The amount of YouTube videos I watched about Makeup Geek eyeshadows was more than enough for me to know that I wanted to create my very own selection. The only problem was, they were only available in US, up until recently, when Beauty Bay finally got us, UK makeup fanatics, equipped with full selection of MG gorgeousness.
I had an empty large Z palette, just waiting for some goodies to be thrown in there, so over a period of time, I would order a few shadows here and there and eventually filled up the palette with the most beautiful selection of eye shadows (well, to me anyway).
What made me want to try these shadows even more is Marlena, Makeup Geek founder and CEO but most importantly one of the most creative, inspirational, down to earth, approachable (not that I ever approached her, but she seems to be), happy and enthusiastic people I’ve ever watched on YouTube. The way she talks about her brand and her products, with pride and passion you can tell that she puts her heart and soul into it. Through her YouTube channel she reviews many products from other brands and I always listen to her because she points out some things as seen from the perspective of a person who makes makeup as opposed to just wearing it. So if there is someone who knows all the ins and outs of makeup products and can give you honest and thorough review, it’s her. And although she owns her own brand, she is still very objective about other brands, without any sugar coating, which I really like.
Being a blogger, the very first thing I do whenever I get a new shadow palette is take a beautiful, undisturbed photos and then swatch the heck out of it. Because it took me some time to actually build up this palette, I simply could not wait to start using them, (believe me, I did try) it was just too tempting, so I have already had a good feel of how they work and perform before I put the whole palette together. I’ve used a fair share of shadows in my makeup obsessed existence and although there are some recent palettes that I absolutely love and have been using a lot of, these shadows are one of THE best ones out there. The pigmentation is absolutely out of this world Amazing, the selection of finishes is fantastic and the blendability (not sure if that’s the actual word, but let’s roll with it) is like no other.
The finishes range between matte and satin in a ‘standard’ shadow selection, and they’re all stunning with excellent range of warm and cool tones, but Makeup Geek also created something that you only need to use (or even just swatch) once to fell head over heels with, their foiled and duochrome shadows. I can talk all about how beautiful, buttery, soft, very unusual and altogether amazing they are, but I think you need to try them to really see the full effect. Absolutely Gorgeous and I’ve never tried anything like it before. I especially love ‘Ritzy’ and ‘Havoc’ from the duochrome range, both quite similar with olive green and golden tones but Havoc is a bit deeper in colour. I use all duochromes all over my lid, the lighter ones for a day time makeup and the other two for stronger, evening look. Very impressed indeed and I will definitely be back for more.
Regardless of the finish, none of the shadows is chalky or chunky. At first I thought the foiled shadows would be because of the formula, but they’re surprisingly soft with stunning colour payoff. All are very easy to apply and blend quickly, although I use matte or satin shades to blend in my crease and duochrome and foiled are just for all over the lid application, I haven’t used them in any other way. They look beautiful on the lid and give this almost wet effect to it. I promised myself that one Z palette full of shadows is more than enough (and it totally is, I know!!!) but after seeing them in person, I definitely want to own more of the foiled and duochrome ones, so I have a feeling this is not quite over yet. This is probably the downside of getting a single pan shadows and filling up the palette on my own, is that I have no self-control and will want them all eventually!!!
But there is something very satisfying about creating your own concoction of shadows, and selecting exactly the ones that you personally like and use the most. I haven’t done it with MAC shadows in the past, I only ever bought some ready made palettes from them, so being able to customise my own palette was really exciting and I know that the palette will definitely be well loved. It already is! The shadows come in single pans and are very easy to stick into any Z palette. You can create as many looks as you like or just get the simple selection of four basic, everyday shades. Seriously, the possibilities are endless with such a rich selection of shades and finishes to choose from.
Now that I finally had a chance to try Makeup Geek shadows for myself, I can definitely confirm that they are totally worth the hype. In fact, I think these are some of the absolute best shadows I have tried so far, and I’ve gone through quite a few brands in my time. These are just simply amazing and not to mention much more affordable than Mac. Although they are relatively inexpensive, it can still amount to quite a lot of pennies, especially if you want to build up a large palette, but the benefit of it is that you can take as much time as you need to put your collection together and in the end have it your own way so there is not a single shadow that you don’t like or won’t use for whatever reason. You select them and you enjoy them and enjoy them you will!!! Just please please please, do it for me, whatever selection you decide to go for, make sure you try some duochrome and foiled ones, they are beeeaauutiful!!!
I really hope this gives you some idea in terms of shades and pigmentation of these shadows. I honestly cannot praise them enough. Makeup Geek shadows as well as various sizes of Z palettes are available at Beauty Bay. Standard and Duochrome Eyeshadow Pans are for £4.95 each and Foiled Eyeshadow Pans are for £7.95 each