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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Lipstick -Makeup Geek -Iconic Lipstick

on 10/31/2018 7:40:00 PM


I have this lipstick in the color Rare. It has a true matte finish but I don't find it drying. It also has very little transfer even though it's very pigmented. Totally recommend this lipstick.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Faux Fur

on 5/17/2018 5:26:00 PM


Faux Fur is described by Makeup Geek as “mink brown,” and in the pan it indeed looks quite brown. On NW15 me, though, it looks like a “dirty” gray. That may sound kind of awful, but that’s actually ideal for a soft eyeshadow that mimics natural shadows, so that the eyes, not the makeup they’re wearing, are the focus.

In fact, Faux Fur reminds me a lot of MAC French Grey, a long-gone LE that was probably my favorite eyeshadow of all time. Faux Fur wears beautifully over a good primer on my very oily skin. The pigmentation is generous, and the shadow applies smoothly and easily.

For a classy, understated, super-flattering eye makeup, you just can’t do better than Faux Fur, in my opinion.

In addition, Faux Fur is cruelty-free, and very reasonably priced. The only possible drawback is the fact that it’s sold only as a “refill” pan; you have to supply your own compact.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 3/19/2018 5:25:00 PM


I've read a ton of reviews on these & there seems to be very opposing opinions out there, so I figured I'd throw mine in.:o) I have been a make-up artist for almost half my life now, and many of those years were spent with MAC. I can honestly say that if you did not like these shadows, it's got to be either A: You unfortunately didn't try the right shades/formulation, or B: You didn't use an eyeshadow primer. I will admit that a few of their shimmery shades don't perform the BEST...but a couple of them that I've tried are great (Lucky Penny is very similar to MAC's Sable...not QUITE the same, but almost.) However, my five star rating is based on their MATTE SHADOWS. They are INCREDIBLE. Especially for the price.

I just use Wet & Wild's Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer (which rivals much more expensive brands & is among the best I've ever used!) and then I use several of the MUG Matte Eyeshadows. I'll list out my two favorite looks that I get tons of compliments on. I do my makeup every morning at about 7:00am, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that these shadows looks JUST AS FRESH and vibrant by 10'ish PM when I wash them off. They blend beautifully & stay very true to color. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE MATTE SHADOWS. Start with these!! (I got the 9 Well Palette and was very impressed by how snugly it holds the shadows in there & looks very high quality.)
Look #1:
Vanilla Bean- under brow
Side Kick- crease
Cocoa Bear- deep crease
Peach Smoothie- lid
Shimma Shimma- inner highlight

*If I want this look to be a bit more dramatic for a special occasion, I'll throw some Bitten in the outer corner/crease.

Look #2:
Vanilla Bean- under brow
Vintage- crease
Aphrodite- deep crease
Sorbet- lid
Shimma Shimma- inner highlight

So there you have it, NINE FABULOUS shadows to get you started and fill up a great looking palette. If you put these on over a good primer, using the proper brushes, there is no way you won't like them. I'm 35 with slightly hooded lids and I am an NW20-NW25 with a C4 powder, to give you an idea of my skin tone.

(Corrupt is a really nice deep black too if you're into using shadow as liner!)

Hope this helps!

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Lip Gloss -Makeup Geek -Foiled Lip Gloss - Groupie

on 3/18/2018 5:33:00 PM


I love Makeup Geek, and I love all things shimmery, so naturally I had no choice but to try the Foiled Lip Gloss.

I chose “Groupie,” whose color is described as “a brightened fuchsia with purple reflects.” That’s fairly accurate, with emphasis on the “purple.” In the online photos I’ve seen, the color looks to have a very slight reddish cast, but in real life, it leans heavily toward the blue-purple. Unless you like to wear very cool, blue-based shades, this may not be the shade for you. I think that Groupie has enough pink/fuchsia in it to render it wearable, but not everyone may share that opinion

I (NW15, brunette, green eyes) like Groupie quite well, when I want to wear a purple-toned lipcolor. I also like the formula, though it doesn’t feel or perform like a standard lip gloss. Groupie is sort of like a hybrid of a lip gloss and a liquid lipstick – it has the opacity and tenacious wear of a lipstick, with some(not glaring) metallic shimmer and the faintest hint of gloss-like tackiness. Groupie lasts quite admirably for a gloss; as it wears off (after several hours of wear), it will leave behind an attractive “wash” of color, as well as some faint shimmer. I don’t find this gloss to be moisturizing, so make sure your lips are well hydrated.

Overall, I’m pleased with this gloss, though I find the long (5.25”) applicator a little awkward; if it were just a bit shorter, it would be fine. Also, most of the shades in the Foiled gloss line are very dark and/or brownish, and those colors don’t work on me. I’d consider trying VIP and Replay, but those are about all, besides Groupie.

Makeup Geek seems to be cruelty-free, and at $15.00 each, the Foiled glosses aren’t outrageously expensive. I wish Makeup Geek would expand the shade selection of these glosses, and adjust the length of the applicator, but I’d still buy this again.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Pigments - All colors

on 1/19/2018 1:46:00 PM

I have this in the shade Prism from the duochrome line. It's a light base that reflects pink/peach, and it's gorgeous on top of a pinkish eyeshadow. I've never been much of a fan of completely matte eye looks (they look good on others, but dry and dull on me), and I love layering this pigment on top of a matte shadow to liven up the look. That's generally how I prefer to use it - on top of other shadows - as it's a very light colour in itself.

It's finely milled, super pigmented and long-lasting. I prefer to apply it with a finger, and that way there's no issue with fall-out. A little goes such a long way, I don't see how anyone could go through the whole thing unless they use it every single day.

+ Cruelty free
+ Seem to be vegan (currently only the shades Wild Fire and Hologram is listed as non-vegan/containing carmine, but the shade Prism isn't available on their website anymore so I can't be 100% sure)
+ Gorgeous, "neutral" shade that looks good on top of a range of eyeshadows'
+ Pigmented and long-lasting
+ A little goes an incredibly long way
+ Doesn't contain talc (which sometimes irritates my eyes)

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