Makeup Geek Preppy, Pretentious, Purely Naked Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte khaki brown.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s the faintest sheen to it, but it is mostly matte). It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00 is less yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Preppy
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Makeup Geek Chickadee, Simply Marlena, Poison Ivy Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Chickadee
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Chanel Berry Lucky, Cocorange, Sweet Star Precision Eye Definers

Recently, three new, limited edition shades of Chanel Precision Eye Definer ($29.00 for 0.03 oz.) were released in some brighter pops of color. I’m usually disappointed by Chanel’s limited edition eyeliners, and unfortunately, these weren’t impressive. Chanel’s formula is quite waxy, so it does glide across the skin, the color payoff is often uneven and sheerer. Sometimes they layer decently, other times the waxiness seems to build-up while the color stays about the same. I get noticeable fading after six hours of wear, and by eight hours, they look smudged.

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Chanel Precision Eye Definer
Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer Berry Lucky
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows from matte to frost. Perhaps the best way to start this review is to say that the formula used in the palette is inconsistent with previous palette releases from Kat Von D; they feel more powdery, softer, and in general, there’s a cheaper, chalkier quality across the board. Even shades that had better color payoff still had a dryness to them that feels like the eyeshadow has more filler in it than is ideal. These absolutely need a primer to even stand a chance; they just were miserable to use without primer, as they didn’t blend together well, while several shades went on much more muted. Then, of course, there is the issue of Gothica, which is a bit like a slap in the face (eye?), given that it is like loose micro-glitter without any base or binders. Brands should do better, and it’s such a shame when they put out inferior products that make customers question the brand’s reliability going forward. I’d recommend checking out her Chrysalis or Monarch palettes, if you’re determined to snag a Kat Von D palette this holiday season.

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Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Book Star Studded
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%
Limited Edition
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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00 for 9 x 0.04 oz.) includes nine, mini-sized shades from the permanent range (all of them can be had individually, if desired). Overall, I didn’t find that the formula of the minis to be different from the full-sized shades I have. The formula is a drier, stiffer consistency that often drags and tugs on the lips. Some of the lighter shades look almost chalky on, while some of the more red-hued mattes seem to be least problematic. The shimmery shades are usually creamier, but they tend to be less pigmented. The brand claims that these will “comfortably coat lips with bold color for 10 hours” (they even claim “one swipe application). Wear time varies but tends to be longer than the average lipstick, though shorter than the 10-hour wear claim. I do not find the formula comfortable to wear, and it’s hard to apply color in “one swipe” since they drag a lot. Some shades are drying, some are neither drying nor hydrating, which is far from the brand’s claim that the formula will leave “lips feeling supple.” The caps of these come off very easily, so you may not want to carry them in your purse. Mine have just been sitting in a plastic bin, and I had problems with them coming off any time products shifted around at all (unusual–can’t say I specifically recall this being an issue with another brand, or the full-sized versions).

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set
Kat Von D Lipstick Set Studded Kiss
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
77%
Limited Edition
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Dior Holiday 2014 Diorific Vernis Nail Enamels

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Diorific Vernis Top Coat Golden Shock (001)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
83%
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