Looks like every other MUA, beauty blogger, makeup junkie is just crazy and deeply in love with the Makeup Geek eyeshadows.
I already tried them before. Honestly was not wow-ed in any aspect. But, anyways, I decided to give them a second chance. Especially since the new duochrome eyeshadows has been launched, I was very curious to test those out.
I know that Makeup Geek eyeshadows have been reformulated. I had high expectations for them.
When I first tried them, my conclusion was :
- Makeup Geek eyeshadows are too soft and powdery
- dry texture
- not impressed pigmentation wise, a sticky base would be a must have
- uneven application; also I couldn’t get a nice transition from one color to another
If you wanna know more details about my previous experience with Makeup Geek eyeshadows click here.
I also ordered one of the most popular Makeup Geek pigment – Utopia. And if to be completely honest with you, that was the #1 item added into my shopping cart. I consider Utopia their iconic pigment. Definitely one of the most beautiful and complex color I have ever seen.
My order consisted of 5 eyeshadows and 1 pigment. Three eyeshadows are matte and two duochromes.
I have very mixed feelings about my shopping experience. A lot of the colors would look very similar to what I already have in my collection. And I couldn’t find anything which I would look at and say YES that’s what I want! After an hour I suppose, I was ready to place my order.
I had enough time to play with the eyeshadows I’ve got and I am ready to present my indepth review today :)
First of all, let me introduce you the eyeshadows:
Shark Bait – A deep aqua green shade. It is described as a “Blue based green with a matte finish”. The color description is on point. It has a good color payoff. Nice formula and texture. It is a little powdery since it is so soft. It applies and blends smoothly. I like this one a lot.
Shore Thing – Since it was describes as a “a true pastel, mint green with a matte finish” I had to have it. Considering the description, it looked like that mint color I was looking for. What I got, is not really that mint green I was imagining myself. A pastel mint green definitely should have a stronger blue base. Shore Thing is definitely a pastel green but I don’t see that mint hue, at least doesn’t show up on me like that. Also, it is my least favorite quality wise. It is chalky. Way too soft. And I can compare its formula to those 120, 88 e/s palettes. You probably know what I mean. I have to use a very sticky base to make this one work for me. Also don’t try to use it in a combo with another shade. When I tried to blend it into a darker shade, it would look very patchy and uneven. Even if I think the color is beautiful, I wouldn’t repurchase it or recommend to somebody else.
Staying power sucks big times. It faded within 3-4 hours. And on top of that, it creased.
Cherry Cola – this shade is beautiful. Another accurate description “a deep brown with strong red undertones and a matte finish”. I am a sucker for reddish browns. This eyeshadow will de used very often for sure. I like its pigmentation. No complaints about its formula or texture. It is a little powdery too, but nothing major. If you’re into reddish browns like me, you should check this one out.
Karma – Out of this world color! “Karma has a golden base with yellow-green reflects.” Gorgeous! It applies like butter. It almost feels creamy. Very interesting and unique formula. Good job on these, Marlena! And it shifts green so beautifully. Depending on what other color you’re wearing on your lids, the green reflects will be less or more noticeable. I hope I will get me some more duochromes, cause I think they are worth the hype.
Typhoon – “Typhoon has a deep teal base with green and gold reflects.” Another stunning duochrome. To me that teal base doesn’t appear that strong. Looks more like a deep green with some teal hue. The green and gold reflects are breathtaking. Great pigmentation. The way it applies and blends is very impressive. I have not enough words to express how much I love these duochromes.
Utopia – I have been dreaming to get my hands on it for so long… I don’t know, when I think of Makeup Geek, Utopia is what would pop up first in my mind. Don’t ask me why.
On their site it is described as “a mixture of deep brown and antique gold shimmer duochrome glitter.” Drop-dead-gorgeous color. And yes it is not the easiest texture to work with, cause it can get a little bit messy if you’re not careful enough. It’s a like a mixture of chunky gold glitter and loose eyeshadows. I apply it with my fingers most of the times. Looks very metallicy on the eyes. Under artificial lights it sparkles like you have crushes diamonds on the lids. It is stunning!
The packaging is very handy for this kind of eyeshadow. It is not a regular sifter, you have a hole in the middle which makes it a lot easier to use.
Just take a look:
And here you have all the other swatches:
All the eyeshadows retail for $6 and you get 1.8g / 0.064oz. The pigments are $8.99 for 2g of product. They are all available online at: www.makeupgeek.com
This is one of my beloved Makeup Geek eyeshadows combo: Cherry Cola + Bitten:
I apply Bitten in the crease and I’m using Cherry Cola to add more depth. Beautiful, beautiful color combination.
This is how it looks in action:
Overall, I think the reformulated matte eyeshadows are better in terms of texture than they used to be a couple years ago. The are silkier now and less powdery. They adhere better to the skin.
I was disappointed with that Makeup Geek Shore Thing e/s, which I thought will be my favorite. But now I know, it is the one to avoid while shopping at makeupgeek.com. I am not sure about other light/pastel eyeshadows. Maybe it was just this one.
I absolutely recommend you checking out the duochrome eyeshadows. Very unique colors and formula! You are gonna like them.
This time Makeup Geek didn’t disappoint. And I see all the work that has been done. The eyeshadows are definitely improved. I am pleased with my purchase :)