Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment
Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment

The upcoming Vegas Collection also features two new shades of Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) as well as three shades that are already available (Liquid Gold and Vegas Lights, which I’ve reviewed previously; and Night Life, which is included below).

Jackpot is described as a “pale shimmery yellow with just a hint of glitter.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and chunky sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture is rather chunky, which made it difficult to apply. Applied dry, it didn’t bind well or go on smoothly over the skin, and applied damp, it tended to chunk and thicken in places so it was uneven. The color wore well for nine hours, but I had noticeable fall out throughout the day. MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is smoother. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $5.99) is slightly brighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is a touch cooler-toned. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poker Face is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, coppery-gold shimmer and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little less copper-toned but still had good color payoff, and it had a very finely-milled texture. Applied damp, it was smoother, richer, and more molten-looking. When I tested it, the color lasted for ten hours. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more coppery. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is a cream. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Life is described as a “light shimmery rose brown taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a taupe-hued, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little dusty but very finely milled, and applied damp, it was more metallic but easier to work with and smoother against the skin. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette ($37.99 for 0.384 oz.) contains six, full-sized eyeshadows (each is 0.064 oz.) in a limited edition palette. Five of the six are new, exclusive shades, and one is from the permanent range. It’s a very warm-toned palette that contains three very shimmery shades and three matte to satin shades. It was a good palette overall with a couple shades having a slightly powdery consistency, but the pigmentation and wear were both impressive across the palette.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows retail for $5.99 each, which means the palette contains $35.94 worth of eyeshadow–there’s no value/deal here, other than having the palette to house them in. They aren’t glued in, so you could remove the eyeshadows from the included palette and put them elsewhere, or you could theoretically switch out a couple of shades and put in other ones (though the names of these are printed on the palette). Makeup Geek is typically a very budget-friendly option for high quality products, but at this price point, the palette ends up competing against so many other palettes from brands. I wish these were available individually so you could pick and choose the ones you wanted if you didn’t love all of them (or already owned Bada Bing), since you’re really paying for each and every shade at this price.

Casino is described as a “shimmery saturated metallic gold with orange undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and a half before fading slightly. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is slightly less orange, but it is rather similar. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is much lighter. Dior Aurora #1 (LE) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sin City is described as a “shimmery medium golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with yellow gold, frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly, though the texture was slightly powdery. The color showed a bit of fading after eight hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roulette is described as a “shimmery rosy burnt sienna.” It’s a medium-dark, copper with hints of red and brown and a metallic finish. It had rich, intense color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Applied, it wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is more orange. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is slightly darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is redder. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mirage is described as a “pale matte beige with peachy yellow undertones.” It’s a light, pastel yellow with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, but it was noticeably powdery, so there’s a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. I recommend tapping off excess product prior to applying to the eye to avoid fall out during application. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is more muted. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is less yellow. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Desert Sands is described as a “medium terracotta matte.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff without being powdery–it was well-balanced between soft and silky. It wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, less yellow. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is a touch less yellow. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bada Bing is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with a mostly matte finish and bits of gold sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t really show up once you apply the shade–it just gives it a barely-there sheen overall. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little drier and thinner than the original version I have. It stayed on without fading for eight hours. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is redder. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is more matte. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Sable (P) is redder. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows, so I wanted to feature my favorite warm-toned purples, too! I’d love to hear your favorites.

  1. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry — a shimmery, frosted medium purple
  2. Sugarpill Hysteric — an ultra-shimmery warm violet
  3. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister — a warm, medium purple
  4. NARS Phoebe — a shimmering, plummy purple
  5. Makeup Geek Drama Queen — a deepened, warm-toned purple burgundy

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Purple eyeshadow may be a harder color for brands to excel at, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t beautiful, readily available ones available! Here are five of my current favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows… Share yours in the comments! :)

  1. Urban Decay Flash — a brightened, medium purple
  2. Inglot #439 — a rich, violet purple
  3. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted purple
  4. Fyrinnae Because Cats — a frosted, bluish-purple
  5. L’Oreal Purple Priority — a deep, frosted purple

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

It’s going to be a scorching hot weekend here, and I thought with the many variations on copper out there, it would be a fitting time to share my very favorites with you!

  1. Inglot #405 — a coppery bronze
  2. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic golden copper
  3. MAC Amber Lights — a metallic copper
  4. Makeup Geek Glamorous — a soft copper brown with a satiny finish
  5. Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude — a rich, molten copper

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