Makeup Geek Petal Pusher, Carnival, Curfew, Motown, Fairytale Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek Petal Pusher Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Petal Pusher Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Petal Pusher Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium rose brown with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was easily applied to the skin. The texture didn’t look dry on the skin, and it held up well for eight hours on me. Melt Cosmetics Last Caress (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Instinct (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Matte Mauve (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Lancome My French #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Limit (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cashmere (PiP, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Chic Happens (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Lingerie Lover (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Paw Print (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Clubhouse (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Laced (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Quite Spoiled (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Skipper (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Gigi (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Sundown (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Amethyst #2 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Petalette #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Carnival Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright medium orchid with a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged lavender purple with a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, smooth, finely-milled texture that was a smidgen dusty. It applied better than I thought I would and didn’t lose too much of its intensity on bare skin, but I would recommend a primer as this one lost some vibrancy after six hours, even though it took eight hours before I saw creasing. Colour Pop Kittenfish (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Meow (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Lotus (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cute (PiP, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Haze (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up #2 (DC, $2.29) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Orchid Haze (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Wisteria (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Howlin' (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom VIP (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #19 (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). Inglot #334 (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Curfew Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium plum purple with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, but powdery, texture that made it prone to sheering out on the lid and will have a fair amount of fall out during application. I would use a primer, possibly even a lightly tacky primer, to maximize impact and longevity with this shade. It faded after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Venom (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Debauched (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (DC, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Orchid (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Redeemed (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Eresia (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Invincible (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #334 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Shock-a-holic (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Silver Lining (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Motown Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep eggplant purple with a matte finish..” It’s a dusty, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery, a little dry, and it looked patchy on the skin when blended out. I could only fake it by layering it with other purples (like Fairytale) to minimize some of the patchiness–at best. The color payoff is semi-opaque but uneven. It lasted for seven hours before fading (I was surprised it wore as long as it did). Makeup Geek Duchess (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Purple (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Exorcism (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes (Cream) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #12 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #377 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fairytale (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Soul (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Jam Session (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Purple Haze (DC, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fairytale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “muted lavender with gray undertones.” It’s a muted, medium purple with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was good, though not opaque, but the texture was so soft that it was powdery, which made it harder to work with on bare skin. It blended out easily, but it was just hard to keep the color in place and looking true-to-pan. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Violet Blend #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Regal (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Purple (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Motown (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Duchess (DC, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes (Cream) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jam Session (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Purple Haze (DC, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Soul (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Indestructible (P, $9.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Petal Pusher
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total
Carnival
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Curfew
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
70%
Total
Motown
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
Fairytale
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
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Makeup Geek Fairytale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (inner third), Carnival (middle of lid), Curfew (outer lid),
Motown (crease), Fairytale (above crease), Sorbet/Mirage (brow bone) Eyeshadows
ColourPop Punch, Get Paid Piggy Bank Eyeliners

Makeup Geek Fairytale Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (inner third), Carnival (middle of lid), Curfew (outer lid),
Motown (crease), Fairytale (above crease), Sorbet/Mirage (brow bone) Eyeshadows
ColourPop Punch, Get Paid Piggy Bank Eyeliners

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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Aaargh! Disappoint!

You know, I’ve been studying up on DIY pressing of matte loose shadows, and I ran across a couple references to shadows with certain pigments being poor performers after being pressed, and one of the pigments was ultramarine, which you see in pinks, purples, blues and greens. Supposedly, the higher up the pigment list the ultamarine is, the worse the shadow does as a pressed. Which means blues and purples especially. Looking at all the swatches you’ve ever done here, I believe it.

That’s interesting to know. I wonder why they can’t substitute a better ingredient in this day and age for blues and purples?! So disappointing! I do so love blue and purple.

So that’s the culprit! I’m glad you posted this. I have a pressing kit and was thinking about pressing some of my loose shadows, but I might just leave them alone. I have an awful lot of shades with blue and purple tones in them.

Thanks for this info, Alecto!!! Seriously I’ve always wondered why blues are purples in palettes and stuff are almost always bad!!! (Hasn’t everyone?) good to know.

I was wondering about it! I knew it had to be some issue with one of the pigments that always makes blues, greens and purples SO hard to get right. Those are my favorite colors, so it seems like it’s been like pulling teeth to find good ones! Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m disappointed they didn’t score better ๐Ÿ™ . This was the bunch I was most excited for. Still I think I’ll get Petal Pusher, Carnival and Fairytale. I wanted Curfew as an alternative to a MUFE eggplant shadow I’ve been eyeing but I’ll have to go with the MUFE I think.

The MUFE eggplant is fantastic! I got Morocco and Cherry Cola from this set and am very pleased with both–gorgeous colors that pack quite a punch!–though I think the MUFE eggplant and the mattes in my Laura Mercier holiday 2013 palette are a bit easier to work with.

Well, I was really looking forward to the matte purples, as I have waaay too many shimmery ones in my stash. But these look like all of the other matte purples I’ve seen or have…..meh. So I don’t see a reason for me to get these, so I’m eyeing some of the other colors now

Why oh WHY?!? The curse of the purples strikes again!!! ?
But kudos to you, Christine, for *somehow* making a decent look out of these poor performers! Idk, why it’s so dang difficult for most brands to formulate GOOD purple or deep blue eyeshadow, leaves me sad!

Oh, bummer! I ordered Petal Pusher, Curfew and Cherry Cola last week along with a couple of duochromes and a bunch of shadows from MUGยดs permanent collection. I had high hopes for these new mattes! Hopefully I’ll be able to work with them, though more layering will be required ๐Ÿ™ Thank you for your honesty, Christine!

This reminds me of the reformulation of KVD l/s. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Not that some of the originals couldn’t use a tweak, but all in all, MUG has stood for decent quality, esp. at their price point. I don’t see Marlena as s.o. who would try to cut corners, and thereby produce an inferior product, once she was established. If I were in production, I’d be furious at the manufacturer. ‘Course she can’t dis her own line. The only good thing is that T allows us to see the dupes…but some of those aren’t exactly spiffy. I think this is a shame. Woman entrepreneur ‘living the dream’ and then this. The MUG l/s did not survive, but i didn’t try any. If the blushes get reformulated for the worse, she will lose significant customer base….all except the YT sycophants.

I really wish that Motown and Fairytale performed better, because I love the cool-toned purples for my lids — ones that perform well do seem to be few and far between!

Finally an honest review!!! All of the youtube videos from girls who had gotten the shadows as PR were just gushing over how beautiful, creamy, and pigmented they are. I purchased Dragonfly (good quality), Duchess, Motown, Fairytale, and Curfew are HORRIBLE. No pigmentation and they feel (and apply) like children’s chalk. I thought that I might’ve gotten a bad batch (of 4 eyeshadows…fairly unlikely, but I like to give the benefit of the doubt), but now I’m certain that this new formula change is just worse across the board.

Purple eyeshadows are often the weakest in any brand’s line ๐Ÿ™ Were you trying yours over bare skin or using a particular primer? I think something like NYX Milk would be necessary for a few of these (that’s my “big guns” primer, haha).

Oh man, is it wrong that I wasn’t all these colors as blush???!!! If anyone knows of any blushes that resemble these shades, I’d be eternally grateful.

You could try using these as blush! Otherwise, try searching the Swatch Gallery for blush + purple (maybe include lavender).

So disappointing… I love these purple/mauve colors, but I don’t have the patience to deal with bad mattes ๐Ÿ™

Hells yeah..I love mattes and so grabbed a handful of the MG shadows pre review. My bad?
In any event.. today I am wearing curfew (this reddy cool plum purple is really good on me) and I love it. Caveat: I didn’t have time for primer so I tried with brush which wasn’t working out very well and then finally smudged shadow on my baby finger and slapped it on my eye lid. It worked! LOL. I diffused out the edge with a fluffy brush, but ended up with good pigmentation on my lid with my ‘finger’ brush. Snort laugh.

LOL! Glad you were able to find a way to make it work ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least I’m not the only one who had some trouble with these!

Argh, so disappointing! Usually I find MUG’s matte formula to be decent-to-good, and a few of them are excellent. Sad to see the whole first batch disappoint! Hopefully it’s just a purple-pigment-problem and some of the other shades will be better.

I was so excited about these, but I’m so glad I held off on ordering! Yikes!!! Man, I hope there are some really good ones in the bunch, but if not, money saved.
Btw – LOVE the way you used the Colourpop pencils with the shadows! Beautiful!

another great review- very helpful especially since yo can’t return MUG purchases! Agree with your ratings; have a lot of MUG shadows I love but haven’t been wowed by them lately…finally glad to see some honest reviews!

Oh, well, after seeing the sneak peek I’m not surprised. When I saw the photo of all the syeshadows I had a bit of a “yes!” moment, as I would love to have some matte purples, but alas, these will not find their way across the sea to me.

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