Saturday, May 16th, 2015

As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?

  1. Urban Decay Quiver — a bold, coral-red
  2. Makeup Geek Love Affair — a warm, pink-coral
  3. Chanel Malice — a luminous coral
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a shimmery, peachy-coral
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a luminous, medium-dark coral

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow

Here are the last four shades of the newly released Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) shades! :) As previously mentioned, the formula is designed as a cross between a powder and cream eyeshadow, and it’s supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky” texture. The brand has stated that those with oilier skin types will need a primer as these are prone to creasing due to the ingredients used in it. My testing showed that this formula creased faster over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof compared to just applying them to my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. When applied over MAC Painterly Paint Pot, wear seemed to extend for about two hours longer than on bare lids.

Makeup Geek Starry Eyed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium beige with hints of peach, warm undertones, and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff that went on very smoothly. The texture was dense, thicker, and very smooth, but it sometimes can emphasize the texture of the lids if you over-apply it. Over NARS/Urban Decay primers, it lasted for five hours; on bare lids, seven hours; and over MAC Painterly, nine hours. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is lighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is lighter. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is pinker. Stila Kitten (P) is very similar. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is pinker. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is pinker. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “true yellow gold with a foiled finish.” It’s a brightened, true yellow gold with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that was easily blended on the skin. It wore for five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours over bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. LORAC Unlimited (P) is warmer. Anastasia Gold Bar (P, $12.00) is lighter, less metallic. Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is cooler-toned, lighter. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is darker. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is more muted. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Untamed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright coppery orange with warm undertones and a foiled finish warm coppery bright orange.” It’s a vibrant, copper gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. This shade had a lot of richness and depth to the color. It was intensely pigmented and really smooth and creamy to the touch. It wore for five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare skin, and nine and a half overs over MAC Painterly. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Rap (P, $16.00) Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Connoisseur (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Charmed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “muted silvery light olive with taupe undertones and a foiled finish.” It’s a dirty, green-ish pewter with warm, khaki undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t as opaque as other shades in the launch. The texture was soft, creamy, and blendable on the skin. On me, it lasted for five hours over NARS/Urban Decay Primer Potion, seven and a half hours over bare skin, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. This was one of the more unique shades in the collection. Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $38.00) is darker, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Colour Pop Snow Flurry (P, $5.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Division (LE) is darker. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is slightly warmer. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow

This post features three of the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) shades that have just been released. The formula is supposed to be a cross between a cream and powder eyeshadow that has “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” The brand has said that the formula may be prone to creasing on oilier lids and recommends a primer. The color payoff of these shades ranged from mostly opaque to fully opaque with dense, thick, creamy textures. The wear was actually shorter when used over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof than it was without any primer or base; when I tested with MAC Painterly Paint Pot, I had the longest results, though shorter than I typically get with Paint Pots.

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink.” It’s a very light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily built-up to full coverage on the lid once blended and worked into the skin. The color lasted for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product, darker. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) os similar. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Daydreamer Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish cool light lilac purple.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on very smoothly and evenly, and it was easy to blend out on the skin. It started to crease after seven hours on bare skin, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Urban Decay Tonic (P, $18.00) is warmer, pinker. Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is less metallic, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 (LE) is lighter. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Masquerade Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright medium plum with warm undertones and a foiled finish bright warm plum.” It’s a brightened, pink-based purple with warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade wasn’t as metallic as others in the range. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was easy to blend on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on bare lids, six hours over Urban Decay/NARS primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. Colour Pop Dare (P, $5.00) is purpler. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more sparkly, brighter but isn’t eye safe. Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is brighter but isn’t eye safe. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is lighter but isn’t eye safe. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Femininity (LE, $32.50) is lighter, more sparkly. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Ten new shades of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) have been released. This time around, the brand has made it a point to state that those with oilier lids will need to use a primer for longevity if you have oilier lids as they are prone to creasing without one. They’re still supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” In general, they are fairly pigmented (mostly opaque to opaque) with a dense, creamy consistency that tends to be very metallic and high-shine.

The formula didn’t seem to wear well over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion (extending wear to as long as 8-9 hours) or NARS Smudge Proof (extending wear to 12+ hours), and instead, it actually creased faster than when I applied them over my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. I was able to prevent creasing for longer using a MAC Paint Pot (extending wear to as long as 12+ hours), which is a much heavier and opaque base, and it prevented creasing for an additional two hours beyond if I wore them without any base or primer. A more opaque, thicker base helps extend wear, but whatever oils are used in the product definitely seem to break down even the best of primers/bases, because while I could normally get 12 hours easily with a MAC Paint Pot, I could see faint creasing developing at the nine hour mark.

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver with hint of blue.” It’s a cool-toned, silvered purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, thick consistency that felt almost like a cream eyeshadow. It is quite metallic, so paired with the thickness of the formula, it can emphasize the lid’s texture if over-applied. It started to crease after five hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is darker. MAC Water & Ice #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is similar. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “int green with a foiled finish frosty mint green.” It’s a softened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly on the skin. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning teal with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency, so I was surprised when it seemed a little prone to crumbling/flaking when I applied it to the lid. I had better luck using a firm, flat brush (MAC 242) to pat it into black, and then using a fluffier brush to soften the edges, but it wasn’t as foolproof to use it as I expected, given how it felt and how pigmented it was. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, six hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. I did notice that application was smoother over a primer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is darker, bluer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is lighter, bluer. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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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

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