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Makeup Geek Fashion Addict, Tuscan Sun, Hopscotch, Sand Dollar, Taboo Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Fashion Addict Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fashion Addict Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Fashion Addict Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, magenta-purple with warmer undertones and a matte finish. Like a lot of the other mattes from recent spring release, it was powdery and hard to work with–regular primer doesn’t cut it, either–only a white, lightly tacky base is of any help. I found it incredibly disappointing and a utter pain to use as it would sheer out easily (resulting in a lot of fall out) and did not build well. It had noticeably faded within six hours. Sleek MakeUP Acid #7 (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom VIP (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Statement (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Electric Violet (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Vibrant Grape (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #11 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop 143 (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Minty (LE, $5.00) is warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Huda Beauty Amethyst (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Sephora Myiesha (LE, ) is brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium, rosy coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it was paired with a dusty, thin texture that didn’t apply well to bare skin (or a typical primer, like UDPP or TFSI) and needed a tacky, white base to make it appear even and true-to-pan in color. It started to fade after six hours of wear. LORAC Hot Toddy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC You My Everything (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop The News (DC, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Smash Hit (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Hopscotch Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a light-medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out and apply unevenly as it would stick to some areas better than others. It did not layer/build well on the skin. The color lasted for six hours. LORAC Lavender (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Creep (P, ) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sand Dollar Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a very light, grayish beige with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a smooth, lightly dusty texture, but it was workable on the skin and didn’t emphasize the texture of my lid. It does sheer out, though, so if you want opaque/buildable coverage, you’ll need a really strong base with it. The color wore for six hours. Kat Von D Black Milk (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Ash (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Taboo Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a deep, eggplant purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that was somewhat buildable paired with a drier texture that applied unevenly on the skin. It took a lot of work to blend out the color, unfortunately. Of all the misses in the launch, this one was one of the less surprising misses, as it is consistently a color that most brands have difficulty in creating. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Evening Affair (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 04 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Center Stage (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Meow! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Chopper (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Vamp (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Eggplant (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Wild Card (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fierce (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is supposed to be a “highly-pigmented” powder eyeshadows. They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely-milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total
Tuscan Sun
Tuscan Sun
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
Hopscotch
Hopscotch
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
69%
Total
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
Taboo
Taboo
4
Product
4
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
51%
Total

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Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush
Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Marvelous (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “luxurious powder blush” with “silky smooth application” that yields a “radiant glow” and a “delicate flush of color.” The latter seems to suggest a sheerer formulation. The texture was rather stiff in the pan; the kind of texture where little powder comes off the surface, so I had to use a denser brush and really jab at the surface to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Once on, the color and finish are gorgeous–a really glowing, luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or even come off as shimmery. This shade wore for six and a half hours on me before noticeably fading.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus
C-

Permanent

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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Makeup Geek Anarchy, Casino, Sin City, Venom Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Anarchy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Anarchy Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Anarchy Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that ran a little dry but was workable on the lid and only sheered out a little when applied. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Salazen Grum (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Rosewood (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Miss Minnie (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #9 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mademoiselle (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC It's Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Trust Me (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Mythical (LE, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Royal (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #28 (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Nauti (LE, ) is less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Casino Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that ran a smidgen dusty but didn’t show or feel that way in practice. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Note, it was previously released in their Vegas Lights palette. Dior Aurora #1 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sinful (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Poudre d'Or (34) (P, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #7 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #20 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Wendy G (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Heat (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pleather Python (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Sunnies (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Ombres Lamées de Chanel #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Flash (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sin City Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium orange with warm, golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was opaque and paired with a soft, lightly dusty texture that blended out easily and sat well on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. This was also in the Vegas Lights palette. MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Mandarine (123DC) (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Chauffeur (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Orange You Fancy (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Jones (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sunnies (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Torch (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Venom Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The texture was quite different compared to most of the powder eyeshadow range–it was much, much denser and more cream-like–and I would say it had more in common with the feel of the Foiled eyeshadows than the standard range. It was incredibly pigmented, smooth, and applied well to bare skin. This shade wore well for eight hours–it was by far the best shade in the new shades for spring. Buxom Dusk 'Til Dawn (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Protest (-, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Jaded (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is supposed to be a “highly-pigmented” powder eyeshadows. They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely-milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Anarchy
Anarchy
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Casino
Casino
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Sin City
Sin City
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Venom
Venom
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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ColourPop Pillow Talk, Hollywood Blvd., Chateau Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix
ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a very smooth, velvety consistency that glided on effortlessly, but the texture did feel a bit thin and clingy once on. This one highlighted the natural texture of my lips slightly and would visibly pull apart when I widened my mouth or smiled. The color lasted for six hours with slightly more fading from the center of the lips. It was somewhat drying over time. Anastasia Dread (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Neutral Beige (107) (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Café au Chic (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Butter (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cold Hard Cash (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mess Around (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Chi (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Styled in Sepia (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Hollywood Blvd. Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a dark brown with warm, orange tones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage paired with a creamy, smooth texture that was thin and lightweight but never dragged or tugged at the lips. It’s interesting how nice these feel going on, but they aren’t always comfortable after a few hours. This shade wore away evenly and wasn’t clingy for most of the wear, but it was drying after four hours (lasted for six and a half in total). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Derriere (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.50) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Fortune (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Tarte Choker (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Chateau Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was one of the “sheerer” shades in the range. The color went on really evenly, which is sometimes an issue with these types of colors. The color wore well for over seven hours and was somewhat drying over time. Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Voodoo Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Pat McGrath McMenamy (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is supposed to have “full coverage” in one stroke that is “long-wearing” with “the smoothest, most velvety glide” while still retaining a “super matte finish.” The formula glides on really well, and they have a smooth, lightweight texture that feels thin and has a more powdery, matte finish on the lips. Some are really comfortable to wear for most of the time, a few are somewhat drying earlier on and may look drier or “cracked,” though the majority look good applied. They are longer-wearing; not quite as long as the Ultra Matte or Ultra Satin range but longer than the average lipstick. I found most shades that I’ve tested thus far (about half the range) to be comfortable for most of the time. The formula held up fairly well to eating and very well for drinking/sipping out of a cup or mug. As they are thin, they don’t really slide or move around on my lips, so once they do start to fade or lose color, it’s better to re-apply than try to smooth back into place. The formula has a light vanilla scent but no discernible taste. They come in the same type (and amount) as the regular Lippie Stix range, so it’s worth noting that they contain less than a standard lipstick tube at 0.035 oz. (the average tube is around 0.10 oz.).

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Chateau
Chateau
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Makeup Geek Tiki Hut, Wild West, Brownie Points, Friend Zone Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Tiki Hut Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Tiki Hut Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Tiki Hut Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, finely-milled consistency that was a smidgen powdery but easy to blend out on the skin and did not look dry on the eye. The color lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #13 (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Hot Cocoa (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dulce de Leche (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Base) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Royal Prerogative (LE, $6.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Flutes (LE, $5.00)(90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Puree (P, $16.00)(85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Wild West Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with a matte finish. The consistency was really powdery, even though it was finely-milled and soft, so it tended to sheer out and have a more faded coloring applied than it did when viewed in the pan. The color started to fade noticeably after six hours on the eye. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Red Earth (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS New York (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rebel (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Strapless (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Brownie Points Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a matte finish. It was very, very powdery and prone to sheering out; it was difficult to layer or build-up the color as it wouldn’t stick to itself, just dust away. This shade wore well for five and a half hours. Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Profesh (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Maple Syrup (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M549 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Friend Zone Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium, gray-taupe with cool, lavender tones and a matte finish. It was very soft and finely-milled, but it was powdery and prone to sheering out on the skin. Even over a regular primer, it doesn’t stick that well, so I would use something lightly tacky to keep it in place if you want true-to-pan color and full coverage. It wore well for seven hours. Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Gallery (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Portobello (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Silent Mary (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 11 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Harley (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Violet Gray (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Energetic (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is supposed to be a “highly-pigmented” powder eyeshadows. They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely-milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Tiki Hut
Tiki Hut
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Wild West
Wild West
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
4
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
48%
Total
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total

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ColourPop She Bad, Cami, Tickler Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop She Bad Matte X Lippie Stix
ColourPop She Bad Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop She Bad Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a medium peach with warm, orange-brown tones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight, velvety consistency that was easy to maneuver and apply across the lips. The texture seemed to emphasize the natural texture of my lips, and it appeared “cracked” slightly when I smiled or widened my mouth. The color lasted for five and a half hours and started to feel drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Nude Embrace (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced When In Doubt (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Adore (LE, $8.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Precocious (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Wholesome (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Honeycomb (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Do-si-do (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Cami Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a creamy, velvety-smooth consistency that applied without tugging. The texture was less forgiving and did accentuate the natural texture of my lips, so if you have lips prone to cracking/peeling/flaking, this might be a flattering formula on. The color wore well for six hours and was lightly drying over time. MAC Mmmmmm (LE, $17.50) is glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Slowburn (246) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (DC, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Baby's All Right (LE, $17.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Magick (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flashy (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Fig (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Lust (LE, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). NARS American Woman (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Jouer Blush (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Festival (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (85% similar). NYX Euro Trash (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tickler Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a bold, bright medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a very smooth, velvety texture that applied without tugging or dragging. I was surprised that the color appeared slightly “cracked” despite being a darker/brighter shade, though it was not as apparent as it was in She Bad. The color lasted for over seven hours and was lightly drying after five hours. Urban Decay Savage (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bachelorette (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $17.50) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M202 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Fashion Tide (LE, $17.50) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Buds (DC, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $17.50) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Babe (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Moonwalk (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sephora African Violet (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Doo Wop (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is supposed to have “full coverage” in one stroke that is “long-wearing” with “the smoothest, most velvety glide” while still retaining a “super matte finish.” The formula glides on really well, and they have a smooth, lightweight texture that feels thin and has a more powdery, matte finish on the lips. Some are really comfortable to wear for most of the time, a few are somewhat drying earlier on and may look drier or “cracked,” though the majority look good applied. They are longer-wearing; not quite as long as the Ultra Matte or Ultra Satin range but longer than the average lipstick. I found most shades that I’ve tested thus far (about half the range) to be comfortable for most of the time. The formula held up fairly well to eating and very well for drinking/sipping out of a cup or mug. As they are thin, they don’t really slide or move around on my lips, so once they do start to fade or lose color, it’s better to re-apply than try to smooth back into place. The formula has a light vanilla scent but no discernible taste. They come in the same type (and amount) as the regular Lippie Stix range, so it’s worth noting that they contain less than a standard lipstick tube at 0.035 oz. (the average tube is around 0.10 oz.).

She Bad
She Bad
B+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Cami
Cami
A-

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Tickler
Tickler
A-

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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