Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Spring Fever! Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Makeup Look

In Eye Makeup by Angie Canning

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This week I decided it’s high time I give the neutrals a rest and play with a bit of color to celebrate spring! A couple of weeks ago Makeup Geek was offering a bundled spring set for half off called the Makeup Geek Spring Fever Bundle.  I actually had never tried Makeup Geek (a.k.a. MUG) eyeshadows before so I’m excited to experience the brand and share my thoughts and a makeup look with you today.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are sold in individual pans rather than in palettes (although you can purchase palette sets).  At $6 each for 1.8g / 0.064 oz they are the same price as MAC individual pan shadows since MAC recently changed their price on this product, yet you still get slightly more shadow with Makeup Geek.  The bundle I purchased has a variety of matte, shimmer, foiled and duochrome finishes so I thought it would be perfect to try out the brand.

Let’s first take a look at how the shadows come packaged.  The outside the packaging is a pocket style with a clear window so you can see the shadow inside.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows Pressed Eyeshadow Pans
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows Duochrome and Foiled

The matte and shimmer shadows are packaged in white and black, while the foiled and duochrome shadows are packaged in metallic and duochrome finishes.
Below is how the shadows are packaged:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Packaging
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Packaging
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Z Palette

If you do not have an empty eyeshadow palette you can purchase a Z Palette to store your shadows in which has a magnetic bottom so the shadows will stay in place.  I used this Z Palette from Sephora to store them in and as you can see it is a larger one that I can fill up with more if I want to.  You can also purchase smaller square versions on the Makeup Geek website or at Sephora and ZPalette.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review

The shadows I purchased in this bundle are: Peach Smoothie (matte), Poppy (matte), Bedrock (matte), Shimma Shimma (shimmer), Mermaid (duochrome), In the Spotlight (foiled), Phantom (duochrome), Mai Tai (duochrome), Masquerade (duochrome)

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Poppy Bedrock

Peach Smoothie is a matte warm nude with hint of peach.  It actually doesn’t appear as intensely peachy as I’ve seen on other skintones, since it practically matches my skintone so I’ve been using this to blend out shadows. The consistency is a bit powdery but it isn’t chalky so it blends well.  It reminds me of an Urban Decay matte shadow.

Poppy is also a matte shadow and I was most excited about this one because I don’t have anything like it.  It is a rich coral orange and it is perfect to warm up any eye look in the crease and it builds easily.  I love the formula of this one – not powdery at all!

Bedrock is the final matte in this set and it is a cool toned grey/brown that does remind me of bedrock!  I like this shade because it doesn’t have any mauve or purple to it.  It is just a cool grey brown so it pairs beautifully with blues or to blend out with other cool brown shades.  This one is more powdery than I expected, so tapping off my brush is a good idea. In working with this shadow I like that it is pigmented but is not overly powerful which means it is easy to place on the lid and easy to blend.

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Mermaid In the Spotlight

Shimma Shimma is a champagne shimmery shadow that is absolutely beautiful.  It has no trouble building up or blending out for either using it on the lid or blending it out on the brow bone.  The shade isn’t particularly unique but the formula is smooth and silky so it is a definite staple in a shadow collection.

Mermaid is a duochrome soft turquoise with soft green reflect.  This shade is soft in color but is smooth and pigmented.  To get the true color in the pan I preferred to lay it on top of an eyeshadow base such as MAC Soft Ochre.

In the Spotlight is the only foiled shadow included in this set and I’ve got to say I’m in love with it!  The formula is just as smootha s the shimmer and duochrome finishes but one swipe yields a mega foiled effect without needing to wet my brush.  This shade is a perfect warm peach shade that looks dreamy in the center of the lid (see makeup look below).  This foiled shadow definitely has me interested in looking at more from the brand.  It reminds me of some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow diamond finishes

Makeup Geek Phantom Mai Tai Masquerade

Phantom is a duochrome pale lavendar with pink reflect.  It is a very light shade, almost white and the duochrome is heavy with this one.  I find I like it best as a brow or inner corner highlight the best.  This is probably my least favorite shades in this set simply because I am not a huge fan of pale and cool toned duochrome shades on my skintone, it is a pretty shadow though so if these are up your alley I think you would love it!

Mai Tai is another duochrome that is a peach with intense pink reflect.  The overall effect on the lids is warm, but the shadow definitely looks pink on the lids.  The formula is smooth as butter and the color intensifies even more when used wet.  If you are a fan of warm pink duochrome I think you’ll like this one.  I find that I reach for In The Spotlight over grabbing for this one because the tone is the same, but it doesn’t have the pink duochrome which I think is easier for me to wear.

Masquerade is labeled as a foiled eyeshadow, however, it appears as more of a duochrome and isn’t nearly as “foiled” as In the Spotlight.  The shade is a brilliant fuchsia purple that is easy to work with no fallout, even when I use my fluffy brush to apply it (which I prefer over application with a flat shader brush).  There is a slight pale pink to lavender shift once on the lids and although it takes a bit to build it up the final effect is worth it.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches

Swatched L to R: Peach Smoothie (matte), Poppy (matte), Bedrock (matte), Shimma Shimma (shimmer), Mermaid (duochrome), In the Spotlight (foiled), Phantom (duochrome), Mai Tai (duochrome), Masquerade (duochrome)


Overall I think this was a great introduction to Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and I’m pleased overall with the quality, pigmentation and performance of the shadows.  I tested the shadows on top of primer and/or eyeshadow base as I normally wear those when wearing eyeshadow and they lasted all day with no fading.  Some of the shadows are less pigmented than others, but this is due to the finish of the shadows, so in comparing them with like shadows (matte to matte, foiled to foiled) they are fairly consistent.  The overall formula of Makeup Geek eyeshadows is very good.  I’ve heard some compare them to MAC eyeshadows while others say MUG is better than MAC.  My thoughts are that they are different from each other.  Even comparing them to other brands such as Make Up For Ever or Urban Decay I think the bottom line is that Makeup Geek has done a tremendous job with the formula of the shadows, the color selection is growing nearly every day and the hype for the brand is a valid one for the quality, price and selection.

Here is one of my favorite makeup looks I created with this palette:

Makeup Look

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Makeup Look Details:

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 2 in the crease, Makeup Geek Masquerade in the inner and outer corners, MUG In the Spotlight on the center of the lid, MUG Poppy in the crease, MUG Phantom on the browbone.

Cheeks: Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer and MAC Hipness powder blush.

Lips: NARS Orgasm Lipgloss

Have you experienced Makeup Geek eyeshadows?  I’d love to know your thoughts, your favorite shadow formulations and your favorite shades – please share below!
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If you are interested in a spring bundle like the one in this post, Makeup Geek has another one posted with nearly the same shades with marked at 40% off which at $39 is only $4.33 for each shadow. It is currently available at here.

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