Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Ten new shades of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) have been released. This time around, the brand has made it a point to state that those with oilier lids will need to use a primer for longevity if you have oilier lids as they are prone to creasing without one. They’re still supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” In general, they are fairly pigmented (mostly opaque to opaque) with a dense, creamy consistency that tends to be very metallic and high-shine.

The formula didn’t seem to wear well over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion (extending wear to as long as 8-9 hours) or NARS Smudge Proof (extending wear to 12+ hours), and instead, it actually creased faster than when I applied them over my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. I was able to prevent creasing for longer using a MAC Paint Pot (extending wear to as long as 12+ hours), which is a much heavier and opaque base, and it prevented creasing for an additional two hours beyond if I wore them without any base or primer. A more opaque, thicker base helps extend wear, but whatever oils are used in the product definitely seem to break down even the best of primers/bases, because while I could normally get 12 hours easily with a MAC Paint Pot, I could see faint creasing developing at the nine hour mark.

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver with hint of blue.” It’s a cool-toned, silvered purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, thick consistency that felt almost like a cream eyeshadow. It is quite metallic, so paired with the thickness of the formula, it can emphasize the lid’s texture if over-applied. It started to crease after five hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is darker. MAC Water & Ice #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is similar. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “int green with a foiled finish frosty mint green.” It’s a softened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly on the skin. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning teal with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency, so I was surprised when it seemed a little prone to crumbling/flaking when I applied it to the lid. I had better luck using a firm, flat brush (MAC 242) to pat it into black, and then using a fluffier brush to soften the edges, but it wasn’t as foolproof to use it as I expected, given how it felt and how pigmented it was. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, six hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. I did notice that application was smoother over a primer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is darker, bluer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is lighter, bluer. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is going to be a permanent formula with eighteen shades to choose from (I reviewed seventeen of them). All of the shades have been released previously as limited edition offerings. The collection has been postponed to May 14th. They’re a wet/dry formula that ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color dry and mostly opaque to opaque color damp. I get slightly longer wear when I apply the eyeshadows damp, but the wear ranges from six to eight hours.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

Here are the next five, now-permanent shades of MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.). According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” Make sure to read part one for an overview of the formula. Smoky Mauve is also being added to the permanent range, but I do not have that one at this time.

MAC Silver Dawn Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty grey mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, taupe brown with reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer, lighter color payoff when applied dry that wore well for six hours, while it was slightly darker (and cooler-toned) with full coverage applied damp and stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty sea foam green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that wore well for six hours dry. It had mostly opaque pigmentation when applied damp and wore well for eight hours. It seems exactly the same as the originally released version, but the swatch seemed to catch light as it appears less metallic–I double checked, though, and they are really the same. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Stolen Moment Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff dry, though it appeared warmer, while damp application was fully opaque and richer-looking. It wore well for six hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Stylishly Merry Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty violet.” It’s a medium-dark pink with lighter violet shimmer and an overall frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry, and the color lasted for five and a half hours on me. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque and wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that stayed on well for six and a half hours when applied dry, while damp application yielded full coverage that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

Here are the next six, now-permanent shades of MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.). According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” Make sure to read part one for an overview of the formula.

MAC Havana Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty copper brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation dry, but the color was noticeable lighter, whereas damp application was deeper and fully opaque. It wore well for six hours dry, eight hours damp. The new version has less pigmentation dry than it used to, though it is more in line with how the formula is described now. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep cerulean.” It’s a blackened green with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a warmer appearance and lasted for seven hours, while damp application yielded richer, opaque pigmentation with eight hours of wear. The newest version seemed more metallic and slightly smoother. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lunar Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “royal blue.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a softer look and the dryness of the formula is a bit more apparent as it doesn’t look as smooth. Applied damp, it was much smoother and had more depth. I found it a little hard to apply dry, and it lasted for six hours, while damp application yielded eight hours of wear. It seeemed more finely-milled than the original. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ready to Party Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pale lilac.” It’s a pinky-white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied both wet and dry, with the damp application just having a more metallic, smoother sheen. It lasted for six hours dry, seven hours damp. The texture was smoother this time around, but it seemed to lose some of its iridescent sheen. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty aubergine.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, burgundy with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though the damp application was smoother and more metallic. It wore well for five and a half hours dry and eight hours damp. It seemed slightly more shimmery in this version than previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a muted, medium-dark golden green with warm, khaki undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with less of sheen and lasted for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque with a strong metallic sheen that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is here to stay with eighteen shades to choose from (whew!); all eighteen are shades that have been released previously, some more recently and some from awhile ago. According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” They can be used wet or dry, though if you prefer richer color, you’re almost always better off using these damp. They work well over bare lids dry and wet, but dry application fades a little faster and has a tendency to look softer overall. Dry, the coverage is often sheerer but buildable in practice, so you don’t have to use the product damp to get opaque coverage, but damp application usually deepens the color and gives it more richness. Alternatively, you can use an eyeshadow primer or base, which seems to meet in the middle between dry and damp results. I get anywhere from six to nine hours with these on average; and I tend to get longer wear when used damp compared to dry. I also liked how intense the colors looked damp, even after they dried down–sometimes applying damp just helps application but actual depth gets lost once the color dries back down but that isn’t the case here.

Some of the shades that were originally launched seem to have a smoother, finer formula today than when they initially launched. I didn’t feel like there were any duds here; they were fairly consistent with respect to color payoff, texture, application, and wear with some being more exceptional and some being a little less impressive, but no true misses. The texture has a dryness to it that is common to this type of powder-gel-liquid formula, but it’s not really a bad dry–it is still blendable, doesn’t fade easily, and doesn’t look dry on the skin.

MAC Amorous Ally Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep terracotta copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, orange and red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and felt drier and was more prone to sheering out (better for a soft wash) and lasted for six hours. When applied damp, it was smoother with more even, opaque coverage and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC A Natural Flirt Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink in the undertone and a more prevalent gold sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry that lasted for six hours. Applied damp, it had semi-opaque that was buildable to opaque coverage, and it stayed on for eight hours before creasing. I noticed that this seemed substantially less pink-based in the permanent version I have at present compared to the last version I had (here). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Dare Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry that intensified to a richer-looking black with stronger coverage when applied damp. The texture was slightly thin, but it was a lot less dry-feeling compared to its original iteration. It wore well for six hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Evening Grey Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “steel silver.” It’s a medium silver gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a slightly drier and looser texture, so this is one that really works better damp, as the powder comes together and goes on more smoothly as a result. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and mostly opaque pigmentation damp. Dry, it lasted for five hours; damp, it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Grand Galaxy Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty mid-tone violet.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a metallic sheen. It is less dry and smoother than the original iteration, and it wears better as the dry base seems to come together better, though it applied slightly unevenly still. Applied dry, it is semi-opaque with a less metallic finish and lasts for five and a half hours, while damp application is mostly opaque with a bright sheen and wears for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.295 oz.) is a set of five, neutral eyeshadows with matte finishes. Those on the hunt for a warmer, muted neutrals in strictly matte finishes may like this one. All five shades had decent or better pigmentation with softer, silkier textures, where only one was on the powdery side. Unsurprisingly, the shades are more dupable than not, so if you already have your favorite neutral palette, I don’t think this is going to be a must-have.

Ombre Nudes #1 is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that blended really easily on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #2 is a medium brown with soft, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of taupe and a subtle, yellow undertone. It had a mostly matte finish. The color had decent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that made it more buildable in practice. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #4 is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a silky, smooth texture that was easy to work with. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #5 is a dark, richer brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It was the most pigmented shade in the palette, but it was also the most powdery, so it applies better in two thin layers (built-up) rather than all at once. It was a little harder to blend as well. It stayed on for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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