Makeup Revolution ‘Renaissance Glow’ Highlight & Contour duo

It’s no secret that I am a HARDCORE makeup revolution fan! I discovered it many years ago and I still remember the day I stumbled upon this brand. I don’t remember necessarily how I landed on the website but I remember my reaction when I did OMG LOOK AT THOSE PRICES! Those very prices were frighteningly affordable even for us Aussies. And if you guys don’t know beauty products are freaking expensive in Australia – even drugstore brands.

Ever since discovering this brand I have loved it. I did go for about 2-3 years without getting anything (as I got distracted by other brands) but at the beginning of this year march-ish I finally dove back in and remembered why I loved it so much. Since gravitating back to this brand, so much has changed. Firstly their packaging has dramatically improved (something I use to complain about), their product quality became even better and just their range looked amazing. Still launching a crazy amount of products very often – a love and a hate (as my bank account isn’t happy), I’ve definitely fallen in love with this brand all over again.

I know this is one long ass introduction for a review post but this brand deserves a bit of a love poem. Anywho you guys can expect a lot of reviews from the revolution brands (makeup revolution in particular) – this gorgeous highlight/contour duo being one of them!

So let’s jump in!

Does it work for fair skin? Yes it does! The highlight shade is slightly champagne-esque (when looking at it in the pan) but even on my fair skin tone, it’s still super glowy without leaving actual color on the skin – basically it won’t cover your cheekbones in gold pigment – just lots of glow!

How is the highlight? The highlight is super intense, my kind of intensity which means I am happy to wear it alone without layering it. It goes on quite smooth, it’s a teeny tiny bit chunky but nothing that will leave it looking gross or cause lots of texture to be shown. Of course the fluffier & larger the brush you apply it with, the more sheered out it will look.

How is the contour shade? The contour powder is a light cool tone shade. It isn’t too greyish or leaves your complexion looking muddy. It’s smooth and finely milled and blends out super easily. It’s also quite a sheer yet buildable powder so for those of you who are new to the contouring game, this product won’t just splotch on the product, it allows you some room to play around with it.

Formula: I went into detail about the formula above, separate for each. But in a nutshell – the powders are finely milled, easy to blend and work with.

Natural or full on? The contour powder is on the subtle side though, the paler your skin tone is the more full-on on” it can look. I have a light skin tone (but not stark white) so for me, it’s more on the subtle side.

Does it last a good amount of time? Both powders last about the standard time powdered products last. They aren’t crazy long wearing but I don’t notice either of the products wearing off quickly.

Packaging: This duo is packaged in a compact that on the outside looks like a small clutch and on the inside you get two nicely sized pans of products with a cute imprint over the products.

Price: $15 AUD

Availability? The revolution site

Pros: The contour shade is super wearable, works on fair skin, blendable and cool toned without looking muddy. The highlighter is intense, glowy and applies smoothly onto the cheekbones. This duo is a lovely dupe for the charlotte tilbury film star bronze and glow (I don’t own it but you can tell they appear to be similar). This duo is also super affordable.

Cons: For us Aussies this brand is only available online (though I don’t mind).

Rating: 8/10

Overall thoughts? This highlight and contour duo is awesome! Both shades work fantastically well! The contour shade is spot on and so easy to use and friendly to fair complexions. The highlighter is actually deliciously intense and brings a stunning glow to the cheekbones. I have no complaints about this duo whatsoever!

Would I repurchase it? I do see myself repurchasing this … when I eventually hit pan on both products – though that will take a long time!


And that wraps up this review! Have you guys tried out this gorgeous duo by makeup revolution? What makeup revolution products have you tried? Drop them in the comments! I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you in the next post!

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  1. Nicole

    November 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

    It actually does look pretty dang fancy! I like that it works on fair skin.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 12, 2018 at 2:18 am

      Yes, it’s so versatile and wearable – I love it so much!

  2. Siobhán

    November 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    This is a brand that I’ve never tried anything from! The highlighter looks like my kind of shade xx


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 11, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Girl you are missing out, I cannot recommend this brand enough

  3. Anika May

    November 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    This sounds really good! An 8/10 is a good score so I definitely want to try this! Great review 🙂

    Anika |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 11, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      I’m so I pressed with it, especially that highlighter

  4. Lily

    November 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Had no idea this was available in Australia too! Makeup Revolution is amazing quality, especially for the price! The packaging on this product is so fancy, love it!! x

    Lily Loves |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      They ship internationally thank goodness, although we don’t have in store access. I’m obsessed it’s one of my favourite drugstore brands

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 13, 2018 at 3:52 am

      Yes, all the glow, all the time!

  5. Caroline Malone

    November 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I haven’t purchased anything from makeup revolution in AGES and I know they get a lot of slack for ‘copying’ other brands, but they are just affordable and such good quality so people are bound to buy it instead sometimes. I love the packaging and the look of the contour shade, definitely going to see if this is in my local superdrug, that’s so annoying that it’s only available online, I am always worried about buying powder products online in case they smash! xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 13, 2018 at 3:56 am

      I don’t think there is anything wrong with a brand coming out with dupe. These days even high-end brands follow trends and copy each other anyway and I like when an affordable brand comes out with a dupe it’s the mentality of “you know that fancy product everyone is raving about … well here’s an affordable version of it”. They also come out with their own stuff which is equally good. Their quality has improved so much I just can’t get over it. Yes but in the UK and US this brand is availble in stores.

  6. Angela

    November 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Love the packaging on this and that it is cool toned for my pasty white skin. I love MUR so of course I want it now!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 13, 2018 at 3:50 am

      You can never go wrong with some makeup revolution in your life!

  7. Charline Steuckers

    November 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    They seem to be making real gems of makeup, Revolution! Can’t believe they are so affordable yet such good quality. This looks like a proper pricey one!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 13, 2018 at 3:50 am

      I know! I just love it when brands can be super affordable and so bloody good, it really goes to show high end brands inflate the price over silly things like packaging.

  8. Lily Kanaya

    November 13, 2018 at 2:24 am

    This brand always makes me want to purchase all their palette lol

    Lily Kanaya | http://www.Glowlicious.Me

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 13, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Tell me about it! It takes all of my will power not to purchase all their palettes.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      They are! But not in a way that maes them difficult to use or blend

  9. Kiran

    November 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I love Makeup Revolution and this sounds really nice for fair skin, I have only tried their contour palette which is actually pretty good. Love seeing what they come out with, thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a great week xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 14, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      They have so much beautiful makeup it really brings out the makeup hoarder within me

  10. Danielle Alexa

    November 14, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    That duo looks stunning, I am going to have to buy this straight away!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 15, 2018 at 1:35 am

      Apparently it got recently discontinued (which I wasn’t aware of until just now), it’s such a shame because it’s an awesome product.

  11. Gemma Etc.

    November 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I have this and I love it but I was told it’s been discontinued 🙁 xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 15, 2018 at 1:32 am

      Oh no! I purchased it in March, it would be a shame if they got rid of it. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  12. Lauren Victoria

    November 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite brands! They do so many good products for such affordable prices. This product sounds so gorgeous. It’s definitely going to last a while x

    Lauren |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 16, 2018 at 12:01 am

      Exactly they put rank brands like maybelline and L’Oréal Paris for me

  13. Shireen L. Platt

    November 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    This brand has a lot of dupes and there are some hidden gems! I have yet to see this released here though.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Yes, so many gems in this brand.

  14. Samantha

    November 16, 2018 at 9:40 am

    This really reminds me of the CT Bronze and Glow palette. Very similar styling. The shades look fab! Definitely worth checking out.

    Samantha x


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 16, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Yes! That’s exactly what I thought when I saw it and only a fraction of the price and still amazing. x

  15. em

    November 17, 2018 at 9:28 am

    this looks beauuuutiful. I didn’t know Revolution sold this!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 18, 2018 at 2:39 am

      They do, rumor has it that they’ve discontinued it which is such a shame because it’s gorgeous!

  16. Saman

    November 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    That palette looks so posh and lovely. The packaging is so lovely.

    Saman | Beautydetour

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 25, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      It really is

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