Jun 02 2017

Ultra Strobe Balm Palette – Makeup Revolution London

I bought this.

Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

I saw this Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette, and debated it for a bit. I wanted to try it, because the colors look gorgeous, but there was a part of me that knows I can’t stand cream face products (I do like cream foundation, just not blushes, highlighters or eye shadows), and I was worried it’d be a waste of my money.

Was it?

Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

Aren’t the colors beautiful? Here’s quick back-of-the-hand swatches:

Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

Top row, left to right: A beautiful yellow golden color, a peachy-pink, blue glow and champagne.

Bottom row, left to right: a pinky-nude shimmer, glowy pink, green gold and pinky-nude shimmer.

I honestly have a hard time seeing the difference between the first and last shade in the bottom row of the palette, except maybe the one on the right has a touch more darkness to it.

These highlighter balms are really well pigmented. One finger swipe and you’ve got a lot of color picked up. They feel super thin when you run your finger across the pan but the magic is in the color. They also blend out pretty easily. As far as wear – each one I’ve tried has lasted me from the time I apply my makeup in the morning until I take it off that night. Rock solid.

One of the reasons I am not keen on cream face products is that I find myself wiping off my foundation as I try to lay down a blush or a highlighter, whereas a powder just brushes on and doesn’t require rubbing. Because I’ve taken care to minimize my facial redness due to rosacea by wearing a foundation – and usually full coverage – it drives me crazy that this happens.

So I tried something different. I used a mini foam sponge applicator (a tiny baby Beauty Blender, basically). I rubbed it across the balm, then patted it onto my skin – the top of my cheeks, my forehead, bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow. This works like a charm without messing up my foundation. I was thrilled and I’ve used the palette several times already!

Here’s a face shot of me wearing the glowy pink highlighter. Ignore my overall makeup – I took this pic after wearing it for a couple hours and my foundation always wears away where my glasses rest!

Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

I would repurchase this palette. I picked it up at Ulta where it retails for $15.

Have you seen this Ultra Strobe Balm Palette? What are your thoughts on it?

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    Those look so pretty!! I want one now!

    • BeautyJudy

      They’re so affordable too!

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Ok I need that! It’s beautiful

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s so soft and glowy!

  • http://villemo20.blogspot.com/ monica

    love the colors but i am not a cream fan tho. 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m not usually one either, so I totally get it!

  • http://www.jenn.nu/ Jenn

    Ooh, these highlighting balms look so pretty! Like you, I’m not one for cream-based products, as they tend to crease and crumble; but I could certainly make an exception for these gorgeous balms!

    Jenn, x@jenn.nu

    • BeautyJudy

      I was so pleased at how long they lasted, too!

  • Phyrra Nyx

    Thanks for sharing the swatches

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks for checking them out!

  • marciaf

    I am in love with shades like this. I’d want them on my eyes and maybe a touch on my lips. Now I know what to buy next time I’m at Ulta.

    • BeautyJudy

      They felt a little dry on my lips (I tried to wear one alone!) but as a highlight on thenlips would do well!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    Another great palette from Makeup Revolution!

    • BeautyJudy


  • FabZilla_Kath

    Yes the shades are pretty and for the price, it’s a steal!

    • BeautyJudy

      I reach for this often!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Very pretty and pigmented swatches. MR does a great job at such an affordable price!

    • BeautyJudy

      They do!