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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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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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo
Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It looked a lot more shimmery in the pan than it did when it swatched! The consistency was silky but powdery, so it didn’t apply as evenly or with as much intensity as desired. I don’t notice the shortcomings as much when I applied it into the crease with a fluffier brush, but for lid application, it is more noticeable. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Brown (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Persuade (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, grayer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is similar. Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is similar. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #14 Aurore Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned,, rosy mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but very finely-milled. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $36.00) is a crema product. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter, brighter. MAC Strawberry Patch (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #15 Parma Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium purple with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture–that did kick up excess when used–which applied easily. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light graphite grey with flecks of silver.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, which could have been truer-to-pan, but it had a soft, blendable consistency so it was easy to use on the lid. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Ice Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “frosty shimmery white.” It’s a cool-toned, bright white with a very fine shimmer-sheen finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation nonetheless. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Milk (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is slightly brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (P) is similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek White Lies Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte pure white.” It’s a cool-toned white with a matte finish that comes off looking almost gray-ish applied. I think it’s a shade that would be really nice over a good base for a pure white, but it doesn’t have the density or richness to be bright white on the skin by itself. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $15.00) is similar. LORAC White (P) is brighter. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is brighter. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a light, bluish-gray with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it could have applied slightly more evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me (out of the twelve claimed). I really like how unique it is (relative to what I’ve come across). MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) was the only remotely similar shade I could think of, but it is purpler. It did remind me a lot of Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Sailor Suit Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue over a blackened base with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to fully opaque color with two layers. This shade stayed on well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is similar. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Suede Shoes Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a hint of green–it’s not enough to be teal, but it’s a “warmer” blue–and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque, smooth color in two passes. This shade wore well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is greener. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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