Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek cosmetics began when founder Marlena Stell started a YouTube channel in 2008. Her makeup tutorial videos quickly became popular and she has since turned her passion into a successful cosmetics company. The company offers contemporary budget-friendly products available on their website.

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Recent Makeup Geek Reviews

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 11/10/2017 12:34:00 PM


I don’t get all the hype around Makeup Geek eyeshadows. When swatched I don’t find them very pigmented. And when placed on the eyes they are nothing special. I find Lorac shadows to be more pigmented and easy to blend. I guess I was duped into thinking these were good quality and I should have checked here first - lesson learned. These shadows are not very “wowing” in my opinion and expected more from them.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Eyeshadow - Vanilla Bean

on 11/4/2017 9:46:00 AM


I use this to set my eyeshadow base. Goes on nicely and I end up with no creasing.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Makeup Brushes -Makeup Geek -Bent Liner Brush

on 10/25/2017 2:58:00 PM

I needed a new eyeliner brush (I use gel eyeliners) because the one I had finally lost too many bristles to do the job. I tried the slanted eyeliner brush but that did not work for me. I like thin lines around my eyelids, and slanted brush was too thick for that. Another brush I tried was not slanted, but the bristle was too hard and did not bend enough to create a smooth line.

I found the Makeup Geek (I had never heard of this vendor before) on Amazon. The cost was $8.50 plus $1.99 shipping (it was not eligible for Amazon Prime), so total cost was $10.49. It arrived in a box probably too big for just _one_ brush, with pink tissue paper (so yeah, a bit over-packaged), but it was pretty.

The brush itself is GREAT. It is slanted just enough, and the brush is very thin, allowing you to draw a thin line over your eyelids. The bristle is nice and soft so no scratchy feel as you use it. I am totally buying a second one as a backup in case this gets discontinued, because a good eyeliner brush is hard to find.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Eyeshadow - Shimma Shimma

on 10/3/2017 5:23:00 PM


Shimma Shimma is a beautifully smooth pearly champagne color that's perfect for highlighting on my NW15 skin. It reminds me of a lighter version of MACs long-gone limited edition, Shore Leave.
In the pan, Shimma Shimma appears to have yellowish/peachy tones, which is bad for me. Once applied, though, it morphs into an ethereal neutral that makes a wonderfully subtle, flattering highlight for brow bones and inner corners. It *is* quite shiny, and I can imagine it being easily overdone.
It works even on my 53-year-old skin, though, if applied sparingly.
I think the secret to success with Shimma Shimma is to apply it sparingly with a good brush, like the Sigma E25, and blend it well.
Once applied, Shimma Shimma lasts for hours on my very oily skin, especially over a good primer.
At $6 for a refill pan, this is reasonably priced. I like to put it in a Coastal Scents "Go-pod," the purchase of which brings the total price up a bit, but it's still cheaper than MAC, at least as good of quality, and cruelty-free. Makeup Geek has replaced MAC as my "go-to" for eyeshadows.
I expect to wear this shade a lot, and I never want to be without it!

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Matte Eyeshadow Pan - Vintage

on 9/17/2017 6:03:00 PM

Vintage is perfect for green-eyed NW15 me.

It reminds me a bit of Stila "Rain," though Vintage is darker and more brown.

Vintage is a beautiful shadow that's smooth, densely pigmented, and superbly blendable. It's definitely matte, but not at all dry or chalky.

Rain or MUG Petal Pusher, depending on the desired "smokiness," on the lid + Vintage in the crease + an ivory or pale pink highlight = perfect subtle almost-neutral combination that "pops" my green eyes like crazy.

Vintage fits perfectly into Coastal Scent's single compact:

If you have green eyes, you NEED Vintage - take my word for it!

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