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*According to Ethical Elephant, both Anastasia Beverly Hills and Makeup Revolution are cruelty-free. Makeup Maven, Kaleigh, found Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Soft Glam Palette for $42 and the Makeup Revolution (MR) Reloaded Palette in color scheme Velvet Rose for $7. Kaleigh says: Immediately after opening both products, it was very clear which was the high-end version. The ABH palette comes in a box that is branded to look exactly like the actual palette. The palette itself has a faux camel suede finish with white lettering. It is very appealing to the eye and makes for a great display palette on your makeup station. When you open the ABH palette, you see that it contains 14 highly pigmented warm tone colors, a mirror, and a bonus dual-ended makeup brush that you can use for application. Unlike some other products I have tried with makeup brushes included, this is actually a brush that I would use. The MR package is not quite as glitzy but still a nice palette. It comes as-is in a plastic casing with a clear overlay that is branded. It allows you to see the colors inside without having to open the product. Two things that you will not get with the MR palette however are the mirror and added brush. The MR palette not only has a matching shade for every ABH color, but it also has a bonus shade that is a brighter red than the mulberry shade that both palettes contain. The MR shades are not named but they are numbered on the back of the package and the bonus shade is #12. This brings the shade count on the MR to 15. Both palettes are unscented but I did notice that the MR had a slightly stronger ‘makeup’ smell than the ABH. When swatching the shades side-by-side, I was shocked at how soft the ABH shadows felt to the touch. They are so buttery and smooth and ultra-pigmented. I was equally shocked at how smooth the MR shades were as well. Some may argue that they aren't quite as soft as the ABH shadows but they are very close! Side by side the colors and undertones are near-perfect matches. The only noticeable difference was that the ABH shades were ultra-pigmented! It took a few more swirls of the finger/brush to achieve the same color payoff on the MR palette but the pans are also larger so they accounted for the extra product usage. I was able to create the exact same look with both palettes and both looks lasted all day. I was very impressed by the long-wear durability of MR. The only drawback I found with these products was the fallout. Also, keep in mind that fallout is very common with highly pigmented eye shadows so a degree of fallout is to be expected. However, I did a test on both using a white sheet of paper and the same brush to compare the two and I was shocked at the difference. For the test, I used the ABH brush that came with the palette and did two swirls on each color. You will see in my photos that the ABH palette was an absolute mess. The MR palette performed much better with less product waste. The amount of fallout I experienced when applying the ABH was significant enough that I would be hesitant to use it on a client as I would have to use an eye tape to ensure that fallen eye shadow wouldn't ruin the undereye makeup area. With all things considered, I actually preferred the MR palette over ABH. While you are not getting the added brush and mirror, you do gain an extra color and more product for 1/6th of the price. Save your money and buy the Makeup Revolution palette then take the money you saved to buy a new mirror and a few great eye brushes!
MR Velvet Rose is really great. It’s a fantastic palette for the price. I agree with ABH being very powdery and having quite a bit of fall out. But this isn’t no surprise for any of her palettes. They seem to always be soft which leads to the fall out. It definitely is all about preference. I can deal with the fall out. I understand why some people don’t tho. It’s nice to have a dupe for those people who can’t!! Very nice dupe!
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