Makeup Revolution has some of the most versatile and well priced eyeshadows available in India and one of my first eyeshadow palettes in my vanity was from this brand. They recently launched their Reloaded palettes here in India and I picked up the Velvet Rose variant. The tones looked super gorgeous and it kinda reminded me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette which I already had. So I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison between the two considering that there’s a MAJOR price difference between them!
Price & Availability
The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose palette costs ₹850 in India. It is available online only HokMakeup. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette is priced at $42 (₹3300 approx after tax) and it’s sadly not available in India currently. I got mine from Cult Beauty, a UK website. They ship to India (Free shipping on your 1st order or any order over £40) and also remove UK sales tax from their products, but most of the orders get charged customs which eventually makes the products pretty expensive. You could also pick it up at a premium price from several Instagram resellers.
The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette comes in a minimalistic flip to open packaging with a transparent lid. I like this packaging as I can easily see the shades in it and this lid clicks to close the palette. All their Reloaded Palettes come in a similar packaging and this makes it convenient to easily differentiate the shades in the palettes without having to open them. There are no shade names on the inside but you can find the shades numbered from 1-15 on the back of the palette. The packaging feels very simple but is lightweight, sturdy and very travel friendly.
The ABH Soft Glam palette comes in a flip to open packaging as well the exterior is made of a dusty orange velvet with the name of the palette written in white. As I previously own the Modern Renaissance palette from ABH as well, I know that this exterior is bound to get dirty very easily. The palette is made of cardboard and has a magnetic closure. There are shade names below each eyeshadow (super convenient!) and a dual ended brush is included as well. Although the brush can feel prickly on the eyelid, it’s very useful for placing and blending eyeshadow. The packaging surely feels luxurious as compared to the MUR palette but it can easily get dirty and is not very travel friendly as I will always be scared on breaking the palette. This palette includes a mirror as well which is an added advantage!
The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette has 15 stunning shades with 9 mattes, 4 shimmers, 1 satin and 1 sort of a pressed glitter while the ABH Soft Glam has 14 shades with 9 mattes, 3 shimmers and 2 foiled shadows.
Here are the shades which are similar in tone and colour –
|ABH Soft Glam||Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose|
|Tempera (Matte)||1 (Matte)|
|Glistening (Shimmer)||11 (Shimmer)|
|Orange Soda (Matte)||7 (Matte)|
|Rose Pink (Shimmer)||8 (Shimmer)|
|Sultry (Foiled)||9 (Shimmer)|
|Bronze (Foiled)||2 (Pressed Glitter)|
|Mulberry (Matte)||3 (Matte)|
|Dusty Rose (Matte)||4 (Matte)|
|Fairy (Shimmer)||5 (Shimmer)|
|Burnt Orange (Matte)||10 (Matte)|
|Sienna (Matte)||12 (Matte)|
|Rustic (Matte)||14 (Matte)|
|Cyprus Umber (Matte)||13 (Matte)|
|Noir (Matte)||15 (Satin)|
The matte eyeshadows in the ABH Soft Glam palette are softer to touch and more buttery as compared to the Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose ones which feel the slightest bit chalky when touched. The foiled eyeshadows in the ABH palette swatch superbly well whereas the shade no. 2 in the MUR palette which is supposed to be similar to the shade Bronze, is more of a pressed glitter than an actual shimmer/foiled shadow. Though both the palettes include a black shade, the one in the Velvet Rose palette has some shimmer particles in it and is not exactly matte.
Now comes the exciting part, did the two perform the same on the eyes? I would say sort of. So I tried a few different looks with both the palettes and tried incorporating all the shades to give each one a fair shot.
I felt that the matte shadows in the MUR Velvet Rose were a little chalky and patchy on the eyes as compared to the highly pigmented mattes in the ABH. Even though the matte shades in the Soft Glam palette are quite powdery (you gotta dust off that excess), they had great color payoff and blended like a dream on the eyelids. However, one can build up the intensity of the MUR mattes with a few layers of the shadow and a little more blending for it to look as pigmented as the ABH ones. The black shadows in both were unexpectedly very comparable. I couldn’t really see the tiny particles of shimmer of the black shade in the Makeup Revolution Palette.
The shimmers were really good in both the palettes. They picked up nicely with a brush and applied well on the eyelids. As always, shimmers give an intense colour payoff when used with a finger or a wet brush and I found that to be the case with both the palettes.
The only trouble I really had was with the Shade No. 2 in the Makeup Revolution palette. The shade did not pick up at all with a dry brush and once I wet it, it kind of got very chunky. I could only see flecks of glitter on my eyelid instead of a proper shade. I tried applying it with a finger also but it got pretty messy and the glitter started flying off everywhere. On the other hand, its counterpart, ‘Bronze’ was so stunning on the eyes and applied really well with a finger and a brush.
As I have really oily eyelids, it is the staying power which eventually makes or breaks an eyeshadow palette for me. For my eye shadow base, I applied my Colourpop No Filter concealer in Med/Dark 36 and set it with a loose powder. I applied the eyeshadows on top of it and was really happy to see that BOTH of them stayed put for a solid 7-8 hours. The shimmers from both started fading slightly after that but there was hardly any blotchiness. They both lasted really well on my eyes.
The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette in itself is a superb palette especially for the price point. You get 15 shades for 850 bucks and the shadows and the tones are really good. If you’re willing to excuse that glitter shade (you can find many similar gold shades in other palettes or as single shadows), then it is a spot on dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette as well. If you’ve been eyeing the Soft Glam palette but it’s really hard to get your hands on or seems a little too expensive, then you can definitely pick up the MUR palette and you won’t regret it. It will practically give you the same looks as the ABH one and at a much cheaper cost.
However, if you have the extra moolah and really want to experience those buttery eyeshadows which practically blend themselves, then without a doubt, grab the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette!