Monday, November 4th, 2013

Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale shimmery muted purple.” It’s a soft, pinky-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sensuous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery purple with flecks of silver.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with warm, brown udnertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it felt a smidgen dry–like it didn’t bind together as smoothly as other shades, but it was still rather easy to work with. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is somewhat lighter. Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is more intense. See comparison swatches.

Last Dance Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium to deep plummy brown [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Smoky Mauve (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is warmer, more frosted. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Drama Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “densely dark purple with a shimmery finish.” It’s a deepened plummy purple with burgundy micro-shimmer and a frost finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It is more muted than Last Dance and has a less frosted finish. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. LORAC Deep Purple (P) is slightly more muted. Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse (P, $6.80) is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is lighter. MAC Young Punk (P, $21.00) is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) are available in over sixty shades, and I have four of them to review in this post. The matte finishes are really soft, silky, but sometimes powdery, so on one hand, it makes them easier to blend, but on the other, there can be excess fall out during application, and sometimes they’ll sheer out if you sweep/blend them.  If you use an eyeshadow primer and pat on the color initially, then blend, there shouldn’t be much fall out or sheering out.  The frosts have a soft, buttery texture, great color payoff overall, and are very, very blendable–they’re just easy to apply and use. Over a eight-hour period, I only had fading issues with Peach Smoothie, while the other shades remained intact and none creased on me.

Peach Smoothie is described as a “light peach beige with a soft matte finish.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is soft, a little powdery, and was semi-opaque (it tended to blend in with my skin tone, but it’s about 80% pigmented). It was somewhat buildable, but it’s a color I would use over an eyeshadow base to achieve more opaque color payoff, or else really pack it on. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #1 (LE) is more orange. MAC Always Sunny (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Samoa Silk (P, $15.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Stealth (P) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more orange, less matte. See comparison swatches.

Gold Digger is described as a “true metallic gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with strong, orange tones and a frosted finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is yellower. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is slightly yellower. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is a bit yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Cosmopolitan is described as a “rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish.” It’s a medium, rose-tinged copper with a golden orange sheen and frost finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation, and the texture was silky and soft to work with. MAC Expensive Pink (P, $15.00) is a touch pinker. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Razzleberry is described as a “raspberry pink with gold glitter.” It’s a pinky-red with subtle cool, undertones with a matte finish and then has gold sparkles on that sit on top of the powder. It had strong color payoff if patted on, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it can sheer out more easily if you tend to sweep the brush. It’s a shade that performed better when I was applying it to my lid than when I just swatched it.  Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) (LE, $12.00) is matte, brighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is more muted. MAC Passionate (P, $15.00) is pinker. Inglot #382 (P, $6.00) is similar but has no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Makeup Geek New Year's Eve Pigment
Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve Pigment

These next three Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) showcase three different textures from the range–from finely-milled with sparkle to frost to chunky frost/glitter.  The thing with glitter in loose eyeshadows (and even pressed) is that it doesn’t usually stay put without some sort of adhesive base, and the same is true with these.  I had some fall out with both shades that contained sparkle during wear, and I would recommend applying the eyeshadows first and then your base makeup so you can clean up any fallen product during application.  I would also recommend using an adhesive base or a slightly tacky/creamy base to help everything stick to the lid better.  Enchanted was the best out of the three, as it is nearly foolproof to use–nicely pigmented, finely-milled, and smooth on the lid, whereas the other two take a little more patience to use.

As a note, they currently do not contain any sifters and do come quite filled, so they can be messy on the counter-top.  I know that they are currently working on tweaking the packaging to make them less messy to use, so I look forward to seeing how that turns out.  Until then, I recommend opening over the sink or a paper towel to minimize the mess.

New Year’s Eve is described as a “light gold reflective glitter.” It’s a soft, light beige with a touch of pink and light gold sparkle. Applied dry, it has more noticeable shimmer but is less pigmented. Applied with a dampened brush, the base color is more opaque, but the shimmer takes a backseat. It’s more like a golden glow or sheen just at certain angles. I did experience some fall out with this shade both during application as well as later on during wear. I would describe it as slight fall out–noticeable but not glaring. I didn’t have any issues with fading/creasing until just after the eight-hour mark (fading). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE) has no sparkle. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) also has no sparkle. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is matte. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is also matte. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is not as golden. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. I want to say it’s like MAC Fairylite pigment as well, but I haven’t seen that in years so my memory might be off there.  See comparison swatches.

Enchanted is described as a “light plum shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-plum with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, with dry application being somewhat muted and less frosted. It wore well for a full eight hours and started to show some signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) is slightly less frosted. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is a little more mauve. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is less frosted. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is a bit softer and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Vegas Lights is described as a “copper glitter.” It’s a brightened, medium copper-orange with a frosted, metallic sheen and chunkier sparkle. The texture of this shade is chunkier–you can really see the difference in the pot–and it’s definitely a texture that works better when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps to smooth and crush the chunks together for a better, smoother result and more even color coverage. Plus, it greatly minimizes fall out, of which there is plenty of during application. If worn dry, there is a fair amount of fall out during wear and it tends to look “flaky” on the lid, and when worn damp, there’s still a few stray bits that fall over the course of a day but it’s not a major issue. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is similar. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is slightly browner. NARS California (P, $24.00) is redder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment

Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) are available in fifteen shades, and they’re, at their essence, loose eyeshadows that can be used dry or wet (depending on the intensity and finish you seek). They’re supposed to be “high-impact,” “finely milled” and “wont crease or fade.” I’ve been playing with these for the past couple of weeks, and here are my thoughts on three of them (I’ll have a few more to share with you soon), but overall, I’m really happy with the quality, color payoff, and wear of the formula!

The only downside is that the jars come very filled (the brand even mentions they over-fill over what is labeled, so you’re usually getting more than 0.05 oz.), and there is no sifter, so they can be quite messy when opening and closing.  To that end, I know that they are currently working on tweaking the packaging to make them less messy to use, so I look forward to seeing how that turns out.  Until then, I recommend opening over the sink or a paper towel to minimize the mess.

Liquid Gold is described as a “true metallic gold.” It’s a deep, molten gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It has a very dark, intense base that gives it a lot of depth. Whether you apply it dry or wet, it’s incredibly pigmented, very finely-milled (just melts together when you smooth it over the skin), and wore nine hours without creasing or fading on me. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is yellower. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is similar–slightly less metallic.Fyrinnae Aztec Gold (P, $8.25) is similar but slightly green-tinged. Too Faced Instigator (LE) is yellower. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is green-tinged and glittery. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted. Sugarpill Goldilux is yellower, warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches

Kryptonite is described as a “metallic moss green.” It’s a medium-dark, brown-ish green with a gold and emerald micro-shimmer and a golden olive sheen. The texture is soft, a little dry in a way, and is best applied with a damp brush for maximum color payoff and smooth, even color. Applied dry, it tends to look more khaki/olive, and I would recommend only applying dry over a primer. It wore well for eight and a half hours with creasing or fading, then started to fade by nine hours of wear. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter–similar when applied dry. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Insomnia is described as a “dark chocolate brown duochrome with blue/teal reflects.” It has a medium-dark reddish brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome finish, so it looks more/less teal depending on the angle. The texture isn’t quite as fine as Liquid Gold, but it comes together nicely when applied, especially if used with a slightly dampened brush. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is less metallic. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Girly (LE) is browner. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is bluer. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is very similar. I don’t have a post on it, but MAC Blue Brown Pigment would also be similar to this, as would Too Faced Label Whore. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss
Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss

Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque on the lips, and it had a lovely, high-shine finish. The consistency wasn’t sticky, not too thick or too thin, and applied evenly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. I couldn’t think of anything truly comparable to this in terms of opacity and finish. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Revlon Orchid ColorBurst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a neutral-cool, light-medium pink with lots of lighter pink and pale gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a high-shimmer finish–almost frosted but the shimmer is fine enough that it doesn’t reach full-on frost or metallic. It had the same lightweight, comfortable, non-sticky texture.. It wore well for three hours. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

NYX Chic Round Lipstick
NYX Chic Round Lipstick

NYX Chic Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly yellow-toned pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a light translucency that enabled some of the natural lip color to come through. This shade wore three hours on me, which is shy of average. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker, less frosted. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is a bit lighter, less frosted. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is less frosted, warmer. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

NYX Paparazzi Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a creamy, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for three and a half hours. The consistency of this was quite creamy, and I found if you pressed your lips together, light lines would show. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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