First Impressions can be misleading
I am wary of first impressions of a product, as it is not a real test on how good or bad a product is. Have you ever met someone and thought ‘this person is lovely’ only to find out down the line that they are the devil incarnate. Likewise I have met people that I did not warm to at first who are now firm friends. The same thing can be applied to your first impressions of a product. Whenever I do a haul or project pan, I am conscious that I am fallible to changing my mind about makeup after using it for a while. I even have a product on my disappointing products list that I would repurchase. I based my post on my first impressions and using the product up made me realise how good it was, I am a walking contradiction.
In my infinite wisdom I have decided to do some more review posts so that you can get my full thoughts on the makeup I am using. I will just clarify that this is indeed just my opinion and might only apply to myself, but I find reading other peoples reviews and their reasoning helps me make more informed shopping choices. If you are interested in an eyeliner review, I have one posted already.
I received both of these palettes as gifts at Christmas; I had requested the Makeup Revolution one from my husband and I had received the Zulu palette as part of a ‘Secret Santa’ group and was bowled over by it; I had been lusting after a palette from Juvia’s Place but had not got round to getting one. I picked these palettes for my first head to head as they are both bold and vibrant and although they have different shades I feel like they would appeal to people who like a splash of colour or prefer to mix up colour combinations to create a more dramatic look.
Juvia’s Place Zulu palette
I was ecstatic when I opened this; it was an amazing gift and I am so grateful to Zoe, my secret Santa partner, for getting it. I feel like she either read my mind or had been snooping on the makeup threads to find out what I wanted. A bright palette with different complimentary and contrasting colours is just the type of palette that makes an eyeshadow addict happy.
Each colour in Zulu is pigmented, high quality and easy to blend. I would liken the quality to Makeup Geek shadows in terms of how they blend and can be layered; they are more pigmented than MUG shadows and have a softer texture. These shadows are buttery to the touch and the shimmer shades are dazzling. They are not as pigmented as Sugarpill eyeshadows, which are my personal favourite but quite expensive, however the difference is not too great so I would recommend them.
I created several different looks with this palette and could get a different range of looks. One of my favourite colour combinations is purple and blue together and that was a look I enjoyed doing with the palette. I also have done a green and brown look along with a sunset style look with the oranges. Other colour combinations you could use are green & blue, green and purple, yellow and green, purple and brown, orange and brown, the list of possibilities is vast.
The pans of the shadows are rather large and provide a lot of product. This, however, was a negative for me as I would have preferred there to be 12 smaller shades rather than just 9. This palette is missing a good transition shade and some ‘in-between’ colours that would help when creating a variety of different looks. I would have liked a lighter purple or a pink and maybe a darker blue.
Makeup Revolution Life on the Dancefloor Sparkles palette
I requested this palette from my husband and he delivered, I have him well trained. When I saw the ‘Life on the Dancefloor’ series of palettes and lipsticks released by Makeup Revolution I was somewhat underwhelmed. However, when I saw the Sparkles palette and the lipstick ‘Headturner’ I instantly put them on my wish list. I was drawn in by the bright pops of colour; the blues, purples and limes being standout shades. The palette was just £10 pound and while I knew I would not use every colour, I knew that it was worth it for these bright colours.
I think this is a great all-round palette that can be used with every season; it has an equal mixture of colourful shades and deeper, more smoky shades. I created a Spring inspired look and used the lime green shades, they are the highlight of the palette for me. I also created a blue and purple combination that is a great dramatic look; it is a perfect look for spring/summer and with the addition of some glitter it can create a stunning ‘party’ look.
While the formula is not as good compared to the Zulu palette and does not blend as well it is still a brilliant, bargain palette. I did find that I had to ‘dig into’ the shadows more than with the Juvia’s palette but I am happy to do that as the results after are similar. This is not the best quality Makeup Revolution palette I have tried, that goes to the Soph X and the Flawless 4 palette. However, I believe that it is harder to formulate bright colours as opposed to neutrals so I feel like this should be taken into account and made concessions for in my review.
Considering this palette has 32 shades and is only £10 it offers much more variety of different looks compared to the Zulu and has the elusive transition shades that I would have liked to see in the Zulu palette also.
I think that both of these palettes are worth purchasing for different reasons. The Zulu palette offers high pigmented shades that blend in a beautiful manner. Its also has a wide range of different colours that make it a perfect palette for anybody experimenting with colour for the first time. I do believe that this palette is best utilised in conjunction with a neutral palette that has some universal transition shades. Compared to the Makeup Revolution palette it is more expensive when you compare the price per eyeshadow but I do feel like it is a good investment and will last you a long amount of time.
In terms of the Life on the Dancefloor palette; the jury is out at the moment. Even though this palette is a reasonable price per eyeshadow and does offer a large range of shades but I often do not feel inspired by this palette. I adore the lime green shades but the rest of the palette is just ‘standard’. There is nothing wrong with this palette and as I said, it offers a great all season palette, but the eyeshadow addict in me is not that inspired by it whereas I feel more inclined to pick up the Juvia’s Place palette.
I hope you enjoyed this head to head review; have you got either of these palettes, I would love to know your opinions in the comments? What eyeshadow palettes or other makeup products would you like me to review next here at Life With Mrs T?
Ciao for now beauties xx