate list of things to repurchase which I think is a clear indication of how much I enjoy them.  If you want to have a look for yourself you can find these products on the Makeup Revolution website.

Have a fantastic day!!