Friday, April 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Here’s a lil’ sneak peek of the ten new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) — which ones have caught your eye? If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, Foiled Eyeshadows are a “hybrid between a powder and a cream shadow” that’s supposed to have “intense pigmentation … in just one swipe.” The brand has changed the description of the formula slightly since the original release, such that if you have oilier lids, they recommend a primer for longevity as these have a higher oil content in them. According to the brand’s recent video (here) on the new shades, they mentioned trying to reformulate to improve longevity but this caused the product to crumble in the pan. I thought it was an interesting look into the behind-the-scenes nature of cosmetic formulations, and it’s good to see a brand that listens to their customers and offers some transparency in an industry that can be quite secretive.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99) (New, Permanent)

With these rich and intensely-hued shades, the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows go beyond your standard line of cosmetics, introducing you to a new and powerful cosmetic experience. This cutting-edge formula offers a creamy texture that is a hybrid between a powder shadow and a cream shadow that is on a level of its own. The intense pigmentation combined with an opaque, metallic finish make these shadows a dream to work with. These can be applied effortlessly in just one swipe with no primer required! Our lineup includes a diverse array of rich colors and a smooth silky formula that we believe help elevate pressed eye shadows to the next level of exceptional quality.

  • Starry Eyed Light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish pinky-beige champagne
  • Whimsical Light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink
  • High Wire Medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver w/ hint of blue
  • Charmed Muted silvery light olive with taupe undertones and a foiled finish light muted silvery olive
  • Day Dreamer Light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish cool light lilac purple
  • Fantasy Mint green with a foiled finish frosty mint green
  • Pegasus Light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua
  • Masquerade Bright medium plum with warm undertones and a foiled finish bright warm plum
  • Untamed Bright coppery orange with warm undertones and a foiled finish warm coppery bright orange
  • Fortune Teller True yellow gold with a foiled finish rich true yellow gold

Foiled Eyeshadow Bundles

  • 20 x Foiled Eyeshadows ($175.00) Complete set of Foiled Eyeshadows
  • 10 x Foiled Eyeshadows ($89.99) Complete set of the 10 new Foiled Eyeshadows

Availability: Now at Makeup Geek

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of more darker, slightly muted versions of your typical spring colors! While Laura Mercier’s take was disappointing, it inspired me to take a look through shades that exist that might satisfy that craving for subdued pastels and shades of spring. I narrowed down my list to a mere five, but if you wanted to see how many I started with, check out the many I considered here.

  1. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash — a muted, pink-purple with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple
  3. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar — a lightly brightened blue-teal
  4. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue — a dusty, navy blue
  5. MAC Typographic — a sooty gray

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne.” It’s a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was incredibly easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is similar. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) less shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is warmer. MAC Butternutty (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is similar. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Stealth Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte true gray.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, and it is a shade I would only use with a primer. Alone, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is less blue. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is bluer. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Linger Softly (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light shimmer with peachy beige undertone.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a smattering of fine white sparkle (but it looks mostly matte applied). It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Undressed (P) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is a smidgen lighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) LORAC Buff (P) is similar. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is similar. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

It’s awesome to see that in 2015, finding the right shade of lavender is easier than ever, whether you prefer it on your lips, nails, cheeks, or eyes. Here are a few of my favorites for spring!

  1. ColourPop Brills — a pinky-lavender lipstick with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer — a pop of pinky-lavender for cheeks
  3. MAC Full of Joy — a pale lavender purple with a satin finish for cheeks
  4. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck — a muted lavender with a hint of pink with a cream finish for nails
  5. Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender — a cool-toned, pop of lavender purple for eyes

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale purple with hints of grey.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a gray-ish over-tone with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, lightly buttery consistency that applied smoothly and blended easily. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Mystify (P) is warmer. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is brighter. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, grayer. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $29.50) is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Earthly (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. I didn’t care for this shade, as it was very powdery to work with, which made the color payoff weaker and it prone to fall out during application as well as sheering out. Applied, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Stila Character (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is warmer. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is similar. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Unexpected Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte pale pink brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a drier, slightly powdery consistency, so it didn’t have the best pigmentation and tended to sheer out when applied to the lid. This is a shade that really needs the help of a primer to perform decently, as it also noticeably faded after six hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Bruised Sky (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer. Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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