Lipstick -Makeup Geek -Iconic Lipstick

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

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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.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek -Faux Fur

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

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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.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

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

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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!

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Lip Gloss -Makeup Geek -Foiled Lip Gloss - Groupie

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

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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.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 3/9/2018 9:25:00 PM

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Because I'm such a control freak about everything in my life, I decided to order individual eyeshadows from both MAC and Makeup Geek. I've read so many reviews that stated MUG was far surperior to MAC. Well. I digress! Both MAC and MUG are pretty-much on par with MAC in the lead by a hair for me. But--this is about MUG. I ordered Hipster, Shimma Shimma, Beaches and Cream And Barcelona Beach. All shadows pretty-much neutrals. Hipster was beautiful online and when I received it, it was beautiful as well, a muddy taupe-swampy clay color, it isn't as pigmented as I thought it would be. Nonetheless--it is buildable but not the color I had in mind. Barcelona Beach makes a good overall wash it's not that pigmented. Beaches and Cream gives a nice brightening effect and Shimma Shimma is great! Overall the shadows are fine. I LIKE them. I do not LOVE them. And for the price, they are fine. The packaging is fine. It's all good.

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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

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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

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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.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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