Monday, 15 June 2015

Freedom Makeup haul and first impressions

If you're a fan of Makeup Revolution and you follow them on social media then you're probably aware that a new sister brand has launched very recently, Freedom Makeup, created by the same people and focused on professional makeup with great quality at affordable prices, #macformasses, like they liked to hashtag their Instagram posts :)
I was very excited when the launch date was approaching and we could see some sneak peeks on Instagram of their products. Professional makeup products at low prices? Yes, please!
So when they finally launched couple of weeks ago it was only expected that I'm going to order some products straight away.

freedom makeup haul

When I first started browsing their website I felt a bit disappointed that most of their products look very similar to those from Makeup Revolution. Not that there is something wrong with Makeup Revolution, you know I'm a big fan of the brand, but I was expecting something different. But the packaging, products, prices, all feel like the Mother brand. It makes you wonder what's the point in creating a new brand instead of adding just a pro range to the existing one which has been doing so well on the beauty market? But I guess as long as we're getting great products at affordable prices it doesn't really matter if it's a one or two brands. My only question is, will they keep up on bringing new, unique products for two brands? Or one will fall behind? Well, only time will tell.
 
But there is something different with Freedom Makeup, they teamed up with House of GlamDolls and offer very affordable makeup trainings, courses which is really exciting and I can't wait to attend one. They also offer special prices on makeup kits which is great if you're a starting makeup artist and need to build your makeup collection.

Now enough chatting, let's jump into my haul, as of course I had to try some Freedom Makeup products regardless if they look similar to Makeup Revolution. I didn't get crazy as I wanted to check what is the quality like of certain products before buying more but they do have some very tempting bundle offers.

freedom makeup pro lipsticks
 
I bought four lip products as I wanted to get a feel of the formulas from different ranges.
 
Pro Melts Lipgloss in the shade Up (£3) - simple lipgloss packaging with doe foot applicator, the product is more of a liquid lipstick then a lipgloss which I like. The formula reminds me the one of Lip Lavas from Makeup Revolution and the shade is very similar to Tremor from that range. The lipstick applies smoothly and it's opaque in one swipe, it doesn't accentuate dry skin or lines and it's quite long lasting but it doesn't survive a proper meal.
Pro Butters Lipgloss in Cappucino Lover (£3) - this is exactly the same formula as the Ultra Velour Lip Cream by Makeup Revolution which I'm not a big fan of. The consistency is a bit of a mousse-like, it applies un-evenly and wears off very quickly, the only way I used the MUR one and will use this one is to apply on top of another lipstick to tone down its shade.
Pro Lipsticks (£1 each) in the shade 101 Flushed - from the Pro Pink line, blue toned baby pink and in the shade 103 Pink Lust - coral pink. The packaging is very similar to the original line from Makeup Revolution but with the silver accents and white writing it looks more professional, I also like the insert in the bottom to show the colour of the lipstick. When it comes to formula I was very nicely surprised how pigmented these lipsticks are, they feel very creamy but not too slippery and stay on the lips for a good amount of time. On top of that they're very comfortable on the lips and I haven't noticed any major bleeding with any of them. For a £1 I think they're real gems!
 
freedom makeup pro lipsticks

Even though I have millions of nail polishes I had to pick up couple of shades from Freedom Makeup to check their quality and I have to say that they're really good nail polishes, especially considering they're only £1 each. I picked two shades: 420 - grey with lilac undertones and 431 - deep raspberry. Both need two layers to get an opaque finish but the formula is nice and creamy and it dries relatively quick. The brush is on the wider side so it's an additional bonus. Both nail polishes started chipping on the third day on my nails but that is very common for me even with much more expensive nail polishes. And I like the square bottles, they look quite chic!
 
freedom makeup nail polishes
 
Of course I couldn't ignore the leopard patterned blushes/bronzers but as there were not swatches on the website I decided to get only one shade that looked like the most wearable for me, I chose Pro Glow in Purr (£2.50). It's a combination of light pink, golden and dark bronze and mixed together offers the most beautiful shade that gives my cheeks some definition but also a bit of colour and gorgeous subtle sheen. I'm in love with it! I apply it with a duo-fiber brush on the areas like I would normally do with a  bronzer and build the colour  on the cheeks if required. I like it so much that I really want to try the other shades from the range.
 
freedom makeup blushes
 
I also picked up couple of blushes (£1) in the shade Leathal Weapon - bright pink with satin finish and Rare - coral-y orange with matte finish. Both blushes are very pigmented and require a light hand when applying them but they're silky smooth and blend beautifully. I love both shades, they're gorgeous for Summer, another gem for a pound!
 
freedom makeup blushes
 
When it comes to creamy concealers I'm quite careful as they tend to be to slippery for my liking and crease under my eyes but the curiosity got the better of me and I bough the Pro Conceal palette in Light (£5), there is an option for any skin tone so well done Freedom Makeup.
 
freedom makeup pro concealer palette

There is six shades in the palette from very fair to darker light with pink and yellow undertones so it's ideal to mix and match and get the perfect shade for yourself. The concealers are very creamy but also very pigmented and cover imperfections really well, unfortunately they gather in my fine lines under the eyes and crease a bit during the day. I found that setting the concealer with a powder just right after applying it with my finger help with the creasing and I actually can wear it on myself. But I do prefer to use the palette for highlighting purposes and I want to get the darker shades as well to cream contour as the formula seems really nice for that.
 
freedom makeup pro concealer palette
 
Last but not least I have to pick up some eyeshadow palettes because you know that they're my biggest makeup obsession. There were so many to choose from but I decided to get couple from the Pro12 (£4) range as they have this cute 3D pattern embossed on the eyeshadows to look like the Dual Intensity ones from Nars.
I got the Audacious 3 (on the left side) which is yet another dupe for the Naked 3 palette and the Dreamcatcher (right side) which contains some colourful beautiful shades. I won't be sharing swatches of the palettes in this post as it's already long enough but I have to say, while I was rather disappointed seeing the dupe of Naked 3 repeated, as Makeup Revolution has it as the Iconic 3 palette, after swatching and playing with it I am blown away by the quality of the eyeshadows, especially for such a low price. They are very pigmented, feel buttery soft, the metallic one are almost like foil shadows and the mattes are great. I have gazzilion of palettes but I feel like I want all from the Pro12 range because they're so good!
 
freedom makeup eyeshadow palettes
 
So in overall I'm very happy with my purchases and can't wait to see what Freedom Makeup will bring us in the future!
Stay tuned for my Friday makeup look to see all the products in action :)
 
Have you ordered anything from Freedom Makeup? What are your thoughts on the new brand from the creators of Makeup Revolution?
 
Dagmara
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30 comments

  1. Definitely want to get my hands on these!! Looks all so awesome

    CANDICE | BEAUTY CANDY LOVES

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  2. I was going to place an order straight away but like you I was a little under whelmed with the collection as it seems very much like the MUR, plus I wanted to see some reviews. I really have my eye on the concealer palettes and the sound of the shadow palettes sound good. Also love the grey shade that you picked for the nails. Might have to pop over and have a look about :p

    Pams Stuff and Things | Ance Ultra Clear Giveaway

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  3. i absolutely love the look of this brand, i definitely want to put in an order at some point, although like you i was a bit disappointed at first because a lot of the stuff is similar to makeup revolution, but i think the products that are different from makeup revolution look really good - great post!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

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  4. I'm waiting to see a few more reviews but it looks like there will be some products I will try because they aren't available under MUR and others I won't need to bother with. I do agree it seems odd to bring out a whole new brand when you could just add lines to the original, but more makeup? I'm not complaining too much ;) From your haul I'm instantly taken with the Pro Glow in Purr - it looks perfect for subtle contouring/as a blush. The concealer palette also looks interesting! Thanks for the great overview.
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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  5. oooy this looks soo good! gonna totally have to check it out!! xxx Great Post!! xxx

    Also some good news! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!! For the all the rules check out my last post on my Blog!! Eek Congrats!! xxx

    Anisha ♥ All You Need Is Red Lipstick

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  6. I have seen a few reviews on Freedom line and seriously want to try their nail polish! It's great to know that the quality of the eyeshadows are amazing, definitely worth the shipping fees for these!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  7. All of the products look amazing. I wonder if they'll take this one internationally? I'm seriously tempted to check out their shipping options. The blushes are very pretty. And such great prices. Wow!

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  8. The eyeshadows sound amazing! Lipsticks for £1! Fantastic! xx

    Beautylymin

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  9. I'm not sure what I think of this new sitter brand to be honest as I was having a hard time keeping up with all the other products Makeup Revolution are constantly releasing. If I do try any out it will probably have to be the eyeshadows palettes as I quite like the design on them x

    Beauty with charm

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  10. I so wish some of these UK brands would find their way to the US! I have not tried any of the Makeup Revolution products, but what a bummer that these are so similar. Those blushes are SO pretty though, I love that leopard one it's so close to the one offered from Too Faced - but much more affordable I'm sure!

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  11. You got so many great makeup products I fell in love with these lipsticks and palettes. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  12. Palettes are definitely my favourites :)

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  13. Oh yes, it's so much more affordable and looks incredibly beautiful on the skin :) I wish some of the US brands would make their way to UK :) x

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  14. The eyeshadow palettes are definitely worth trying! I know what you mean, they release new product every week, so will they keep up with this with both brands? Or maybe they should just focus on bringing unique products every now and then. xx

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  15. I will definitely do that :) x

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  16. You must try some of the eyeshadow palettes! Yes, they're not exactly high end but they're really good :) x

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  17. I'm pretty sure they ship internationally :) Worth getting some products as they're so cheap but good! x

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  18. I would say so, you can get so many nice things for such an affordable price :) x

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  19. I'm in love with the Pro Glow in Purr, you should definitely get it :) x

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  20. The overall quality is good, no complaints here, so definitely worth getting some of the more unique products :) x

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  21. There are some really great products, I just wish they were more unique :) x

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  22. There are some great products!

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  23. I was on there the day they launched, getting my haul in! :) I picked up a couple of the same items as you and I agree that it is very similar to MUR. I am really pleased though with everything I got from Freedom. We should all try go on a makeup course together - that would be super fun! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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  24. I am loving the 420 nail polis! it looks amazing. I love a good muted nail. And I always LOVE how you swatch nail polish!!

    http://www.lipstickisalife.com/

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  25. The eye shadow palettes look very similar to the NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette. I'm not sure why they made a second brand, surely they could have just extented there product line :s

    Lauren | Porcelain Queen

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  26. Yup, that is the secret we won't know :) The palettes are actually really good! x

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  27. It is an extension of MUR but well, as long as we get good quality makeup for less then what it counts :) x

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  28. Thanks Amanda! Yes, the nail polish is very pretty! x

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  29. It would be super fun, I agree! I'm actually attending one this Saturday, I was invited to one and as weekend is the best for me I am happy to be able to go there :) I will let you know how it is and we might arrange something for the future :) x

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  30. Whilst the Pro Conceal Palette looks nice, I have been rather disappointed with FML as a whole. Especially with the lipsticks Armory.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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