This post is something that I have been meaning to do for a while now, probably the past month or so - ever since I received the Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection. Even before I received the Makeup Geek eyeshadows, I kept hearing and being told that the shades were comparable to M.A.C. They even have a comprehensible dupe list. Now, I kind of have to take this claim on Makeup Geek's good word because ... I have a confession to make. I actually don't own ANY M.A.C. makeup.
Now before y'all go jumping down my throat I have NOTHING against M.A.C. makeup or those who buy it. I would love to own some if I had the money, but I simply cannot afford their product line. So, I have to work with what I can afford. That's why I'm always on the lookout for high-quality, low cost products. This is one of the many reasons I've been such a huge supporter of the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line - M.A.C. quality payoff without the M.A.C. price tag ... or so I have to believe, since I don't own any M.A.C. to compare it to. This dilemma is what led me to devise the following challenge to myself and the Makeup Geek cosmetic line:
- THE CHALLENGE: If indeed Makeup Geek eyeshadows are comparable to M.A.C. I should be able to duplicate a M.A.C. look with Makeup Geek products and still achieve almost identical results.
- THE LOOK: An old look by YouTube Guru TiffanyD, based off of her Halloween Look from 2010; here's the video tutorial if you're interested in seeing exactly what she did and used. And here's a side by side picture comparison (Mine is on the Left and Tiffany's is on the right:
THE VERDICT: Success!
So, I sat down and watched the whole video tutorial and as Tiffany went through her M.A.C. shadows it was fairly easy for me to find duplicates for each one. I did take some creative licensees with the look (adding a white/silver highlight on the inner corner, changing the lipcolor) but all in all, I think it was a pretty good dupe! Here's the product breakdown and some more pictures of the look
You just can't argue with those kinds of savings!!! That's almost $200.00 cheaper!!! Easy on the wallet and the eyes, amirite??
|Contacts courtesy of FourEyez.com!|
Anyways, what I hope that people take away from this post is not necessarily that scorning M.A.C. I just want people to see that you don't have to be bullied by brand name prices to look absolutely beautiful. When I was first starting out, I thought I could never be as good as my guru heroes because I couldn't afford the products they were using in their videos. Well guess what, that's simply not true. You just have to know where to look because there are amazing, high-quality products for bargain prices all over the place and you can start your journey at www.makeupgeek.com/store/!
I'll leave you guys with some swatches of the products I used and hopefully you'll go and check out the full line of the Makeup Geek Eyeshadow collection if you see something you like!
|Makeup Geek Shadows (L-R): Corrupt, Pixie Dust, Purely Naked, Latte, Bling & White Lies|