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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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “rosy to medium pink with purple undertones.” It’s a medium-dark, muted, cool-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) has more sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had good color payoff that strikes a good balance between true-to-pan pigmentation and ease of application, because it doesn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush yields too much product. If you prefer sheerer color or you’re very fair, you’ll want to use a light hand with it, but it’s a color that should work well on most skin tones. The finish is nearly-matte, but as it is buffed and blended onto the skin, it almost becomes a satin-matte–there’s a natural finish to it that keeps skin from looking too flat. The texture was soft, finely-milled, though not quite as buttery as other shades–a bit thinner. I wore this and the color lasted well for nine hours before fading softly along the outer edges.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush
Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “medium matte terracotta.” It’s a medium brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, less orange. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is more orange. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is browner, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It could be used as a traditional blush or as a bronzer, depending on your needs. It’s quite pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff that is intense applied, but luckily, it blends out nicely, so if you over-apply, it is easy to correct and soften the color. The undertones are very warm, so I think it is a bit too orange-red to work well as an ideal contour. I hope that Makeup Geek adds a few contouring shades to their range–more rosy beiges, neutral taupes and the like. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth and never emphasized the pores; it actually seemed to smooth out the look of the skin ever-so-slightly. When I wore this for wear, the color stayed vibrant for eight hours and then looked a touch faded by the ninth hour.

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush
Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light pink with mauve undertones and silver flecks.” It’s a muted, rosy peach with a frosted finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is more mauve. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is slightly pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was designed more of a highlighting blush, per Makeup Geek’s video preview of the range, and it definitely depends on your skin tone how it might look. The texture is a little drier compared to other shades, though still soft and blendable during application. On fairer complexions, this could easily be an everyday, shimmery blush, but with the right brush (like a fan brush), it could be a dusting of shimmer as well. I’m more medium in complexion, and it is primarily a highlighter that adds slight warmth but mostly shimmer. I was nervous that this was going to emphasize pores, because of the silver flecks in it, but it ended up having a subtler sheen once applied. It wore well for just over eight hours before breaking down slightly.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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