Makeup Geek x Manny Mua Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek x Manny Mua Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Geek x Manny Mua Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek x Manny Mua Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) contains nine eyeshadows in a slim, cardboard palette with mirror on the inside. Three of the nine shades are permanent and existing shades (Beaches & Cream, Cosmopolitan, Frappe) in the Makeup Geek range, while one is a pressed version of one of their loose pigments (Insomnia). Two shades appear to be the Foiled eyeshadow type, which is important to note as the Foiled formula is more expensive to purchase individually ($10.00) than their regular powder formula ($6.00). The eyeshadows are labeled on the back but not on the interior (and they seem to be labeled “underneath” so that if you read it left to right, they appear mislabeled, so think about what eyeshadow is placed directly on top of the label to avoid confusion). Each eyeshadow is full-sized; based on that, the palette contains $62.00 worth of product (7 regular eyeshadows, 2 Foiled eyeshadows).

Overall, the palette performed decently, but I was disappointed that my standalone versions of Beaches, Cream, Cosmopolitan, and Frappe were much softer/more pigmented than the ones included in the palette–and I was surprised that it was true across all three. I did notice that the two Foiled eyeshadows here wore better than the original Foiled eyeshadows did (less prone to creasing), so at least that was some good news!

One thing I noticed when photographing the ingredient list: it was just one long list of “May Contains,” and I remembered Makeup Geek eyeshadows being specifically talc-free, and talc was listed as one of these “May Contains” ingredients. Edited: Nick from Makeup Geek has reached out, and he stated that Aphrodite update: Sora is the only shade that contains talc, and it was an oversight by the lab that wasn’t caught too late.

Artemis is described as a “muted champagne yellow.” It’s a light, pale yellow with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It was easy to apply and use on bare skin, while it lasted for eight hours before fading. Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Newbury Street (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Born Glam (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Persona Sassy (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Red Carpet Arrival (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Glisten (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beaches & Cream is described as a “soft peachy beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The powder was rather firm, and it was harder to get color off of the surface–I really had to jab my brush at it to use it as a transition/highlight shade during application while the powder was also dry once on the brush. My standalone version of this is a lot better. It lasted for seven hours on me. Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Fuzz (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Fringe (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Minx #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Biscotti (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Issues (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fall in Louvre (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Dawn (P, $12.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bamboo (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Georgia (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luna is described as a “medium rose gold.” It’s a slightly muted, medium bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, lightly loose consistency that applied well to bare skin without sheering out. It wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. Tarte Selfie Portrait (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Ego (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade's Tale (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cosmopolitan is described as a “gold-flecked medium rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a frosted, gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery, drier consistency that looked somewhat faded on the lid without a good base in place. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Starfish (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia China Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Expensive Pink (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Natasha Denona Morgana (131DC) (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 11 Golden Orange (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #5 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Rhea (118M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Lumbre (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Louie (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop As You Wave (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Seize (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sora is described as a “medium earthy terracotta.” It’s a muted, medium orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had pretty good color payoff, but despite having a very silky consistency, it was also dusty, which resulted in the color sheering out when initially applied. It is buildable, at least, so I would recommend applying in thinner layers to achieve more opaque coverage–and I would also make sure to tap your brush or apply your eye makeup first to minimize fall out. I was able to wear this for seven and a half hours before fading was noticeable. Coloured Raine Gingerbread (P, $6.99) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Clay (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Low Blow (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Castille (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Eerily Empty (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Note to Self (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Sea Stars (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange Matte (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sauced (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sandstorm (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Morphe Pooter (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Freckles (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #13 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frappe is described as a “medium maple brown.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. The consistency was thinner, somewhat dusty, and was prone to sheering out. On me, this shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Morphe Pooter (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced City Lights (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC One to Watch (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Indie Spirit (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Gingerbread (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Individual (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sand Bar (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Note to Self (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Madrague #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sora (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Royal Prerogative (LE, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Insomnia is described as a “warm red brown with blue reflects.” It’s an intense, medium-dark reddish-brown with bluish-teal shift paired with a metallic finish. It was incredibly pigmented–use less than you think you need–with a dense, cream-like consistency that is best applied with a flat, firm brush. It remained blendable and wore for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Duabandita (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom No Faux (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Orion (105DC) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Garden (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #21 (P, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mars is described as a “deep cherry red.” It’s a dark, raspberry red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency is grainy–almost sandy but not as gritty as true sand–and has a dryness to it that makes it harder to blend without a good base underneath it as it will stick to some places more heavily than others and look patchy. It stained the skin somewhat, and it started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Douce France #3 (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M846 Morello Cherry (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Relish (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Croquis (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandalous (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Snitch (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (P, ) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Bloodmilk (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Maneater (LE, )(90% similar). Colour Pop Stay Golden (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Mulberry (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Venetian Red (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #382 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Hunger (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Beverly (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Phoenix (113CM) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aphrodite is described as a “deep plum brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, drier texture that didn’t work so well over bare skin, as it tended to apply unevenly and was harder to diffuse around the edges. This is another shade that really needs primer to be decent. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarte Cocoa What Fun (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Leader (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Contraste (132) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Haute Chocolate (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Burgundy (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Strong Currant (P, $25.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Double Tap (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette x 9 Manny Mua
Manny Mua
Manny Mua
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Artemis
Artemis
Artemis
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Beaches and Cream
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Luna
Luna
Luna
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Sora
Sora
Sora
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Frappe
Frappe
Frappe
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Insomnia
Insomnia
Insomnia
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mars
Mars
Mars
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
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