Makeup Revolution The One Stick Matte Malibu Review

Getting Makeup Revolution’s The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu has been on my hit list for a while. It’s been out of stock in my local superdrug for months, and I didn’t want to place an online order (because I knew that I wouldn’t just order 1 item!)

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The One Blush Sticks are a dupe for the NARS “The Multiple” and and this shade “Matte Malibu” in particular is pegged as the dupe for NARS’ Laguna. At a massive difference in price the NARS Multiples retail at £25 – whilst Makeup Revolution’s are a mere £5 (which actually sounds steep of a Makeup Revolution item, given their palettes are £4-6).

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I have never tried the NARS multiple so can’t do a direct comparison, but from what I can see online this leans a little more orange where as Laguna is a brown. I can pull this off, but I can imagine those with much paler and pinker skins might struggle slightly.

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Whilst being a “steep” price for a Revolution product you need such a small amount of product using the very edge rim – if you only do a little light contouring like me. a tiny swipe down underneath my cheekbones is plenty of product. This will last a long time. I tend to only do one cheek at a time as it dries and sets quite quickly, so the faster you start buffing and blending into your cheekbones, the easier it is to work with.

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I’ve found that the best way to do this is with a beauty blender which leaves a natural finish as it blots and blends better than it does with a brush which seems to require much more heavy blotting. One stripe of this leaves a subtle contour which is enough for me day to day, but the process can be repeated if you want to create a more dramatic shadow. Personally I don’t find that it lasts all day on me with my oily/combo skin – but setting either with the sleek contour kit bronzer or a translucent powder helps make it last longer.

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If you’re on a tight budget then this is a great product that I imagine is very similar to NARS, but if you do want a browner, slightly more natural looking shade I would check out Laguna as well – especially if you’re paler and you have the budget


What are your favourite products to contour with?

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  1. October 19, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Are you wearing highlighter or are you just naturally that glowy?! If you are what is it?! I love it!! If it’s just natural, I envy you!!

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      • October 19, 2015 / 10:27 am

        Hahaha I am actually glad it’s not natural! I would have probably cried out of jealousy! Ah I’ve never tried sleek! Are they good?!

        • October 19, 2015 / 10:57 am

          I think beacause I’ve just got back from holiday and I’m quite tanned it’s making the glowiness more obvious when I add it! I’ve not really tried masses from them, I have the contour kit and one eyeshadow palette and that’s it. Contour kit is good, although the bronzer is a little light as I bought the wrong shade – but as you can see the highlighter is really nice! Eyeshadows are good, but the pans are quite small in them and I find them a bit difficult to use compared to others so don’t reach for it all that much. Really should try more though! x

  2. October 19, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to try this for ages x

    • October 19, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks Sally! Me too – Shame it took me so long to get my hands on it as it’s brilliant – would have been perfect during summer!

  3. October 19, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    This looks like a great drugstore alternative to the Nars! I like that this is matte too. Your skin looks so bronzed and glowy! 🙂

    • October 19, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Really is, think it’s becoming hard to justify spends on things like naked palettes etc when revolution are doing such a good job of copying everything for a fraction of the price!

  4. October 20, 2015 / 12:14 am

    Like that! Need to buy lol! Thanks x

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  5. October 20, 2015 / 7:46 am

    Hi Rachael, well done with this contouring/highlighting! We really love it.

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