Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” Two of the four shades reviewed here were a less foolproof to use; the consistency wasn’t as smooth, and the color payoff didn’t transfer as well from brush to lid to get the intensity applied as seen in the pan. The shades wore seven to seven and a half hours on me, and they definitely crease (rather than fade), so that’s a bit of a bummer–I would definitely use primer with these. As I’ve mentioned in the previous two reviews, these are more like powder eyeshadows, so color will transfer/smudge/blend if you touch it, even hours later–they don’t set like a cream eyeshadow, they act just like powders in that respect.

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All are more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Magic Act Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light gold with yellow undertones.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color, so it doesn’t read true gold. It had good pigmentation with a buttery, dense texture that went on smoothly and was very blendable. It started to crease after seven hours of wear. MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is yellower. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is similar. Stila Vitality (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright mossy green with slight gold undertones.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed green with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a silky, creamy consistency that went on smoothly. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Fig (P, $9.99) is lighter. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald teal green.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened teal with a metallic sheen. It had a slightly drier consistency that made it more to flaking in the pan (but it doesn’t flake off once applied, to be clear), and as a result, the pigmentation wasn’t as strong. It lost a lot of the richness/intensity of the teal color and looked more like a muted version of itself applied. Once on, the color showed signs of creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Deep Teal (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is less metallic. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Center Stage Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, navy blue with a hint of violet/purple and a metallic finish. It had really good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It felt a little drier/less creamy compared to the other shades in the range, and it didn’t seem to apply as easily as the other shades. This shade started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is bluer. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is less purple. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” On the whole, these three were good with two shades having excellent pigmentation and one have good (but not great) payoff. The wear was still hovering around the seven-hour mark, so I’d recommend still using a primer underneath these to prolong the wear. They act primarily like powder eyeshadows, and in that respect, you’ll get the color to transfer if you pressed your fingertip to your lid, and if you wiped (even lightly), you’ll see the color move slightly, so I wouldn’t call them smudge-proof. I liked these a lot for their richness and intensity, though I wish they lasted longer.

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright amethyst purple.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned violet purple with a frosted finish. This was the weakest eyeshadow out of the ten launched, as it had less intense color payoff, while the texture was thinner–it felt a little more “pressed” into the pan and didn’t have the same richness or creaminess that the other shades did. It is almost as if it flakes off the surface of the pan at times when trying to use it. I did try using it with a damp brush, but the results didn’t seem to intensify. On me, the color creased slightly after seven hours. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is lighter, bluer. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is darker, bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is brighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Grandstand Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones.” It’s a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, coppery undertones and a metallic sheen. In the pan, I can see the “taupe undertones,” but applied, it’s really quite warm and more orange/copper. It had rich color payoff that went on very smoothly and blended easily. The consistency was soft, creamy, and made it so a little went a long way. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before creasing. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is darker. Tarte Copper Kettle (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Peace (P) is more muted. Stila Affection (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is more orange/red. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted. MAC A Harvest of Greens #1 (P, $21.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Mesmerized Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep medium taupe with strong purple undertones.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was incredibly rich in pigment, and the texture of the eyeshadow was silky, creamy, and very blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing. Chanel Poesie #4 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Hell (P, $21.00) is yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is less metallic. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Acute (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” There are ten shades (all of which I will review), and this review focuses on three of the warmer, more autumn-y shades. All three were very pigmented with soft, dense, and creamy textures. They creased after seven hours of wear for me, and they’ll absolutely smudge if you touch them; it’s not like they set and lock into place (they behaved just like your typical powder eyeshadow would if you lightly touched them, where some product may transfer or blend a little more).

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek In the Spotlight Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “soft pink with coral undertones.” It’s a brightened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, creamy, blendable consistency that made it easy to lid. For a metallic, it also seemed to go on particularly smooth (it didn’t emphasize the skin on my lids). It started to crease slightly after seven hours. bareMinerals Shazam (LE) is darker, pinker. Anastasia Fresh Peach (LE) is darker, less metallic. MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is less metallic. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is pinker. MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $15.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $15.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “true brightened warm copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen and light gold micro-sparkle. It was intensely pigmented–a little went a long way–and very smooth. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear on me. Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is less metallic, lighter. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is darker, browner. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is browner. Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (P, $6.80) is more orange. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is redder. LORAC Gold (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is lighter. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more sparkly but very similar. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rusty brown with warm undertones.” It’s a rich, burgundy with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This was less metallic than the other two, and it seemed even smoother (though the others seemed quite smooth as well). The pigmentation was excellent, while the texture felt buttery and silky. The color started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Plummed (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is lighter. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is glossier, cooler-toned, darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned,m glossier. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is not quite as matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is glossier, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It has a thin consistency that spreads well across the lips, and it’s important to apply in a very smooth, even layer in order to get the best coverage and end result. The color dries down fairly quickly to a totally matte finish–no shine at all–and locks onto lips. There’s very little transfer, and I get almost no transfer until I’ve eaten something with the formula on (then it is less durable). It does cling to lips, though it is a lot less clingy (and more comfortable to wear, as a result) than most liquid lipsticks that dry down like this. The color lasted easily for eight hours, and it started to feel drying after four to five hours of wear.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. The lighter beige shades actually performed a lot better than the ones I reviewed previously, so those might be worth considering if you prefer a mechanical eyeliner. The two green-hued shades were a miss for me, though, due to their stiffer consistencies, shorter wear times, and color payoff (or lack thereof).

MAC Bare Asset Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “medium beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was creamy without being too waxy, so it applied smoothly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NW25/NC30.)

MAC Risque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color with two layers. Like Bare Asset, it was creamy without being too waxy or too emollient, and it also wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches/ view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NC15/NW20.)

MAC Snowed In Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “light peach off-white.” It’s a brightened, warm white with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied in a fluid stroke, and it was slightly buildable but wasn’t fully opaque no matter how many layers I attempted to apply. This shade stayed on well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Army Style Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “military deep green.” It’s a muted, dark olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was drier, somewhat stiff, yet waxy, and the resulting color payoff was sheer. At best, it was semi-sheer, but it looked so unevenly when layered. It had faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sourpuss Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as an “acid green.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, and it was slightly buildable but the color tended to bunch up in places, so it wasn’t as even as I’d like. The consistency was a bit stiffer than other shades, too, which made it less pleasant to apply. The color started to fade after six and a half hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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