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Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

In the Nude

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows with four new, palette-exclusive shades (So Pale, Buffed, Creased, Dark Roast) and five shades from the permanent range (two–In the Spotlight and Grandstand–are Foiled Eyeshadows). It’s a warm, neutral eyeshadow palette that is good quality: pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours. I didn’t have any major issues applying or using the eyeshadows in practice, and I suspect it would be a workhorse palette for some (that don’t already have neutral eyeshadows coming out of their ears).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows retail for $6.00, while the Foiled Eyeshadows retail for $10.00, which makes the palette a value of $62 ($42 worth of regular eyeshadows, $20 worth of Foiled eyeshadows).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette x 9 In the Nude
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Sunkissed

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, golden brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. It had intense, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, finely-milled, and soft without being powdery in the pan.

The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. I thought the subtle sheen/micro-shimmer gave it a natural finish on the skin–it did not read shimmery nor did it emphasize my skin’s natural texture. As Makeup Geek listed it, this shade would be best for fair to light skin. I get a touch of color on my light-medium skin tone, so it would make sense for someone of similar skin tone to get this only if they want a very subtle bronzer. The bronzer wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Sunkissed
Sunkissed
Sunkissed
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Burnished

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is dark brown with subtle, warm olive undertones–it had a stronger muted, yellow undertone–paired with a mostly matte finish. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. It had rich color payoff where a little went a long way, but the powder had a smooth, finely-milled feel to it that made it easier to control how much product transferred onto the brush to avoid over-applying.

It did not blend out quite as easily as I anticipated, as it seemed to sit in my pores a bit so it did not look as even as I would have liked. This did not happen consistently–one day it did, the next day it did not, both times were applied with the same product over bare skin! The color stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Burnished
Burnished
Burnished
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Tawny

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage in one layer, though it was easily diffused and sheered out if desired. The consistency was smooth, finely-milled, and almost cream-like without being too dense or too softly pressed into the pan. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. The powder sat well on the skin and had a subtle, natural finish rather than totally matte but did not read shimmery. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Tawny
Tawny
Tawny
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek In the Nude Collection Photos & Swatches

01/05

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Collection features a new, limited edition nine-pan eyeshadow palette and three shades of Bronze Luster, the brand’s new powder bronzer. The collection will be available June 15th online. Full reviews to come (likely deferred until we’re a bit closer to the launch date, as a heads up).

Makeup Geek In the Nude Collection

Round-up: Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stains

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain
Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a new, limited edition formula that’s “highly pigmented that offers effortless, buildable coverage” and “long-lasting.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

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