Makeup Geek contacted me asking if I would like to try out their new eye shadows from their own line that they recently launched. Of course I said yes — nerds and geeks unite! I got to pick 12 eye shadows that are available at the Makeup Geek Store for $5.99 each. These come in magnetic refill pans similar to MAC Pro Palette Refill Pans that are $12.00, but these come with more product (1.8g vs. MAC 1.5g). Makeup Geek eye shadows can also be purchased in single compacts for $7.99. These refill pans fit perfectly in a MAC Pro Palette, as shown on the right.
I am quite impressed by the quality of these eye shadows. Overall, the texture is somewhere between MAC and Make Up For Ever in that they are more powdery and loose than MAC eye shadows but not so much as Make Up For Ever. This just means that they work best on top of primer (which I never do without anyway) and applying them is best patted on rather than doing a windshield wiper motion right away. Applying it this way will also help to prevent fallout. The colors are pigmented and long lasting. I did not experience any fading — the colors stayed true the whole day. Here are the swatches of the 12 eye shadows I received (on a bare arm without primer; click to enlarge):
- Ice Queen – frosty shimmery white
- Bling – frosty warm ivory
- Vanilla Bean – matte vanilla with slight sheen
- Shimma Shimma – metallic champagne
- Glamorous – shimmery bronze gold
- Moondust – metallic silver taupe
- Pretentious – metallic bronze
- Bada Bing – deep brown with flecks of gold
- Corrupt – intense matte black with a very subtle sparkle
- Mermaid – metallic teal with reflects gold
- Poolside – bright shimmery teal with specks of gold
- Razzleberry – raspberry pink with gold glitter
Although I really like most of these colors, I’m most impressed with the matte black eye shadow called “Corrupt”. This is the blackest black eye shadow I have come across so far (and I’ve tried a lot of them!). See how it compares below to matte black eye shadows MAC “Carbon” (left) and Make Up For Ever “4″ (right):
The only eye shadow that I won’t be using much is Razzleberry — I am allergic to red pigment (containing carmine), so this irritated my eye lid. Sometimes I can get away with using eye shadows that contain carmine with a good coating of primer underneath (for example, MUFE neon pink “75″ and vibrant matte orange “18″ that I combined in my Bright Orange and Pink Look), but this wasn’t the case with this eye shadow. If you’re not allergic to red pigment, you could have a lot of fun with this color. My one other issue is that the magnetic pans were not as strong as I would like. I learned this the hard way — I opened the palette as you would with a book, and most of the eye shadows fell out. Luckily none of them broke!
Other than that, I highly recommend Makeup Geek eye shadows! They are high quality eye shadows at a drugstore price. Check out all 56 colors online at the Makeup Geek store, and check back for makeup looks using these eye shadows!
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