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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 2)

Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage in one pass, which was buildable to semi-opaque (somewhat uneven) coverage after going back and forth multiple times. There was a very faded quality about it once applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Chaos (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Nietzsche (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Mint Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium, mint green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable. The color applied evenly and smoothly on the lash line without tugging. This shade wore for seven hours before fading noticeably. Stila Turquoise (P, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M30 Matte Pastel Green (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Barrow Street (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Ocean Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, bluish teal with a pearly sheen. It was the only shade with a pearly finish in the range. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was hard to layer/build as it would thicken over some areas and pull color away in others, leaving behind an uneven result. The color seeped into the creases underneath my eyes (like it bled!) after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I32 Iridescent Lagoon Green (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC New Marine (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Paradis (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Deep End (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Fairytale (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal True Teal (260) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Orchid Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which
Stila Violet (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Piggy Bank (DC, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Piggy Bank (DC, $6.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Royal Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, which was hard to layer/build-up as it tended to look uneven as the creamier consistency would pull the initial layer at times. This shade lasted for six hours. MAC Image Conscious (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Plushie (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Cobalt
Cobalt
Cobalt
C

Permanent

7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Mint
Mint
Mint
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Ocean
Ocean
Ocean
C

Permanent

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Royal
Royal
Royal
D

Permanent

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
66%
Total

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MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Eyeliner

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner
MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Cockiness (LE) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Liquidlast Liner formula is supposed to have “long-lasting wear with a non-smudge, non-flake” formula. It was richly pigmented with a thin consistency that spread easily but sometimes looked a little streaky, so I preferred using it with two layers to ensure smooth, even color. The brush is thin and fine, so it can be used for more precise lines as well as for building-up to thicker lines. The Liquidlast formula is very, very long-wearing–it basically doesn’t budge until it’s time to remove it. I had it on for over twelve hours, and it didn’t budge, fade, or flake. This shade will be released no April 28th as an online exclusive to maccosmetics.com.

MAC Liquidlast Liner Lion Babe
Lion Babe
Lion Babe
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, while the consistency was creamy and comfortable to apply. This shade wore for seven hours on me. LORAC Nude (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, while the creamy texture wasn’t too wet or too dry, so it glided on well and lasted for seven and a half hours. This was a more unique shade. Urban Decay Faint (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, natural finish–not quite matte but not really shimmery either. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and this shade had a more emollient, wetter texture as it glided on, which made it prone to migrating as it was drying down. This was one where I didn’t have much success with longevity, as it had migrated noticeably after five hours of wear. Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. For a black eyeliner, in particular, I was surprised it was richer and smoother applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Absolute Black (P) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Puro Amor (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep red with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass with a slightly drier texture that tended to bunch up on itself rather than build up in color. The color started to migrate noticeably after six and a half hours of wear. This was the most unique shade in the brand’s range. Stila Deep Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Nude
Nude
Nude
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Spice
Spice
Spice
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Espresso
Espresso
Espresso
C

Permanent

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Obsidian
Obsidian
Obsidian
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Plumeria
Plumeria
Plumeria
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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ColourPop HoneyDude & Teaspoon Creme Gel Liners

ColourPop HoneyDude Creme Gel Liner
ColourPop HoneyDude Creme Gel Liner

ColourPop Honeydude Creme Gel Liner ($6.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “creamy warm nude.” It’s a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, and it adhered well to both the waterline and lower lash line. It wore well for seven hours on the waterline, nine hours on the lower lash line. MAC Risque (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nude (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Teaspoon Creme Gel Liner ($6.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “intense emerald green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, which may have been due to the texture that felt a little drier compared to other shades I’ve tried in this formula. It builds up fairly well, so opaque coverage is possible. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Teaspoon (LE, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Ring My Bell (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner HoneyDude
HoneyDude
HoneyDude
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Teaspoon
Teaspoon
Teaspoon
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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ColourPop Descanso & Teaspoon Creme Gel Colours

ColourPop Descanso Creme Gel Colour
ColourPop Descanso Creme Gel Colour

ColourPop Descanso Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and bluish micro-glitter. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy consistency that wasn’t too heavy, nor did it take too long to dry (it is quicker-drying). The color is so vibrant and pops well on the lash line, but I had issues with the glitter and color flaking on me over time, even though much of the color remained visible for over eight hours. NARS Blue Lotus (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Door's Unlocked (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Eccentric Diva (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Teaspoon Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as an “intense emerald green.” It’s a medium-dark green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a thin, creamy texture that tended to sheer out when applied, so it is better applied in deliberately thin layers or in shorter strokes to maximize opacity. The consistency looks drier in the swatch than it felt and worked out in person. The color wore for over eight hours on me. Colour Pop Teaspoon (LE, $5.00) is more muted (95% similar). Buxom Ring My Bell (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Descanso
Descanso
Descanso
B-

Discontinued

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Teaspoon
Teaspoon
Teaspoon
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner
Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Risque (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop HoneyDude (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Nothing On (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Revlon Empire (P) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Nude (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil formula is supposed to have “waterproof color that lasts all day” specifically for use “on the inner rim in the waterline.” The texture is described as “creamier” than their standard eyeliner. You might remember my review on the formula from before, where these marked one of the bigger misses from the brand for me (based on my experience). The texture is significantly different from those; it was extremely soft, smooth, and creamy–it glided on easily across the skin and the lower lash line. There was no tugging, no skipping, and no ragged dry edges like I experienced with the other shades. The color deposited evenly and with full coverage on the lower waterline. It had good color payoff–pretty much opaque in one stroke, which is always a spectacular achievement for an eyeliner–that went on evenly. The disappointment, though, is in the wear–four hours on the waterline, but it did last closer to seven hours on the lower lash line.

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil Walk of Shame
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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