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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Wow Stick! Review + Swatches


The Wow Stick (Complete Line) - Makeup Revolution* £2.99

Hey everyone! Today I have a really exciting post for all you matte lip lovers out there (thats a tongue twister) and there's even a sneaky dupe thrown in at the end where I dupe a well known product that costs $20, whereas these cost £2.99! Woo woo! 

So it should come as no surprise that yet again I am posting about Makeup Revolution, we should all know by now that I am a MASSIVE fan of their products - such high quality at such low prices, you can't get much better than that. And if you didn't know they have dupes for MANY popular products, they even JUST came out with dupes for the NARS Multiples that I'm dying to try.



They sent me the entire line of colors generously so that I could give a nice well rounded review for you guys and after testing these out for a few weeks now, I have formulated my opinions on them and can give a super thorough review (because I know you guys love when I ramble on- if you just want to see the swatches, scroll down and there are lip swatches, arm swatches, and the dupe comparison swatches with all the shade names).

There IS a typo on the packaging, they are not High Gloss, they are completely matte (although one has a bit of a sheen but we will get to that later). They are however very waterproof. I had to use a strong makeup remover to get the arm swatches off - just running them under the hot sink water did absolutely nothing - also if my lips look a little red around the edges it's because these are so difficult to get off! I did all the lip swatches in the same lighting all in a row so they could be as true to color as possible.


There are eight shades in the line, ranging from a super nude shade to a deep wine shade, there's even a bright orange thrown in there that doesn't make your teeth look yellow, there's a few fuchsia's, a classic red - basically what I'm saying is they made a very complete and well rounded collection and anyone can go onto the site and find a shade that they like.


These are lip pencils, which I adore because it makes it so easy to apply and get a good clean line. In the lip swatches- that's a quick slightly messy application and they still look amazing, no lip liner needed to get a nice clean line around the edges.

The one issue I have is that the shade names are not on the tubes. I'm sure if you've read the other thousand reviews on these you'll hear it too, but I keep them in the box in my drawer because the tubes don't have the names! They are all black with pink Super Wow! written on them and that's it. There is absolutely no way to tell the difference between them, and two of the shades are very similar so for blogging's sake, I REALLY need to keep those two in the boxes so I know the differences for future reference and appearances in future posts.


Here are all the shades swatches on my arm, and as you can see the middle three Rap-ture, Hanging on the Telephone, and Sunday Girl all look very similar. On the lips rapture looks completely different, but there are only slight differences between Hanging on the Telephone and Sunday Girl- one is slightly darker, and one has a sheen (the only one in the whole collection with a bit of a sheen). 

Also can we appreciate that these are all named after Blondie songs? I haven't seen any other review where the blogger has mentioned that, but I absolutely love how Makeup Revolution names their products. Most of them are named after something (like these), but the names aren't strong enough to make people go "Oh what is that named after?" They're just these slight little references put in here and there and it's funny to watch who gets it and who doesn't.


Here is what we are all waiting for! The lip swatches! Dun dun dun dahhh! All of these were applied over a tiny tiny tiny bit of lip balm just for a smooth surface, if I was wearing these out I would use my MAC Prep + Prime Lip, so to imitate that I used a lip balm with a similar consistency. To see one of these in action, just look over to the right or look at my Cloud Nine Hair post- I'm wearing the shade Call Me in my blog pic (which is a picture from that post).

There are three shades you have to take your time applying or they can go a little patchy, they are Heart of Glass, Dreaming, and Maria. I think the first two is just because they are so light they can stick to dry patches and you have to focus on getting an even application, and Maria is such a beautiful deep color and so highly pigmented that you can end up with some darker spots if you don't apply it evenly.

Can we appreciate how all of these shades make my teeth look whiter? Especially Atomic! Usually I steer far away from Orange because it makes your teeth look yellow, and i'm very picky with my classic red shades and go for very blue based ones (which Call Me isn't blue based) and these still manage to make my teeth look white.

The two shades I was talking about that look similar are Hanging on the Telephone and Sunday Girl. Hanging on the Telephone is the only shade in the whole line with a bit of a sheen to it, and it is a little deeper of a color, whereas Sunday Girl is a little bit of a brighter magenta. But you can also see here how although Rap-ture looks similar to them in the arm swatches, on the lips it looks entirely different - it leans more towards I would compare it to a wearable St. Germain, barbie pink color.

The way these wear is strange (in a good way)- they are completely dry to the touch, and you think they'd be drying but they actually aren't (especially if you put a bit of lip balm underneath). They are SO long wearing, which is always great for bolder colors.


And finally we have our dupe! When I was swatching these a lightbulb just went off in my head and I KNEW I had something similar. The similar product is the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Pencil in the shade Crush which costs a whopping $20 where these are £2.99 (less than $5). I would compare this closer to Hanging on the Telephone, as that shade has a sheen to it and the Urban Decay pencil is a "High Gloss" pencil, but i feel like the color is smack in between Sunday Girl and Hanging on the Telephone.

If you made it to the end thank you so much for reading! And a humongous thank you to Makeup Revolution for sending me the entire line to try out! I knew that I wanted to do lip swatches in the post as I've only really seen arm swatches in other posts, but I had a big crack in my lip from the weather change and was waiting for it to heal- but that also just gave me more time to test them out! I would't say I'm late to put up this review, because it allowed me to be as thorough as possible.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post, and hopefully you saw a color that you like! Hey for £2.99 the deal can't get much better for high pigment, a great formulation, waterproof, long wearing, and even a dupe for a $20 product!

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42 comments:

  1. That's really weird about the typo. It's a complete mislabeling!! I love Atomic, Dreaming, & Rap-ture. They're so pigmented. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯ d

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  2. yeah they made a statement saying that it was, maybe they're coming out with a high gloss stick and sent the wrong label? sneaky....hmm we'll have to see haha! Atomic i was so surprised by it, it went on like butter and makes my teeth look white! and it's straight up orange! I will definitely be wearing it when it warms up again :) rap-ture is so gorgeous too, like an amped up version of dreaming. love them!

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  3. Ooh I love the sound of these! I think my favourites have to be Dreaming and Sunday Girl, so nice!

    www.secretsofarose.com

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  4. yes! such nice shades :) do you think the lip swatches helped?I think they were able to show the color better and if they make your teeth look yellow haha!

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  5. These look amazing - I must try some! I think it's so cute how they're all named after Blondie songs too!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings x

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  6. i lovee it! so quirky and cute! and yes absolutely love them!!! but I've found starting at atomic, the formulas are beautiful from then on. the first two are a bit difficult to work with

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  7. Some lovely colours! I prefer a gloss or moisture rather than matte but they look lovely x
    Emma | www.nailsmakeupbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I did put a gloss over top of these and they did look amazing :) I think you'll really like a review I have coming of my favorite inglot lipsticks and my collection of those :) keep your eyes peeled for that! haha

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  9. I've heard so many amazing things about this brand, I need to get some products! :)


    annaboho.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. yes! they kindly sent me some products to try in the beginning and i was hooked, made a HUGE purchase and have basically tried something from every area of the brand and everything is top notch. their waterproof liquid liner is more smudge proof than my Chanel one...thats pretty damn amazing! HG product for me, i always talk about it on my twitter and post pictures if you want to see it in action lol

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  11. I WISH we got this in the states! All the products seem amazing!
    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

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  12. Chari Perez QuirosOctober 22, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Tiene muy buena pinta, las fotos están genial, se aprecian muy bien los colores. Pues no sabía que eran los nombres de temas de las canciones de Blondie, gracias por la información, saludossssss

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  13. Call me and Maria are my favorite. This seems like an interesting brand to try out. Maybe someday, I'll pick it up.

    Bright Shiny Day

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  14. everything I've tried from them (a lot) I absolutely love, so i say go for it!

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  15. hey i ordered them online and got them shipped to california and the shipping wasnt bad, and i was scared that the swatches wouldn't be right so in the foundations i have like 2 or 3 shades, but they all match the swatches exactly - they even have a dupe for benefit fake up I'm obsessed with mine currently

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  16. Wow, "Call Me" and "Maria" are definitely favorites, too. You are sooo lucky that you have easy access to Makeup Revolution!

    ChicAndAlluring.com

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  17. that's awesome! sunday girl and call me are definitely my favorites!
    -Sisi
    http://www.bloglovin.com/modernbeautygirl.com
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

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  18. Call Me is definitely my favourite I think. I've only tried the iconic 3 palette from Makeup Revolution, I do want to try more stuff though.

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  19. I love Heart of Glass and Dreaming - what great colours.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  20. I'm so desperate to try these.
    They all look amazing though so it'd be hard to pick
    xxx
    www.adrugstoreaddiction.com

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  21. I still have to get it online haha I wish I was in the UK where people have it in their stores and can swatch things themselves for color matches and stuff

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  22. yes i definitely love those two!

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  23. thats the one I've worn the most! its surprisingly easy to wear even though i don't wear you know red lips to class, this one is easy to! yeah i have that palette! everything I've tried from them is amazing so definitely go for it!

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  24. yes! so sweet and simple

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  25. hahaha well you could get a few for sure at £2.99! makes collecting makeup a whole lot easier lol when you have good quality at a lower price :) definitely try them! I would say that the first two show dry lips though so if you have issues with that, that may make it easier to pick your colors! the other ones don't show dryness in your lips

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  26. de nada! gracias por leer! (I think that's how you say it, I took a year of spanish when I was 12)

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  27. These look gorgeous, such a fab post!


    www.vanillainnovember.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Yup, I need these in my life. They look so good! I especially like the look of Sunday Girl and Maria :)
    Sam | www.thatsfetch.com

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  29. they really are! thanks for reading :)

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  30. yes they're amazing!!!!! I've been wearing maria more as its getting rainier here and its so nice i love it

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  31. I love the nude one! Btw, the box packaging looks cute too :D

    xx

    http://felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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  32. those shades looks lovely you! i love the amm and i need them in my life!


    www.bumascloset.com

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  33. Chari Perez QuirosOctober 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    si, muy bien dicho!!! Besos

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  34. Those look brilliant - and for only £2.99! Also, Sunday Girl looks lovely, it really suits you! - Hollie
    http:///www.holliemaem.blogspot.com

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  35. aw thank you so much sweetie! and I know! £2.99! gives you the chance to try a bunch of shades :)

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  36. omg i know and the fact that it doesn't make your teeth look yellow is amazinggg!

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  37. aw thanks! and yes you do :)

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  38. yes i agree totally!

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  39. nice product. I liked "maria" but I see that on the lips is not homogeneous. :(

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  40. I love lippies! These are great colors!

    Thank you so much for your follow on Bloglovin!
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    I love your content! Keep it up!
    Good luck!

    Samantha @ livinonbrightside.blogspot.com

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