I’ve gotta tell you all, I love the Makeup Geek shadows that I’ve purchased. I’ve used them in a few looks so far and they’ve worked really well. This time around I swatched the colors on bare skin instead of on primer, even though I always use primer. You can see my initial swatches here.
$5.99 per shadow 1.8G / 0.064 oz (they look to be the same size as MAC refill pans.)
All Makeup Geek eyeshadows are Talc & Paraben-Free except Manderine and Fuji.
The Makeup Geek website states that all colors are cruelty-free.
Mica, Isoeicosane, Polyisobutene
Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oron Nitride, Kaolin, Polyethylene, Ptfe, Nylon-12, Magnesium, Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methicone, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742dc Black No. 2 Ci 77266, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-C14 Isoparaffin, C13-C15 Alkane, Carmine Ci 75470, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 6 Lake Ci 15850, Tin Oxide
Vanilla Bean – Cupcake – Mango Tango
Purely Naked – Moondust – Dirty Martini
Poolside – Neptune – Ocean Breeze
Vanilla Bean – creamy vanilla
Cupcake – matte medium pink
Purely Naked – shimmery tan
Neptune – matte bright blue
Moondust – metallic silver taupe
Poolside – bright shimmery teal with specks of gold
Ocean Breeze – metallic deep blue
Dirty Martini – matte olive green
Mango Tango – Peachy-pink with flecks of gold
View the Moondust Look.
Now that I’ve used several of these in different looks, I can tell you that yes, they are good quality shadows. Yes they’ve got nice pigmentation. Yes, they’re reasonably priced. There are 50 shades currently available, so while there aren’t as many shades as you will find at most of the indie makeup companies, many of these are good, staple shades.
Teaser of an upcoming look with Mango Tango in the crease.
Mango Tango is a really gorgeous shade that I recently used in a crease color (in an upcoming look) and I was happy at how easily it applied and blended out. It was easy to work with. I need to try Purely Naked sometime soon. Neptune is one of the easiest matte blue shades that I’ve ever worked with.
View the Stormy Neptune look. Watch the Stormy Neptune Video Tutorial.
View the Purely Naked Demure Peacock Look.
Would I purchase again?
Absolutely. I’ve now purchased a total of 9 shades and I will continue to purchase these shadows as more colors come out that I must have. I really do like the colors that I’ve picked up. I think Marlena has done a fabulous job putting together her eye shadow collection.
Have you tried the Makeup Geek shadows yet? Do you follow Marlena’s blog? I’m subscribed to her by email
Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.
Tags: Makeup Geek, Swatches
Ooh! So pretty. I’ve been looking at these for a while, but this may just push me to make a purchase.
I’ve been happy with the quality of all the shades I’ve tried so far.
Those look so good on you!
I haven’t purchased because I was told the shadows came from an outside supplier and and they just sell them in her shop, but I can’t find information about the shadows and their source on her website. Do you have more info about the shadows and where they come from?
You know, I don’t, but I can try emailing to find out. I was under the impression that Marlena had worked with a lab to create this line.
Not 100% positive, but I believe the same as Phyrra… if you watch her youtube videos, she is completely invested in this line and seems VERY involved in the color selection and formulation.. She DOES have other products that were for sale on her website (and still are) such as MAC sample pigments, sugarpill, etc.. but I really think the MakeupGeek products are her own.. just my interpretation of the products,, either way I have heard from everyone that they rival Mac, and are superior in quality, color and pigmentation.
I emailed and found out that Marlena does work with a lab to get the colors she wants created by that lab, which is essentially what Amy does with Sugarpill
I got my Makeup Geek shadows today! I wasn’t sure about this eyeshadow palette, but I saw this set and how bold the colors were and wanted to try them out. I absolutely love it! Colors are so pretty and you’ve got so many combinations to work with and just get creative.
They really are! Glad you like them!
I love moondust – it seems to change in beautiful ways in the different lighting. I’ve also heard that the mug black is really excellent quality!
It’s a really pretty taupe.
I think I’m gonna have to finally place an order for these – so pretty!
They’re definitely worth it. I’ve got 12 more colors to swatch from Makeup Geek soon.
These colors all look great! I’m going to have to check out Makeup Geek! Thanks for the swatches!
You’re welcome Peach! Expect more swatches from me soon.
My favorites are poolside, neptune and moondust! I really want to get my hands on all the MUG shadows the moment I can afford em
They’re pretty! I hope you can get them soon.
Hi! My name is Amber, and I am a community manager at Makeup Geek. Marlena and I really enjoy seeing all of your creations on your blog.
As you may have seen we are doing a slow roll-out of our new Idea Gallery system on our website. It’s still a little rough around the edges, so I was hoping you could try posting some of your looks in the system and let us know what you think and what our top priorities for improvement should be.
We’d be more than happy to provide you with some additional free eyeshadows for your help and for posting our content in the system.
Would you be interested in teaming up? If so please e-mail me, because I am in constant use of my e-mail ([email protected]
Have a wonderful day!
I ordered 7 MUG’s eyeshadows and 3 brushes over the Valentine’s Day period where she gave a 15% off. Waiting for them to arrive! And it’s funny that we don’t have a single common eyeshadow color… Thanks for the swatches!
You’re welcome! I’ve got more swatches coming soon
ZOMG I can’t wait to see the Brazen look–those colors are amazing!!
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Poolside, Neptune and Ocean Breeze are beautiful! Thanks for the swatches, I’ve been curious about the MUG shadows.
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I’ve got about 10 now, including Vanilla Bean, Moondust & Cupcake – and after seeing these swatches, I gotta get Dirty Martini! I don’t yet have a green like that!
@Emi at Project Swatch The black one – Corrupt – is the best black shadow ever made, by any company, anywhere. The only way to get the same level of pigmentation would be to use straight black oxide, which makes an unholy mess. You won’t regret buying it if you do. You’ll also probably never need a replacement because it’s truly that concentrated in terms of pigmentation.