Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Does anyone else get really excited when a beauty vl/blogger comes out with a product line?  I haven’t indulged in all of them (unfortunately not all seem worth it), but I finally made a Makeup Geek order at the end of summer for ten eyeshadows.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

For my first MUG picks I went with shades that were calling my name.  No other rhyme or reason than, “Oooooh, that’s pretty…” I thought about getting the basics, but I also felt like everyone has already heard that Shimma Shimma, Corrupt, and Vanilla Bean are quality.  While this may be true, I’ve got plenty of similar shades that rarely get use in my current collection because I have an abundance of basics throughout all my palettes.  Spoiling myself with whatever I felt like turned out well and has given me shades that I truly enjoy.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

IMG_5768Prom Night / Twilight / Burlesque / Sensuous

The easy winner of the first four shades is Burlesque.  Just a gorgeous cranberry that plays well with my brown eyes and makes a perfect color for the upcoming holidays.  Don’t get me wrong, the others are fantastic.  But Burlesque totally steals the show.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches Moondust, Hipster, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa BearMoondust / Hipster / Bleached Blonde / Cocoa Bear

Shortly after receiving Moondust, I went on a huge warm-grey smoky eye binge.  I simply can’t get enough.  I had to stick my MUG palette in the back of my stash for awhile just to remember that other colors do exist.  Hipster was out of stock for the longest time (and currently is as I write this post) but was well worth the hold I put on ordering as I waited for it to come back in stock.  This leads me too one of the biggest troubles with MUG eyeshadows – finding them in stock.  Make note of anything on the website labeled as “Out of Stock.”  You’re going to want to order those.  Bleached Blonde is the only true gold powder eyeshadow I own and I really want to lay it over NARS Iskandar for high-impact color.  Cocoa Bear was on recommendation from Twitter.  I’ll be honest…I’m feeling kind of “meh.”  Maybe I’ve been spoiled with awesome mattes from theBalm, but Cocoa Bear itself isn’t a total game-changer.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches Mermaid, ocean BreezeMermaid / Ocean Breeze

I was looking for something really unique and also something blue.  Ocean Breeze had the warmth I wanted in a blue.  Mermaid looked unique and totally unlike me.  But here is problem number two – I find the photos on the Makeup Geek website to be inaccurate.  It kills me to say this because color accuracy is something bloggers often take pride in.  But I can honestly say that Hipster, Cocoa Bean, Ocean Breeze, Prom Night, Twilight, and Mermaid (the worst offender) look way different in person than the stock photos online.  The swatches are also different.  There are similarities, but each of them is “off.” Kind of a biggie so I rely on other blogger swatches in making my choices.

Makeup Geek Z Palette

I’m a huge fan of the “depotted” nature of these eyeshadows.  Meant to work with Z-palettes, I quickly purchased the MUG exclusive Dark Raspberry Damask to house my eyeshadows.  Each eyeshadow pan is already labeled clearly with the name and sits tightly against the magnetized palette.  Perfection.  And while each shade is also available in a single compact, I just don’t see the point.  You’ll be buying more than one eyeshadow for sure.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review EyesLid and crease:  Hipster
Outer 1/2 of Lid:  Burlesque
Inner 1/3 of lid:  Bleached Blonde
Outer Crease:  Cocoa Bear

I’m truly a fan.  Minimal fall-out, great value, and heavily pigmented, I have no complaints about the eyeshadows themselves.  I’m thinking my next order will involve a green, some peaches, and perhaps a bronze or copper.  What are your favorites?  Do you tend to hurry and purchase from lines created by vl/bloggers?

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Price: $5.99 each in pan / $7.99 each in compact

Availability: Makeup Geek

Summary: One of the best eyeshadows out there, Makeup Geek offers over 60 colors, many of which are very unique shades.  Easy to blend, easy to build, and easy to store, it’s hard not to fall in love.

10am Beauty Approved?: Yes – Highly Recommended

Disclosure: This product was purchased with my own money.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I love Makeup Geek! Her products are great.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I love her Z-Palette designs too. The dot leaf one is super cute, I just wish it came in the bigger size.

  • inhermakeupbag

    I LOVE the look you created with these!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks <3 I was in a Thanksgiving mood and this is what I came up with :)

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Beautiful! Burlesque is utter fabulousness on you! I’m definitely intrigued by MUG but haven’t yet tried any. I was borderline obsessed with the Michelle Phan em Party Life palette but I couldn’t (and still can’t) get behind the $75 price tag. If you could buy one of the four sets in the giant palette, I would own Birthday Surprise TOMORROW.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I hear such mixed reviews about the em line that I haven’t even given it a second glance. She is incredibly talented, but I haven’t been able to figure out the $$$ behind her line. I’ll have to look at the colors in Birthday Surprise though since you are so drawn to it :)

      • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

        Psssst: I just happened by the em website and she’s having a dandy black Friday weekend sale! The Party Life palette may or may not be under the Christmas tree this year… :)

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