Makeup Geek Bake Sale, Pocket Change, Lucky Penny, Tan Lines, Sidekick Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin; it felt a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t translate that way on the lid and was effortless to use. It was nicely pigmented and wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Van Gogh With It (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Voyage (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Magmatique (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Moonbeam (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Montaigne (Golden Hour) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mabuhay (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (DC, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Nue (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Morphe Buns (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Lil' Boat (DC, $4.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Want U Back (PiP, $4.50) is darker (85% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly buttery consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color applied well to bare skin with full coverage, while the edges diffused nicely. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop Girls Bite (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Memory (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Morphe Meeks (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #6 #2 (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #5 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Firecracker (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Frosting (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC My Castle (LE, $19.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bad Habit D'Orsay (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones paired with a frosted finish. The consistency felt soft to the touch, but it was a little denser and had more bulk to it, which helped it adhere well to bare skin while blending out beautifully. It was easy to use and wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop West Star (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Sugar Shade #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). KKW Beauty Blossom (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Tahitian Pearl (285) (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Paramour (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty O Yeah (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peppermint Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS La La (DC, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Copper (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Antique Rose (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and smooth consistency that was a touch powdery. I had no trouble applying it to bare skin, though, and it blended out nicely without sheering out unduly. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC No Me Queda Mas (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (DC, $2.29) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Maple (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Burning Desire (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smokey Date (Smoke) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Abu (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Suede (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ch-ch-changes (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Nude Caramel (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Surabaya I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jamocha (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild My Glamour Squad #7 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spice Dynasty (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth without being too dusty or too powdery. The color applied well to bare skin and blended out without issue. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Cayenne (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Blazing (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (PiP, ) is warmer (100% similar). Colour Pop Top Notch (P, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Popular Demand (DC, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). Persona Audacious (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Nude Light #9 (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Not For Sale (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Romance (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Throwback (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Thick (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia D5 (Norvina Vol. 4) (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Hard (PiP, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Hubba Bubba (LE, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Cheap Bar (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Not a Basic Peach #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cozy (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Paradiso (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Morphe Jacz (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a powder formula that is supposed to be “highly pigmented.” 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.)

Bake Sale

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A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Pocket Change

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A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Lucky Penny

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A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Tan Lines

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B+
B+
8.8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.8
Texture
8.3
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Sidekick

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B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Look Breakdown

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Look Breakdown

Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek
$6.00/0.06 oz.

85%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Ooh Lucky Penny is so pretty and it rated well!
I hope Makeup Geek eyeshadows are turning for the better again, I’d love to purchase from them without having to hope I didn’t order any misses.

Sure, I have probably enough neutrals; on the other hand, I don’t have dupes for Lucky Penny, Sidekick and Bake Sale, the ones I like in this listing. I’ve gotten compliments wearing Riff, the UD medium warm brown, since it makes my blue eyes pop, so I may explore further into warm neutrals further and at this low cost, why not.

OOH these all are colors I’m really into right now! Usually I don’t bother with much eye makeup but I’ve been really into bronzey clay colors on the eyes lately.

Wow! These are really nice and make for a lovely bronzy smokey eye! Too bad I’m duped out up to the gills in exactly these types of shades, but that’s to be expected when one of my favorite looks on myself is a bronzy smokey eye, eh? ?

Glad to see high marks on theses! I think I’m just to get going to get Pocket Change. I really like Lucky Penny but it’s too close of a dupe to Sable.

These are everyday neutral, warm toned staples. A great rating for those who don’t have these shades (although I can’t think of anyone in the beauty community who doesn’t!). Gorgeous eye look Christine. one that could easily be worn to work.

Nice basic colours. I quite like Lucky Penny and Bake Sale.
It’e been a long tiome since I ordered anything from MG, maybe it’s time to add some new eyeshadows to that half empty palette 🙂

Glad to see the mattes are doing well! Their original formula was my all time favorite matte eyeshadow formula (for example Cocoa Bear, Latte, Creme Brulee, and Peach Smoothie are must-haves for me) but the last few releases have been disappointing. I’m very happy to see them back on track.

PRetty warm eye look Christine! None of these shades individually are speaking to me though. Actually none of the new shades are And that’s rare for me!

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