Monday, October 27, 2014

Makeup Revolution VIVID Baked Highlighter


I received numerous inbox messages for picking up my pace and reviewing these highlighters ASAP. What with all the buzz surrounding highlighters and dewy skin, everyone is bound to go gaga over these budget beauties recently launched in Pakistan. Makeup Revolution VIVID Baked Highlighter is available in two shades - Peach Lights and Golden Lights. Spoiler Alert - They're gorgeous. But do they perform well? Let's see:



Makeup Revolution VIVID Baked Blush retails exclusively at Reforma.PK and Daraz.PK for PKR 550. It comes in a black plastic pan with clear lid similar to that of Makeup Revolution blushes. However, the pan is much bigger in comparison to the blushes, so you get a good amount of product that should last you for a long time - even if you use it daily. Globally, VIVID Baked Highlighters have three shades - Pink Lights, Peach Lights, and Golden Lights. Makeup Revolution Pakistan launched 2 shades, which I am guessing, are considered more flattering to the desi skin tones.

PEACH LIGHTS is a cool peach-pink highlighter with fine silvery shimmer.
GOLDEN LIGHTS is a an opal-gold highlighter with tiny golden shimmer.

These beauties come in a swirly design which reminds me of MAC and MUA highlighters. A good thing I noticed in the first few swatches of these - The fallout is minimal. I have used both for more than 4-5 times each and the design is intact. It could even pass off as new. Not that I am trying to con-sell these, but just saying... I can. If I wanted to. But I don't. :-P
Unless you give crazy brush-swirls in the pan, you won't notice the fallout. It amazes me because even my NARS blushes have more product fallout than I would like. Have to appreciate Makeup Revolution for nailing this!



Let's discuss their performance now - The Peach Lights highlighter has been used less than the Golden Lights merely because my skin has strong yellow undertones and I don't personally find the shade to be extremely flattering on me. Having said this, I should mention it does blend well and doesn't leave a white-ish cast at all. Warm-toned beauties can use this as well if they're going for makeup look with silver or cool undertones. It would definitely be more appropriate for cool-toned ladies with pale-medium complexions. I applied Peach Lights very lightly on the high points of my cheek-bulbs and it looked nice over a flush of pale-pink blush. It stayed on for over 4 hours, until I removed it myself. It didn't do anything to cause or control my oiliness. It didn't settle in my pores, but whenever I wore this, I always opted for pore-filler or primer underneath. You can see it has pinkish color itself, but that doesn't show when applied. The swatch was done heavily, so that is more prominent in the picture below. Have a look before I give my verdict on Golden Lights:

Under Direct Sunlight

Under Indirect Natural Light

Under Indoor Light With Flash
I have taken these pictures with minimal editing or any alteration, so everyone can see how the swatches look. Both these highlighters are insanely pigmented, as these swatches were taken using a brush with 3 or 4 swipes only.

On to the Golden Lights - Ah, I am smitten by this beauty. Internet is raving about this already. The buzz is that this is a dupe for NARS Albatross. I don't own one, so can't say anything about that yet. If you own both, do let us know your thoughts! The comparison with Mary Lou Manizer shall be discussed in a separate post. I have combined a feature to share & discuss my Highlighter collection :-) To give you a summary, Mary Lou is more champagne and buttery than Golden Lights. That still doesn't downplay the gorgeousness that is this highlighter!

I brought this along to wear over the Eid and dinners. I applied it with fingers (oh yea! The last-minute rush is always insane), and also used a stipling and a blush brush for it. You need just a light hand a little amount for it to rock your face into dewy-awesomeness. It blended like a dream and stayed intact through the crazy BBQ heat and windy weather. I blotted my face often, so it might have faded a little because of that, but gave me a wear time of over 4 hours nonetheless. I took it off myself, so I have yet to see if it lasts even longer than that. For the price, you can't beat it. Especially when these don't have loose glitters in them to make your pores prominent. This one I wore with/without foundation and primer, yet never faced an issue of making my pores look like craters.

One beef though, the packaging appears sturdy-ish. However, the clasp or closure of the Golden Lights highlighter doesn't "click" shut to my satisfaction. It might just be a packaging flaw of that particular piece because the Peach Lights packaging doesn't have this problem. Also, it isn't so loose that it would break or open within my bag. Still, it is something which makes me feel I should be careful. If you have kids or clumsy-thumbsies, you need to take care of this :-)

Let me give the verdict, if it isn't quite obvious from the line 1 of my review :-)


I would strongly recommend the Golden Lights as your budget highlighter because it ticks all my desi check list items - Affordable, Pigmented, Smooth, Longlasting, Awesome! You can get Makeup Revolution VIVID Baked Highlighters from Reforma.PK and Daraz.PK for PKR 550.

If you have used these, let me know your feedback in the comments below. If not, which one would you like to buy?

Cheers,

Bia

Disclaimer: This post may contain PR samples given for review. The opinions expressed are unbiased & honest depending upon my experience.

27 comments:

  1. My heart lost a beat for golden lights :) <3

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    1. Trust me, Golden Lights is worth losing a heartbeat for :P

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  2. OMG OMG.... another gorgeous subtle champagne colored highlighter... They look so soft and smooth and for the price they look great...Thanks for the detailed review... :)

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    1. Hey! Thanks for reading it, love! And just when you're bored with your new highlighter and want to replace it, give Golden Lights a chance. You'll be amazed :)

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  3. Ohh I would love to buy. I'm a highlighter hoarder :P These look so pretty!

    wajihaslifediary.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, if you're a hoarder - it is not even a question. BUY IT! :P

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  4. Great review :) now i badly want that golden light highlighter :)

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    1. It's really pretty! You're going to love it <3

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  5. How is Peach lights for someone neutral? I wanted to buy both :D

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    1. Peach Lights blends very well. Even I can use it with some silvery makeup look, perhaps. It will be okay-good for the neutral ones. Golden Lights FTW though :D

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    2. Thanks :) I think so too. I am waiting for my Golden Lights. The order is taking forever to arrive :(

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  6. Really impressed to know that these have minimal fall outs! Both the shades are sooo pretty! They must launch in stores soon already!! ♥

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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    1. Jadirah, they're launching in the end of this month I guess. Even I want to swatch and hoard more!

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  7. Golden lights is all i see. Gotta have it!

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    1. Hey Kiran! You'll love it. It is very flattering ^_^

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  8. I NEED to try at least one product from this brand. Your cream blush and now this review has really tempted me :D

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    1. Blushes and Golden Lights are the safest bet! You must try!!

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  9. OOHH I have the Peach Lights and I am completely in love with it! Gotta try out the other color now!! x Thanks for the review!

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    1. You'd fall head over heels for that one, then! :D You're welcome!!! Thanks for reading <3

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  10. I love ur blog so much and i always read ur each and every blog post. But i never did comment as im a silent follower :P but these highlighters made me to comment. I av ordered golden lights can't wait for it to come. And thanx for this beautiful post <3 ur a sweetheart and helping alot of grls. Truely an inspiration <3

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  11. love the colors and texture <3 following you dear hope response back http://shizasblog.blogspot.com/

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  12. I'm gonna try these as soon as possible:)
    http://irajbutt.blogspot.com

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  13. awesome swatches .. you sold these to me Bia .. now m tempted :)
    Makeupoholics

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  14. you make me go GAH GAH over these bia !! Look at those swatches , so creamy gorgeous... I really need these after your review !

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  15. Love your reviews! I've ordered golden lights and almost all the cream blushes by them!

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  16. Have you conpared this to the mary loumanizer yet? Could you link it to me?

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  17. Hello, did you end up writing the post comparing Golden Lights and Mary-Lou? I know it's been nearly 2 years since this post but I can't seem to find a comparison post between them or a post about your highlighter collection as mentioned. Appreciate if I could get your honest opinion on both of them, as I like the way you've thoroughly reviewed some products! :)

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