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Makeup Geek Mercury, Mermaid, Mocha Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Mercury Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic medium silver.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-ish silver with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The consistency was soft but noticeably powdery, so it had a tendency to sheer out some when blended on the skin. I recommend patting the color on to minimize fall out during application as well as sheering out, then blend along the edges to soften. It wore well on me for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is lighter.MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Warm Thunder (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mermaid Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic teal with reflects gold.” It’s a medium blue with iridescent green-tinged gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it could have been more pigmented. The texture was soft and easy to blend on the lid, but it was slightly powdery. When I tested it, the color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE) is darker, less blue. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is brighter. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is a bit brighter. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Mocha Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep matte brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a matte finish. I had a lot of trouble working with this one; it was incredibly powdery and very sheer–it was more like a wash of brown that looked lighter and lighter applied than it did in the pan. When applied to the lid, it lasted about six hours but was noticeably faded from there. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P) is not as warm-toned. Laura Mercier Truffle (P) is similar in color. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar in color, slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is also similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mercury
Mercury
Mercury
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mermaid
Mermaid
Mermaid
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mocha
Mocha
Mocha
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total

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bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.  When worn, the palette ended up being rather warm-toned, so if you tend to prefer cooler tones, this will be an easy skip.  The colors complement each other, though, and for someone who likes warmer, peachy/orange eyeshadows, this may work well.

Love It is described as a “light mint shimmer.” It’s a very pale, pale white with, at most, a green tint, but it looks mostly like a cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was slightly powdery. MAC Chill (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is a bit whiter. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Five Star (LE) is similar–no green tinge at all, though. See comparison swatches.

Woo is Me is described as an “apricot pink sheen.” It’s a light-medium, yellow with a goldenrod undertone and a soft, pink frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little chunky. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is less yellow. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Smile Now (LE) is yellower. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Louder is described as a “burnished copper.” It’s a rich, warm-toned copper with strong, orange undertones and a metallic finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it had a very dense, soft texture but could have been a little smoother. A little went a long way with this shade. Louder has been featured in The Playlist (a limited edition palette). It’s a particular hue that is done often by brands, so there is no shortage of near-dupes. See comparison swatches.

Head Over Heels is described as a “warm slate.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s extremely pigmented, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter, grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product that is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is similar–has a satin finish, though. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Quad The True Romantic
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Quadrille (537)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette (Quick)

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00, now $34.00, for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) consists of twelve READY eyeshadows inside a medium-thick, plastic palette. The palette contains a palette within it–a 3-eyeshadow palette that slides out of the larger palette. You can pop in and out your favorite shades to take with you as a trio, rather than the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle, should you desire. The trio also holds a travel-sized, double-ended brush. Generally, I get between ten and twelve hours of wear (no primer) with bareMinerals’ formula–some of the sheerer ones that have a drier texture will show fading before ten hours (usually after eight or so).

Stealth is described as an “apricot chiffon.” It’s a pale, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is also in The Hidden Agenda eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as buttery as compared to the one in the duo. See comparison swatches.

Daydream is described as a “nude creme.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. This is in The Escape eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Embellish is described as a “glittery pewter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with golden bronze shimmer and slight sparkle over a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. See comparison swatches.

Perspective is described as a “deep espresso.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was somewhat dry, a little stiff to work with, and the color payoff was decent but not opaque. See comparison swatches.

Panorama is described as a “charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a subtle satin sparkle. The shade was semi-sheer, dry, and stiff to work with, and it was also prone to fading faster than other shades (after eight hours). See comparison swatches.

Mixologist is described as a “champagne sheen.” It’s a pale, warm-toned peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I noticed it wasn’t as soft or as buttery as the permanent version (found in The Top Shelf duo). See comparison swatches.

Maven is described as a “blackened navy.” It’s a cool-toned, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but could have been a bit more blendable. See comparison swatches.

Muse is described as a “pink frost.” It’s a light-medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and subtle cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the consistency was soft and buttery. This shade is part of The Inspiration duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Max Volume is described as a “smoky jade.” It’s a blackened emerald green with a soft, frosted sheen. It had on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as one would expect. This shade was in The Playlist, which was a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

Hot Commodity is described as a “metallic medium copper.” It’s a light-medium, golden bronze with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, was incredibly soft and smooth, and a cinch to blend. See comparison swatches.

Custom Made is described as a “pink quartz pearl.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and buttery. This shade was in The Finer Things, a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

In Vogue is described as a “matte smoky purple.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly reddish-toned violet purple with a satin finish. The texture was dry, somewhat stiff, and not as easy to blend as I’d like to see. It had so-so pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals READY Convertible Eyeshadow Palette Mix Master
Mix Master
Mix Master
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Makeup Geek Homecoming, Latte, Mango Tango Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Preppy, Latte, Unexpected, Drama Queen Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows: Preppy (inner lid), Latte (middle of lid), Unexpected (outer lid),
Drama Queen (crease)

Makeup Geek Homecoming Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium brown with gold shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a champagne sheen. The color payoff was very nice, and the consistency was soft, blendable, and buttery. It wore well for eight full hours. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Hazelnut (P) is very similar. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is more metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is more golden, less red-toned. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more metallic. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Latte Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte medium brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with yellow-red undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it’s very soft so it can sheer out a bit. If applied over a base, there shouldn’t be any issues with it. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me with light fading apparent by the eighth hour. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is slightly lighter and has a satin finish. Laura Mercier Truffle (P) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is shimmery, redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is slightly more orange-toned. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is similar–a little redder in tone. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Mango Tango Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with flecks of gold.” It’s an orange-coral with a subtle gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft–a smidgen powdery–and blendable. When I tested it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. MAC Daydreaming (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Les Fauves #3 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Smash Hit (LE) is lighter, more matte. Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Homecoming
Homecoming
Homecoming
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Latte
Latte
Latte
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mango Tango
Mango Tango
Mango Tango
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Makeup Geek Glamorous, Goddess, Hipster Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Hipster Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows: Glamorous (inner lid), Mango Tango (middle of lid),
Simply Marlena (outer lid), Duchess (crease), Peach Smoothie (brow), Liquid Gold (lash line)

Makeup Geek Glamorous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bronze gold.” It’s a golden copper with subtle hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. At a glance, it doesn’t seem overly complicated, but when swatched and applied, there are so many layers to it–it’s not quite orange, copper, or brown, but a mix, and the golden shimmer makes it look lit from within. It had excellent color payoff, was soft and silky to the touch, and blended easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange, sparkly. LORAC Gold (P) is similar but more frosted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is slightly more orange, more frosted. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange and frosted. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Goddess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic pale copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with a soft, satiny finish. It didn’t read metallic when I swatched it; quite the opposite, smoother, softer, and satin to pearl in finish. It is darker, warmer, and more orange compared to Glamorous. The color payoff was fantastic, and the consistency was soft and buttery.  It wore well for almost nine hours before fading.  Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more metallic but very similar in color. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is also more metallic, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is similar but more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Hipster Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was easy to blend, but it could be a little softer and more pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on the lid.  Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Glamorous
Glamorous
Glamorous
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Goddess
Goddess
Goddess
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Hipster
Hipster
Hipster
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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