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). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sponsored (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sun, Tan and Repeat (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sydney Grace Starry Night (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Sassy (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Thinking (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Winking (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, 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). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Calm (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Silk Teddy (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Puppy Love (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Lamé (826) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Maker (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Starry Eyed (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Blaze (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Beige (52M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Blaze (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (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). Smashbox Borrowed Bling (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tea Garden (P, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (PiP, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ca$ablanca (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sassy (LE, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Red Chameleon (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Lou (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Wishful Winking (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Saute (LE, $4.50) is more muted (80% 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). Sydney Grace Starry Night (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Burnt Terracotta/Green (1) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (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. Dior Fahrenheit (781) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Never (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced SaveThemAll (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Thunderbird (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $39.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Going Nuts (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (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. Anastasia A2 (Norvina Mini Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is darker (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Now and Zen (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop We Jammin' (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Money Mission (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Early Bird (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Extra Sprinkles (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Lucky Clover (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Silver Millennium (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Champagne (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Demure (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (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). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). KKW Beauty Armenian (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Okay (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (DC, $18.00) 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). Dior Lucky Star #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bitter Better (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Above the Clouds (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Sunset at the Beach (210) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby Lights (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Havoc

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

I'm Peachless

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Ritzy

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Steampunk

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

Voltage

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

Karma

DCDiscontinued. $6.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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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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