Sunday, October 5th, 2014

What are your favorite budget-friendly brown eyeshadows?  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and recommendations.  Here are five of mine:

  1. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach — a medium brown with a semi-matte finish
  2. Maybelline Downtown Brown — a shimmery bronze
  3. Inglot #422 — a shimmery, deep brown
  4. theBalm #1 — a lightly shimmered dark brown
  5. Inglot #363 — a cool-toned brown with a matte finish

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

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

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

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

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

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Burgundy can be such a warm and cozy color, which is why it reminds me of autumn! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

  1. Laura Mercier Kir Royal — a satin, warm-toned burgundy
  2. Makeup Geek Burlesque — a shimmery reddish-burgundy
  3. MAC Deep Damson — a matte burgundy
  4. Inglot #452 — a bold, deepened red-burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a muted, deep burgundy

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

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

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

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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