Review: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

May 3, 2012 26 comments
A few weeks ago, Makeup Geek contacted me and sent me a few eyeshadows to try out and review for you guys! I was really excited because Marlena has always been a huge inspiration to me and I look up to her so much. Starting off on YouTube and now being the CEO of her own cosmetics company is amazing and I hope to someday be like her! ♥ Now onto the shadows :)
They come in a little slip like this, but now you can buy them in compacts(much like how MAC shadows are packaged), I believe they cost a bit more, but probably worth it. Right now all of my MUG shadows are taped into an old CD case xD
Vanilla Bean: Satin finish skin toned shade, good for a highlight on tan girls. 
Shimma Shimma: A shimmery version of Vanilla Bean basically, a little lighter and better color payoff(I use this a lot in neutral looks).
Purley Naked: Matte medium skin toned shade, I use this when I am creating matte neutral looks. The pay off is not as good as that of Shimma Shimma(also, it is lighter in person).
Glamorous: Shimmery warm coppery brown, one of my favs! Payoff is similar to that of Shimma Shimma, and they work really well together.
Moondust: A very unique color. It is a cool brown but it almost looks silver, great for a cool smokey neutral look(I really love this color). Great color payoff as well.
Vanilla Bean, Shimma Shimma, Purely Naked, Glamorous, Moondust
Mocha: The perfect chocolate dark brown. I use this for every neutral look(so basically every day xD)
Cocoa Bear: A warmer, lighter version of Mocha. Very similar to that warm brown of a teddy bear.
Fuji: A matte lime-ish green. It feels very soft in the pan, like it would have good color payoff, but it really doesn't. I was disappointed with the color
Dirty Martini: A dark olive green, has similar pigmentation to that of Purely Naked, but I have yet to use it in a look.
Neptune: Periwinkle blue, I was really looking forward to this color, it looks absolutely stunning in the pan but I was utterly disappointed. It has the worst color payoff of any of my shadows. Defiantly skip this shade :(
Mocha, Cocoa Bear, Fuji, Dirty Martini, Neptune
Poolside: One of my favorites! Gorgeous Teal/Blue with glitter. Looks just like the pool in the summer time.
Mermaid: Shimmery ocean teal that also has amazing payoff.
Sea Foam: A satin teal green, gorgeous color, but I don't often use it.
Peacock: Matte peacock blue that works great with Poolside. 
Corrupt: Matte black with great pigmentation, very similar to the NYX one, this is my new go-to black.
Poolside, Mermaid, Sea Foam, Peacock, Corrupt
A few looks using the shadows :)
Poolside & Corrupt
Moondust, Shimma Shimma, Mocha, Corrupt
Shimma Shimma, Glamorous, Cocoa Bear, Mermaid

My favorites from the 12 shadows that I have are: Shimma Shimma, Glamorous, Moondust, Mocha, Poolside, Mermaid, Peacock and Corrupt. What are you favorites? Have you tried MUG shadows yet? What do you think of them?


  • Flairbybrandi said...

    Love the blue tones! I was debating about ordering them, but now I think I will! Thanks!!

  • bowsandcurtseys said...

    These look great! They contacted me as well and I cannot wait to get mine. I'm excited for poolside!

  • Starryskies214 said...

    Fuji is the worst for me, it just doesn't get it done haha.  The shimmery colors I've had really good luck with.  I posted a link to this review on my blog too just so people can get a more opinions if they want!!

  • Luhivy said...

    I really want that mermaid color :D

    By the way I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award because I enjoy your blog! Really hope you accept the nomination and sorry if you've already been nominated in the past :)

  • Olgie said...

    That's a pretty impressive range of colours. I don't think Sonja liked them as much as you. Perhaps they just work better for some people. The colour payoff in your swatches looks great, though.

  • EmmyJean said...

    Do you know if Shimma shimma is similar to UD Sin?  I really like it and am looking for a less expensive dupe, bonus if I can just put it in a z palette as well.   Very helpful post, thanks!

  • Alice said...

    I have nine MUG shadows and love almost all of them! I can never get Peacock to work; it always comes off a muddy grey colour. Maybe I got a dud, though, because your swatch of it is lovely. Cocoa Bear is such a gorgeous, gorgeous brown--if I were running away from a fire and only had time to pick up one shadow it would probably be that one, lol. 

    I keep my MUG shadows and Stila refills in these cheap generic empty palettes I got from eBay.  They were only a few pounds (maybe three/four dollars or something?) and they work really well. You can buy them with 26cm(ish)  slots and the MUG pans fit in perfectly, or you can get them empty like the Z Palette and stick magnets inside so the pans stick that way. I do like the pretty little wallet slips the MUG shadows come in, but it's an awful fiddle flicking through trying to find the right one if you're in a hurry. 

  • Eyegraffiti said...

    i think they look great and it totally made me want to order some (i like ordering from the internet!!)
    poolside & mermaid is now my new best friends!//Azure

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