Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

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Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter
Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Psychedelic

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, nearly-white base with a gold to pink duochrome finish. I did detect the duochrome with this shade, both swatched and applied to the skin. It had a tendency to look starker and lighter against my skin tone (despite it being designed for medium skin tones) straight on–almost ashy–but then very pretty and reflective at an angle, as it looked pinker. I found it more wearable when paired with a blush than on its own since it seemed to lighten the area on its own. I expect this to be more wearable on lighter skin tones, though.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The powder had a thicker feel to it, though it also seemed a little looser in the pan compared to the other shades. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that blended out well, and though it looked a little dusty swatched, it did not appear dry or dusty on the skin. I would say the finish of this shade was less reflective/shiny compared to most of the shades in the range, so it would be one to look for if you wanted something more moderate in sheen. It wore well for just over eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.25 oz. - $80.00 Per Ounce

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The majority of the range is beautifully done with smooth, slightly denser textures that are blendable and easy to work with. They have good pigmentation, though some shades are more buildable than "incredibly pigmented." Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Makeup Geek Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470)

Psychedelic

PPermanent. $20.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Highlighter
Makeup Geek
$20.00/0.25 oz.

93%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Natasha Denona Polaris (116K) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Cosmo (109K) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Phoenix (113CM) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Spectrum (101K) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Gemma (106CM) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Orion (105DC) Eyeshadow
  • Natasha Denona Galaxi (112K) Eyeshadow
On lips:
  • Too Faced Honeybear La Crème
  • Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter
About Reviewer
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Hmm…I think I could see this working over a shade like MAC Cheek Pollen to add a pink reflect to the bronze base of Cheek Pollen? But my new foundation is Tarte AC formula Light-Medium Honey, which is like MAC NC35-37, so Idk?

I kind of like this one. It’s pretty and it’s interesting. Still on the expensive side, though but it did get an A- so maybe.

*Dreamy sigh* This one is so beautiful too!! Pink highlights are out of my comfort zone, I usually go for like Mary Loumanizer, or yellow golds. But this is drawing me in!!

Even though it’s an eyeshadow and therefore can’t be considered a true dupe, KVD Thunderstruck seems to be really similar to this! It’s popularly used as a highlighter, so I figured that might be worth mentioning. However, since I don’t own this MUG highlighter, I can’t truly compare, though it does look close when I do the two-swatch comparison. How would you compare the two, Christine?

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