Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Makeup Geek Havoc Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Havoc Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Havoc Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “warm red-brown base with teal reflects.” It’s a dark, coppery brown with green-teal shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was on the denser side compared to most Makeup Geek eyeshadows (not quite as dense as their Foiled range). The green-teal shift is subtle, and a lot of the shimmer seems to get eaten up by the warmer base. This is one of the more dupable duochrome shades out there, as a lot of brands have it (not a bad thing to have more options, but you may have something like it already). The color wore well for eight hours. Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #8 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Red Chameleon (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sponsored (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sun, Tan and Repeat (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sassy (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Winking (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Thinking (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #21 (PiP, ) is cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Photosynthesex #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek I’m Peachless Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “buff base with peachy-pink reflects.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-peach with soft, gold sparkle and shimmer that shifts from a light white-beige to a warmer peach. It had fairly good pigmentation with a lightly crumbly, though blendable, texture. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Zoeva Handmade (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Rose Lamé (826) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Silk Teddy (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Maker (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Puppy Love (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Calm (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Icon Day Eyes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Starry Eyed (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dose of Colors Just a Kiss (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Ritzy Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “warm red-brown base with green and gold reflects.” It’s a reddish-brown base with lighter green-gold shimmer–their description is very accurate on this one. The finish is more of a frosted sheen with a subtle duochrome (more nuanced but it goes from more or less reflective than really shifting). The texture was dense, smooth, and blendable with good pigmentation. The color wore for eight hours on me. Buxom Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Provocatrix (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tea Garden (P, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Borrowed Bling (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ca$ablanca (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Sydney Grace Red Chameleon (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Sassy (LE, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Winking (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Lou (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath VR Violet (PiP, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Pat McGrath VR Nectar (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Natasha Denona Burnt Terracotta/Green (1) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Saute (LE, $4.50) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Steampunk Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “black base with rich copper reflects.” It’s a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I can see the black base peeking through, but it doesn’t shift–no matter how I angled my arm, I really couldn’t detect the color really changing. It’s an interesting shade, but I wouldn’t call it a duochrome. It had great color payoff with a smooth, buttery texture that applied well. It wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Fahrenheit (781) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Never (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced SaveThemAll (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Thunderbird (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Beautifully Charred (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Unafraid (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $39.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Voltage Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “vanilla base with champagne-yellow reflects.” It’s a yellowed, white gold with a metallic sheen that shifts from light white to warmer, pale gold. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too dense or too soft. It applied well with even, smooth coverage and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Colour Pop Now and Zen (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop We Jammin' (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Extra Sprinkles (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is darker (95% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Trust Issues (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Early Bird (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lucky Clover (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Hidden Treasure (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Bionic (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Lucid (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Champagne (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (Distortion) (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Karma Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “golden base with yellow-green reflects.” It’s a bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. I don’t get a real green shift; it goes from brighter yellow to more of a yellowed orange with less of a reflective sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little crumbly, and it creased after seven and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Sideline (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). KKW Beauty Armenian (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Okay (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (DC, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Hologram (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Butter Cake (PiP, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Tropical Express #2 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lucido (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Ethereal (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Dior Lucky Star #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Above the Clouds (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Vitality (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bitter Better (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Havoc
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Ritzy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Steampunk
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Voltage
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Karma
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Makeup Geek Havoc Eyeshadow
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Makeup Geek Voltage Eyeshadow
Karma, Ritzy, Havoc, Steampunk, I’m Peachless

Makeup Geek Voltage Eyeshadow
Karma, Ritzy, Havoc, Steampunk, I’m Peachless

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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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I think i need steampunk and voltage. Steampunk is unique, I do agree with you that it is not really a duochrome.

Are you going to review the pigments as well?

I really think these all look nice! I’m definitely going to need Steampunk, I’m peachless and Havoc out of these. I can’t imagine how they will do with a primer. So excited for the loose pigment reviews!

Steampunk is pretty. I don’t have any cooler burgundy-brown shades. It seems like it’s one that tends to lean warm. Voltage would be such a pretty inner corner highlight for holiday parties!

Well, I’m glad I waited for your reviews. It looks like most of these don’t have a strong duo chrome shift. They are still pretty though, so I might try a couple just to see how they fare on my oily lids. I’m wary of doing a big order, as they don’t accept returns. I have a couple of dupes for Voltage, so I’m eyeing I’m Peachless.

Peachless and Voltage look amazing for those super light, ultra reflective inner corner ( or 1/3 ?) of the lid! Very brightening! And of course, I also love Steampunk because of it being a super close dupe for UD West. Loving Ritzy and possibly Havoc as well.

Steampunk reads copper bronze on me with a greyed navy…so effin’ cool~ I also picked up Havoc, but it reads too yellow on me, the only miss from my picks. Between Secret Garden and Steampunk.. I would have a hard time choosing my favourite; they are both so seriously beautiful on.

How does I’m Peachless compare to KvD Thunderstruck? When I’ve swatched Thunderstruck it looks like it has a bit of a coppery peachy shift.

well…I’m kind of wishing I had waited for your review before buying all these…but, I *may* have bought them anyway tbh. I didn’t own any duochrome eyeshadows really, so these are my first of those and of MUG’s! Kinda sad they aren’t all truer duochromes though. Nonetheless, most are still very pretty. I love how creative you are with color in your eyelooks! Beautiful and interesting!!

Aww! A lot of them are still really pretty, IMO, even if they aren’t duochromes, they have more depth than your average shimmery eyeshadow 🙂

Thanks Christine! I do agree they are pretty and I’m sure I’ll use them regardless. I feel like I’d have to go full on loose pigment to get real duochromes, which…not sure I’m willing to do! I just love the ease of pressed and cream products too much. Like, these I will for sure use, but the pigments I’d probably never reach for, ya know?

These are all pretty gorgeous colours – even though I am not a traditional neutrals fan. But I could really live and like these. Your eye look is just gorgeous Christine. It says something about the products when I even really like Steampunk. Fabulous.

I can’t stand such big claims and big talk for products that don’t cut the mustard to even stand up to their name. I know that’s this industry in general, but still… More like duo-fails for me, not happening.

My guess is that they still use whatever ingredient(s) for a duochrome product so regardless, that’s how they’ll end up labeled even if it doesn’t quite translate.

Hey, Christine! Out of the whiteish, pale colors, which one would you recommend? And which is the closest to MAC´s Vellum? I´d like to buy Vellum, but it´s constantly sold out online and in store (in Germany), I just checked last week at a Pro Store

Is it just me or are Havoc and Ritzy pretty much the same thing? I don’t know, they seem so similar to me I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. The only difference I can notice is the shimmer in Ritzy is a lot stronger/more noticeable than Havoc… I might just skip the eyeshadows and go for the pigments instead.

Whats the green-gold liner on the bottom of your eyes? I can’t seem to find it on this page…and it doesn’t seem to be a combo of the eyeshadows?

Thanks!

I purchased four of these and unfortunately i’m just not impressed. 1 was a total fail- steampunk i thought was going to be my favorite and wasn’t. What I’m finding is they are reading on the eyes more of the base shades. So the black is a blue/green undertone and I see that more than the red brown shimmer and it actually stained my brushes when applying it this morning (very messy to use lol). For Ritzy and Havoc the shimmer seems to pull away from the base as well, kind of like if you get transferring onto the upper crease with deep-set eyes. That happens with the foiled shadows as well which doesn’t really bother me, its more that you really can’t see much of the “duo” hue . Voltage was one i added last min and actually turned out to love. its a super brightening shade, very little transfer on me.

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