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Round-up: Makeup Geek Highlighters

Makeup Geek Highlighters
Makeup Geek Highlighters

I was really impressed with the performance of the new Makeup Geek Highlighters ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.), which I found to be very consistent across the board. The shades were pigmented, long-wearing, blendable, and easy to use. I love that the shade range has lighter and deeper variations, so I think many skin tones and undertones will be able to find at least a few shades that they could wear. The only downside is that I think the price point is quite high for the brand’s positioning, and I wish they were a bit less or they offered a greater bulk (and the ability to choose) discount.

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Makeup Geek Ablaze

PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

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Vanity
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

02. Makeup Geek Firework

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is muted, dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

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03. Makeup Geek Daybreak

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

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04. Makeup Geek Ignite

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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05. Makeup Geek Luster

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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06. Makeup Geek Midnight Sun

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Read full review.

A

07. Makeup Geek Rekindle

Makeup Geek Rekindle Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

08. Makeup Geek Celestial

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, icy lavender with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

09. Makeup Geek Glitz

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light lavender with a hint of pink paired with a frosted sheen. Read full review.

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10. Makeup Geek Moon Phase

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, iridescent white that had shimmer that shifted from a bluish aqua to an icy lavender. Read full review.

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11. Makeup Geek Lit

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light white with a hint of warmer, yellow shimmer and shine. Read full review.

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12. Makeup Geek Psychedelic

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, nearly-white base with a gold to pink duochrome finish. Read full review.

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13. Makeup Geek Electrify

Makeup Geek Electrify Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, very lite white with a reflective, golden sheen. Read full review.

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Glossover Breakdown

94%

Average Score
A
13
B
0
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
94%
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
94%

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Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Psychedelic

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, nearly-white base with a gold to pink duochrome finish. I did detect the duochrome with this shade, both swatched and applied to the skin. It had a tendency to look starker and lighter against my skin tone (despite it being designed for medium skin tones) straight on–almost ashy–but then very pretty and reflective at an angle, as it looked pinker. I found it more wearable when paired with a blush than on its own since it seemed to lighten the area on its own. I expect this to be more wearable on lighter skin tones, though.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The powder had a thicker feel to it, though it also seemed a little looser in the pan compared to the other shades. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that blended out well, and though it looked a little dusty swatched, it did not appear dry or dusty on the skin. I would say the finish of this shade was less reflective/shiny compared to most of the shades in the range, so it would be one to look for if you wanted something more moderate in sheen. It wore well for just over eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Psychedelic
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Midnight Sun

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had the type of finish that was very reflective, but it was so smooth that it did not seem to emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Midnight Sun had intense, opaque color payoff that was still easy to blend, diffuse, and sheer out, if desired, on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and not too soft or too firm in the pan, and I felt like I could control how much product I got on the brush easily. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Midnight Sun
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Ignite

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The color looked redder and less brown when it was worn at semi-sheer coverage, even on my warmer skin tone. It looked less bronze and more coppery applied–not a bad thing, but it might not be what you’re looking for either.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Ignite had a very soft, smooth texture that felt denser than most of the brand’s powders (for eyeshadow, blush, etc.) but not as dense as their Foiled eyeshadows (which have a creamier, thicker feel overall). I had no issues with the powder getting on the brush, but there was no excess product kicked up in the pan either. The powder was richly pigmented and blended out with ease on the skin, which made it easy to work with at sheerer coverage levels, if desired. I saw a bit of fading along the edges after eight hours of wear.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Ignite
Ignite
Ignite
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Ablaze

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. This shade looked pinker and redder buffed and blended out with a warmer, more golden/copper sheen. When it was applied more heavily, it appeared a bit darker and less rosy.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Ablaze was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth, almost cream-like texture. The finish was nearly metallic, but it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. I can imagine this will be particularly stunning on deeper skin tones (which it was designed for), while other lighter skin tones could easily wear it as a highlighting blush. The highlighter was easy to apply, spread across the skin, and diffuse for subtle edges. It lasted just over eight and a half hours on me.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter

Lit

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light white with a hint of warmer, yellow shimmer and shine. There was supposed to be a “peachy-pink” duochrome to it, but I had a lot of trouble picking it up, even as I contorted my arm to try and find the shift. There is something there, but it seemed more like a warmer, light peach that kept it from looking really white against my skin.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighting powder had good pigmentation–not quite opaque but definitely buildable–while the consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable. It had a nice formula that was forgiving on the skin, as it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture, and could be applied with a lighter hand or a heavier hand and diffused with ease. I was able to wear the highlighter for eight hours before I noticed any signs of wear.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Lit
Lit
Lit
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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