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 - I like this one but it's light, I use primarily as a transition shade but might try all over the lid
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

My definite favorites are Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Frappe, Lucky Penny and Burlesque, I totally would buy these again. I Shimma Shimma, Cocoa Bear and Goddess are nice too. 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? Maybe, but I honestly think I am set with these for now. I sort of have my eyes on Bake Sale though, but it appears to be quite similar to Creme Brulee. I do want to pick up another Lucky Penny at some point, that is my favorite one I think.

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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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Eyeshadow - Shimma Shimma

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


I recently picked up three shadows by Makeup Geek, this being one of them. I like this champagne color as an all over lid shade. It has some shimmer and sparkle but I don't find it to be over done. As much as I like my BH Cosmetics eyeshadows, some of them might be a little too sparkly for my age.

I see myself picking more a few more Makeup Geek shadows to try, but this is nice and I would likely repurchase. I also really like the travel sized palette that they sell too, that is what I am keeping my small assortment of shadows in right now.

5 stars.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 7/13/2017 11:25:00 AM


I too was suckered in by the #influencersforprofit on YouTube and really should have known better, these so called Makeup Artists would sell their Grannies souls for a buck.

These eyeshadows are rubbish. They leave a muddy mess or fade away to nothing on your eyelids.

If you want to know what a real review is, come to Makeup Alley (not YouTube) and go through all the reviews and if the majority are negative, they are the reviews of every day people who work hard for a living who have been conned out of their hard earned money and you can bet any positive review is a paid one or placed by the company and it's employees. It is hard to find honest and integrity in the beauty world these days but they are out there.

Makeup Geek is nothing more than a generic brand that has been labelled. Always check the ingredients list and then go look at other cheap brands like Morphe, BH Cosmetics etc, if the ingredients are mostly the same then they are cheap made in China rubbish that I wouldn't even let my kids near.

Educate yourself and save up and buy quality palettes, it is better to just have one of quality that is going to blow your friends away with how good you look than leave them wandering if you went to a Mud wrestling contest before you came out to meet them.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Sorbet

on 7/1/2017 7:29:00 PM

I love this as a transition Shade. It goes on very smoothly and blends extremely well. When you dip your brush in it there is no kick up on powder. The pans are magnetic so I can pop them right into my zpalette. For six bucks you get a really great product.

Blush -Makeup Geek -Spell Bound

on 6/16/2017 7:20:00 PM

I really expected more from Makeup Geek's blushes. The shade is a soft, peachy pink that would probably only show up on fair/light/possibly light medium skin tones. It looks very pretty in the pan, and I do think it looks okay on me, but it disappears in an instant. I think literally any drugstore blush will give you better staying power, not to mention be cheaper. $10 for a blush isn't by any means a crazy price tag (though in Sweden it's around 100 SEK/$12), but considering it comes in a pan, meaning you don't pay for packaging, and the quality is subpar, it's still too much money.

It also kicks up a LOT of powder if you're not careful when picking up product. It also doesn't blend into the skin and become one with it but rather sits on top, which is probably why it disappears so quickly. Overall, not impressed and I'm not looking to try more of Makeup Geeks blushes than the two I already have.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan

- Kind of a dry and chalky texture
- Disappears within the first few hours of wear
- Not worth the hype nor the price - I find that MUG's eyeshadows live up to the hyped up expectations much better

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Highlighters -Makeup Geek -Lit

on 6/12/2017 2:21:00 PM


Love, love, love this highlight. My HG, I didn't care for highlighters until I tried this. Thanks YouTuber CKey for turning me on to this!

Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Bedrock

on 6/11/2017 5:16:00 PM


Bedrock is just the kind of subtle matte neutral taupe eyeshadow I love to use to play up my green eye color.
It could be just a tiiiny bit smoother and more heavily pigmented, but it's very good the way it is.
I do wish it came in a compact, but that isn't a deal-breaker; I just pop the pan into one of Coastal Scents' inexpensive "Go Pods," and I'm set.
As for the actual shadow: Bedrock is considerably darker than it appears on the MUG site. It’s a medium-deep taupe that’s a perfect balance of gray and brown. On me (NW15 in MAC), Bedrock is a great crease shade.
I love using a lighter matte neutral (like NYX's "Coquette") from lashes to just below brow, then Bedrock swept into the crease with a fluffy brush, like the Sigma E38 or E40.
This combination makes for a flattering subtle look that lasts all day, especially over a good primer.
I plan to try other MUG matte shadows!

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