Thursday, January 30, 2014

Battle of the Blacks: MAC 'Carbon' vs. MakeupGeek 'Corrupt' Eyeshadow

Carbon eyeshadow by MAC has quite the reputation of being one of those 'must-have' shades but I found another shadow that could give it a run for its money. Spoiler alert: its also half the price!


A black eyeshadow is just a black eyeshadow, right? Um...no! Makeup Geek, which is one of my new favorite up and coming makeup brands, has an extremely pigmented shade called Corrupt that makes my Carbon look almost like a joke.


Carbon is a matte black eyeshadow, while Corrupt is more buttery with very subtle shimmer in the pan that is not visible on the skin. I think this helps the color transfer more easily (as you can see below). I will let the swatches speak for themselves. Honestly, it took 2 swatches in the Carbon pan to get enough pigment to swipe on my arm while Corrupt was a breeze in one swipe.


MAC's Carbon retails for $10 for the pan and $15 for the compact at MacCosmetics.com. Makeup Geek's Corrupt goes for $5.99 for the pan and $7.99 for the compact at MakeupGeek.com.


If you ask me, the winner here is clear! I am really impressed with MakeupGeek's eyeshadows all around and Corrupt is just stellar!

Thanks for reading!


What is your favorite black eyeshadow?

22 comments:

  1. the makeup geek one looks more pigmented :) Great review doll ! xx
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  3. great review! MUG wins hands down!
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    1. Thanks Lisa! I had heard about this MUG shade but it really impressed me!

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  4. I just started my own custom MAC palette and I'm determined to fill it up with both MAC and MUG shadows! I got the MAC palette because I prefer their's compared to the Z-Palettes.. So far, I've been far more impressed with the MUG quality! AND THEY'RE CRUELTY FREE! I do prefer the MAC shades, but MUG has so many dupes!

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    1. I agree! I have so many MAC shades now but I'm just so tempted build up a massive collection of MUG! Love them!

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  6. wow, i didn't realize makeupgeek shadows were so high quality...need to check those out!

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  7. Total clear winner. That is such a crisp black. Love it!

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  8. WOW! Great review! Very impressive!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I am really happy with it :-)

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  9. Ahh a clear winner, thanks for the comparison!!

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  10. I knew Corrupt would win because Carbon is a pathetic black. I've always really disliked it and can't believe MAC hasn't replaced it with a better matte black.

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    1. Lol! I know! For as much as Carbon is hyped up, you would expect more

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  11. Carbon is just pathetic. I finally got it a while ago after hearing how it was the blackest black and you need this and stuff but my NYX black is 10 times better! I think a lot of MAC products are disappointing.

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    1. Its sad! I hope they do something about it soon.

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  12. Wow that sounds like a great black! They always seem hard to find and most are not very pigmented.

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  13. Wow, I'm really impressed with the MUG eyeshadow, looks amazing! x

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