Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My First Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Hey!  Happy July!  A good way to start off the month is with some haulage, right?

So, it finally happened.  I jumped on the Makeup Geek bandwagon.  You knew it was going to happen sooner or later.  I bought a Makeup Geek blush last fall (Secret Admirer - a lavender shade), but didn't buy any eyeshadows for some inexplicable reason.  Well, I finally decided I needed some.

Makeup Geek is an independently owned company based in California.  It was started by Marlena, who is a YouTube beauty "guru".  It seems like everybody has some of her shadows (especially peeps in the blogging/youtubing world).  I'm a bit of a sucker for hyped up stuff.  Yep, I'm okay admitting that.

I bought one of the exclusive Z Palettes to put my new eyeshadows in, 'cause I don't have any empty fillable type palettes, so I needed one.  I think it's kind of cute, with the pink with gold sunburst pattern.  Kind of art deco-y, or something.

I don't know how many shadows Makeup Geek sells (something like 80?), but I chose just 8 (!) to start with.  (To start with... Tee hee!)

left column -- Crème Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt
middle column -- Cosmopolitan, Bitten
right column -- Mermaid, Center Stage, Masquerade

I tried to choose shades that seem really popular, raved about, unique, and different from other shadows I already own.

Crème Brulee -- matte light tan
Cocoa Bear -- matte brown
Corrupt -- matte black
Cosmopolitan -- shimmery peach
Bitten -- matte burgundy
Mermaid -- shimmery teal
Center Stage (foiled) -- shimmery royal blue
Masquerade (foiled) -- shimmery purple

My descriptions of the colors are terrible, so here are some swatches (no primer):

from left: Crème Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Cosmopolitan, Bitten, Mermaid, Center Stage, Masquerade

from left: Crème Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Cosmopolitan

from left: Bitten, Mermaid, Centerstage, Masquerade

Mermaid and Cosmopolitan are rather incredible.  They have the same texture as the two foiled shadows (Center Stage and Masquerade).  Oddly, Corrupt, while very black, feels much drier and stiffer.  Maybe the specific batch mine came from was different than others.

My favorites are Cosmopolitan, Mermaid, and Masquerade (shimmery and colorful!), as well as Bitten, which seems like an unusual shade.

I am really pleased with all of the shadows I bought.  I have a few (okay, several) more I would like to purchase.  Which will most likely happen soon...

Stay tuned for some looks using my new Makeup Geek eyeshadows!

Do you own any Makeup Geek eyeshadows?  Any recommendations?

P.S.  Having a magnetized palette is pretty fun.  You can move the shadows around and make pretty designs with them.  (I'm easily amused, I guess.)

Have a wonderful day, and for my Canadian friends, have a happy Canada Day!


  1. Yes! I'm so excited you've gotten some Makeup Geek shadows! The obsession begins... ;)

  2. Ah, I've been dying to get on the Makeup Geek bandwagon for ages- love the shades you chose!! Thanks so much for the swatches :)

  3. There are so many colors to choose from! I had a hard time narrowing down my choices!

  4. Yes, the obsession begins. I have 14 more shadows in my virtual cart. I'm kind of hoping for a 4th of July sale... I plan on buying all 14 anyway.

  5. I have Cocoa Bear, Bitten, and Cosmopolitan. I also have peach smoothie, shimma shimma, and a couple others. El got them for me for my bday. They are super pigmented and blend so nicely! Mermaid is so pretty!

  6. I just ordered more eyeshadows, and included Peach Smoothie and Shimma Shimma. I can't wait to get them!