In November and December beauty youtubers, bloggers, magazines, shopping channels and even TV shows were falling over each other in the rush to be the first to feature them, talk about them, show them off and big them up. The world and her husband fell for the mainstream and social media hype and snatched them up in all their various and glorious forms and then . . .
Nothing. Diddly-squat. Nada. Zilch. Nowt.
People – they are for life, (well, till ya ‘hit pan’) not just for Christmas!!
Hi, how are you? Happy Hump Day, Wednesday already which means we’re almost there. If you stand on tippy toes you’ll see the weekend in the distance! So, to what do my title and mini rant refer? Yes, the humble (and often quite pricey) beauty advent calendar!
I honestly don’t understand: lots of influencers and content creators featured a ton of Advent Calendars, opened them all to do their ‘show and tells’ but what did they do with all those products? I haven’t read or watched anything where the contents of these calendars have actually been used or reviewed. Most beauty YouTubers and Bloggers featured multiple advents from different brands, so that’s hundreds of items that presumably never saw the light of day again! So sad. So wasteful. As I said, Advent Calendar’s are not just for Christmas.
I bought just the one calendar – from the Makeup Revolution website, back in November. Originally it was £50, but I got mine when they had a deal on so it cost me £30 and now it’s just £25! (Yes, it is still available, I’ll leave the link below). When it arrived I hid it away, didn’t read the content list on the reverse of the box, didn’t do a review here on Entirely Beauty and avoided all the spoiler blogs and videos like the plague. (Which wasn’t easy, everyone seemed to be featuring the Revolution Calendar.) Then, on December 1st, I got out my advent, gave it pride of place in the lounge and opened a door each day to discover a lovely, surprise item of makeup, and eagerly counted down the days to Christmas. Isn’t that how these things are supposed work? As I freed each of the 25 products from behind the doors, I squirelled them away in a makeup case determined to use them to do a full face.
Needless to say, I did, ‘adventually’, get round to playing with the products and given that each item cost me just £1.20 I am pretty dammed impressed! Here is what I got:
- EYES-1 15 pan Reloaded ‘Fire’ Eyeshadow Palette & 1 7 narrow pan Mini Eyeshadow Palette, 1 Brow Pencil (brown), 1 Khol Pencil (Black), 1 Brow Gel (clear), 1 Eyeprimer.
- TOOLS – 4 mini brushes (various) and 1 Mirror
- LIPS – 2 bullet lipstick (nude & berry) 1 x Clear Lip Gloss, 1 Liquid Lipstick (Red) 1 Lip Pencil (nude)
- FACE – 4 Highlighters (1 liquid, 2 baked, 1 pressed), 1 Bronzer, 1 Contour, 1 Blusher and 1 baking powder.
ALL the products apply and blend beautifully, which surprised me, given the price point. Wear wise, they do the long haul, the products compliment each other and I love the colours. The brushes are workable, make for great travel companions & are ideal to slip into your handbag for touch ups. The shadows are pigmented, with no kick back or fall out and sit well on the eye primer. The cool toned contour is pretty much the ideal shade for me and I love the warmth of the bronzer. The blush gives a lovely, natural, flush of colour to the cheeks and the highlighters – well NASSA called cos I was BLINDING the team currently working on the moon!!! The lipstick bullets feel creamy and moisturising, the lip liner glides on and the gloss helped perfect my pout. The packaging is cute too with most of the items having burgundy components.
The cons? Well, I would’ve liked there to have been a mascara behind one of those doors. The brow gel doesn’t have a long hold, but does make the eyebrows feel silky and hydrated. I originally bemoaned the inclusion of a mirror, but have found myself reaching for it lots – burgundy, instead of black, would have been better though. And that, is quite honestly, all the negative I got!
If you are looking to revamp or add to your collection this is a cost effective way of buying 25 Products, plus you only need to add mascara, foundation and concealer and you’ll have a handy selection of go-to products to use on the regular or ready for travel. You could also buy it, put the products in a nice makeup bag (or two) and give as a gift. If you know someone who is just starting out with makeup these products would make an ideal introduction. And finally, if you have never tried Makeup Revolution this is a great way to try a shed load of their products!
You see, an advent calendar is not just for Christmas! I know I will get a lot of mileage, fun, looks and use out of mine, and that IS how it should be, don’t you think? Did you have a beauty advent calendar, if so which one? Have you used the products and if so, what did you think? I’d love to know your thoughts.
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