Hey everyone! I am so excited about today’s post, I have truly been looking forward to it. Today I am giving my review on the RevolutionXEmily collaboration, The Emily Edit. For this post, it’s going to be all about The Wants palette. I have been playing with it for almost 3 weeks at this point. Now, before you say anything, I know that I said it was in my September makeup basket, but I’ve been playing with it since the day it was delivered, which was before the makeup basket was posted. Just wanted to clarify that. So, if you are curious what I think about this palette, let’s get into it!
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First off, let’s talk about the packaging. I ordered both palettes (The Wants and The Needs) from both the Revolution Beauty website as well as the Ulta website. Yes, I have two of each, no I am not crazy. Both palettes were individually wrapped in lots of bubble wrap from each retailer and not a single item was damaged.
The Wants palette weighs in at just under a pound (13.16 ounces), I would say is a light peach color, and has a full-size, high-quality mirror. Even though it is on the larger side of a palette, it is still quite thin and I feel very travel-friendly. It contains 24 shadows which include 13 mattes and 11 shimmer/metallic shades. Revolution Beauty is certified Cruelty-Free by Peta. This palette is NOT vegan, however, because it does contain Carmine. Each shade contains about 0.03 ounces or 0.85 grams of product, making the total amount of product you get 0.74 ounces or 20.4 grams of product. It retails for $20 US on both the Ulta and Revolution Beauty websites and is apart of Revolution Beauty’s permanent line. I repeat this is NOT limited edition.
Before I continue, I would like to give you a little information about Emily, just in case you don’t know who she is. She is a Beauty YouTuber, her tag name is EmilyNoel83. She has been on YouTube I believe 11 years this upcoming November. For me to try to accurately describe what type of videos she puts up I feel would be a disservice to her and her channel. She does it all. Not too long ago, she did a video trying to dupe lip colors in her collection that matched Disney princesses. Oh yeah, she went there. Click here if you’d like to check out that video. For me, she is just such a positive light to YouTube, one that when I sit down with a cup of coffee, I don’t feel I’m watching a YouTuber, I feel as if I’m listening to a friend. I don’t know how else to describe her, other than just wonderful. Her daughters are some of the most PRECIOUS kids I have ever seen.
Now, back to the palette. From my understanding, Revolution Beauty gave Emily free-range on the creation of these palettes. When creating the Wants, she was looking to create a “Complete” palette. Meaning, she wanted to be able to have light shades such as “the cream,” mid-tones for great transition work, to set up the looks, and rich deep shades that don’t muddy up or lose strength is pigmentation. She wanted each shade to be able to stand out amongst whatever look someone might create. To get a full background and full understanding of the palettes, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Emily’s video, which I will link here for you. She goes more into depth about the palettes, what went into the thought process of the palettes, tips and tricks, and so forth.
Before I get into the review, I will give you some swatches. I will do it by rows from left to right. I did the best I could to give acurate swatches, but this is not really my forte. If you want to know the inspiration behind the names, I don’t want to take that joy away from Emily. I highly recommend you just watch her reveal video, again I will link that here for you. At the very end, I will showcase a few eye looks that I have created using this palette so you can see some of the shades in action.
We have The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, and Side Hustle.
Up next we’ve got Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi.
Here we’ve got Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, and Apartment.
Last we have Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, and Dark & Early.
Now onto my review of the palette. Like I’ve said in the intro, I have been playing with this palette for about 3 weeks now and I have used every single shade. Let me just get this out of the way, yes I know I love Emily and that automatically is going to make me somewhat bias to this palette, I understand that. However, I am still going to be honest about this palette, give the pros and the cons regardless of how I feel about her. So you can take that information how you will because I really do love this palette. If something happened to this palette, I would 100% go out and purchase it again. Once I get into the pros and cons of this palette, I think you will understand why.
For one, there are no repeat or similar shades. If you look at the palette, you might think Midwest, Dues Paid, and Prayer are similar. Nope, all completely different and all 3 do show up completely different on the eyes. With every shade, I did not have a single problem with blending. There was no patchiness, skipping, or muddying of shades. It was extremely effortless. They are all pigmented but not overly pigmented. What I mean is you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally getting too much and be fearful of ruining your eye look or not being able to blend them out. All of these shades were meant to be built up. So you grab a little bit, place the shadow where you want and then you can bump up the intensity. From what I remember, Emily wanted this palette easy to use and beginner friendly.
There were only a couple of shades that took me a bit more building than the others and that was Hobby, Corduroy, and Side Hustle. When dipping my brush into the shades, only one had a little bit of kick up and that was Dues Paid, however, it still performed without issue on the eye. The only other thing that I noticed was when using some of the shimmer/metallic shades. Belle Violet and Heartbeat got a little bit of a hardpan when using my fingers to apply the shades (as you will see below). I got a little hardpan on Cupcake and Grateful when using my fingers, but not as much as with Belle Violet and Heartbeat. However, Emily recommended in her video using a flat brush, then press and swipe the color onto your lid for best results. So just keep that in mind. I use the ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush ($1 US) and have had no issues since sticking with the brush.
For my personal tastes, this is a perfect all around, complete palette. It helps get me out of my comfort zone and use color, without feeling overwhelmed. There is a wonderful mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades, and excellent balance between matte and shimmers, a light cream shade and a matte black. Seriously, she thought of it all. For my tastes, this palette is not missing anything. For others, if you love more blue, pink, or yellowy shades, this might not be your jam. However, not every palette is going to please every person. You need to evaluate what you have in your collection first, then look at a palette that is interesting you. I highly recommend going in store if you can before purchasing, that way you can get an up-close look at the palette as well as possibly touch and swatch before deciding if you want to buy it or not.
Let’s also discuss staying power. For one, I use my concealer as my eyeshadow primer, but I don’t use an actual designated eyeshadow primer. I set my lids with a shadow close to my skin tone, then I go into creating an eye look. With all the shadows, I did not have any trouble with fading or creasing throughout the day. The shadows were just as vibrant as when I put them on. Let me give you a little bit of info on what I put my makeup through. I usually put my makeup on around 5:45 am and take off my makeup around 8-9pm at night. I am a dog groomer, so I deal with heat, humidity, dog hair, dander, wind, water, EVERYTHING. These shadows have stayed put, have not creased, and have not faded.
Overall, I truly feel this is a fantastic palette that so many people could get great use from and a wide multitude of looks. I’ve gotten glam looks, everyday looks, fall, spring, this palette truly can do it all. Yes, it is not a perfect palette, it has a couple of flaws, but it does not take away from this palette in the least. Also, the price is phenomenal. You get such an amazing deal with this palette. If you are apart of the Ulta rewards system, you can get coupons and money off, making it an even better deal. Also, you are further supporting a truly genuine person who put their heart and soul into this palette and I feel it absolutely shows.
So that’s it. That does it for my review on the RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit The Wants Palette. Is there anything I missed? If you have any further questions about the palette, go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I’m not trying to promote that you need to go out and buy this palette. However, if you were already debating on purchasing this palette, have looked through your collection and didn’t find anything similar and were wanting to pick this palette up, I truly feel you will not be disappointed. Sorry for such a long post, but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything. Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check this post out and until next time!
A few looks I have created using this palette. Remember, I am NOT a makeup artist. Just your average, everyday makeup wearer. Shit ain’t going to look perfect, so just FYI.
For Look One, I first used a shade close to my skin-tone to set my lid. Then I took the shade Oh Heavens! all over the lid, into the eye corner, up into the crease, and on my lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush. Then, I took Capricorn on smaller crease brush and worked that into my outer V, slightly blending it into the crease, and onto the lower lash line. I then took Oh Heavens! under the brow bone. This look was inspired by smokey looks done by Charlotte Tilbury. I notice she does a lot of shimmer work into the crease and the models look so beautiful. I just wanted to give it a try. To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.
For look number 2, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I took Hobby on a fluffy crease brush and worked that into the crease. Then on a smaller, denser crease brush, I took the shade LaughCry on the outer third of my eye, mostly the outer V area and packed that on as well as smudged in on the outer half of my lower lash line and connected it to the upper eye area. Then, on a small shader brush, I picked up the shade Cupcake and worked that over the rest of my lid and pulled it into the inner corner. I also smudged it on the inner part of my lower lash line. On a very small brush, I picked up a little of Oh Heavens! and placed that on top of Cupcake in my inner corner. To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.
For look 3, the last look I’m going to share, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I picked up Dues Paid and worked that into my crease with a fluffy crease brush, then took a denser brush and worked that same shade on the outer V area. I also pulled that shade on the outer half of my lower lash line. Then for the lid and inner corner, I kept it simple and pulled in Oh Heavens! This is the type of two shadow look I would wear to work often. To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.