First impressions: Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette

I'm baaaack! I've officially risen from the grave just in time for Halloween now that I don't have any more midterms to worry about! Woohoo! Two weeks ago I promised myself that if I made it through all of my exams and assignments with minimal anxiety, I would treat myself. I'm happy to report that I made it out alive and with a few goodies in tow. The first product I wanted to write about is the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette, as it's something I've been lusting over for months!

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Makeup Revolution is a UK drugstore beauty brand that you can conveniently find at Ulta. They parallel NYX in that they have quite an amazing product range for super affordable prices. I bought this palette at Ulta for the low price of $10! Quite the steal for a palette containing 8 healthy-sized blushes!

 Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette

To start, I have to say that I really like the packaging for this palette. It's made of sturdy plastic that isn't too bulky, so it seems like it will be easy to travel with. The packaging itself looks super sleek - the lettering on the front is rose gold which contrasts beautifully against the black of the palette itself.

When I opened the palette up, I was shell-shocked. This palette holds 8 stunning blushes, 6 of which are baked and 2 of which are pressed powders. There's no real way that I can accurately capture how beautiful the baked blushes are. They're packed with shimmer and have an almost marble-like texture to them. They appear to be more of a highlighter than a blush, so I can't wait to apply these babies all over my cheeks. The matte shades are also gorgeous and can be applied as a blush or packed on a bit more to be used as a subtle contour. Every blush in this palette is buttery and smooth. I'm unsure whether they'll be easier to apply with fingers or a brush, but trust that I will be experimenting with both methods soon and will report back with the results.

 Swatches of the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette

Swatches of the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette

The lighting for my pictures was admittedly not the best thanks to a characteristic doom-and-gloom New England fall day, so the swatches don't do all of the shades justice. Also, the shades unfortunately are not labeled, but my swatches go from left to right of the shades on the top row, followed by the shades from left to right on the bottom row. As for the shade range, the name really says it all. Some of the shades in this palette have a golden hue while others are the perfect rose gold that I and so many others lust after. Lemme break it down in some more detail for you all.

The first shade in the palette (the leftmost in my swatches) is a pale pink shimmery shade that is super subtle and not quite as pigmented as some of the other shades. I think this one will be perfect for days where I don't want a crazy, in-your-face, glazed donut highlight. The second shade is a coral shimmery shade that simultaneously reminds me of summer and fall in a strange way. The third shade is a light gold shimmer that is totally glamorous and gives me some major old Hollywood vibes. The final shade in the top row of the palette is a brownish-pink matte shade that will look lovely as a bold blush or a subtle warm contour.

The first shade in the bottom row of the palette (the fifth swatch from the left) is a pale champagne shimmer that highly resembles a cooler version of Becca's Champagne Pop. We all know my devotion to that product knows no bounds, so I am a big fan of this one. The second shade in the bottom row (third swatch from the right) is a warm pink shimmery shade that truly puts the rose in rose-gold. The third shade in the bottom row (second swatch from the right) is my absolute favorite. It is a dreamy coppery shade that will look gorgeous if sheered out and used as a bronzer, or can also function as an eyeshadow. This shade is a total glitter bomb which I really enjoy, but I know that's not for everyone. The final shade in the palette is a nude blush that pulls a bit orange on me. I'm not sure if that's due to my suboptimal lighting, or if that's truly how it looks on my pale skin. If the latter is the case, it again will look greater as a subtle bronzer or eyeshadow paired with the previous shade.

My skin is super pale so finding the perfect highlighter can be a bit of a battle for me. However, most of the shades in this palette look incredibly flattering on my skin in my swatches, so I have high hopes! I have also read rave reviews about this palette from people with medium-toned skin. That's exciting to me as it's super rare to find a palette that's versatile on multiple skin tones. Good job, Makeup Revolution!

Despite not getting to test drive it fully yet, I really believe this palette is a must-have for rose gold lovers. The shades are all buttery and the pigmentation on most of them is topnotch. However, be warned that the majority of the shades definitely function better as highlighters than blushes. I will soon be reviewing a blush palette by the same brand that contains mostly matte shades (stay tuned!) so if you're looking for blushes rather than highlighters another product may be better-suited for you. But if you're a highlight-craving, shiny beauty queen that lusts over an affordable glo, then the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold blush palette may just be the product of your dreams.