Product Review & Formula Comparison / Makeup Revolution Hot Spice Blush Palette


After reading Alison Elle’s post about a drugstore event she visited, I had my eye on the new Makeup Revolution palettes she photographed and decided to give one a try.

I ordered one of the Ultra palettes with the gorgeous marbling, in Hot Spice.

Each palette contains 6 shades which are either shimmers, mattes or baked blushes which remind me of MAC’s mineralise blushes. It’s described on the website as a blush, contour and highlight palette although the matte shades I assume are intended for contouring are too warm for me, as all shades have pink / orange undertones.

The marbled shades which I assume are intended for highlighting are highly pigmented, more pigmented than I would expect for a highlighter but they do blend out well. I like to use this palette for blush only, just because of the tones but it would be feasible to use this for all 3 steps which is amazing value when you consider it costs just £6.00.

When swatching these products feel slightly dry and chalky, but they do have good colour payoff. There’s a lot of fallout and as these are so pigmented it’s easy to look like Pikachu, so I would suggest using as little product as possible and blending out.

You’re definitely going to want to use a setting spray with this product, as it’s very powdery it comes off throughout the day easily.

This formula’s ingredients are as follows:

8963841064990Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, NYLON 12, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, (+/-); CI77891 (Amy note: Titanium Dioxide), CI77491 *, CI77492, CI77499, CI15850, CI19140, CI15985, CI77510, CI77742.

I’ve bolded the ingredients known to be toxic, which you’ll notice is a lot of them, although sadly that’s not terribly unusual. I’ve also starred the ingredients which are derived from animals and so obviously not vegan.

These chemicals sneak their way into our cosmetics constantly and whilst I’m not someone using entirely natural products who manages to avoid all of these, I do prefer to avoid parabans and the ingredients linked to carcinogens.

Whilst this product is very pretty, I am concerned about the formula as these toxic ingredients comprise a lot of it. Talc, Mica and titanium dioxide are only harmful when inhaled so the amount of fallout from this product isn’t ideal. To fairly compare, below are the ingredients of MAC’s Mineralize blush and Anastasia Beverly Hills GlowKit, again with the nasty ingredients bolded. I’ve picked similar shades so the colour ingredients are similar but am not claiming these are dupes!

MAC Mineralize blush in Dainty:


Talc, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate\Stearate\Adipate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Acrylamide\Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol [ / – Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Ultramarines * (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)].

As a comparison, the single MAC blush which retails for an extortionate £22.50 contains more ingredients including some natural extracts, but does include talc and lots of other toxic ingredients. It however doesn’t contain Mica or parabens, although neither product is vegan.

Whilst the MAC alternative has a large number of toxic ingredients, they don’t represent such a large proportion of the formula, but this is still far from ideal.

Anastasia Beverly Hills GlowKit in Gleam (shade Starburst):

‘Starburst’: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Wax, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Tin Oxide, May Contain/Peut Contenir: (+/-) Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Whilst the usual offenders talc and mica are present, the majority of this formula is safe. Of all three the Glowkit is by far the best formula to work with and for me the better product all round.

The Glowkit retails for around £40 so ignoring all the other overheads like packaging for a moment, each pan costs about £10 which is considerably more expensive than Makeup Revolution’s £1.33 per pan. The packaging for the Makeup Revolution palette is stripped back and basic which will have saved some cost, but largely I think this product is able to retail for £6.00 because it’s formula uses cheaper preservatives and it’s bulked out with talc.

If you’re looking to experiment or your budget won’t allow for one of the more expensive brands, this is a great little palette but just be careful to do a patch test before applying if you’re not sure of your skin’s reaction to parabans and talc. Because of the ingredients, this won’t be a product I’ll be using daily which is a shame because on the whole I really like the colours when blended.

  • Emily Newstead

    I have this palette and the shades are gorgeous:)

    Emily xo

    • Amy

      They are very pretty shades <3

  • Alice

    Oooh thank you so much for this! The revolution palette is on my wishlist at the moment – while the others looked great its the only cruelty free one so is certainly the best pick for me 🙂

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

    • Amy

      Sadly whilst it’s not tested on animals, it does contain CI 77491 which can be derived from animals, specifically cochineal bugs *I think*. You can read more about that here – but it’s worth checking. I read they are working towards going vegan in future as they get a lot of requests though so fingers crossed. I’m not sure if you’re fully cruelty free or not so if you get it I hope you enjoy! But I wanted to make sure you didn’t get the impression it was cruelty free from this post if you are <3

      • Alice

        Oh not at all! Thank you 🙂 I was aware they weren’t fully vegan but as I’m not vegan myself it feels faaaaairly hypocritical to stick to vegan products! I DO take issue with things not being CF.. I don’t know – maybe that’s a strange line to tow? Haha! I just feel like there is a difference between animal testing and animal products.. It’s a difficult one 🙂 Thank you for thinking of me and adding that info though! <3

        • Amy

          Ah that’s all good then. I don’t know about it being hypocritical, I think it’s entirely up to the individual as food is considerably more important than makeup, it’s an easier step to be vegan with makeup than it is food for example but I know what you mean! No I agree with you 100%, animal testing is another kettle of fish entirely as it’s so unnecessary. Thanks for your comments & reading the post. I hope you enjoy the palette 🙂 x

    • Amy

      It’s worth noting the Glow Kit is vegan *I think* but they’re definitely a CF brand & are on the PETA / Leaping Bunny lists x

  • Sally

    Baked Blushers are so pretty, I’ve always wanted one just because of how beautiful they look! I really want the Make Up Revolution palette but I already have too many blushers I need to finish up first!

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • Amy

      They are very pretty, I’m not a huge blush lover but the ones I do have, have lasted really well!

  • Tamsin Swann

    The Hot Spice palette is beautiful!! I have the golden sugar one which I love so will definitely have to try this. They are a little more dry compared to most creamy highlights xx

    Tamz |

    • Amy

      Agreed, the formula isn’t great but at the price it’s an understandable tradeoff.