Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Blacklight Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Blacklight Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Blacklight Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as an “electric purple base with icy blue reflects.” It’s a light-medium, warm lavender purple with an iridescent, blue-to-violet frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly buttery texture that was denser than most of Makeup Geek’s powder eyeshadow range. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing on me. I think the duochrome shift is subtle in this one, but it is more iridescent, so you get more of a nuanced look at all angles (but just less shift). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Pat McGrath Lavender Blue (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom La-La-Lavish (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bend the Knee (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cake Walk (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daydreamer (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Skydancer (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Lilac #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (DC, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Purple Horseshoe (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Lilac #2 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Luna (Sailor Moon) (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mind's Eye (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Mood (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sunphoria (Feminine Wiles) (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Lunar (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Lunar (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Twilight (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Amethyst (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Mai Tai Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as an “apricot base with orchid reflects.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed orange with a pinkish lavender shift. At certain angles, it appears warmer and more orange, and at others, it appears much pinker. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that applied well to bare skin and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Becca Pink Sapphire (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Duchess (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Time Out (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay OC (DC, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Heavy Glam (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Honeymoon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Bouquet Toss (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairy Godmother (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sunday Funday (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Happy Daze (DC, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Bellini (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Peace Sign (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #2 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Gleam (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Blossom (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Phantom Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “white base with violet purple reflects.” It’s a light-medium, lavender purple with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly powdery texture–it tended to look a little dry and chalky on my skin–that I bet would look great over a stronger base color. I couldn’t detect any genuine shifting of the color (even in person and contorting my arm into odd positions!), just a general iridescence/shimmer. It lasted for seven hours before fading and creasing. Sephora Moonstone (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Fyrinnae Seattle Fog (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (DC, ) is lighter (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (DC, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Supernova (PiP, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I916 Frosted Mauve (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Wisteria (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Mystery (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Pink Vibration #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop The Crab (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Trainwreck (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Adoration (PiP, ) is less pigmented (85% similar). Anastasia A1 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Chameleon (DC, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Astrological (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “pale silver with purple iridescence.” It’s a murky, light beige with cool undertones and a very subtle, pink-to-green shift. The texture on this is unlike the other duochrome eyeshadows released (and this was released prior); it has a much more powder-like feel and is less dense. It lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Gecko (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Sandbar (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Snow Rose (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Heart (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Typhoon Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “deep teal base with green and gold reflects.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-teal base with lighter green and gold frost. This was another shade that I wasn’t able to see a real shift in it; the color seems more complex to me as the undertone reads cooler while the shimmer is bountiful and warmer in tone. The consistency was soft, smooth, and buttery, and it applied well to the skin. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Frog and Wife (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Rosemary (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Palma (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Scrooge (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Clickbait (P, $13.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). Sydney Grace Levy (P, $6.00) is more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Supernova (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Griffith Green (126) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Filth and Fury (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). Morphe Diva (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace On the Road Again (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Mean Green (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Buxom Money Maker (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Sydney Grace Optimism (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC That's Showbiz Baby (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Secret Garden Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “deep espresso base with bright teal reflects.” It has purple-burgundy base with strong teal shimmer. I don’t get a lot of shifting from one color to the next, rather it is a complex color as the base is warmer and browner, and the shimmer is dense and produces strong teal color on top of the base–it has the effect of layering two dissimilar shades. The texture was dense and seemed to be pressed into the pan a bit harder than other shades, so it didn’t blend out quite as easily as anticipated. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.
Buxom Twilight Tryst (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Trendy (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae The Alchemist (P, $8.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Turquoise Blaze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Mermaid Tail (112) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (PiP, $21.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Kaja Magic (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Frioul (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Kelly (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Roll Deep (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lucid (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Throne (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Superfly (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blacklight

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B+
B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Mai Tai

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B+
B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Phantom

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

Rockstar

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Typhoon

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Secret Garden

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Mai Tai, Typhoon, Secret Garden, Blacklight, Phantom, Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans Eyeliner

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I had my eye on most of the pigments because they look so gorgeous. I heard that a lot of people are receiving them and the jars are cracked? MUG has amazing customer service so I don’t think it should be too much of a problem. I think I will add Typhoon to my list as well its beautiful!

Completely random but I would love to see a review of the new Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette. I bought it but rely on a lot of your reviews for confidence, haha!

Emily, I got my pigment (i only ordered one pigment and many shadows), their solution was to ship a new jar out (which would take a couple of weeks because they are back ordered) or get a dollar back in credit. It looked like the top was screwed on way too hard for the cheap packaging. I ended up just putting it in another container. I love the pigment. just the packaging is not good.

I agree that not all shades here look like true duochrome, more like multi-dimensional shimmers. They’re all very pretty nonetheless!

For something called duochrome I really wish there was a much stronger duochrome :/ The colors are all really pretty but they aren’t as shift-y as I had hoped.

So happy these reviewed well! I hope the rest and the loose do so also! Secret Garden and Typhoon are gorgeous! I think these are going to make me place my first MUG order. Although, I may wait because of all of the Holiday goodies cluttering up my mind. So happy they are permanent! Does anyone know if MUG is good about restocking when they sell out? I’m worried about that happening with these.

They will restock, but their restocking time is long from what I remember – they are essentially placing a new order with their lab/manufacturer, and so it can take weeks/months. (Same as other brands, but it’s possible bigger brands or those with bigger budgets can pay to expedite.)

I see..Hmm.That changes thing as these will be nice to have around the holidays. I’ll wait for you to finish reviews and probably get at least some that stand ut to me to try. Thanks for fitting these in. I know you are swamped!

Thanks so much for the reviews!! I see shimmer, but the duo chrome isn’t as strong as I thought it was going to be in these shades. Undecided for now, will wait to see the next set of swatches. Secret Garden reminds me of NARS Pasiphae – do you see similarities?

These are so pretty! It’s interesting how that brown-blue/green duochrome is always the most shifty one in any collection. I wonder why that is?

I have gotta get Typhoon!!! Even though I *know* that wearing an eyeshadow that matches ones eye color is counterintuitive, I would still rock this puppy somehow, someway! ?

As for the other shades, I already have dupes. ?

I actually like all of these! I’m not a huge fan of greens but these are the type I would like, I think. Backlight is so similar to the UD dupe. I love that shade so it’s tempting to get this one but how would you say the formulas compare?

ROCKSTAR I have from before the collection. It’s beautiful, but subtle for sure. 😉

Some of these shades remind me of Urban Decay ones as well. Like Typhoon is a deeper version of Junkie and Blacklight is a lighter version of Omen. lol

I am wearing Rockstar and Secret Garden today. Simple eye graduated intensity out, but the nifty part is how secret garden transitions from teal to this beautiful lightish purple.. on me. I lined my eyes in TT puppeteer and I brushed the secret garden eyeshadow on top and this pulled the teal colour heavier around my eye and smoked out to the purple colour. So freaking pretty! I like Rockstar all over..it’s very subtle and neutral.

Yesterday I wore Steampunk and it is amazing as well.. looks navy bluish on my brush and transitions from a deep coppery bronze to a smoky almost navy colour. I think these shades are stellar. Gives the effect of a lot more ‘work’ and effort on the eye look when it is just one simple eyeshadow.

They’re interesting – multi-dimensional more than duochrome, I think, for some, but the ones that aren’t a real duochrome still have a lot of depth and nuance to them!

Agreed Christine.. that would be a better description. I do not see them as duochromes either. They do not shift on me unless I change the texture of the base they are laying on. That being said. I do love them anyway… beautiful on the eyes are not an over the top shimmer that emphasizes eye texture.

I need Typhoon and Secret Garden. Even if they aren’t “duochrome” shades, I love the complexity and the colors in general. So pretty!

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