Revolution X Tammy Tropical Carnival Palette – Review & Swatches!

This fun little colorful palette absolutely PACKED with eyeshadows surely got my attention! Palettes like this just inspire me and make me think out looks to create i my head instantly. Those palettes are the best! Those that make you want to pick them up and be creative and this palette absolutely hit that nerve for me. Colorful looks are just the most fun.


When it comes to Makeup Revolution you always get a good price. This one is only 10£ and it’s absolutely packed with shades from edge to edge. No space was unused when making this. The quality of Makeup Revolution can be so-so. They can be amazing for the price, just average, and some palettes I even had some troubles with. The Re-Loaded Iconic Division is still the worst palette I have tried so far this year. So you can get really lucky, or you can get something meh. In that matter they are a bit behind Colourpop who has a vvery conisisten and great quality, although I think they try to me like Colourpop judging by how fast they keep the new stuff coming.


I have been quite lucky with my Makeup Revolution palettes lately though. So happy that I keep on buying new and good palettes from them, so I did have some good hopes for this one!

The packaging is their standars plastic packaging, but it’s so fun and colorful. You get a decent sized mirror inside, and although plastic does not exactly scream luxury, this one seems nice and sturdy. It just feels a bit more solid than the plastic palettes they had some years ago. Since all the space in the palette is filled with eyeshadow, there’s no room for having the shadow names anywhere. It’s on that famous plastic sheet we all love so much (I am being ironic but have to point it out since irony is hard to read). The shade names are also written on the back of the palette so if you loose that plastic sheet you are not completely lost though.


You do get 7 shimmer shades, and 11 mattes. So in total you get 18 fun colors. Not a single neutral basic shade in this palette except the black that can arguably be a basic shade, but it’s such a handy one and it fits very well with the palette so I don’t mind at all. One thing I really like about this is that you have corresponding mattes and shimmers. So this palette is great if you want to do colorful monochromatic looks. A blue smoky eye with a shimmery blue on the lid, or a purple or green or a yellow one. And off course you can mix and match to make it fun. But I think the corresponding shades makes this palette very easy to use if you want to use colors but have a hard time mixing them or finding out what colors will match. When you look at this palette it’s kind of easy to see what colors go nicely together.


But let’s talk about the quality. I want to chat about the shimmers first because that is easier. The formula is a bit dense, which means that I had to apply a bit more pressure on the brush to pick up the shadows and to place them on my lids. But besides that they are very rich in pigment and you can easily get them tru to color if you want. I didn’t really feel like they needed a damp brush either. They went on nicely and are very rich in pigment so I didn’t at all feel the need to spray my brush with setting spray as I am very prone to do. They didn’t really have that much fallout either. So all in all, I really do like them.

The mattes was a bit frustrating to begin with to be honest. They are a bit more dry and powdery than what I would prefer. I did my first few looks with this palette without having a base on my lids. I just applied it on bare lids and I found them do be a bit hard to build up and sadly they appeared a bit patchy. You know when some shades are a bit dusty and you blend them out they just seem to stick better to some parts of the lids than others, and that’s exactly what I experienced with these. To be honest I had to work quite a while to get the result I wanted. So upon first try I was a bit dissapointed.

But some shadows just needs a bit more help than others, and if you crack the code they can end up being decent after all. So I figured since they were quite dry they might have some problems sticking to my skin properly since I don’t have oily lids at all. So I put on a really sticky base and that made the world of a difference! Stamping them on a sticky base rather than swiping them on a clean lid made such a difference and they were much more vibrant and very much easier to work with. After doing a few looks with a sticky base I kind of got used to how they worked, and I found that they applied very nicely. I didn’t have any issues with problems bulding them up, or them getting patchy after I started using them with a tacky base. So that really did the trick for me, and kind of changed my whole impression with this palette.


As with the shimmers, most of the mattes have nice pigment. There where two exceptions that I felt could have been a bit more rich and that was the navy shade “Navy” and the purple shade “Girlies”. I found them to apply a bit more sheer to color than what they look like in the pan and was not really able to fully build them up. But besides not being the richest and deepest shades in the palette, they did look nice in the end. They just don’t apply to be as deep as they look in the pan.

Another little issue that someone might find problematic is that the blue shades stain the eyes. My eyes got stained even when using a base, and the stain lasted all day even after trying to wipe it away with makeup remover. I did use the Revolution Cut Crease Canvas as a base and my eyes got stained either way. Just for fun I did a quick test with MAC paintpot as a base, and then I didn’t experience staining. So the base you use could make a big difference. Still, having my eyelids stained blue for a while made me look like I had bruised my eye, so I would maybe not recommend using the blues the day before a big event if any kind.

I think after I figured out how to work with this palette and used a properly sticky base, I was happy with how the shadows performed. The quality is not mindblowing but the pigmentation on most of the shades are definitly good. If you want a cheap colorful palette to create some fun looks with would say it’s worth it if you are willing to work a bit with the shadows because you can surely make a lot of bright fun looks using this.

Have you tried this palette. Was it a hit or miss for you?



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