A makeup dupe is a similarly-colored (and often similar in finish) shade compared to the 'original shade.' It might be cheaper than the original, better-performing, permanently available, or by a brand more available to you in your area.
Today I would like to offer an overview of Makeup Geek Cosmetics, a new makeup brand with drugstore prices but department store quality — as well as reviews and swatches of the products! A bit of background Marlena (aka “Makeup Geek”) is a California beauty blogger and YouTuber who started her own cosmetics line. Her stated goal was to create products of high-end caliber at reasonable prices, including Mac eyeshadow dupes. And she has absolutely done it! Not only iPads her products a hit with the YouTube beauty gurus, but it is also building a massive fandom among women who are looking for a stellar bargain. I’m going to start with EYESHADOWS Makeup Geek has over 60 individual Eyeshadows, in both potted and pan form. Of those, she has two shadow formulations — the regular shadows and the.foiled.
shadows. See swatches below: Regular Shadows These eyeshadows, available in pan form and suitable for a space-saving Z-palette, are $6 apiece. For more information regarding Z-palettes, please read my post. Foiled Shadows The foiled eyeshadows, also in pan form, run at $10 apiece. Now, I will discuss these shadows individually: “Beaches & Cream” The Makeup Geek website describes this shade as a “creamy matte natural beige with just a hint of peach.” This is a great description; it is very creamy. However, it is not one of my favorites in this line since it is skin-tone and produces no color on the eyelid.
It is also not shimmery so as to act as a highlight. You can live without this one. Verdict: 2/5 stars “Creme Brulee” Described on the website as a “medium sand color with a soft matte finish,” this shade is the perfect crease color and a total dupe for Mac’s famous “Soft Brown” shadow. It works with any lid color to create the ideal transition shadow.
A must-have which will be a staple in your makeup kit! Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Cinderella” Official description is “pale shimmery pink.” As beautiful, delicate, and feminine as this shadow looks in the pan, its pigmentation is mediocre (at best) when applied without a primer. You can live without this one. Verdict: 2.5/5 Stars “Cosmopolitan” This is a must-have shade!
Described as “rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmer finish,” this is a dupe (but even better!) than Mac’s famous “Expensive Pink” shadow. Extremely pigmented and buttery soft! A winner for everyone, but particularly stunning on blue eyes.
Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Unexpected” Official description is “matte pale pink brown.” It is an ideal cool-toned crease/transition shade to contrast with a warm-toned shadow on the lid. Often compared to Mac’s “Quarry” — although I think “Unexpected” is far better. Verdict: 5/5 Stars Now for the foiled shadows “Magic Act” “Light gold with yellow undertones and a foiled finish.” This is your basic shimmering gold lid shade — on steroids! The foiled finish is incredibly vibrant and metallic — a definite pick-up! Verdict: 5/5 Stars “In the Spotlight” Described on the website as “soft pink with coral undertones and a foiled finish”, this shade is STUNNING.
It is the perfect pink-gold champagne shade, and very striking as a lid shade. The warm tones of this shade make them ideal for blue eyes. Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Grandstand” “Medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish” is the website description. This shade is also unforgettable — and a total dupe for the gorgeous “Rose Gold” Ardency Inn eyeshadow.
The pigmentation is unreal. Another winner! Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Mesmerized” Website description states, “deep medium taupe with strong purple undertones and a foiled finish.” This is a strong silvery pewter shade which is truly striking and universally flattering for all eye colors. Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Showtime” Official description states, “rusty brown with warm undertones and a foiled finish.” I feel like this description is misleading, however; the shade definitely leans burgundy purple. A terrific fall, vampy color!
Richly pigmented — and especially suited to green eyes. Verdict: 5/5 Stars “Flame Thrower” “True brightened warm copper with a foiled finish,” per the website. This shade, like the other foiled shades, applies like liquid metal to the eye. Another stunning shade for blue eyes! Verdict: 5/5 Stars Last shadowand it is a regular finish! (Listed here because I forgot to list it with the other regular shadows ðŸ˜Š) “Prom Night” Described as “pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmer finish.” I would describe this more as a silvery purple-toned taupe — and it is glorious! Marlena reportedly designed “Prom Night” as a dupe for Mac’s bestseller “Satin Taupe.” The Makeup Geek version, however, far excels “Satin Taupe” in terms of pigmentation and longevity!
Mac Eyeshadow Singles
Universally flattering for a neutral and sophisticated eye look. Verdict: 5/5 Stars I have created two basic eye looks below using a few of these shadows! “In the Spotlight” (lid), “Cupcake” (crease) “Cosmopolitan” (lid), “Unexpected” (crease) “Magic Act” (lid), “Creme Brulee” (crease) My overall opinion On the whole, Makeup Geek is a fantastic bargain for stellar makeup. As noted above, few Makeup Geek products received less than a 5-star rating from me! For this price, you rarely find high quality such as this.
Mac Eyeshadow Colors
In my next post, I will swatch and review the Makeup Geek blushes! ÐŸ˜ƒ These products are available at.