A shade of the dramatic, where different is all there is.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Makeup Geek and they wanted me to post some looks to the Idea Gallery on their site and give them feedback on the process and the way that part of their website functions.  In exchange I would get some free eyeshadows to add to my collection.

I was super stoked!  I’d wanted to start posting in the Idea Gallery anyway, I might as well take some notes and select a few colours to help round out my Makeup Geek collection.  I was really looking forward to being able to actually try creating a look with only Makeup Geek eyeshadows, rather than always having to use them as an addition to an existing look.  I thought this would help me get a better idea of their quality as well, because I really hadn’t used them much at all.  And it is important to me that you all know that even though I received these eyeshadows for free, my opinions and reviews in this blog are always based on my honest opinions and experiences and are not influenced in any way.

With that being said, let’s take a look at my new Makeup Geek shadows:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

I’ve also swatched them all too, because I find that swatches always offers up a more accurate look at the shadows.

MUG eyeshadow swatchesMakeup Geek Eyeshadow swatches

For swatches of the other eyeshadows in my Makeup Geek collection, please visit my previous post here.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Z-Palette

I decided now that I had some basic eyeshadow shades in addition to some brights that I was finally able to do a complete look.

Here is what I came up with:

Purple and Blue Smoky Eye Makeup

This is the first look in a long time that actually terrified me as it was coming together.  Very often as I do my makeup, I know I will like the end result as I’m doing it…but for this look I almost took it off so many times as I was applying it.  I think the main reason is because Poolside is such a vibrant blue I was worried about either looking like a hooch from the 80’s or some sort of clown.  Instead of scrapping the whole look, I made a few changes about half way through.  I actually took some makeup remover and pushed Poolside back from the inner corner and lightened that area with White Lies.  I was also originally using Wisteria as my purple, but it was just too light paired with Poolside.  So I switched out Wisteria for Purple Rain and it made all the difference.  These two changes really softened the look and helped it flow together.

Poolside and Purple Rain in a makeup look

I’ve created a tutorial diagram so you can see what shadows are where.

How To: Bright Eye Makeup

I hope this is helpful!  By the time my look was done, I absolutely loved this makeup look!  I think it is possibly my favourite creation colour wise.

For the rest of my look:

Skin –  MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus

Brows – MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow to fill them in

Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion

Lashes – Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes

Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline

Lips – Pretty Amazing Gloss by bareMinerals in Panache

Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette

Funky eye Makeup

Now to the actual shadows.  First, you must know I use a primer every single time I wear eye makeup, so all of my observations and opinions are all based on use with a primer.  I cannot speak for what this product is like without the use of a primer.

The big difference I noticed between Makeup Geek eyeshadows and MAC eyeshadows (other than the price) would be the texture.  I wouldn’t say that MUG is worse, but it is certainly different.  Perhaps the best way to describe it would be that it is slightly drier.  But it is still easy enough to work with, just a bit of a different feeling than what I am used to. The colours are easy to blend, they are super pigmented and you get great colour pay off in your looks.  You barely have to touch your brush to the eyeshadow pan to pick up the product.  I actually found myself blowing off the brush constantly with the MUG shadows so I wouldn’t apply the shadows too heavily.  Which is something I never do with MAC eyeshadows.  That isn’t a complaint, just an observation.

I think if you are just starting out with building your makeup collection than the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line is a great place to pick up colours.  They are affordable and good quality.  Remember though, unlike with MAC or Sephora, you can’t try the colours out in your local store and you can’t return them if you aren’t happy with a product (or at least not as hassle free).  And even though they have 56 shades of shadow, there are colours and textures missing from their line up.  But they are always adding new colours, so keep an eye on the Makeup Geek store, or sign up for their newsletter which always announces new shades.  For me, because I already have so many shadows, I have a hard time finding any colours that I don’t already have a look alike for…which is exactly why my collection of MUG shadows is a little odd looking and missing all of their lovely neutral shadows.

Verdict: MAC will always be a “go to” for me because of convenience and extreme versatility in their lineup.  I like being able to go into a store and feel and touch everything first before buying it…and if I use it and hate it, I have the ability to walk in and get my money back.  But Makeup Geek is a fantastic alternative that everyone should consider, after all, it is HALF the price per shadow.  You won’t have problems with the Makeup Geek shadows in terms of quality and if you need multiple colours to build your collection they make the most sense.   I have no doubt that I will place more orders with Makeup Geek (especially as their store grows) and grab the odd shadow as their colour range expands.

Thanks for reading everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!



Blue and Purple Makeup

13 responses

  1. I really want to buy some of her eyeshadows, especially corrupt!!! Are they long lasting?

    April 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    • I’ve only done the one look so far, but I had no issues with them at all. I of course used a primer, but they didn’t crease or fade. 🙂

      April 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

  2. Bravo Shannon! I love the look you came up with! It’s SO gorgeous and very you 🙂

    April 23, 2012 at 3:58 am

    • Awww Sunny, thank you! Very sweet of you to say! It was fun watching it come together, especially after adverting disaster and I think it turned out pretty cool! 🙂 As usual, thanks for stopping by my dear!!

      April 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

  3. Love the color combinations, very beautiful!

    April 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    • Thank you Tina! I ended up really loving the colours too, this was a really fun one! ❤

      April 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  4. I love the colour combo – great way to show off two completely different colours!

    April 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    • Thank you my dear! I had a lot of fun with it, after all my worries I really ended up loving it. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

      • Do you think it stays as well as MAC shadows?

        April 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

        • Only wearing it the one time…and having it as an evening look at that I don’t feel as though I can say yet whether they stay as long. I will have to try them out on a day look where I can see how it looks by the evening. I will have to get back to you in order to give you the most accurate answer!

          April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  5. Your eye makeup application is amazing! I’ve never seen eye make up done so flawlessly. LOVE love love this color combination. I want to try it! I need to venture out from the typical neutrals, earth tones, and usual smokey eye. This definitely inspires me!


    May 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • Leigh that is so sweet of you to say, thank you! I certainly have lots of improvements to make, but I know that my looks are getting better than they were a year ago. Practice and experimenting seems to go a long way!! I hope you venture into the world of colour, it can be addicting and a lot of fun!!

      May 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

  6. Pingback: Feeling Dramatic? (eye makeup tutorial) « eyemasq

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