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Makeup Geek Preppy, Pretentious, Purely Naked Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte khaki brown.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s the faintest sheen to it, but it is mostly matte). It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00 is less yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had intense color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that applied evenly and blended well on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is less warm-toned. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less golden. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is very similar. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less golden. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Purely Naked Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery tan.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-ish tones and a soft, satin shimmer It was somewhat powdery, so the color payoff was decent but not true-to-pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P) is darker. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $3.99) is similar. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Preppy
Preppy
Preppy
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pretentious
Pretentious
Pretentious
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Purely Naked
Purely Naked
Purely Naked
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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Makeup Geek Chickadee, Simply Marlena, Poison Ivy Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Simply Marlena Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish–mostly matte with a smattering of very fine shimmer. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation, but it was on the powdery side, so it tends to have a fair amount of fall out when you apply it, and it does seem to sheer out a little too easily on the lid. If you normally use a primer, you probably won’t notice. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $12.00) is purpler. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more matte, brighter. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery medium green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden olive shimmer for a more satiny finish. The consistency was drier, somewhat powdery, and the color payoff reflected it, as this one was semi-opaque. It faded a little faster than much of the range does on me and only wore well for seven hours when I tested it. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is darker, less green. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Chickadee
Chickadee
Chickadee
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Simply Marlena
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

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Makeup Geek Neptune, Peacock, Sea Mist Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened, cornflower blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very soft, but somewhat powdery, consistency that is better if applied over a slightly tacky base. I would recommend patting in layers and only blending the edges, or else it is prone to sheering out. It wears for seven and a half hours before fading. Kat Von D Starflyer (LE) is very similar. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is darker. Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Peacock Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte deep teal blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin. It will deliver better results with some sort of primer, as it won’t sheer away as easily. It lasted for almost eight hours before fading on me. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue (P, $21.00) is a smidgen greener. YSL Fetiche #5 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Sea Mist Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmering turquoise.” It’s a muted, dirty green-teal with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, blendable, and fairly easy to work with. The color showeed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Indo (P, $18.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is darker. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #302 (DC, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Neptune
Neptune
Neptune
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Peacock
Peacock
Peacock
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Sea Mist
Sea Mist
Sea Mist
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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The Best Beauty Products Under $15 for Your Holiday Wish List

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality product, as long as you know where to look! 🙂 Here are a few of my favorite budget-friendly products to give and to receive this season. These are all permanent products! Any recommendations to share?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette
The palette contains twelve shades of smoky, muted, and deeper shades from beige to purple to black. Simbad’s Seas is one of the most gorgeous blue-purples I’ve ever seen. Full Review

Where to Buy

$11.99 at Amazon

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
It’s an incredibly long-wearing, richly pigmented, and creamy formula that goes on easily and really delivers amazing quality without breaking the bank Full Review

Where to Buy

$8.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

Makeup Geek Blush

Makeup Geek Blush
This is one of the best budget-friendly blushes on the market, but more importantly, it competes with high-end powder blushes. The formula is nicely pigmented, silky and soft, and blendable. Favorites include: Bliss, Honeymoon, Love Affair, Spellbound. Full Review

Where to Buy

$9.99.00 at Makeup Geek

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Most of the shades I’ve tried have good color payoff in a single stroke, wear eight to ten hours on the lash line, and never drag or tug when applied. Favorites include: Fairytale, Girls Night Out, Good Mood, My Boyfriend’s Jeans, Snakeskin Dress, Sun Tan, Tiramisu. Full Review

Where to Buy

$10.00 at Sephora

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Why not build your own holiday palette? Whether you’re creating one for yourself or gifting one to a friend, it’s a lovely way to customize with quality shades. Favorites include: Barcelona Beach, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Country Girl, Drama Queen, Glaorous, Goddess, Homecoming, Moondust, Sensuous, Twilight. Full Review

Where to Buy

$5.99 at Makeup Geek

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow
A long-wearing, richly pigmented powder eyeshadow with a budget-friendly price makes this a great option for giving and receiving. Favorites include: Amber Rush, Golden Emerald, Smoldering Plum. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

NYX Power Wicked Lippie

NYX Power Wicked Lippie
It’s a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It makes for a great shade to transition from fall to winter, plus the metallic shimmer gives it a holiday feel! Full Review

Where to Buy

$6.00 at ULTA

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
For rich, bold color that’s comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and hydrating, Maybelline has an excellent option right here. Favorites include: Electric Fuchsia, On Fire Red, Shocking Coral, Vivid Rose. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.49 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

NYX Rose, Orange Blossom, Citron Macaron Lipsticks

NYX Rose Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Rose Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, pastel cotton candy p ink with a semi-matte finish. The consistency of this shade was the least creamy of the entire range, though it didn’t drag or tug–it was still lightly creamy, just not slippery like other shades. It had opaque color coverage, but between the drier consistency and lightness of color, it almost looked chalky on. The color wore well for five hours, but it pulled into lip lines over time. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is brighter, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Orange Blossom Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightened, soft peach-orange with warm undertones and a satiny shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very creamy, emollient consistency. There was a little bit of streakiness, but it applied fairly well despite the slippery formula. On me, the color lasted for four hours. The closest shade to it that I could think of was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00), which is much darker (I wouldn’t call it a dupe).

NYX Citron Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a soft shine. It applied better than one might expect, though it was somewhat streaky and not nearly as pigmented as some of the other shades in the range. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

NYX Macaron Lippie Rose
Rose
Rose
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Macaron Lippie Orange Blossom
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Macaron Lippie Citron
Citron
Citron
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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NYX Coconut, Black Sesame, Chambord Lipsticks

NYX Coconut Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Coconut Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, cool-toned white with a creamy, satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but due to the really creamy, slippery consistency, it didn’t go on as evenly as one would want. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is very shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Black Sesame = Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned gray with a creamy, satin finish. This shade was opaque, and it applied very well with even, smooth color. The texture of the lipstick was still creamy and emollient, but it didn’t prove to make application problematic. The color wore well for five hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. I don’t have any dupes for this one!

NYX Chambord Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a glossy sheen. Despite having a high slip, very creamy texture, it applied fairly well. There was enough pigmentation that what little unevenness there was managed to to recede into the background for the most part. This shade lasted for six hours when I tested it and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. If you prefer a matte finish, you could lightly dust a matte black eyeshadow on top or translucent powder. Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) is more matte, sheerer, lighter. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is very similar in color. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is the same in color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Macaron Lippie Coconut
Coconut
Coconut
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
NYX Macaron Lippie Black Sesame
Black Sesame
Black Sesame
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
NYX Macaron Lippie Chambord
Chambord
Chambord
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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