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MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin.  I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Naked is described as a “flesh beige with pearl.” It’s a pale, peachy-beige with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen. Apply dry, it’s a very sheer wash of color with some sheen, and then when applied with a damp brush, it’s opaque, warmer, and darker. It wore well for seven and a half hours before showing some signs of fading and very, very faint creasing. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Jezebel (P) is similar, MAC Phresh Out #3 (LE) is more frosted. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is also similar. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold.” It contains small, gold glitter particles that go between champagne gold and a more coppery gold. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Museum Bronze is described as a “rich taupe with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, golden frost and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was more frosted, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more metallic, but both applications had full, opaque color. It wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more glittery, cream product. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights is similar. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Copper Sparkle is described as “super frosty copper flecks.” It’s a vibrant, orange-copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is very chunky, and it needs to be pressed/smoothed into the skin, which is why it tends to work best when applied with a damp brush as it helps to smooth the consistency out. It’s part of the permanent range. 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.

Black is described as a “sparkly chunky black.” It’s small-to-medium black glitter. I’d love to hear how you guys would use this one, because it really doesn’t have a lot of reflective qualities, so it doesn’t dance in the light like real glitter. It just… looks like black grit. I noticed this one was a total pain to remove, too; it was best removed by running water all over the skin as makeup removing wipes and cotton pads just smeared it everywhere. Again, I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.), but I don’t have any specific to call out.

Note, there are no ratings for glitter because it’s not a product that really fits the criteria we use in The Glossover at this time.

MAC Pigment & Glitter Set Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie, Gold Digger, Cosmopolitan, Razzleberry Eyeshadows

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.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Peach Smoothie
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Gold Digger
Gold Digger
Gold Digger
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Razzleberry
Razzleberry
Razzleberry
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve, Enchanted, Vegas Lights Pigments

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.

Makeup Geek Pigment New Year's Eve
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Enchanted
Enchanted
Enchanted
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Vegas Lights
Vegas Lights
Vegas Lights
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder
Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder ($32.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “black pigments with pink, peach, and violet reflects.” It’s a blackened purple with bluish-violet and pink sparkle (I didn’t really see the peach), and it has a satiny sheen with some loose sparkle. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is purpler, brighter. MAC Black Poodle (LE, $21.00) is blacker. bareMinerals Daring (P) is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Applied dry, it was very sheer and almost looked dry. Applied with a damp brush, it was much more pigmented and appeared smoother, but it still lacked some of the intensity you’d expect from a loose eye color when used damp. The texture was finely-milled but not totally smooth as it did have some larger sparkle/shimmer in it. When I applied it, the shadow lasted without creasing for eight hours but was somewhat faded after seven hours and I had some light fall out overall.

I’m not in love with the packaging: I had tremendous issues with it leaking pigment everywhere and anywhere, even after totally cleaning it, twisting back the cap on (tightly!), it still would shake loose a lot of product that would sit above the rim but underneath the lid, which would spill everywhere. I’m also not sure how feasible getting to the bottom of the jar will be with a brush (my MAC 239 didn’t really fit inside the hole). I don’t know if the one I received malfunctioned or not, but if not, I wouldn’t recommend this based on the packaging alone. It was really quite a mess and there’s not a lot of product in there that you can afford to waste.  I’d love to hear from any readers who may have tried this to find out if they had any issues with the packaging!

Also, a side note (no impact on the rating)… Holy wow! at the price tag relative to the rest of the range. I’m no stranger to a luxury price point, but when the lipsticks are $25 and eyeliners are $19, I’m not expecting to see a $32 eyeshadow. I think it is over-priced, based on the pricing of the rest of the line.

Ardency Inn Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder Purple Hearts
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold, Kryptonite, Insomnia Pigments

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.

Makeup Geek Pigment Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Kryptonite
Kryptonite
Kryptonite
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Insomnia
Insomnia
Insomnia
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the cooler-toned of the two, though I wouldn’t say it’s all that cool-toned overall. It is also very, very frosted–if you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  2x Dare was one of the better palettes I’ve tried in this formula, though it wasn’t without its share of flaws–some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

2x Dare #1 is a bright, creamy white with a high frost, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it came together better when applied damp; it was more opaque and smoother. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less metallic. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less metallic. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is also cooler-toned. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #2 is a glittery, muted golden bronze with a metallic, glittery finish. The texture was a bit loose, slightly chunky because of the glitter, and the color payoff was decent but didn’t seem affected by a wet or dry application. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is yellower, less glittery. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is slightly more golden. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Apparence (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #3 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool brown undertones and an array of plum, bronze, and silver shimmer/sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, but it was mostly opaque when applied damp, and it also smoothed out more when applied damp. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is less gray. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is less frosted. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly but very similar. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #4 is a dirty, muted brown with a gray, yellow, and brown mix of sparkle and tone. It’s a very murky shade. I would almost call it pewter, because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not a bronze or gold either. It seemed to be more similar to other pewter-hued shades, though, so I’d classify it closest to that, but it’s a little warmer/browner. It was semi-opaque applied dry, fully opaque applied damp, and it had a more metallic finish when applied damp. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cream product. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #5 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a plummy-brown undertone and a light pearly shimmer. This was the least frosted/metallic shade in the palette. It had a slightly drier texture, which gave it less intense color payoff both applied dry and damp. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is more frosted. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar, slightly warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is a touch purpler. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette 2x Dare
2x Dare
2x Dare
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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