Makeup Geek High Wire, Fantasy, Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Ten new shades of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) have been released. This time around, the brand has made it a point to state that those with oilier lids will need to use a primer for longevity if you have oilier lids as they are prone to creasing without one. They’re still supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” In general, they are fairly pigmented (mostly opaque to opaque) with a dense, creamy consistency that tends to be very metallic and high-shine.

The formula didn’t seem to wear well over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion (extending wear to as long as 8-9 hours) or NARS Smudge Proof (extending wear to 12+ hours), and instead, it actually creased faster than when I applied them over my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. I was able to prevent creasing for longer using a MAC Paint Pot (extending wear to as long as 12+ hours), which is a much heavier and opaque base, and it prevented creasing for an additional two hours beyond if I wore them without any base or primer. A more opaque, thicker base helps extend wear, but whatever oils are used in the product definitely seem to break down even the best of primers/bases, because while I could normally get 12 hours easily with a MAC Paint Pot, I could see faint creasing developing at the nine hour mark.

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver with hint of blue.” It’s a cool-toned, silvered purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, thick consistency that felt almost like a cream eyeshadow. It is quite metallic, so paired with the thickness of the formula, it can emphasize the lid’s texture if over-applied. It started to crease after five hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is darker. MAC Water & Ice #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is similar. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “int green with a foiled finish frosty mint green.” It’s a softened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly on the skin. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning teal with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency, so I was surprised when it seemed a little prone to crumbling/flaking when I applied it to the lid. I had better luck using a firm, flat brush (MAC 242) to pat it into black, and then using a fluffier brush to soften the edges, but it wasn’t as foolproof to use it as I expected, given how it felt and how pigmented it was. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, six hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. I did notice that application was smoother over a primer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is darker, bluer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is lighter, bluer. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

High Wire

PPermanent. $9.99.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Fantasy

PPermanent. $9.99.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Pegasus

PPermanent. $9.99.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Fantasy (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid) (No primer),
Marc Jacobs Blue Me Away Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Fantasy (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid) (No primer),
Marc Jacobs Blue Me Away Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Charmed (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid),
Masquerade (crease) (and repeated on lower lash line), Stila Turquoise on waterline (NARS Smudgeproof)

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Charmed (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid),
Masquerade (crease) (and repeated on lower lash line), Stila Turquoise on waterline (NARS Smudgeproof)

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Charmed (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid),
Masquerade (crease) (and repeated on lower lash line), Stila Turquoise on waterline (NARS Smudgeproof)

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow
High Wire (inner lid), Charmed (middle of lid), Pegasus (outer lid),
Masquerade (crease) (and repeated on lower lash line), Stila Turquoise on waterline (NARS Smudgeproof)

Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek
$9.99/0.064 oz.

90%

Average

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Is it just me, I am really confused by these,lol! It seems odd that they wear better on a bare lid vs a regular primer. But better over a heavy base. I really tend to have trouble extending a base above my crease. I feel like it ages my eyes. I may just pass on these and stick with MUFE or something else. I know they are cheaper. But, I don’t know if all the hassle is worth the $ saved for me. Seems like it would just go unused.

It was a real surprise to see that they had noticeably creased faster than bare lids! I don’t think you need to apply the base over the entire area (though I do), but at least into the crease, I think, if you want the longest wear possible.

Hmm, interesting how these wear longer on you without primer than with. I like the colors, pretty for spring, but I’m worried about creasing/fading on my oily lids. And all of the primers you use crease on me, so unless I see a color I really want, I’m going to pass

Fergie’s Wet N Wild Take on the Day and BareMinerals Advanced 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow in Linen are my go-to-primers. I also use Georgio Armani Eye Tints as bases for powder shadows. And recently Colour Pop! I used Colour Pop Kimono (blue) as a base for some other blue shadows that had fading/fall out issues, and everything stuck like a champ to my oily lids for +14 hours

YESSS!!! Thanks so much for introducing me to Colour Pop! I have the crazy urge to go into their website, throw everything into my shopping cart, and hit Purchase! LOL

That’s very interesting to hear regarding the bases/primers. Although I’m nervous to do so, I’ll give it a shot without a primer and see if it stops the creasing. It doesn’t seem to happen on all shades though, which is a bit odd.

I had to pick up Pegasus. I will wear just a hint of it over a mainly brownish nude eye. It looks so summery.

The primer situation: I have the exact same issue with Gucci Sasso. I love the colour, but found it problematic until one day when I was rushed for time and just wanted a one and go and I applied with my finger directly to bare lid and then had far better performance. I seem to fare better with the more shimmery shades without a primer which tends to gunk up the look on me…but I’m over 50 and hormonal so weird shit happens.

Interesting to hear that about Sasso! They do have a similar texture to a degree — that denser, creamier feel — but I’ll have to try it sometime out of curiosity!

I love love love that rainbow eye look, Christine! These shadows probably wouldn’t work out well for my oily lids, but they sure are pretty.

High Wire reminds me a lot of a shadow/powder version of the Marc Jacobs Highliner in (Luna)tic, which I love, so I’ll definitely consider getting that.. I have some of the original shades, and I do agree that MAC Paint Pots are the best primer for these. The UD one isn’t smoothing/creamy enough to avoid emphasizing lid texture. I’m glad these new shades are getting reasonably good reviews, since the shades are gorgeous, and are definitely answering the call for cooler tones. (I remember a lot of comments on the original shades were lamenting the lack of cool tones.)

Oooh, Fantasy is such a lovely metallic mint! Not too crazy about the wear time though, but using WnW Fergie eyeshadow primer has made even lower ranking eyeshadows stay put and colors pop. So I may give it a go. I do have L’Oreal Liquid Diamond, so no Highwire for me. And plenty of teals and turquoise dupes too. But again, I gotta tell you how much I love the looks that you put together with these! Gives me a shot of makeup inspiration here!

Gorgeous looks! That is so weird about the primer. I wonder if a glitter glue-type primer would be better? Or does MUG make their own primer that’s compatible? I’m a bit confused. I may have to get one and experiment before buying more.

I had my best luck with MUG Foiled eyeshadows with Too Faced Primer before,they’re a same formula,right? Pegasus is really beautiful!

Yes, as far as I know, they didn’t actually reformulate – they only spoke of trying to reformulate to improve wear but that it didn’t work out.

I have three of the original shades, they have been a bit less pigmented than I would have liked (compared to finger swatches) and require a lot of building.. but I’ve never had trouble with them creasing. I’ve been using coastal scents primer (one of those “neverending” products lol), a touch of foundation ( I prime before my foundation), powder, then shadow.. sometimes PPP but I’ve worn them without it as well.

Which three do you have, Charlotte? Happy to hear you at least don’t have problems with creasing, though! Do you have oilier lids?

I have In the Spotlight, Grandstand, and Flame Thrower. I was scared to death of Flame Thrower when I first got it.. but it’s really more of a deep peach on the eye, even built up. I guess I need to try them wet or with a sponge tip.
I do have really oily lids, and forgot to mention I do put a dab of MOM on my lids as well at the beginning of my routine.. which does help tremendously.. but even then it brings me to about “normal” oiliness so if something is prone to crease it’s going to. For example Color Tattoos crease on me unless I set them with a powder.
I really prefer the NYX foileds, they are much less work unless you are in love with one of the MUG colors. I also found a very inexpensive set of palettes at my local beauty supply from Absolute New York.. the shimmers are virtually identical to the MUG foileds in formula but the entire 5 pan palette is about $4. http://www.samsbeauty.com/service/ABSOLUTE-New-York-True-Eye-Shadow-Palettes-g-77137610.html This is the only online link I could find.The one in Element is all foiled, and the shades are very similar to those from MUG. The one in Romantic Affair has foiled purples, along with some mattes and satins. Natural Nude has one foil.. a very unique khaki/taupe. I didn’t pick up Carnival, so I can’t speak to those.

These are three gorgeous eye shadows that I would happily own and wear. Very pretty for summer and your eye looks are stunning as usual Christine.

Oh my god, I’m in love with the look you’ve created! 🙂
If I hadn’t blue grey eyes, I would recreat it instanly. But I already know, if I did, I’d look like someone who’d been punched in the face. 😉 (It always looks like that when I apply blue, green or turquoise eyeshadow as I have quite fair skin. :D)

Aww, thanks so much, Kathi! 🙂 Have you tried pairing one of those shades with a shade you know works better for you?

Actually, no. 🙂 Why haven’t I ever thought about that? I could just add a pop of colour using blue or turquoise eyeshadow on my lower lashline or in the inner corner! I’ll have to try it out and let you know, how it worked for me! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

Gorgeous looks! I’m very tempted by the colors, especially High Wire and Fantasy, even though I have hooded, oily lids.

For eyeshadows with creasing issues (like most dark blues worn on the outer part of my lid), I prime with Too Faced Shadow Insurance or the LORAC eye primer followed by a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (most of the matte Paint Pots seem to work as well; the Urban Decay primers don’t stand up to my combo heat/oil/sweat gland/tearing issues), then, when I’m done with my makeup, I use a generous amount of Urban Decay All-Nighter (in summer) or Chill (in winter) spray and dry my face with a fan for half a minute. I have to apply my makeup so that it will stand up to humid and sweaty conditions anyway, so two eye primers is just one step more than usual for me. That routine will make almost anything stay put.

My guess is you should be okay, since you’re using MAC Painterly and that seemed to do well for me, so I’m sure layering would only help! NARS Smudgeproof lasts longer for me than UDPP, though TFSI/LORAC are shorter than NARS but a little longer than UDPP, I think.

Love the eye looks! High Wire is meh for me – I already have lots of metallic silvers, and it isn’t my favourite thing to wear – but I love the other two.

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