I’m the first to admit I’ve not mastered the art of blending. You won’t see any up-close shots of my eyelids on Instagram, nor will you see me rocking a crisp cut crease look. But that’s ok. My eyeshadow skills are average at best, and I am not afraid to own up to it. However, I might be on the road to soon being above average, thanks to the buttery smooth, easy-to-work-with shadows from Makeup Geek!
Makeup Geek Cosmetics boasts an incredible range of shadows to suit neutral lovers and daring colour wearers alike, plus anyone else in between. The brand was created by YouTube star Marlena Stell and offers quality products at affordable prices. The range is constantly expanding, as they add unique shades, improve existing formulations and launch new products. It includes not only makeup (base products, blush and pigments), but also brushes. I could only take so much YouTube raving before I caved and placed an order. Who can blame me?!
Regular shadows cost USD $5.99 a piece, foiled shadows are USD $9.99. I purchased the small Rose Gold Chevron Z Palette for USD $14.99. The shadows are talc and paraben free.
I added around 20 individual pans to my cart before I realised those were too many shadows for only two eyelids… #SelfControl. So, I figured I’d get a small palette, that way I would limit myself to 9 shades and this would further deter me from future purchases. Now that I’ve tried them, I realise how stupid this reasoning was.
So – you’re probably here because you want to know if they’re worth it. You’ve seen them around long enough, you’ve got a clear list of “must-haves”, but you are still unsure and would like to find out if you should enter the world of MUG…
Well, yes. You should. In my
inexpert humble opinion, these shadows are an absolute pleasure to work with. They are that good, they even blend themselves out for you. Plus, you’ll be able to follow countless YouTube tutorials without rolling your eyes when you see the star products are these colourful tins you haven’t tried.
The pencil brush is synthetic and costs USD $7.99. It’s nice for the price – dense and precise, but just a tiny bit scratchy. I would like to try the blending brushes next.
I focused mainly on warm crease/transition shades because I “needed” more variety and that’s what I’m currently into. Here’s what I picked. (Shades described L-R)
Beaches and Cream – A creamy beige with a touch of peach. I usually use MAC Pro-Longwear concealer as my eyeshadow base, with this shade on top to set it. It makes the blending process a lot easier.
Peach Smoothie – A slightly darker and peachier than Beaches and Cream. I love to use this shade to blend any harsh lines.
Crème Brûlée – French for burnt cream, and that’s what this shadow looks like. A sandy beige shade with peachy brown undertones. It’s gorgeous and subtle on my skin tone, but I like to use it on the crease for added definition and to blend my shadows more seamlessly.
Chickadee – A vibrant yellow-orange shade. I admit this is a bit out of my comfort zone but after playing around with it I am in love. It’s such a beautiful and unique transition shade that can also be easily built up on the lower lash line or inner corner to accentuate your look.
Cosmopolitan – Rose gold with golden specks. This is the only non-matte shadow I purchased.
Barcelona Beach – A medium brown with grey undertones. This is the only cool toned shade of the bunch, and I actually can’t get enough of it.
Frappé – A beautiful caramel brown. This shade took me by surprise, as it doesn’t look like much on the pan but it’s stunning as an easy, all-over-the-eyelid shade.
Cocoa Bear – A reddish brown. Everyone needs this shade of brown in their collection.
Bitten – A maroon red. Has a little bit of fallout but still easy to work with.
Sorry about the sub-par swatches. I need to take these with my iPhone instead of my SLR as my current lens doesn’t allow for shots too close to the subject (aka my arm), but I am working on this!
Here is a look I came up with whilst playing around. Beaches & Cream as base (all over lid and up to brow bone), Peach Smoothie, Crème Brûlée and Chickadee as transition shades, Barcelona Beach in the crease, and Chickadee on the lower lash line. Lashes are Ardell 120 Demi Black. I’d like to express how much I
hate admire those of you who are pros at taking eye photos… I’ve never done anything more awkward and frustrating in my ENTIRE life.
Needless to say, I will soon be adding more to my collection, and I’ve already got my eye on some of their blushes. I hope this helps out anyone wanting to know more about Makeup Geek shadows. I really don’t think you can go wrong!
Have you tried them? What are your favourites?
P.S.: I have been living in the dark ages (aka internet-less) for the past two weeks – hence the small blogging hiatus, but I will be back in full force soon *prays to the NBN gods*. Can’t wait to catch up on all your blogs, beauties! x