Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan with salmon undertones.” It’s a muted, medium, rosy pink with a soft, pearly sheen. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is less shimmery. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery, which made this blush easy to apply, because it was very blendable and applied evenly. It just didn’t take a lot of work to use, and it’s a more foolproof blush that I could see becoming someone’s go-to for everyday wear. It has a satiny finish that gets more luminous as it is sheered out and blended into the skin, but the shimmer never emphasizes pores. It had good, true-to-pan color payoff, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, brighter. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more orange. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a richly pigmented blush with an incredibly silky-smooth texture that feels like butter and blends beautifully on the skin. I would recommend using a light hand and a fluffier brush (I like fan or stippling brushes) for application to ensure that you get the intensity you want, as you can apply less and build to the right level of color. However, even if you over-apply, the blush is blendable, so it is a more forgiving formula, but it is always easier to start with less and build up. Applied with a lighter hand, it almost looked coral-orange on my medium complexion. The color stayed put for a solid nine hours before it started to break down and fade.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and permanent range of 30 shades. I saw 18 of the 30 shades at my local Walgreens (I bought those 18–more reviews to come!) earlier this week. The new formula is supposed to be crease-resistant, can be used wet or dry, and have “rich, vibrant color.” The texture is soft, a little powdery at times (depends on the shade), and tends to look similar whether applied dry or wet, though application with a dampened brush reduces the powderiness and sometimes brings out the shimmer in the finish. They were easy to apply and blend on the lid, and the wear was decent (six to eight hours), though the lighter shades tended to fade slightly faster compared to the richer, deeper shades in the range from what I’ve tested so far.

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a light, warm-toned white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was slightly more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery. When worn, the color stayed put for seven hours before fading. Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Silhouette (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Sand (02) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is softened, gilded gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was opaque and more metallic. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while it was just a bit on the powdery side. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is darker, less golden. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, gold satin shimmer. The powder was soft without being powdery, and it was easy to blend the color on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw signs of fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush
Makeup Geek Smitten Blush

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “pale creamy apricot.” It’s a brightened, liight-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is yellower. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, yellower. MAC Peaceful (LE, $24.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s nice about this particular shade of peach-orange is that it doesn’t lean too yellow or too red, so it is easier to wear, regardless of cool or warm undertones. The finish is mostly matte but does produce a more natural finish once blended and buffed into the skin. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, while it had good color payoff. On me, this shade stayed on for eight hours before it started to fade.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, pinker. NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is very similar. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the pan, one might think it’s the brand’s version of NARS Orgasm, but this is much warmer, more orange-based than pink. The texture is soft and smooth, lightly buttery, and the higher shimmer level doesn’t emphasize pores. It gives the skin a glowing, luminous sheen while the color is even and easily blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. Applied, the blush lasted well for eight and a half hours before I noticed it looking faded.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz. each) is now available in five new shades! It looks like most are out of stock at the moment, but they should be restocked soon. All five shades are new and permanent.

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand shade with a matte finish.” It’s a medium brown with a subtle gray-tinge and a satin finish. It had a very slight sheen when I swatched–not totally matte. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, silky, and very blendable. I could see this shade being a real workhorse for some! On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is more matte. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Taupe (P) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Glass Slipper Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale teal with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, but when I worked with on the lid, I felt like the product didn’t transfer as well from the brush to the lid so the color needed to be built up and packed on to a degree. Once on, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is greener. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pop Culture Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent lavender purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a lot sheerer than most shades by the brand, though the texture was soft and blendable. The color was buildable in two to three layers. When worn, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Parfait Amour (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale silver with purple iridescence.” It’s a cool-toned beige with a subtle pink-to-green duochrome. The duochrome is very subtle; sometimes it just looks more like a silvery beige applied, so it depends a lot on what else it is paired with. The texture was very soft and buttery, while the color payoff was good. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is more metallic. MAC Vex (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Shark Bait Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “blue based green with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-leaning teal with a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was also noticeably powdery, so it was messier to use. The color payoff was semi-opaque, but it’s a shade that’s best patted on in two layers. I also felt like it performed better with a primer than on bare skin, as the color was never fully opaque on bare skin alone. theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is greener. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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