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Makeup Geek Blushes Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek Blushes Review and Swatches

Good Morning! Today I’m happy to show you the new Makeup Geek Blushes! I was very excited when I found out Marlena would be releasing blushes to round out her makeup line. I’ve been very impressed with her eyeshadows and brushes, and I thought I would love her blushes too.

Update: All Makeup Geek blushes are vegan except for the ones that contain carmine (Romance and First Love). The Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate and Stearoyl Stearate are all synthetic and not animal-based in these blushes.

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$12.99 – compact
$9.99 refill for .15 oz product

If you choose the refills over compacts, make sure you get a Z-Palette for storage.


Makeup Geek Blush Storage

I love my purple blush compact organizers for storing my blushes. I purchased these from Amazon. I have 4, 3 that I use for blushes and 1 that I use for bareMinerals eyeshadow quads.

Makeup Geek Spellbound Swatches Review

light tan with salmon undertones, matte, warm toned
ideal for fair to medium skintone

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Swatches Review

Rosy to medium pink with purple undertones, matte, cool toned
ideal for medium to dark

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Swatches Review

Light pink with mauve undertones and silver flecks.
ideal for fair to light skin tones or used as a highlight for medium to dark skin tones.

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Swatches Review

Hanky Panky
Medium Rosy Pink/ Bubblegum pink, matte, cool
ideal for medium to dark skin tones or worn sheer for lighter skin tones.

Makeup Geek Romance Swatches Review

soft rose with gold shimmer, warm
ideal on light to medium skin or as a highlight for darker skin tones
*contains carmine

This color really gives a lovely glow / luminescence to the skin.

Makeup Geek Smitten Swatches Review

Matte pale creamy apricot, warm
ideal for all skintones

Makeup Geek First Love Swatches Review

First Love
Soft pale matte ballerina pink, cool
ideal for those with fair to light skin, or for a highlight on darker skin tones
*contains carmine

Makeup Geek Bliss Swatches Review

Light matte peach with hints of coral undertones, warm
ideal for  light to medium skin

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Swatches Review

Head Over Heels
Light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer, cool
ideal for all skintones

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Swatches Review

Secret Admirer
Matte light orchid purple, cool
ideal for every skintone

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Swatches Review

Summer Fling
Matte soft burnt orange with hints of coral. matte, warm
ideal for medium to dark skin tones

Makeup Geek Love Affair Swatches Review

Love Affair
Matte intense pink/ coral, warm
ideal for medium to dark skin tone

Makeup Geek Infatuation Swatches Review

Medium matte terra-cotta. to contour, warm
ideal for medium to dark skin

Makeup Geek First Love - Bliss - Head Over Heels - Secret Admirer - Summer Fling - Love Affair - Infatuation

First Love – Bliss – Head Over Heels – Secret Admirer – Summer Fling – Love Affair – Infatuation

Makeup Geek Spellbound - Rendezvous - Honeymoon - Hanky Panky - Romance - Smitten

Spellbound – Rendezvous – Honeymoon – Hanky Panky – Romance – Smitten

Shades I Like Best

The packaging is pretty sleek and lightweight for the compacts. They’re smaller than most of my other blush compacts.

I think that the Makeup Geek Blushes are a great value for the price, since you can get the refills for $9.99 / $12.99 for .15 oz of product. Compare that to a MAC blush which is $21 for .21 oz.

The blushes are quite pigmented, so you will use less product to get your glow on. The formula is easy to work with and the colors are very true to pan. I love how the shimmery shades give you a sophisticated luminescence as opposed to a chunky glittery mess.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the blushes that Marlena created. Much like her eyeshadows and brushes, I feel these are great products that she put a lot of time and effort into getting just right. There’s a great shade range available so you’re sure to find 2 or 3 shades to suit your taste.

If you’re unsure of how to apply pigmented brushes, I highly recommend trying the Real Techniques Duo Fiber brushes.

What do you think of the new Makeup Geek Blushes? Which shades would you wear?


  • Cruelty free
  • Talc free
  • Paraben free
  • Great value for the price
  • Very pigmented
  • Good formula
  • Good shade range
  • Made in the USA


  • 2 of the shades have carmine
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    • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

      I ordered all 13 yesterday! can’t wait to get them!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yay! Which shade do you think you’re looking forward to the most?

    • Kirsty

      Thanks for noting which ones have carmine! How would you compare Bliss and Smitten? On my monitor it looks like Smitten is slightly more orangey???

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        To me, they’re both very similar, though Bliss is matte. I think Smitten is probably more orange, while Bliss is sort of more peach/apricot.

    • http://www.swatchandreview.com/ Julie from Swatch and Review

      Great review! I grabbed Spellbound, Hanky Panky and Secret Admirer!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Great choices :)

    • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

      Great post! I’m trying to decide between Romance and Bliss coz I can only do one. It’s a lovely collection

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I would go for Romance, if only because it gives a beautiful luminescence to the cheeks

    • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

      Great great post. Romance, Spring Fling, smitten and Love Affair on my wishlist. Love the names of them too. Beautiful!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Marlena did a great job with the names and colors :)

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      Those blush organizers look really nice!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I love them! And they work for more than just blushes. They’re good for my bareMinerals Ready quads :)

    • hollyjans

      Romance and Summer Fling catch my eye !! They look gorgeous !. I also like that there seems to be a great a variety for the fair skinned. I have a lot of fair skinned friends who have a hard time finding blush that don’t make them feel like they’re clowns.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        A fiber optic blush brush, like the one I show in the video, is essential for fair skin. I’ve got a ton of blushes – from vivid to soft – and using a brush like that makes it easy to apply the vivid ones.

    • http://twitter.com/lover111193 teresa koedyker

      I am so glad that I found this I was just getting ready to place an order but its so hard to tell colors just by a picture.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        So glad you find it helpful, Teresa!

    • http://twitter.com/lover111193 teresa koedyker

      By the way I love the organizers!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah they are so useful!

    • Justina

      I really like these shades!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Glad you like them Justina!

    • http://makeupfancyblog.blogspot.com/ Makeupfancy

      These look great! I like how there’s such a range of light shades for fair skin like mine. It can be hard to find blushes light enough to look natural. I’m in love with so many of the colors. Thanks for the swatches!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        There really is a great range of shades

    • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

      These are gorgeous. Romance is my favorite. I need to pick up some Makeup Geek brushes and blushes and shadows… I don’t own any – I had one brush but it broke :/

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I love that shade too! Oh no, that’s terrible that the brush broke

        • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

          Yes – it was my angled eye liner brush. My littles can get into my makeup stash and do finger paints, apparently that was their painting brush of choice. lol

    • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

      These are nice but I don’t think they’d be pigmented enough for me.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I think Hanky Panky, Summer Fling, and Love Affair might be?

    • Noelle

      Head Over Heels is so gorgeous!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I think it’s really pretty too!

    • Icequeen81

      Bless and secret admirer are my fab

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yay happy you like them!

    • Ange

      I love them all. Is that allowed? I think I need them, right now.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yes, yes it is :)

    • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

      Wow, there are colors for everyone. I love that there are subtle shimmers and mattes, too.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Me too :)

    • FabZilla_Kath

      I love the variety of these MUG blushes. Btw, I like your storage too!!!

    • Shelley Polarbelle

      I’m glad to read they’re pigmented. Now I’m interested!!

    • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

      Sorry I know this post is about blush but those organisers are the bomb! I have to get some. Any chance you know how many you can fit in an Alex drawer?

    • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

      Great selection of shades!

    • Pink Sith

      WANT WANT WANT!!! Head over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky!!! MUG continues to be AWESOME!

    • Anastasia

      Summer Fling looks really nice, it’s the perfect coral blush for Summer!

    • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

      This post is blush heaven!

    • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

      Oh, I so need a few of these!

    • http://girlbehindglasses.wordpress.com/ Nikki P.

      Ahhhh!!!! So many shades to choose from!

    • Cindy Ingalls

      romance is calling to me, what a fab selection!

    • Erin Writes

      Wonderful review and swatches :)

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      I just got some of the shadows, I can’t wait to try the blushes too!

    • Dimana

      Great review! Thank you! I already have my eyes on a few shades, but I’ll wait for them to stock up on “Romance” again :D