Sunday, 3 May 2015

Eye Essentials: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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Hi everyone, sorry it's been a while since my last post! I've been so busy with Uni and Placement and just haven't had the time for blogging.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows have been a staple in my make up bag for the past few months and for good reason! I decided to purchase a few of their shadows after repeatedly noticing people mention them on instagram, particularly Kayla Hagey. Bitten, Frappe and Peach Smoothie were the three shadows that I seemed to hear about most so I decided to buy them first. I have also bought Cocoa Bear, Mercury, Unexpected and Mermaid.

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Each pan is only $5.99 (roughly £4) which I think is really cheap considering the quality. The shadows are highly pigmented and not chalky at all which is a problem I tend to have with quite a lot of matte shadows. They also blend really well and don't crease (with primer) so they tick all the boxes for me.

I was a little hesitant to order from Makeup Geek at first since it's an American company so I assumed shipping would be expensive and I was scared of getting charged at customs. I decided to do a bit of research and found a post on Makeup Geek's Facebook page discussing customs charges. A few people from the UK had said that they had not been charged with customs as long as their order was around $25 including shipping. I decided to make an order and stick to this budget. Shipping was $6.99 (roughly £4.62) which I was surprised by as I thought it would be more expensive. I think it was actually $1 less the first time I ordered.
I've stuck to this method each time I've bought things from Makeup Geek and haven't been charged customs yet. I usually get 3 eyeshadow pans which costs roughly $25 including postage. The shadows are really well packaged in a little box with lots of bubble rap and styrofoam things to ensure that they aren't damaged.

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Bitten: Matte burgundy/maroon red. As soon as I saw Bitten I knew it would be right up my street because I love burgundy! This is definitely my favourite shade. I use it for everything - all over the lid for a darker look, blended into the crease and/or smudged out under my lower lash line.

Cocoa Bear: Warm matte reddish brown. This is a beautiful shade which looks great on the outer corner/V to add depth.

Frappe: Warm matte medium brown. I think this is a great transition shade and I've been using it more often than not.

Peach Smoothie: Light matte peach. This is also a great transition shade. I was skeptical at first as it's not a shade I would usually pick but I love it now and find myself reaching for it a lot.

Unexpected: Matte pale purple/pink with brown tones. I'm a huge fan of purple eye looks and this is the perfect transition shade for just that. However, I don't find myself reaching for this one too often for any other look.

Mermaid: Metallic blue/teal with gold reflects. I've been trying to experiment more with colour so I decided to buy Mermaid when I made my most recent Makeup Geek order. It's such a beautiful shade and so highly pigmented. I have had the chance to do a look with it yet but hopefully I will soon.

Mercury: Metallic silver (slightly greyish). I've always loved silver eyeshadows and they used to be my go to when doing my make up for a night out so I had to get this shade. It's really pretty although I find it looks slightly darker when applied to my lid and it can sometimes be difficult for me to build up the colour.

Here are swatches of the shadows - one swipe without primer:
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Makeup Geek have a fantastic selection of colours to choose from and I really want to get my hands on more in the future. I'm dying to try some of the foiled shadows in particular and the insomnia pigment which is supposedly a dupe for MAC's blue brown. I also ordered a Z Palette last night which I've been meaning to do for quite a while. My Makeup Geek shadows are currently floating around my makeup bag in their original packaging slip thing which is a bit of a nuisance so I'm excited for that to arrive!

Here's a quick look I did before placement using Peach Smoothie, Frappe and Bitten to try out some of my Makeup Geek Shadows. Sorry it's nothing fancy because I have barely any time to get ready in the morning before getting the train. This look definitely doesn't do the shadows justice!
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Have you tried any of Makeup Geek's products?
Do you think they're comparable to higher end brands like MAC?


  1. Love Makeup Geek, definitely comparable to Mac, I prefer many MUG to MAC :)


  2. wow, great colours :) I didn't knew the brand, I'll have to check if it's available in Germany!

  3. I've heard so much about Peach Smoothie and Frappe! I definitely need to investigate MUG.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  4. The packaging is perfect. I'd say that Mermaid is the shade that is calling my name. It's beautiful. :]

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  5. I've never tried anything from them, but I am intrigued. The packaging is lovely as well!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  6. I haven't heard of this brand before! I love the look of frappe, definitely going to check them out. I always begrudge buying online from America as I don't want to pay huge shipping fees so it's amazing how cheap the shipping for these were.

  7. This is a gorgeous eye look. Peach smoothie looks like the perfect crease blending shade. Great post!

    Vanessa |

  8. These look lovely! I really want to do a Makeup Geek order but get put off by tax/customs charges! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  9. the eye makeup is such a gorgeous look! Peach Smoothie looks amazing!

  10. Have not yet to try Makeup Geek But I need to soo. heard so much good :)