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). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Coconut (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% 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). Colour Pop Stew (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% 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. Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Coffee (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Last Frontier (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). 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. Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Puro Amor (PiP, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Engraved (PiP, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00)(100% similar). bareMinerals Absolute Black (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (931) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (PiP, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (DC, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Via Veneto (PiP, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is cooler (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). Sephora Aloha (P, $10.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Keep It Currant (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Fine(wine) (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% 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). Stila Deep Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Spice
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total
Obsidian
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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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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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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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.

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)!

I haven’t seen too many reviews on this, so I have no idea what others are experiencing, but I was really hoping for better wear.

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.

Yep, that is how I felt about these more often than not — going back and forth just resulted in uneven color, not a lot more opacity.

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.

Haha! I get what you mean. The price point of these is very similar to Sephora’s eyeliners (I believe those are $10 each), but those are so much better.

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.

I hear you, Carrie! Not the worst but not amazing — and there are too many really pigmented and long-wearing liners out there.

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!

I like the nude shade quite a bit but the rest just seem a little short of the mark for how long they were in development.

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.

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!

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.

If almost every other brand didn’t seem to do the same, it would have caught my attention more, but if I ranted about that, I’d never stop ranting (unfortunately)!

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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