If you haven't heard of Makeup Geek then now is your chance to get to know a little bit about the brand and see why it's so popular. After years of watching Marlena on Youtube and her amazing makeup tutorials/reviews, I was really excited when I found out she'd produced her very own makeup line known as Makeup Geek.
Hearing so many positive reviews on the MUG eyeshadows which cost less than half the price of MAC shadows, I ended up ordering a few to see what all the fuss was about. I've made three orders from MUG up to now, my first order was for four single pan eyeshadows in the shades 'Corrupt' 'Mocha' 'Frappe' and 'Peach Smoothie' which you can see in the first quad below. I loved how buttery soft and pigmented they were so decided to put in another order which was for three single pan eyeshadows in the shades 'Beaches & Cream' 'Cocoa Bear' and 'Mango Tango' then recently put in my third order which was for another three single pan eyeshadows in the shades 'Shimma Shimma' 'Homecoming' and 'Preppy', two pigments in the shades 'Utopia' and 'Insomnia' and a pair of Red Cherry false lashes in #102.
They came all the way from the United States where Marlena is from but the delivery was quite fast considering they came from overseas. Each eyeshadow pan comes in quirky packaging as you can see below and cost $5.99 each which is roughly £3.75!!!!
After freelancing for a while and realising that hardly anybody chooses colourful eyeshadow looks, I opted to go for all neutral shades. I seriously can't even explain how soft these eyeshadows are, they blend like a dream and are extremely pigmented... I can't believe that they're so cheap!!!!
I bought two MAC empty quads so I could put my new MUG shadows in and they fit perfectly. The empty quads are available online here for £5.00 each, I have another one on the way to fit my extra shadows in as they're really sturdy and inexpensive.
All of the eyeshadow pans have stickers on the bottom to show what shade it is, I think this is very handy as it's not always easy to remember the name of an eyeshadow just by looking at it in a palette. Below are my two newest shades 'Preppy' and Homecoming' waiting for their new home (MAC quad) to arrive!
Next up are the two pigments I bought by recommendation from Kathleen Lights on Youtube. She made two videos reviewing all of the products for MUG and went into great detail and even showed swatches of each item. I wasn't initially wanting to get any of the pigments but after her review I fell in love with the shades 'Utopia' and 'Insomnia' which are really sparkly and perfect for the festive season.
One of the pigments came in the new packaging and the other came in the old. The new packaging has a sifter at the top to prevent spillage. 'Insomnia' is the one that came without the sifter but it's not as messy as I thought. These pigments cost $6.99 each which is a complete bargain.
Below are swatches of both pigments, they're just so bloody gorgeous!
I'm really excited to try out 'Insomnia' as it's meant to be a dupe for MAC blue-brown pigment. Keep an eye out for some looks very soon with these shades...
My overall thoughts on this brand? Amazingly cheap, top quality, pure pigmentation, stunning shades, buttery softness and just incredible. I'd totally recommend the eyeshadows and pigments to anyone, makeup artists or anyone who just loves makeup and for the price they are amazing quality and perfect for experimenting. I've used most of the eyeshadows on clients and they blend perfectly, I tend to use 'Peach Smoothie' in the crease for most looks on clients and on myself and it gives a lovely diffused look without being too ashy.
I will be doing makeup looks using the eyeshadows and pigments so keep an eye out for them :) I didn't bother swatching the shadows as they have them all on the Makeup Geek website... make sure you check them out.
Have you tried anything from Makeup Geek?