Friday, April 11, 2014

Revlon's Highlighting Palettes-A Review

 It's been a while since a drugstore product caught my eye. 
I've been trying to be good beauty wise but when I saw these in stores I managed to pass the first few times, but when Kate mentioned how pretty the pink shade was, I cracked. 
CVS coupon in hand I purchased during a BOGO deal the Bronze and Rose shade of the new Revlon Highlighter palettes.

The first thing I noticed was the price- hence the need for the coupon. $11.49 each? Pretty pricey...but I decided to take the plunge. 

Now the reason these initially caught my eye was they seemed incredibly reminiscent to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. There have been many imitators but I have never found a true dupe. Bobbi's Shimmer Brick in Bronze is an absolute staple in my collection, it's complete love. So why would I buy a drugstore version of something I already own and love?
I am DEAD scared of carrying around my Shimmer Bricks. They are so fragile that if they broke I would probably wail out a very long "Nooooooo"
I thought if these were a close dupe they can be carried around with me for glow on the go.

So let's see these babies.
Bobbi's Bronze vs. Revlon's Bronze
Can you see how much I love my Shimmer Brick? :)

Do you see the resemblance?
Let's give them a swatch!

From left to right: Revlon's Rose, Revlon's Bronze, Bobbi's Bronze
Hmmm...Revlon's bronze looks far more orange in comparison and Bobbi's looks incredibly shimmery in comparison but on the face, the results show the true results

The Rose Highlight Palette is sheer... I had to really build it up to get the color to show on my skin, about 2-3 layers, but it is buildable. It lasted on my skin about 6 hours. The color is a bit interesting. At first glance I thought it would be a baby pink, but a true pink actually was revealed once the layers went on. It was not as shimmery as anticipated and looks quite subtle in indoor lighting shimmer wise but in the sun it was all shimmer. This can bring the face to life to those who stay and work mostly indoors.

Next up is Revlon's Bronze

So........this is quite a burnt orange....
The color payoff of this shade is FAR stronger. I had applied the pink first and was a bit disappointed in the color payoff but when I used the bronze I was desperately trying to wipe most of it off! 
I was surprised from just looking at the palette at how orange in tone this was. 
Honestly...I love orangy bronzers but this was just too Willy Wonka for me.

Now on to Bobbi's

I wear the Bronze Shimmer Brick as a blush often. I find it perfect to warm up the face, adds a nice bit of color and sheen to liven the skin.
Do you remember the swatch photo above and how shimmery this product looked?
On the skin is melds into a less intense effect leaving behind a bit of sheen for life and color that needs to be built up but lasts all day. A good 7 hours on my skin. I repeat, love love love.

So in the end, I conclude by saying the Revlon palette's were not what I expected. One being less pigmented than expected, one being too pigmented and orange, I find these are not close enough dupes to carry in my purse.

I do love Revlon's products but these were just not for me. Maybe it was the colors I chose. I found out they had a peach shade after I purchased these-dang!
These are to me just slightly below average.
I was not in love with either the lower of higher pigment, in the sun these looked a bit too crazy, and the lasting power was not as good even with primer. 
I do like the pink shade, but I also own Bobbi's Shimmer Brick in Rose - not swatched here because it's still not opened :X

The Bronze shade may work for someone with a deeper skin tone, but those who are fair, may want to seek the other shades.

In the end, in my humble opinion I know one is drugstore and one is higher end but Bobbi's Shimmer Brick still remains supreme against it's imitators.


  1. I have the Revlon Bronze and quite like it, but I agree it can be a little intense on the face. I think it will look much better in the summer after some tanning. :)

  2. thanks for this review,i saw the revlon palettes at the drugstore and were so intrigued! good to know that i should probably stay away from the bronzey one, that does look a bit too orangey for fair skin... the rose one looks really pretty on you though :)

    rachel x

  3. These do look really similar at first. One of the problems I have with drugstore blushes/bronzers is exactly the trouble you had with Revlon. Either little pay-off requiring the color to be built up or way orange. But like Liz said, summer color will probably help the Revlon Bronze look better.

  4. Thanks for reviewing these, have been curious since I saw them come out on the other side of the pond. I still think I will pick one of these up - I don't have one of the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks so I may be more impressed than you were!

  5. I was also intrigued about the pink one after reading Kate's blog. I hope that it shows better on my pale winter skin.

    I think it was Jessica (from Don't call me Jesse) who said that the Bronze one was excellent as a eyeshadow palette, so maybe you can still give it good use ;)

  6. Oh, I forgot to say that your skin looks fabulous! :D


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