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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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” Two of the four shades reviewed here were a less foolproof to use; the consistency wasn’t as smooth, and the color payoff didn’t transfer as well from brush to lid to get the intensity applied as seen in the pan. The shades wore seven to seven and a half hours on me, and they definitely crease (rather than fade), so that’s a bit of a bummer–I would definitely use primer with these. As I’ve mentioned in the previous two reviews, these are more like powder eyeshadows, so color will transfer/smudge/blend if you touch it, even hours later–they don’t set like a cream eyeshadow, they act just like powders in that respect.

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All are more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Magic Act Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light gold with yellow undertones.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color, so it doesn’t read true gold. It had good pigmentation with a buttery, dense texture that went on smoothly and was very blendable. It started to crease after seven hours of wear. MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is yellower. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is similar. Stila Vitality (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright mossy green with slight gold undertones.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed green with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a silky, creamy consistency that went on smoothly. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Fig (P, $9.99) is lighter. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald teal green.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened teal with a metallic sheen. It had a slightly drier consistency that made it more to flaking in the pan (but it doesn’t flake off once applied, to be clear), and as a result, the pigmentation wasn’t as strong. It lost a lot of the richness/intensity of the teal color and looked more like a muted version of itself applied. Once on, the color showed signs of creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Deep Teal (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is less metallic. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Center Stage Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, navy blue with a hint of violet/purple and a metallic finish. It had really good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It felt a little drier/less creamy compared to the other shades in the range, and it didn’t seem to apply as easily as the other shades. This shade started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is bluer. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is less purple. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” On the whole, these three were good with two shades having excellent pigmentation and one have good (but not great) payoff. The wear was still hovering around the seven-hour mark, so I’d recommend still using a primer underneath these to prolong the wear. They act primarily like powder eyeshadows, and in that respect, you’ll get the color to transfer if you pressed your fingertip to your lid, and if you wiped (even lightly), you’ll see the color move slightly, so I wouldn’t call them smudge-proof. I liked these a lot for their richness and intensity, though I wish they lasted longer.

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright amethyst purple.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned violet purple with a frosted finish. This was the weakest eyeshadow out of the ten launched, as it had less intense color payoff, while the texture was thinner–it felt a little more “pressed” into the pan and didn’t have the same richness or creaminess that the other shades did. It is almost as if it flakes off the surface of the pan at times when trying to use it. I did try using it with a damp brush, but the results didn’t seem to intensify. On me, the color creased slightly after seven hours. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is lighter, bluer. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is darker, bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is brighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Grandstand Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones.” It’s a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, coppery undertones and a metallic sheen. In the pan, I can see the “taupe undertones,” but applied, it’s really quite warm and more orange/copper. It had rich color payoff that went on very smoothly and blended easily. The consistency was soft, creamy, and made it so a little went a long way. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before creasing. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is darker. Tarte Copper Kettle (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Peace (P) is more muted. Stila Affection (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is more orange/red. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted. MAC A Harvest of Greens #1 (P, $21.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Mesmerized Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep medium taupe with strong purple undertones.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was incredibly rich in pigment, and the texture of the eyeshadow was silky, creamy, and very blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing. Chanel Poesie #4 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Hell (P, $21.00) is yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is less metallic. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Acute (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” There are ten shades (all of which I will review), and this review focuses on three of the warmer, more autumn-y shades. All three were very pigmented with soft, dense, and creamy textures. They creased after seven hours of wear for me, and they’ll absolutely smudge if you touch them; it’s not like they set and lock into place (they behaved just like your typical powder eyeshadow would if you lightly touched them, where some product may transfer or blend a little more).

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek In the Spotlight Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “soft pink with coral undertones.” It’s a brightened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, creamy, blendable consistency that made it easy to lid. For a metallic, it also seemed to go on particularly smooth (it didn’t emphasize the skin on my lids). It started to crease slightly after seven hours. bareMinerals Shazam (LE) is darker, pinker. Anastasia Fresh Peach (LE) is darker, less metallic. MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is less metallic. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is pinker. MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $15.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $15.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “true brightened warm copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen and light gold micro-sparkle. It was intensely pigmented–a little went a long way–and very smooth. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear on me. Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is less metallic, lighter. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is darker, browner. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is browner. Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (P, $6.80) is more orange. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is redder. LORAC Gold (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is lighter. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more sparkly but very similar. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rusty brown with warm undertones.” It’s a rich, burgundy with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This was less metallic than the other two, and it seemed even smoother (though the others seemed quite smooth as well). The pigmentation was excellent, while the texture felt buttery and silky. The color started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Plummed (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is lighter. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Makeup Geek  Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) just launched officially today. There are ten shades in total, and each is $9.99 or you can get all ten for $89. I hope to have reviews up this week (I’m wearing them today), but for now, hope you’ll enjoy these sneak peek swatches! :)

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

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.

Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99) (New, Permanent)

You can also order a complete set (of all ten) for $89 (save $10.90)

  • Caitlin Rose Bright amethyst purple with a foiled finish*
    Center Stage Bright royal blue with a foiled finish
    Flame Thrower True brightened warm copper with a foiled finish
    Grandstand Medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish
    Houdini Deep emerald teal green with a foiled finish.
    In The Spotlight Soft pink with coral undertones and a foiled finish
    Jester Bright mossy green with slight gold undertones and a foiled finish
    Magic Act Light gold with yellow undertones and a foiled finish
    Mesmerized Deep medium taupe with strong purple undertones and a foiled finish
    Showtime Rusty brown with warm undertones and a foiled finish

* All profits of Caitlin Rose go towards fighting Batten Disease (http://www.bdsra.org).

Availability: Pre-order now available at Makeup Geek