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New Makeup Geek Pigments Review & Swatches

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Hi there! Today I’ve got the new Makeup Geek Pigments for you. Makeup Geek just released 10 new shades and they’re all beautiful. I applied these differently than I normally do my swatches. I usually use Gosh Primer but today I used Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy for my pigment swatches.

$6.99 for 2 grams of product per pigment jar. Makeup Geek is proudly cruelty-free.

Ingredients (may contain)
Mica, Boron Nitride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Lauroyl Lysine, Kaolin, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isoeicosane, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Polyethylene, Polyisobutene, PTFE, Zinc Oxide, Tin Oxide , Iron Oxides CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Carmine CI 75470, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77298, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Copper Powder CI 77400, Bronze Powder CI 77400, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanice CI 77510, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Ultramarines CI 77007, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140

Makeup Geek Cruelty Free Loose Eyeshadow Pigments Review and Swatches

Taken indoors, under daylight bulbs.

New Year’s Eve
Light Gold Reflective Glitter

Makeup Geek New Years Eve Loose Pigment
My Take
I Love this! It’s a peach-beige base with gold reflective glitter. The closest thing I have to this in my collection is probably Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Nude. It’s beautiful. I love it!

Wearing Makeup Geek New Years Eve on the Lid and Browbone with NARS Voyage in the crease.

Wearing Makeup Geek New Years Eve pigment on the Lid and Browbone with NARS Voyage in the crease.

An Antiqued Gold Glitter

Makeup Geek Utopia Loose Pigment
My Take
Chunky gold glitter on a brown base. Comparable to MAC Reflects Antique Gold. My least favorite because of how chunky it is.

Sweet Dreams
Light fleshed toned beige pink with slight shimmer

Makeup Geek Sweet Dreams Loose Pigment
My Take
Light peachy beige with subtle gold shimmer. Comparable to MAC Naked. Makes me think of the Annie Lennox song.

Liquid Gold
True Metallic Gold

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Loose Pigment
My Take
This reminds me of Fyrinnae Aztec Gold. Rich, deep gold with green undertones. I Love this color on my eyes!

Makeup Geek Cruelty Free Loose Eyeshadow Pigments Review and Swatches

Taken outdoors, under direct sunlght.

Soft Shimmery Champagne

Makeup Geek Afterglow Loose Pigment
My Take
Midtone beige-champagne with gold shimmer. This reminds me a bit of UD Midnight Cowboy without any chunky glitter.

A Duochromed Teal/Bronze

Makeup Geek Insomnia Loose Pigment
My Take
Rich chocolate base with strong turquoise green flash. Comparable to MAC Blue Brown. It rubs down to a brown with red undertones. A lot of companies have a color like this, such as Too Faced Label Whore or Petals to the Metal Exotic or MAC Club or Lime Crime Dragon Scales or wet’N’wild Comfort Zone Definer or L’Oreal Intrepid or Sigma Beauty Spy… I can’t even recall the rest of the names / brands / dupes. Still, it’s a fun color.

Wearing Makeup Geek Insomnia on the lid and crease.

Wearing Makeup Geek Insomnia on the lid and crease. New Years Eve was used to highlight.

Birthday Wish
Shimmery Light Gold Peach

Makeup Geek Birthday Wish Loose Pigment
My Take
Pretty peach with gold flash. I do find myself wishing this was a tad brighter or the gold was a bit stronger, but it’s definitely pretty.

Makeup Geek Cruelty Free Loose Eyeshadow Pigments Review and Swatches

Taken indoors under studio lighting.


Glittery Smokey Grey

Makeup Geek Paparazzi Loose Pigment
My Take
Charcoal base with gorgeous grey and silver sparkles.

Light Plum Shimmer

Makeup Geek Enchanted Loose Pigment
My Take
Plum with mauve tones.

Prince Charming
Metallic Blue Grey

Makeup Geek Prince Charming Loose Pigment
My Take
Silver on a charcoal base with blue tones

Makeup Geek Cruelty Free Loose Eyeshadow Pigments Review and Swatches

My favorites are New Year’s Eve, Insomnia, Liquid Gold, Paparazzi, and Prince Charming. I don’t really care for Utopia because of its texture. The rest were easy to work with. Insomnia is a fun color because it’s almost like 3 colors in one. The more you blend it down, the more the red tones become apparent. I love the particular shade of gold for Liquid Gold. For someone with blue-green eyes like mine, it makes them pop.

I got normal wear with the MUG pigments. I wore them on both TFSI and Jesse’s Girl eyeshadow primers all day. They didn’t crease or have fallout for the shades I tested for wear. They’ve got a wonderful texture and apply beautiful and blend easily. Utopia was the only one that gave me trouble.

I felt it was a little odd to launch a collection with 3 colors so similar – New Years Eve, Sweet Dreams and Afterglow, but New Years Eve is a MUST HAVE to me. This is why I’m giving away New Years Eve, Liquid Gold, and Insomnia in my 5 Year Blogaversary Giveaway. (If you haven’t entered yet, you should! You can win MUG and other prizes!)

Sugarpill, Mac, Makeup Geek, Price Per Ounce Comparison

Makeup Geek did a breakdown of the price per ounce, which I love!

Sugarpill – 4 grams – $12 per jar – $3 per ounce
Makeup Geek – 2 grams – $6.99 per jar – $3.50 per ounce
LA Splash Crystallized Glitter – 1.5 grams – $7.99 per jar – $5.33 per ounce
MAC Pigments – 4.5 grams – $21.00 per jar – $4.67 per ounce
MAC Pigment Sample – .4 grams – $4.79 per jar – $11.98 per ounce

This proves, once again, that Sugarpill is a fantastic deal for the price. It also proves that Makeup Geek products are a very good deal for the price, too. I’m sure you can tell from  my jar shots above, but in case you can’t, the Makeup Geek pigment jars are stuffed full, much like a Fyrinnae jar. So you’re not getting a half-empty jar of product. They have no sifter, which I’m fine with, but I know some people dislike.

I’m very happy to see Marlena making pigments along with her pressed eyeshadows and lipsticks. I think Makeup Geek has done a wonderful job putting out quality products at an affordable price. I’m so happy that she is cruelty-free, too.

What do you think of the Makeup Geek pigments? Which is your must-have shade?

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    • charismafulltv

      I haven’t tried this brand but I am looking forward on purchasing Afterglow, Birthday wish and Enchanted.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        charismafulltv Very pretty! I hope you love them.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ bcrueltyfree

      WOW these are stunning. Afterglow and Sweet Dreams are my favorite

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        bcrueltyfree They’re both pretty and I can see them being useful in a makeup artist kit, too!

    • beautybabbling

      Sweet Dreams looks like something I would enjoy using. I have GOT to pick up something from MUG this year. I’ve been wanting to try her shadows since they came out, but I still haven’t picked any up. Thanks for the review!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        beautybabbling Yes! They make great products.

    • Christine Mikesell

      So pretty!

    • Hollie Haradon

      So pretty. Love all the pink ones…esp Birthday Wish.

    • Henna Vickström

      Utopia and Liquid Gold seem amazing.

    • Mandy Kamboj

      sweet dreamz

    • Laura Hohlman

      They are beautiful colors.

    • Celeste M. Roberts

      All of these!

    • Mariem Mohamed Maher

      all colours ☺

    • Vivien Mátyus

      After glow, Insomnia

    • Amrita Barua

      these are lipsticks????

    • Phyrra

      I did a look with Insomnia! It’s pretty :)

    • Andrea Trenary

      I want the Liquid Gold and Insomnia so much.

    • Samantha William McFly

      They all seem amazing !!! I just have to learn how to apply these stuff !.!!!!

    • Mausy Fingerpin

      new years eve, afterglow, insomnia and birthday wish!

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    • Ginan de Galvez

      liquid gold and paparazzi !!!

    • Sneha Gaikwad

      new years eve, enchanted & prince charming

    • BeautyByKrystal

      WOW! Gorgeous shades and so affordable! Great post and swatches, thank you :)

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        BeautyByKrystal You’re welcome Krystal :)

    • Makeupfancy

      Most of these look gorgeous! I’d definitely be willing to check them out.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Makeupfancy They’re so reasonably priced, too!

    • Tere Engbrecht

      the liquid gold looks exactly like Glamour Doll Eye’s Trophy Wife.

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    • Priyanka Dam

      new years eve,enchanted & utopia

    • Prerona Majumder


    • Anjali Oza

      paparazzi, prince charming, new yorks eve, sweet dreams, birthday wish & enchanted……

    • Amber Brooks MacDonald

      These look stunning!

    • SmashinBeauty (Official)

      Omg … birthday wish, insomnia, liquid gold, new years eve, after glow, enchanted and sweet dreams… amazing

    • The Art Is Makeup

      aah i am in love with insomnia and utopia!

    • http://www.portraitofmai.com/ Mai at Portrait of Mai

      Utopia looked so pretty on the website swatch, it’s a bit disappointing to see how weirdly it applies over Pixie Epoxy. I wonder if it’d do better wet because of the chunky texture?

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Mai at Portrait of Mai I think it would do better wet. It was hard to get it to look right in any of the photos. It was the one with the chunkiest texture. I assumed it would have a ton of fallout, which is why I grabbed PE.

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    • Mary C. Macahis

      New year eve

    • mirnaprasaja

      Ohhh, they are gorgeous. I think it will cost me for the shipment to my country…

    • Phyrra

      New Years Eve is my favorite of the bunch! It’s even prettier in person.

    • oliviarg098

      The first time you posted a review on Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Nude I had to get it. It looked common in the description but in the jar and on the lids it was *ethereal* effortlessly glam but chic. I’ need New Year’s eve now, Thank you!

    • Sari Kamelya

      Nice colour, I like it

    • Catherine Arokiasamy

      nice colours

    • Shweta Sahu

      sooooooooooooooooo niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • allkindsofbeauty

      I think these are all pretty but, maybe it’s just me, none of them really make me want to run out and buy them(except maybe liquid gold), I feel like I have something similar in my stash, nothing super unique, but nonetheless very pretty and if you don’t have colors like this, worth a buy.

    • RebeccaRussell

      Ooohhh…these are so pretty!

    • Gilda Francine Villanis

      prince chrming and enchanted and birth day wish

    • blushingnoir

      Liquid.Gold. =O

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    • Zoeydahling

      I’ve never tried loose shadows before, but these ones look gorgeous!

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    • GiuliaMusto

      so beutiful! love these colours!

    • Pamela Shear

      WOW!!!!! These are all amazing colors!

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