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Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Daybreak

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. This had a nearly metallic sheen, but it was very smooth and reflective without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores (I was rather surprised!). A little went a long way, so I would recommend using a fan brush to get a sheen without blinding everyone near you!

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighter was richly pigmented with full, opaque coverage. It had a soft, smooth, denser texture that wasn’t powdery but was soft enough to allow a highlighting brush to easily pick up the product. It blended out easily across the skin, and while it can be quite intense, I was able to sheer and buff it out to something more subtle, if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Daybreak
Daybreak
Daybreak
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Celestial

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, icy lavender with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish was somewhere between luminous and metallic, but the shimmer seemed very fine and had a smoother look, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t notice much of a shift with this one–it always looked icy and purplish.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t quite opaque and seemed less pigmented compared to most of the range. I don’t think that this is, functionally, a bad thing, as it was still buildable, and I expect that many apply their highlighter with sheer to medium coverage in mind anyway. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dense so that there wasn’t any excess powder that kicked up in the pan, but there was also no difficulty in getting product onto the brush. I noticed signs of fading around the tops of my cheek bones after eight hours of wear.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Celestial
Celestial
Celestial
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

All Aflush/Here You Go

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of a gold-shimmered plum and a deeper, red-berry. This is one of the deeper, darker duos in the line-up, so it should be wearable by a lot of skin tones and complexions.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin. I had better luck with the wear with both shades compared to other duos I’ve tested, which seemed to be partially the result of the thinner, less emollient texture that still had enough slip to remain fairly blendable but didn’t stay as dewy or as wet on the skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo All Aflush/Here You Go
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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All Aflush

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Here You Go

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Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter

Glitz

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light lavender with a hint of pink paired with a frosted sheen. It’s a very light highlighter, so it seems like it will suit fairer complexions rather well without adding a lot of color. I think it can be layered over blushes to add shimmer and shine, though.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, which made it really easy to work with. There’s no doubt that this is a formula designed for someone who likes a fair amount of sheen and highlight on their skin, but thus far, I’ve been impressed by how well the texture sits on my skin–like others I’ve tested, this shade did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I noticed fading after wearing the highlighter for eight hours.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Glitz
Glitz
Glitz
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter

Firework

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is muted, dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish was highly reflective, mostly metallic, but it didn’t emphasize pores, which was surprising. It also appeared lighter and gave more of a golden sheen when applied with semi-sheer to medium coverage (I used a fan brush), while applied with a denser blush brush made it appear darker overall.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighter was intensely pigmented, true to description, with a soft, light-medium dense texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan. The powder applied well to the skin, blended out with minimal effort, and had a luminous sheen. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Firework
Firework
Firework
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Softly Does It

Limited Edition
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B+

Tight and Tawny

Limited Edition
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