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)

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 1/5/2018 5:09:00 PM


I'm surprised to see such polar reviews on these eye shadows. I probably have about 15 shades (predominately mattes with a few shimmers/foiled ones) and I really enjoy this formula. I find these so easy to work with. I don't find that they blend away, actually to the contrary, I find that the pigment stays really vibrant on my eye lids throughout the day (NC20 - 25 skin tone), one of the best of any eye shadow formula I've tried (incl. ABH, tarte, juvia's place, KVD, UD, MAC, etc.). I have oily and hooded lids so eye shadow primer is always a must for me so I'm not sure if that makes a key difference with this particular formula moreso than others I use. Most people compare these to MAC and I actually like these better as they're softer, easier to blend IMO, and I've had very little fall out. They're also cruelty free and made in USA.

I don't have an opinion either way on their YouTube founder, but I just know that I like this formula and I'll continue to repurchase. I will say that I agree that shipping is a bit annoying but I always purchase mine during one of their sales throughout the year (~20 - 25% off) and given the per unit price is so affordable, not sure how much I can really complain overall about the cost. Would definitely recommend you check these out if you have specific colours you want but don't want to purchase an entire new palette.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Eyeshadow - Concrete Jungle

on 12/13/2017 6:59:00 PM


Concrete Jungle is a unique grey shade; I've never seen anything else quite like it.
.Concrete Jungle is a cool tone, due at least in part to its purple undertones, but it's still somehow "dirty" enough to keep from going blue on my NW15 skin.
I love Concrete Jungle in my creases (it's exactly the right depth for that) with a lighter matte gray, like Makeup Geek Bedrock or Inglot M349, on my lids.
I haven't had trouble with staying power on my oily lids, with primer + blotting powder under my shadows.
Like all Makeup Geek eyeshadows, Concrete Jungle is $6.00 for a refill pan; it fits perfectly into one of Coastal Scents' inexpensive "Go Pods," and the total, including shipping, comes out to < $10.
Who needs MAC?

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Highlighters -Makeup Geek -Midnight Sun

on 12/9/2017 11:41:00 PM

I usually cannot wear gold highlighters. This is a pale true gold that I can wear and I love it. It’s lighter than Becca opal and more gold but not yellow. I cannot wear things like NARS Albatross and Becca Moonstone because they come off yellow. This is a very glossy finish. This can be applied lightly for a subtle highlight and can very easily be built up to a high shine. It can get metallic if applied too strongly.
The formula is soft and almost moist feeling, like not quit spongy. Like a not dry baked gelee formula. It’s densly packed but easily applies with brushes or fingers. It hasn’t seemed fragile but I’m also not trying too hard to break it. The compact is a solid gunmetal that feels secure. I really like it. The price does seem a little high but I got it 30% off and it’s totally worth it.
I never thought I’d like a gold highlighter, but this is soooooo pretty.

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 12/9/2017 9:47:00 AM


Great quality, good price. Definitely rivals MAC, and all of the other high-end shadows. All shadows come in the professional- pot styles, meaning u would need to have a zpallet or MAC eyeshadow pallet to house them. It comes out much more affordable to build your own pallet, versus buying every pallet that catches your eye. I like to see which new pallets come out, look for the colors that I like and don't have. Makeup Geek had a black Friday special 25%off. I got 3 shadows, used the online coupon, and the shipping was $1.99. I highly recommend MG shadows, quality and affordability, AND... they are made in the USA. :)

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Highlighters -Makeup Geek -Highlighter (Duochrome) - Psychedelic

on 12/9/2017 8:25:00 AM


I just received this and it’s my first duo chrome highlighter from Makeup Geek and I instantly want to pick up celestial now. Pictures do not do this one justice. This is a very glossy highlighter that flashes rosey pink from a neutral gloss. This is not subtle at all. The gloss is bold and the flash of pink is bold. I am NC15 but this has a translucent base so I think it should work for many skin tones. I was so surprised by how bold and glossy it was. It’s very smooth. The packaging is beautiful. It’s a solid gunmetal.

This formula is interesting. This highlighter is soft but not loosely packed. I can't really think of something else that feels like this. It's like a moist extra dimension formula. It's almost spongy and not the dry hard gelee formula floating around. It is delicate but has not broken on me. It's pigmented and very easy to pick up. Go easy on it. You do not need much.

Now the price, I do think that they should have tried to get it down to under $20. I think there is a psychological shift when something hits $20. I think even $19 would have been better. That being said, for example if you look at MAC. Their basic blush in pot is $23 and mineralized blush is $28. Their highlighters (MSFs and extra dimension) are $33. Other brands are similar in that the highlighters cost more than the blushes. MUGs price increase from blushes to highlighters is consistent with how other brands price. But when you just glance at the price it feels like a break from the brands pricing even though it's really not.
Anyway, in a nutshell, great packaging, great formula, great color, the finish is not natural or subtle. If you want a strong duo chrome with a very glossy formula, go for it.

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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.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 11/1/2017 7:34:00 PM


I really can't understand all the negative reviews on these shadows! I find them brilliant quality, they blend really well and last all day on me. Much prefer them to my MAC ones which fade and vanish into each other. I keep mine in their travel vault palette which is amazing and expensive looking with a nice sized mirror on it.

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 (All)

on 10/20/2017 8:59:00 PM


It took me a long time to put my finger on what exactly I disliked so much about these shadows and why I wasn't reaching for them as much as my MAC shadows...

I got:
Cherry Cola
Cocoa Bear
Creme Brulee
Peach Smoothie
Cabin Fever
Tan Lines

First off, let me say that the shipping is a joke. It took forever to get my order - and apparently when you choose standard shipping on MUG, it usually will take that long to process/ship. Like, it took up to a week to process, then the shipping was the slowest method ever.

The next shipping option up was over $10, which would have taken 2-6 business days.... for a few eyeshadows? Ummm, no way.

Barring that, the eyeshadows themselves were a mess. Muddy is the word, now that I have been reading the reviews. They blend away, look dirty, clashed, unpolished, patchy, etc. Americano was the worst. It looks strong in the pan, but it blends away to a much sheerer, dulled out brown. Could NOT be applied wet as a liner. Looked greyish and dull. No depth.

I am a woman who works long hours and don't have loads of time in the morning to futz with fussy eyeshadows with poor application. I ended up purging (see: throwing away) all of these MUG shadows and hauling a few MAC neutrals during a 15% off sale and I love them so much more - and now moreso that they're priced the same as MUG. After Embark, I will never go back to Americano! I would NOT recommend MUG to women of color because the pigments will look dull and bland against those richer skintones.

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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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Blush -Makeup Geek -Bliss

on 8/28/2017 6:05:00 AM

I have this in the original formula. I like the color, it's not too full on, it's quite subtle. I use it for work, but it's not pigmented enough for my taste for a normal look. It's enough to give a very natural look, which is why I like it for work, it is quite powdery. It also doesn't last very long, maybe after 2 hours or so it starts to fade. I don't think I'll repurchase this. Even though I think the color is perfect for my fair skin for work. I just don't think it's special enough to warrant a repurchase. There are other more accessible (I.e. From a store) brands that I'm sure have similar colors

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 8/11/2017 9:13:00 AM


Last year about this time I had one eye shadow and I would only wear on special occasions. My daily look was a black or brown (sometimes gray) eyeliner. For some reason I decided to go ape on eye shadows and have since then accumulated quite a few single shadows and 7 palettes. One thing that was missing was matte shadows, and that is where I turned to Makeup Geek.

I initially started with three shadows, but I have picked up a few more since....

Shimma Shimma - Nice champagne color, I use all over the lid but is used as a browbone or inner color highlight
Peach Smoothie - very nice peach color, but doesn't really show up on my eyes, will use as a base shade
Creme Brulee - A favorite of mine, nice light to medium brown option, can be used for transition/crease or on the lid **
Frappe - Nice warm medium brown shade, I use for outer corner/crease. **
Cocoa Bear - darker brown with hints of red, nice warm shade
Goddess - coppery shade, use for outer corner (note - this one appears to be discontinued)
Lucky Penny - rosey taupe shade, can be used for lid or in outer corner/crease **
Burlesque - dark wine/burgundy shade, nice for outer corner **
Bake Sale - medium brown, maybe a little less warm, similar to Frappe
Roulette - rosy copper shade, very nice **

My definite favorites are Creme Brulee, Frappe, Lucky Penny, Burlesque and Roulette. I totally would buy these again. The others are nice as well, but will probably not repurchase. Overall, I am very pleased with the shades that I picked out and have made myself a nice little palette. Will I pick up more? I would yes, but am set with these for now.

A side note, I also have the travel vault from MUG which I put my small collection of shadows in. I really like this palette, it's very sleek and it has a mirror too. It's around $13 which might be a little pricey but it's excellent quality and quite sturdy. I would purchase another one of these over the small Z palette any day.

Again, not an eyeshadow expert whatsoever but I do like these shadows I have more shadows from ColourPop but honestly I like both brands. I haven't tried MAC, but most likely won't as they aren't CF. I have heard nice things about ABH but that's a little out of my price range.

As I age, I find that I really need to get more matte eye shadows as they are more appropriate for my eye and frankly more flattering. I find these are really nice shadows and would not hesitate to try more colors. Also I find that all I need is a lid color, transition/crease color and maybe outer corner color and I am set. Some days I just use one color all over the lid, I can't seem to get enough shades for that reason.

I give these 5 stars! One final comment, on placing my last order with MUG there was a little glitch with my order and it didn't go through. I contacted customer service and they were extremely responsive and helpful. I really appreciated that.

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