Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, while the consistency was creamy and comfortable to apply. This shade wore for seven hours on me. LORAC Nude (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Coconut (DC, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, while the creamy texture wasn’t too wet or too dry, so it glided on well and lasted for seven and a half hours. This was a more unique shade. Urban Decay Faint (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Stew (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Woodsy (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, natural finish–not quite matte but not really shimmery either. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and this shade had a more emollient, wetter texture as it glided on, which made it prone to migrating as it was drying down. This was one where I didn’t have much success with longevity, as it had migrated noticeably after five hours of wear. Fenty Beauty Space Cookie (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Brown (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Call Me (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Call Me (P, $7.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Coffee (PiP, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Stomper (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Brown Matte (P, $13.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Brown (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Sunnyvale (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Last Frontier (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. For a black eyeliner, in particular, I was surprised it was richer and smoother applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Cuz I'm Black (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (DC, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Ebene (10) (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Absolute Black (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00)(100% similar). KVD Beauty Puro Amor (PiP, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (931) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (DC, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (PiP, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep red with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass with a slightly drier texture that tended to bunch up on itself rather than build up in color. The color started to migrate noticeably after six and a half hours of wear. This was the most unique shade in the brand’s range. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fine(wine) (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Fine(wine) (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Sephora Aloha (DC, $10.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Keep It Currant (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop On Fire (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Joy Ride (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Alkaline (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Glam Jam (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Prune Intense (36) (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Cue (P, $15.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Deep Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Soft Rose (56) (P, $11.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Aloha (52) (P, $11.00) is warmer (80% similar). Chanel Eros (928) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Berry Sweet (58) (P, $11.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude

DCDiscontinued. $9.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Spice

DCDiscontinued. $9.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Espresso

DCDiscontinued. $9.00.
C
C
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total

Obsidian

DCDiscontinued. $9.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

Plumeria

DCDiscontinued. $9.00.
C+
C+
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Nude Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Spice Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Espresso Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Obsidian Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Plumeria Full Spectrum Eyeliner

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Sophia Ravenna Avatar

Given how Marlena of MUG talked about how long these have been in development, I would have expected something that was more worth the wait. None of the colors are particularly exciting and the formula doesn’t seem that great. I’m finding myself less and less excited by this brand.

Katherine T. Avatar

I like Plumeria, think it would look very dramatic on my brown eyes with a matching red lip, but the formula doesn’t sound bulletproof 🙁 And with my oily lids, I can’t afford to have a red eyeliner smudging and smearing all over. I would definitely scare some kids (and adults)!

Wednesday Avatar

Plumeria is right up my alley as a colour choice and looks super interesting, but the swatches look like the type of liner I try to avoid. I would rather deal with stiffer product than dealing with waxy liner. Waxy liners do not stick well to aging eyelids and tend to create skips and starts. Fixing by layering can actually create sheerer colour.

Nancy T Avatar

After using Marc Jacobs Blaquer for over a month, I am now really spoiled! So 5-7 hours just isn’t moving me in the direction of buying these, even though that black looks really good. Plumeria is definitely *different*, could’ve been a lovely one had it been a better pigmented formula that applied evenly. The color itself is truly beautiful.

KJH Avatar

You have taught me well: on MUG, wait and see. I saw. Think I’ll go for the Zoevas. Unless th rest improve, these will be a pass. These do not compare favorably to CP. CP is a definite spring before these.

Marta G. Avatar

Wow, these are such a disappointment! I was excited to try Plumeria but now I don’t think it’s worth it. I’m glad I waited for your review!

Mori Avatar

Where did you apply the “Nude” liner, and how would you say it compares to ColourPop’s HoneyDude liner?
I recently bought ColourPop’s HoneyDude Creme Gel Liner and find that it wears ok in the waterline like you said, but it is $5 for only 0.01oz of product. I am intrigued by the Makeup Geek liners because it is 0.04oz (4 times the amount of CP!) for $9.

Miss Y. Avatar

Wow, and I thought these were shades would be the best performers of the pack. Have seen some swatches online and thought the blues and greens (except for the shimmery emereld) had pretty poor colour pay-off. Yep, I am now very glad I spilled my money on the Zoeva set and will delete the MUG set from my beautybay.com wishlist!

Mai Avatar

Given how Marlena has talked about making efforts to be more inclusive, using different skintones for swatching, etc, it’s weirdly myopic of her to name the light beige shade “Nude” when we all know that there is more than one definition of nude and that it isn’t be relegated to such a light shade.

Stephanie Avatar

I jumped on these pencils and while I knew they wouldn’t be great in the waterline (based on Marlena’s video), I have had a positive experience with Spice, Obsidian, Orchid, and Espresso in the top lid. Spice in particular is the real star in this bunch because it’s a unique color that makes my green eyes really stand out. Plumeria is my least favorite because it migrated the most. I wanted to love it because the color is so cool but I don’t. It runs so easily.

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