Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades that range from golden beige to copper. This eyeshadow formula is supposed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. The other thing I’ve noticed with the Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes has been an inclination to repeat shades (either intentionally or they just have ended up very similar to a previously release).

Warm Wash #1 is described as a “white with orange-gold pearl.” It’s a light beige with warm, golden micro-sparkle and shimmer. It is very sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It was somewhat buildable on the lid to semi-opaque coverage with a fairly dampened brush, and it lasted for eight hours. Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is a cream product. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Trusted Instinct #1 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #2 (P) is lighter. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Dew (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #2 is described as a “copper gold bronze.” It’s a muted, copper brown with warm, orange-red undertones and larger copper sparkle over a metallic finish. The texture was flaky, where the sparkle tended to separate from the powder base, which made dry application particularly frustrating (lots of fall out), and even damp application, while certainly closer to full coverage, had fall out over time. The color lasted for eight hours without creasing. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less sparkly, cream. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is less glittery, more muted. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker, cream. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, less sparkly. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #3 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm, gold and orange pearly shimmer. The finish wasn’t fully metallic, but it was a little more reflective than a true pearl finish, I think. It had very sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Anastasia Orange You Fancy (LE, $12.00) is darker. Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Sin City (LE, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Casino (LE, $5.99) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I724 Rust (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Sundeck #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is similar. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows and two blushes–yes, two shades are technically blushes–in an assortment of colors tempered by lighter neutrals and deeper, richer hues. I would only consider three of the ten shades to be truly bright, and two of those are the blushes. Four are more neutral, and then two shades are darker colors, but the depth makes them smokier and intense but muted. I think the palette is less intimidating for someone who isn’t as used to bright eyeshadows. The two blush shades are actually the two weakest performers in the palette, with one being a little under-performing and the other being unimpressive. The eight eyeshadows are very good, with four receiving perfect scores. That purple blush almost made me withhold my recommendation, but the other shades are that good.

I wish Make Up For Ever had included two other, vibrant eyeshadows rather than two blushes, though–perhaps two of these: ME338 Acidic Green, ME304 Emerald, I238 Blue Cedar, or D826 Fig. They could have also used a different neutral than ME512 Golden Beige, as it is also in the Nudes You Need palette, and they have plenty of golden-beige kind of shades to choose from. I would have also liked to see one or two more mattes/satins included here–7 of the 10 are of the metallic family.

The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I872 Pearly Pink is a very light, pinky-white with a pearly sheen–just shy of a truly metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a really smooth, buttery texture that was incredibly easy to use on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D552 Crystalline Gray Beige is a warm-toned, golden pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. There is very slight sparkle to it, but the texture is dense enough to support the sparkle and actually keep it adhered to the skin with the most minimal fall out, even after nine hours of wear (like two sparkles). It was nicely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy texture that just applied so well to the lid. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME910 Electric Magenta is a bright, fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and an iridescent violet sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t as rich as the average Artist Shadow, and the texture felt thinner and less blendable as a result. The texture of my individual pan seemed better with a creamier, easier-to-use texture. It still wore well as a blush for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME232 Turquoise Blue is a brightened, medium aqua-blue with a hint of warmer green undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully blendable, buttery texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME700 Amber is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic with rich, full color coverage. The texture felt creamy, dense, and remained very blendable on the eyelid. It wore well for nine and a half hours before fading a bit. This is an incredibly dupable color, though this version is excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S924 Purple is a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was thinner and drier, and it was harder to really apply this one evenly as a blush, as it didn’t blend easily. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was noticeably weaker than the individual I have of it. My single of this shade was also more blendable, though it wasn’t the best Artist Shadow for blendability that I’ve tried. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME302 Peacock is a blackened, brown-black with green-teal frost. The texture is incredibly cream-like, despite being a powder eyeshadow, and goes on as such: blendable, fully pigmented, and smooth. It wore well for ten hours before creasing. This shade was more pigmented and has a stronger bluish tone to its shimmer than my single, though when I blended the one in the palette out more, it appeared slightly greener. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME930 Black Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage with a cream-like, buttery texture. It felt creamier in the palette than when it released in the Artist Palette of it feels with a smoother sheen–almost as if the base is stronger and covers the shimmer a bit more–but it is more comparable to my single, though the palette version seems creamier still. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow

Here are the last four shades of the newly released Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) shades! :) As previously mentioned, the formula is designed as a cross between a powder and cream eyeshadow, and it’s supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky” texture. The brand has stated that those with oilier skin types will need a primer as these are prone to creasing due to the ingredients used in it. My testing showed that this formula creased faster over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof compared to just applying them to my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. When applied over MAC Painterly Paint Pot, wear seemed to extend for about two hours longer than on bare lids.

Makeup Geek Starry Eyed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium beige with hints of peach, warm undertones, and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff that went on very smoothly. The texture was dense, thicker, and very smooth, but it sometimes can emphasize the texture of the lids if you over-apply it. Over NARS/Urban Decay primers, it lasted for five hours; on bare lids, seven hours; and over MAC Painterly, nine hours. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is lighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is lighter. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is pinker. Stila Kitten (P) is very similar. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is pinker. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is pinker. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fortune Teller Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “true yellow gold with a foiled finish.” It’s a brightened, true yellow gold with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that was easily blended on the skin. It wore for five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours over bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. LORAC Unlimited (P) is warmer. Anastasia Gold Bar (P, $12.00) is lighter, less metallic. Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is cooler-toned, lighter. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is darker. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is more muted. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Untamed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright coppery orange with warm undertones and a foiled finish warm coppery bright orange.” It’s a vibrant, copper gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. This shade had a lot of richness and depth to the color. It was intensely pigmented and really smooth and creamy to the touch. It wore for five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare skin, and nine and a half overs over MAC Painterly. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Rap (P, $16.00) Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Connoisseur (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Charmed Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “muted silvery light olive with taupe undertones and a foiled finish.” It’s a dirty, green-ish pewter with warm, khaki undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t as opaque as other shades in the launch. The texture was soft, creamy, and blendable on the skin. On me, it lasted for five hours over NARS/Urban Decay Primer Potion, seven and a half hours over bare skin, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. This was one of the more unique shades in the collection. Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $38.00) is darker, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Colour Pop Snow Flurry (P, $5.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Division (LE) is darker. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is slightly warmer. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains nine Artist Shadows in neutral hues. I absolutely love this palette, and it’s so refreshing to see a brand put out a palette of their existing products that actually maintains the quality across the two. The pans are slightly smaller (24mm) than your typical eyeshadow pan (26mm, like MAC/Urban Decay), but I suspect they are deeper, as the full-sized eyeshadows are noticeably larger but only contain 0.02 oz. more (full-sized is 0.08 oz. each, and each in the palette is 0.06 oz.). The Artist Shadows have a few different finishes, and I find all of them to have a similar except the mattes; all the other finishes feel like a powder and cream hybrid, as they’re denser, creamier and have really rich, color payoff that adheres well to bare skin. The matte finish is more like a traditional powder eyeshadow, though Make Up For Ever’s version is nice: silky, smooth, finely-milled, and pigmented.

This is an excellent palette if you enjoy neutrals, love (or want to buy more) Artist Shadows, and don’t mind that there aren’t any mattes in it. If you only like palettes with a variety of finishes, including mattes, you might find this one a miss. I think the quality is extremely high, and it would easily pair with your favorite neutral mattes that you might already have, but for travel, I can see this not working for those who like to incorporate a few mattes into their look. This is the major downside to the palette (they could have definitely popped in a matte and/or another matte/satin), and one minor downside is that–unlike the holiday palette–the shadows aren’t removable. I am sure you could depot it with the right tools, but they don’t lift right out. The other minor downside is that the palette is on the heavier side (and had the bottom been magnetic and the eyeshadows removable, I would have understood).

The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I528 Pearl is a brightened, pink-tinged white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that worked well on the skin. It wore well for nine hours. For me, this one seemed brighter and more white-based than my single of it (which is almost like a pale warm pink). I don’t notice the difference as much applied to the lid, so it might just be a mix of the shimmer catching more/less light. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I514 Pink Ivory is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a creamy, blendable texture that worked well on bare skin and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy texture that just applied so well to the lid. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S556 Taupe Gray is a cool-toned taupe with a hint of gray-purple and a semi-matte finish. The satin finish is more apparent if you really sheer and blend it out, but if you wear it as a mostly opaque color, it has more of a matte look. It had good color payoff, while the texture was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D562 Taupe Platinum is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray-ish cast in its metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture. On the lid, it was easily blended and stayed on well for nine hours. The palette version seemed smoother and as a result, more reflective giving it a slightly lighter color in certain lighting. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME644 Iced Brown is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with an incredibly smooth, creamy consistency that went on beautifully. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S102 Onyx is an inky, deep dark black with a satin finish. It appears more matte on the lid; I don’t get a lot of sheen, but the satiny texture helps make it easy to blend. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage with a smooth texture. The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and cream-like. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D652 Celestial Earth is a deepened bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly due to its very soft, creamy texture. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow

This post features three of the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) shades that have just been released. The formula is supposed to be a cross between a cream and powder eyeshadow that has “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” The brand has said that the formula may be prone to creasing on oilier lids and recommends a primer. The color payoff of these shades ranged from mostly opaque to fully opaque with dense, thick, creamy textures. The wear was actually shorter when used over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof than it was without any primer or base; when I tested with MAC Painterly Paint Pot, I had the longest results, though shorter than I typically get with Paint Pots.

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink.” It’s a very light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily built-up to full coverage on the lid once blended and worked into the skin. The color lasted for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product, darker. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) os similar. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Daydreamer Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish cool light lilac purple.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on very smoothly and evenly, and it was easy to blend out on the skin. It started to crease after seven hours on bare skin, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Urban Decay Tonic (P, $18.00) is warmer, pinker. Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is less metallic, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 (LE) is lighter. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Masquerade Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright medium plum with warm undertones and a foiled finish bright warm plum.” It’s a brightened, pink-based purple with warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade wasn’t as metallic as others in the range. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was easy to blend on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on bare lids, six hours over Urban Decay/NARS primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. Colour Pop Dare (P, $5.00) is purpler. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more sparkly, brighter but isn’t eye safe. Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is brighter but isn’t eye safe. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is lighter but isn’t eye safe. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Femininity (LE, $32.50) is lighter, more sparkly. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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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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