I'm reviewing for the shade Prom Night. I love lavender/ purple shades of eyeshadows but they often look kind of clownish on me against my red hair. After I read on the Makeup Geek website that this was a purple-taupe color I knew I just had to try it. I got my order very quickly. This is a truly beautiful color. It is like a like a perfect lavender taupe color on me and looks really good with my blue- grey eyes. The pigmentation with a primer is good and I would classify it as medium. It has a deep shimmer almost burnished finish which is so pretty. The feel of this shadow is silky and it blends very nicely. I was feeling adventurous today and added a little green shadow mixed with this and it looks great!! Five hours later and no creasing but I did use a primer too. I can't wait to try some of her other colors!!
I've used Cocoa Bear, Creme Brulee, Peach Smoothie, Mango Tango, Mocha, and Nearly Naked so far. These shadows are phenomenal. They blend seamlessly, have great lasting power, and they are extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way. I love, love, love these shadows, and I'm definitely buying more. Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear are HG's for me. If they were to be discontinued, I'd spend an entire paycheck stocking up on them.
Honestly, if I could give this a rating of zero I would. I can't say that the eye shadows are bad because I never even received my order. I ordered twenty eye shadows, a z-palette, and a foundation brush and five days after I made my order I received an email telling me that they had not been shipped out yet and would be held until I "advised" them because one single eye shadow was out of stock. Really? I have never dealt with any company that would hold an order for one out of stock product when the other twenty-one items in the order were ready to go.
Now, I could of got over this but, after I reply to them wondering why I am getting this email 5 days after I made my order, I was expecting to receive my order between 5 and 7 days, I receive an email from them that was unapologetic, and quite frankly unprofessional and it was filled with spelling errors. I'm sorry but, if I am giving a company $88 of my money, I expect an email that is more than two sentences long and filled with typos.
After explaining my frustrations with them and telling them I would like a refund, I receive another email that is blaming everyone but them for the fact that my order was held (the factory, the fact that they are a small company and even me essentially for not paying extra for priority or express shipping) and to advise them if I still want to try their products or not.
Even though I already asked them in my two previous emails to refund my money I tell them yet again to do so and receive another two sentence email saying simply this:
We will issue the refund. Please note that if you paid with a credit card, refunds take up to 4 days to show on your statement."
No apology, they never offered to give me free shipping to make up for the delay, no nothing. The most absolutely unprofessional company I have ever dealt with, small business or not, maybe you should take care of your customers first.
My advice is to not even waste your time or money on people who care so little about their customers.
These eyeshadows are probably the best I've ever tried for the price. They are up there with UD and illamasqua in terms of quality. I came across this by chance. I was googling for a true rose gold and a real deep emerald green. And honestly, I was becoming frustrated that I couldn't find anything I liked. Anything "rose gold" was either champaign or just gold. And anything "emerald" looked like grass.
Then along came Makeup Geek. I started browsing the store and fell in love with Cosmopolitan and Envy. But because I'm in Australia, I thought I'd buy a whole bunch to put into my Mac Pro single palette (which I also recently purchased and magnetised with a magnetic sheet as a base). I ended up buying cosmopolitan, envy, burlesque, peach smoothie, mocha and creme brûlée. Also got my first pigment in insomniac which I also totally and completely fell in love with.
Quality and pigmentation is amazing! I always disliked mac eyeshadows because of quality and price. I loved the colours but I always found that they are not pigmented enough. MUG is another story. I have tried them with different bases and regardless of the base, I haven't had any creasing problems, the colours stay true on the skin and they don't budge.
I haven't had a chance to play with all the colours just yet. But so far I absolutely love burlesque and of course, cosmopolitan.
My only problem? Depotting. Of all of these that I ordered, 2 came as compacts. For Cosmopolitan I ordered one as a pan and one as a compact, just to throw into the handbag. But I was also forced to buy burlesque as a compact because they were out of pans. The site said easy to depot. Funnily enough, there is no guide for depotting MUG shadows!! Marlena has done tutorials for depotting MAC but nothing for MUG. The casing is completely different to a MAC so I wasn't keen on putting it over a flame as I did with my MACs. Nor did I want to try putting it onto my hair straightener as some have suggested.
The best way? I put mine on the heater for about 10 minutes and stuck a pin underneath the pan until it slowly lifted. It didn't depot straight away but with more heat, the looser the pan became.
AND IT WORKED! Not sure if the glue was just weak on that particular shadow, but it was a success.
So far I have only tried 2 eyeshadows. One matte (peacock) and one shimmery/glittery (Envy). They don't bother my eyes in the least, which most drugstore/low-end priced shadows do. They aren't at all powdery/chalky. Of the two, I definitely prefer Envy just because I prefer the color. Envy is a dark green with teal/blue shimmers. It's absolutely stunning. (very unique) It's perfect for Christmas time because of the color and glitter effect. Peacock, on the other hand, is a nice color but does not apply evenly for me. It's splotchy, no matter what method I try. I definitely hope to try more colors in the future.
I have 24 Makeup Geek eyeshadow and LOVE all of them. They are without a doubt the best eyeshadow I have ever used.
I love these shadows! When ever I wear eyeshadow, I always prime my lids with UDPP and these shadows last all day with no creasing. I love the how easily they blend and the option to buy in pan form. They are inexpensive and I'm deffinitley going to be buying more!
-Long-warring (when paired with primer)
-Does not Crease
-A little fallout
I bought several of the eyeshadow puts from Makeup Geek and was so pleased, even with the shipping to Australia they came quickly and were pretty cheap. I've only got neutral colours, but I bought both matte and shimmer (I'm not a shimmer girl but damn they are cute!) All in all the products are comparable to MAC shadows and are less than half the price. The texture and pigmentation is great, there's no smell, and the shadows don't irritate my skin. The colours are really blendable and go on so nicely, layering is really easy with these products. Makeup Geek is now the ONLY brand I'll buy shadow from. The quality and price is phenomenal plus Marlena is so nice (personalized emails and really quick replies to my questions). Definitely would purchase again.
I am obsessed with Makeup Geek products!!!! The eyeshadows are perfection: pigmented, blendable, no fallout and the price is AMAZING (pans are only $5.99 each). So far I have about 10 of these shadows and they all are so good. Its safe to say that I won't ever spend 15 an eyeshadow at MAC. The creator of MUG, Marlena, (makeupgeektv on youtube) has done such a fabulous job with these shadows and I cannot wait to purchase some more!
I bought Envy, a metallic dark green. I very much like the color, and it's lovely either on its own but it's especially pretty over a black base.
As for the formula/texture, Envy is easy to blend and work with, but it's nothing extraordinary. It's not bad, but it's also not buttery smooth like MAC or Wet N Wild shadows.
Just a note, the MakeupGeek pans ARE magnetized, but they don't stick to a Unii Palette but magnetize beautifully to Z-Palettes. If you plan on buying a lot of these, I would recommend getting a Z-Palette.
I haven't tried any other MakeupGeek eye shadows, but I'd consider buying a few more "fun" colors from them. I think Marlena (MakeupGeek) has come out with a good product that has the potential to be a great product as the company continues to develop and grow. It's always nice to help out one of your favorite Makeup Gurus!