Makeup Geek Arabesque, Grapevine, Charleston Showstopper Crème Stains Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Arabesque

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is light-medium, pinky lavender with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was thin, almost watery, but this one actually spread better across the lips compared to many shades. It had more even, semi-opaque coverage, though it dried down with some streakiness and looked “cracked” when I smiled as the color separated at my lip lines. This shade lasted for four hours and was slightly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$12.00/0.19 oz. - $63.16 Per Ounce

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy.

I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it).

It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Browse all of our Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain swatches.

Arabesque

LELimited Edition. $12.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total
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Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Crème Stain

Grapevine

Makeup Geek Grapevine Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had medium pigmentation that took four pulls of product to get a single layer of product for my lips, as there appeared to be very little product that stayed on the applicator at a given moment. The consistency was prone to sheering out and went on very unevenly with color that gathered in my lip lines and appeared “cracked” when I smiled. This shade lasted for four and a half hours before there was significant fading at the center of the mouth, and it was slightly drying.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$12.00/0.19 oz. - $63.16 Per Ounce

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy.

I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it).

It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Browse all of our Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain swatches.

Grapevine

LELimited Edition. $12.00.
D+
D+
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
2
Application
69%
Total
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Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain
Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Crème Stain

Charleston

Makeup Geek Charleston Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage, which did not build well, as it caused the initial layer to pull up and resulted in more uneven coverage than with just one layer applied. The texture was thin, almost watery, and it was difficult to spread out before it started to dry down. The formula lasted for four and a half hours and was slightly drying.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$12.00/0.19 oz. - $63.16 Per Ounce

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy.

I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it).

It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Browse all of our Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain swatches.

Charleston

LELimited Edition. $12.00.
D
D
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
2
Application
66%
Total
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Tarte Pop Rock Metallics Shadow
  • Tarte Vintage Metallics Shadow
  • Tarte Clueless Metallics Shadow
  • Tarte Revel Metallics Shadow
  • Tarte Amethyst Metallics Shadow
  • Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner
  • Tarte Jaded Metallics Shadow

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Ugh. Forget these! I’ll hold out for the permanent release of KVD K-Dub instead. Glad I’ve already got some fantastic purple lipsticks already that are at least a little bit similar to these. But still getting K-Dub! ?

Pretty colours. Such a pity the formulation on these seems so very off.
I might actually get one of the dupes, UD Crank is on the list as it’s close-ish to both Grapevine and Charleston, but I’ll also check out Too Faced Unicorn.
Got to love the dupelist!

I had zipper, but I just threw it out last week. It was SO streaky, and it crumbled as I talked. Which as a public speaker I can NOT have that.

And with these not doing so well, I might as well check out ABH or KVD for a good purple liquid lip!

Hi Christine, this packaging reminds me of the Hard Candy Velvet Mousse lipsticks. I don’t think you’ve talked about these yet. I only own the shade Heather, but I would love to see you swatch and review the entire line. They’re available from Walmart for USD $6 (CAD $8) and I find the formula very comfortable but still fairly long wearing and not patchy. They do transfer a bit but they eventually dry down, and the smell may bother some.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hard-Candy-Velvet-Mousse-Matte-Lip-Color-Cherry-Blossom-0.23-oz/50651089

From what I’ve seen, they have 14 shades:
– Old: Daffodil, Dahlia, Tulip, Sweet Pea, Hibiscus, Cherry Blossom, Wisteria
– New: Mimosa Blossom, Snapdragon, Heather, Buttercup, Forget Me Not, Spider Orchid, Foxglove

The packaging looks identical to the liquid matte lipsticks from Hourglass and interestingly the experience was very similar – flaking, streaking, drying.

Also Christine, something about your ad network is causing this page to *automatically* open a new page and open the App Store app. Making it almost impossible to open this page (I had to manually stop the page from loading). Super super annoying. I’m using the safari browser on an iPhone.

Could you please take a screen shot and email to christine[at]temptalia.com? I can try to find it in the network, but it is unfortunately very difficult to track down a single ad 🙁 We don’t allow these types of ads!

No problem. Will need a few days because I think it’s a UK ad network thing (and not every page so I will need to experiment). I’m currently abroad so will try as soon as I get back because I love hour site and I read it on mobile 50% of the time and it’s really cramping the experience.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!