Review: Revolution Haunted Collection, Liquid Highlighters

Last week Facebook showed me an advert for Revolution’s upcoming Haunted collection, and the highlighters caught my eye. Now, I’m not that big on highlighters, at least not liquid highlighters, but these came in a tiny skull, and who doesn’t love tiny skulls? But I didn’t order, I wanted to see if I could catch them in store.

Today, I passed by Superdrug and saw they had them available, at a 3×2 (SCORE!), which is even better for inexpensive brands like Revolution. I have only tried them on my hand, but I think I can give my verdict so far:

  •  the skull bottles are CUTE. Like seriously cute, the photos on the website are not really showing the level of detail that went into them; and they are GLASS (hello reusable materials!)
  • lady at Superdrug said they were all lip safe (yay! but maybe I should wait to hear from Revolution themselves)
  • they all feel just a smidge tacky after application even a while later
  • paranormal looks like you put on a thin patina of light gold over the area; this should be brilliant for dancers to add to collar bones/chest maybe stomach, or maybe even mixing with foundation for a bit of a golden glow, but I can see it quickly messing up careful faces done using powder, at least on me
  • lovers wrath is less in your face and more subtle with pink and lavender glitter, but that only seems to react to light at certain angles; this should be less noticeable and maybe easier to use but still might be a bit too much for every day face, but perfect for body highlight
  • blood of my enemies… *sigh* I had such high hopes, but alas, it was not to be. The glitter is gold, not red, despite what it shows on the website’s photo, and there’s hardly any of it that actually shows once you use it; it also STAINS. Like BADLY stains, so unless you want to look like you’ve fed on the diluted glittery blood from Edward Cullen dripping out of your mouth, I don’t see much use for this (thank goodness it was free) except maybe to give some pop onto a matte lip. Annoyingly, it’s the least tacky of the lot.
  • I skipped Envy as I don’t use greens that much.

All of these have *really* emphasised the texture on my hand’s skin, I expect they’ll have similar effect elsewhere, so use with care.

I also tried the lipsticks; the packaging with the skulls and the flowers is lovely. Vampire’s Kiss is very similar to Illamasqua’s Vampette, a red based matte dark plum; Captivating Curse was sort of super-dark grey matte. Formula seemed nice and the swatches on my hand had quite some staying power so should be really good for stage or performance.

Dupes and comparisons:

  • Paranormal: it’s a little bit cooler and chunkier than Illamasqua’s OMG
  • Lover’s Wrath: is cooler than KvD’s Pink Opal or Nyx’ Snow Rose; much more pink than Nyx’ Twilight Tint or Ultra Violet, both of which are much more blue; I suspect Envy might be more similar to Twilight Tint actually.
  • Blood of my Enemies: the only one I’ve got vaguely similar to this is the gel glitter that came with Illamasqua’s Demise palette, but that one is dark pink over a neutral gel.

Out of my favourite Indie company, Aromaleigh Cosmetics, Selenia is way too muted, Dryocampa is a bit warmer/orangey, Diaphora too white, but Conspiracy of Silence is almost a perfect match in colour for Paranormal, although a touch warmer and more shimmery than glittery

Revolution Skull Highlighters

New Revolution Haunted Collection

Overall, great new colours for the collection, and you can bet the bottles will find use after I’m done with the liquids in them.
Revolution’s Haunted Collection is available online and at Superdrug.

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