Review: Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit - The Needs Wear Test

There's been a lot of buzz around the release of The Emily Edit palettes this month. The palettes are a collaboration between Makeup Revolution (aka Revolution Beauty) and beauty Youtuber Emily Noel.

If you're not familiar with Emily Noel, she's a beloved member of the Youtube beauty community. Her channel is not overly dramatic or over the top. She feels like a friend giving you her honest opinion on products. A collab was a long time coming and was well deserved. Her fans were eager to get their hands on products that she helped put together.

Makeup Revolution and Emily Noel released two palettes simultaneously:

The Needs - a smaller palette that has everything you need together - six eyeshadows, an under-eye setting powder, contour/bronzer, blush and highlight.

The Wants - a much larger palette which contains a variety of eyeshadows, from mattes to shimmers and neutral transitions to bright pops of colour.

For this review, I'll focus just on The Needs. I'll do a follow up blog post on The Wants shortly.


The Needs comes in a smaller light pink palette with Emily's signature in rose gold. The inside features a full sized good quality mirror. The blush, bronzer/contour and highlight are larger oval pans to the left of the palette, while the powder and six shadows are on the right.

Shades, Swatches & Thoughts


Kindness - is a creamy, translucent powder with a matte finish. Emily mentioned this can be used to set the under-eyes. I was worried it would be too dark for my pale skin, but it worked. I normally have issues with a lot of powders because my under eyes are very dry, but this powder worked okay. It was better than the majority of powders I've tried, although it did look a tad dry. I always pat in a little facial oil under my eyes after powdering anyway, since this is typical for me, and this worked as well as my favourite powder once I did that. It stayed fresh looking all day without additional creasing or dryness, so I was actually pretty impressed with it.

Courage - is a medium brown with a matte finish. This can be used as a bronzer and/or contour. Again...I was very leery to try this on my pale skin and initially went in with a very, very light hand and a dual fiber, less dense brush. At first I thought it might be just a tad too dark, but it blended out quickly and was perfect. I used this as a quick bronzer on my cheeks, forehead and jawline/neck area. I was surprised at how well it blends into the skin, yet remains buildable. This shade remained on my face all day. I think it may have faded a little bit on my forehead, but I also applied it with a light hand, so it was hard to say. It was still there though after a long day, and my cheeks looked great, so I was happy with the performance.

Joy - is a peachy, pink blush with a matte finish. This blush has a fair amount of pigment, so use a light hand. It does blend out really well, so if you initially go in a little heavy, it can be fixed with some blending and a larger powder brush. The shade lasted all day on my cheeks and added a pretty flush to my skin.

Gratitude - is a creamy highlight with a satin finish. This is not an over the top highlight. It is a great, everyday highlight though, which is a little bit buildable. If you want more, then I would suggest wetting your brush to get a highlight that pops. I used this on my cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow and the inner corner of my eyes. I did this with a dry brush since my look was a simple one. The highlight remained all day and I actually really enjoyed it. So many highlighters are too dark or harsh for my colouring, but this one wasn't. It gave me a really pretty glow all day.


Peace - is a peachy nude with a matte finish. This is the lightest shade besides Love, so I used it as my initial transition. I dipped in twice for each eye since it applied very lightly. I did remember Emily saying that she wanted the shadows to be buildable, so I went in twice and it gave me a good transition for a simple, everyday look.

Faith - is a warm brown with a matte finish. I went in next with this shade closer to the crease and blended it out. This colour had good pigment and blended out really well. I enjoyed this shade.

Honesty - is a blush peach with a satin finish. I used this shade all over my lid and mixed in a little peace with it to tone it down. It wasn't overly bright, but I liked the way the two shades mixed for the look I was going for. I used a shader brush to apply and the colour had good pigment and covered evenly.

Hope - is a fudge brown with a matte finish. I used this on the outer corner and blended a bit into the outer crease as well. This is a colour that you may want to build up a bit if you're using it on the outer corner. I went in twice and it came out the way I wanted. The colour applied evenly and blended out really well. I also used this as an eyeliner on my top lid and bottom outer third.

Love - is a cream with a matte finish. It's the lightest shade of all the eyeshadows. I applied this on my brow bone as a matte highlight shade (I did add a little gratitude afterwards just for a little more pop).

Passion - is a dark brown with a red shimmer. This is the only shade I didn't use. It's the only shade that has some shimmer to it, but it seems a little dark for all over the lid for me. I think this would work if I was going for a darker, smokier look for a special occasion, but it wasn't fitting in with what I wanted to do. It's nice that the option is there, so you can create a more glam look.

Overall, the shades all performed well. I did feel I was a little limited with what I could do with them and I initially wasn't really inspired by them, but they easily created a very wearable, beautiful everyday look. As I do with all my shadows and makeup looks, I did use a primer (Wet 'n Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer) and set my look with a setting spray (NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray).

The shades were all buildable and blended out well. There was a little kickback, but that doesn't really bother me. I had no fallout at all, which to me is more important than kickback. They lasted all day long with no creasing and no fading. I had read some reviews that said there was no pigment and the colours faded, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had no issues at all. I made sure I did an all day wear test - wearing them for a full eight hours and they still looked good at the end of the day. Despite being uninspired by the eye look I had created, I actually would up by feeling I had a good makeup day all day long and felt confident in the way everything had

turned out.

Would I recommend this palette? In a nutshell - yes. I think if you're a beginner with makeup, The Needs gives you a great all in one palette where you can easily create quite a few simple, wearable looks. I think it would be very hard to mess up your look with this since it's so buildable and everything blends out well if you accidentally go in with too heavy a hand. If you travel, I also think this is a great all in one palette. It's sturdy enough to travel with and has everything you need including a mirror the size of the palette. The size isn't overwhelming, yet my brushes still fit in the pans okay. If you have really pale skin like I do, this palette will be a welcome relief since it's not too dark or warm like many others out there. I'm not sure how this would work if you have a deeper skin colour, but if you have fair to medium skin, I think it will work really well.

If you're experienced with makeup and like playing with fun colours, shimmers, glitters and bold looks, this palette won't knock your socks off, but it will suit a beautiful every day look, which, even though I love playing with colour, is what I usually lean towards when I'm travelling anyway. For the price of $21, I think this is worth it to have as a staple in your collection. The only thing I feel is missing, is a nice shimmer shade, but that's just personal preference. If you want to add The Emily Edit - The Needs to your collection and you're in Canada, you can pick yours up HERE. Use coupon code ORABELREVOLUTION to save 10% on this palette and ALL Makeup Revolution products!

Makeup Revolution The Emily Edits - The Needs palette review: 4/5

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