Makeup Geek is an affordable, high quality makeup brand. They are well-known for their incredible eyeshadows. You can find so many positive reviews on these eyeshadows online. They are often compared to MAC eyeshadows, making some of their eyeshadows better than MAC. For a few years, I was contemplating on whether I should make a purchase or not. I thought how can a $6 eyeshadow be really good, even beating a MAC eyeshadow. My quest on the Makeup Geek eyeshadows started. I read many reviews and saw many swatches and instantly I knew I had to make a purchase. I made an order on 15 Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I have used them ever since receiving them, frequently. I have already formed an opinion on them. So today I wanted to share my thoughts and review on these eyeshadows with you.
*the eyeshadow with a red ‘X’ is NOT a Makeup Geek eyeshadow.
*swatches with no primer/base only clean/bare skin.
My favorite eyeshadows from this palette has to be the first row. They are so buttery and easy to work with. I am always using these shades for my crease or eyelid. They are my everyday eyeshadow shades.
Lets start with the first row. The first shade is Vanilla Bean. It is a matte with a sheen. It has a peachy beige undertone. As you can see in the swatches there is a hint of shimmer, but it isn’t noticeable once applied. It is very smooth and buttery to the touch. I had no problems with patchiness. A perfect color for an all over eyelid or as a highlight for under the brows. I also use this shade when setting my paint pot.
The second shade is my favorite eyeshadow from Makeup Geek so far. It is called Shimma Shimma (love the name too hahaha). It is a metallic light champagne color. It feels almost wet like a foiled eyeshadow, very creamy as well. The pigmentation in this shade is out of this world!
I love applying this shade in my tear duct or under my brow. This can also be used as a highlighter but be careful it is very pigmented!
The third shade is called Peach Smoothie. It is a soft peachy orange with a matte finish. It is so buttery and smooth when applied. It is a little powdery, so don’t dig too hard with a brush. I love applying this shade all over the eyelid. This could also be a transitional shade for fair skin tones.
The fourth shade is called Desert Sands. It is a medium camel brown with warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. I love to add this shade after my transitional shade. This blends in softly and evenly. It is not blotchy or patchy. It is buttery just like most of Makeup Geeks eyeshadows.
The fifth shade is called Crème Brulee. It is a medium sand color with a soft matte finish. I love this shade as a transitional shade. It gives a soft wash of color to the crease. It is also buttery but a little powdery too. It blends effortlessly. This is a dupe to MAC soft brown.
The sixth shade is called Frappe. It is a medium warm brown with a semi-matte finish. It has microscopic shimmer particles but when applied to the eyes this shade looks completely matte. I love to use this shade to deepen my crease. It gives a beautiful warmth to the eyes. It also blends beautifully.
The seventh shade is called Cupcake. It is a medium pink shade, more like a dusty rose color with a matte finish. This shade is perfect for a transitional shade when using pink or purple eyeshadows. I love to used this all over my lid as well when I want a light color on my eyelids.
On to the next row, the shade with a red ‘X’ is not a Makeup Geek shade, it’s a Morphe eyeshadow, which I love.
This eighth shade is called Glamorous. It is a bronzy gold color with a shimmer finish. I was a bit disappointed with this shade; it isn’t pigmented. But with primer/concealer, this color will pop. I had to swatch this a couple of times in order for it to show up on camera.
The ninth shade is called Cosmopolitan. It is a beautiful rose gold shade with gold flecks. This shade isn’t pigmented without a primer. It is creamy. I like this shade but it isn’t my favorite.
The tenth shade is called Roulette. It is a rosy and orangey shade, a burnt sienna color. This shade is pigmented! One of my favorite shimmer shade in this palette. I have used this ever since I got it. It looks like a gold in this swatch, but it’s more red/rosy. I also love the way it feels, so silky.
The eleventh shade is called Goddess. On the Makeup Geek website, Goddess is described as “metallic.” It isn’t metallic at all to me. It is a pale copper with a shimmer finish. I feel like this shadow is a little dry but it is manageable.
The twelfth shade is called Homecoming. It is a medium brown color with gold/silver shimmer. I love this shade! It is my favorite shimmery shade in this palette. It is pigmented and very creamy. It feels almost wet, like a foiled eyeshadow. I highly recommend this shade!
The thirteenth is a black shade, Corrupt. It is an intense black matte with subtle sparkles. Once applied, this shade becomes completely matte. It is very pigmented. I find that this shade is dry, but it doesn’t apply patchy on my eyes. It just takes a few minutes to blend.
The 14th shade is called Bitten. It is a burgundy color with a matte finish. This shade is also dry, but it doesn’t look blotchy when I use it. It isn’t as pigmented as it was shown on the Makeup Geek website.
This last shade is called Envy. It is a beautiful deep metallic green. It has silver sparkles. I love to apply this shade on top of a black base, really helps pop the green color. This shade is very soft; I didn’t find it to be dry.
These are my Makeup Geek eyeshadows so far. I am looking forward to buying more from Makeup Geek, especially their foiled eyeshadows. 😍 Are there any eyeshadows you recommend I should buy?
I have worn these eyeshadows a couple of times without primer and they are long lasting. They do not fade away whatsoever. I was disappointed with a few of these eyeshadows. Some were pigmented and some were dry. Fortunately, they are workable. But overall, I really like this brand of eyeshadows. It’s very affordable with a range of colors and finishes. You can’t beat the price!
P.S -please do let me know what other products you recommend from Makeup Geek, much appreciated.