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Makeup Geek Bandwagon, Faux Fur, Cabin Fever, Early Bird Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bandwagon Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage on the lid. The consistency was soft, thin and a bit dusty, but it blended well and didn’t fade quickly. It lasted for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Maple Syrup (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Faux Fur Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque, while the texture was blendable and maintained its intensity on the lid–a smidgen dusty overall–but soft and finely-milled. It applied well to bare skin, and it wore for eight hours. Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Profesh (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mulberry (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) (P) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Cabin Fever Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was very soft, but it was dustier and had more excess product kicked up in the pan. The color was buildable on the lid but more prone to sheering out, so it was hard to get and keep opaque coverage without a primer in place. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Good Spirits (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Maple (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Early Bird Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, but the texture was powdery, despite being soft to the touch. It blended well on the skin, but it had a tendency to sheer out and look somewhat faded on bare skin, so this is another shade that I would only use with a primer. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. Viseart Dark Matte #7 (P) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tangerine (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheer Me On (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) (P) is lighter (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a powder formula that is supposed to be “highly pigmented.” They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Bandwagon
Bandwagon
Bandwagon
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Faux Fur
Faux Fur
Faux Fur
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cabin Fever
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Early Bird
Early Bird
Early Bird
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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ColourPop Fall Edit Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, that applied smoothly and evenly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, emollient with a wetter feel to it than some of the other Super Shock Shadows, and blended out with ease. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply it, and I didn’t have any issues doing so. The color wore well for ten hours before creasing faintly. Too Faced Praline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Suede (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (100% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Elixir Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had intense color payoff that applied well to bare skin, and it was smooth, blendable, and worked well with synthetic brushes. The color wore for ten hours and had no signs of fading or creasing. Makeup Geek Morocco (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sidekick (P, $6.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Persia (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Contour) (P) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Poppy (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Paradox Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry-red with subtle, warmer undertones with cooler-toned pearl. It had full-color coverage in a single stroke, but it seemed more prone to sheering out and losing its initial richness in practice. The color didn’t turn patchy, though, which was surprising. Like most of the brand’s eyeshadows, this too lasted for ten hours and still looked the same as it did when I initially applied it. MAC Posthaste (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M844 Burgundy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Seeker Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich reddish-copper with hints of warm, brown undertones and a fine violet pearl. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, lightly emollient but not wet or slippery, but still easily blended around the edges for a soft, diffused look. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Colour Pop Beverly (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Thrilling Chase (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #4 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Stereo Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a blackened plum with warm undertones and a light, lighter plum sparkle over a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, spongy texture that was smooth, lightweight, and blendable. The color applied well to my lid using a flat, synthetic brush and wore for ten hours with no fading or creasing. This shade is a repromote. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Twilight (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Variation #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tang Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium mauvy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, spongy texture that seemed a touch drier than other shades, but it wasn’t actually dry. The texture was also denser, and the color took more effort to blend out on the lid. I felt like it was harder to get an even layer of coverage, though it was not so noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color itself wore for a solid ten hours with little evidence of change. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Silk (LE) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is more like a cream-powder hybrid than traditional cream eyeshadow. If you touch it, the product feels more like a sponge or stiff mousse, as there is light give, but it doesn’t have the same emollient or thickness of traditional cream products. The texture is thinner and is manipulated on the skin more like a powder. The brand says that using fingertips yields the greatest pigmentation, and if you prefer, synthetic brushes, but I find synthetic brushes to work well for applying and still getting great pigmentation out of the majority of shades (typically the very glittery shades are ones where fingertips really do improve them).

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Jinxie
Jinxie
Jinxie
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Elixir
Elixir
Elixir
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Paradox
Paradox
Paradox
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Seeker
Seeker
Seeker
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Tang
Tang
Tang
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop Calypso & Hutch Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Calypso Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Calypso Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Calypso Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The product was extremely pigmented with opaque coverage in one pass. It had a smooth, lightweight consistency that was thin and almost runny, but it had some body to it and spread well across the lips. It took about an hour for it to “dry” down to a true satin finish, and while it was not transfer-proof, it barely transferred after one or two presses on the back of my hand. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Downtown Plum (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Panko (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mani (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Shiseido Red Queen (RD716) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Toasty (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Givenchy Moka Imprime (304) (P, $36.00) is lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Praise (LE, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Hutch Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, plummy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was nearly opaque in coverage, but it is a very deep, rich shade that it was hard to tell it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was thin, smooth, and easily spread across the lips without becoming uneven or patchy, though it was a little more emollient than other Ultra Satins and seemed to gather in lip lines very slightly. It wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was prone to wearing away more readily from the center of the mouth. It was a little drying toward the end of wearing it. Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cyber (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Blackest Berry (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Nevermind (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Power My Spirit (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Extrovert (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Which Witch (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Feminist (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lightweight, bold lipstick with a satin finish” that is “extra intense colour saturation” and “long-wearing,” but the brand is quick to note that it is “not completely kiss proof.” The consistency is very light to lightweight with a thin to mousse-like consistency–they feel a little heavier going on than the Ultra Matte formula, but they don’t feel heavy on. They dry down somewhat, but it isn’t a full, flat dry down like matte liquid lipsticks, and when you press your lips together, there is moderate tackiness there, but I didn’t notice any lifting or separating of color by doing so. Thus far, they have been extremely long-wearing and comfortable to wear for the most part–it’s after ten hours or so that I notice my lips feeling a little dry–but six hours into wear and the colors have looked good post-meals/post-drinking. I think if you like the idea of longer-wearing, mostly matte lip color but find most liquid lipsticks too drying or too flat while not needing an ultra-hydrating formula, you might like these.

Colour Pop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick Calypso
Calypso
Calypso
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick Hutch
Hutch
Hutch
A-

Limited Edition

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

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Makeup Geek Bake Sale, Pocket Change, Lucky Penny, Tan Lines, Sidekick Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin; it felt a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t translate that way on the lid and was effortless to use. It was nicely pigmented and wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Succubus (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Van Gogh With It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly buttery consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color applied well to bare skin with full coverage, while the edges diffused nicely. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Firecracker (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #6 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze Glow (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Nutmeg (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones paired with a frosted finish. The consistency felt soft to the touch, but it was a little denser and had more bulk to it, which helped it adhere well to bare skin while blending out beautifully. It was easy to use and wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peppermint Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Raffinement #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #28 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Banana Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Lost (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and smooth consistency that was a touch powdery. I had no trouble applying it to bare skin, though, and it blended out nicely without sheering out unduly. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. LORAC Maple (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC No Me Queda Mas (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Moleskin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Puree (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sora (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Tete-a-Tint (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange Matte (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth without being too dusty or too powdery. The color applied well to bare skin and blended out without issue. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Whimsy (P) is warmer (100% similar). Anastasia Blazing (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Henna (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Elixir (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a powder formula that is supposed to be “highly pigmented.” They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Bake Sale
Bake Sale
Bake Sale
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pocket Change
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Lucky Penny
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Tan Lines
Tan Lines
Tan Lines
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Sidekick
Sidekick
Sidekick
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bardot
Bardot
Bardot
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek Fall 2016 Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

There are nine new Makeup Geek Eyeshadows ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) for fall! As you might expect, I am buried under holiday palette and kit releases this weekend, so all I can give you are swatches right now, but I’ll be testing soon!

Fall 2016 Eyeshadows

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