Review and Swatches: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows!

Hello there! I just got my wisdom teeth out…yuck, I know. So, any hopes I had of doing a tutorial are now dashed for the time being, but I hope to crank one out in the next week or so!

I’ve always been a crazy fan of the Makeup Geek herself, Marlena, and everything that she stands for. She’s one of the most genuine, compassionate, and caring people I’ve seen on YouTube, and her talent is crazy! So, when I heard that she came out with a makeup line and saw the absolutely RAVE reviews the line got, my makeup-obsessive mind told me that it was completely rational to buy twenty of them. 😉

The normal eyeshadow pans are valued at $5.99, and the Foiled shadows are valued at $9.99. The only place you can buy them are at the Makeup Geek Store, and if you wander around her website a little bit, you can also find many tutorials and tips that are super helpful! If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan. 😉

The absolute best way that I could think to store these is in a Z palette, which you can also find on the Makeup Geek site in varying colors and patterns. All it is is a palette with a magnetic back that you can stick your pans into to make your own custom palette. They come in sizes from a Small to an Extra Large, so you can get the best palette for your needs and to depot your single eyeshadows from any other brand, with this tutorial from the Makeup Geek herself.

Let’s just get this out of the way first: these shadows are PHENOMENAL. I’ll be honest, when I kept hearing review after review that these were the best things to happen to the makeup world, I got my hopes up really high, and to be honest again, they’re not what I expected. In reality, I’m not really sure what I expected, but here’s what I found: They’re everything you want in an eyeshadow. Pigmented, SO creamy, they’re just beautiful! The only thing I will say is that, for the short time that I’ve been using them, they’re not suuuper long-wearing, but I’ll continue trying new primer-shadow combinations and stuff like that to keep testing out the longevity of these shadows.

The foiled shadows are SO creamy that, when I put my finger into the pan, I feel like I should’ve made a dent in it because it feels almost like a cream. But when I look down, it’s still the same! They’re so crazy. I can’t really give an effective review because you JUST need to try them! And the best part? They’re literally HALF the price of a single MAC shadow, which has been its greatest comparison. Katie Approved!

Now, I’ll give swatches of all 20 so you can see how it looks on me, and maybe that’ll inspire you to get some of your own! Foiled eyeshadows will be marked with an asterisk.

The first one is Shimma Shimma ($5.99)

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This. is. so. great. It’s the perfect beigey-shimmery shade to put in your inner corner and below the brow. The best part is that it doesn’t look frosty, and it’s not too in your face. It looks very natural, and really goes with any look (and I even use it as my cheek highlight sometimes!). This is a MUST!

The next shade is Beaches and Cream ($5.99)

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You’re probably not going to be able to see this shade on my hand swatch because it is exactly my skin tone. This is the perfect shade to blend into any eye look for a more seamless transition in between shadows, at least for light to medium skin tones. Another must buy!

Next shadow is Magic Act* ($9.99)

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Magic act is the first foiled eyeshadow, and it is just the perfect gold shade. What I imagine it for is that great holiday makeup look with gold eyes and red lips. It’s such a vibrant, warm-toned gold. Very pretty!

This next one is Glamorous ($5.99)

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Ahhhhh, this shade. I’d like to think of Glamorous as a deeper Magic Act with some orangey-rusty brown tones in it. I’m a big fan of layering this in the outer V of a super simple, everyday gold look.

Up next is Creme Brulee ($5.99)

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The thing that I love about Makeup Geek shadows is that their mattes are just as creamy as their shimmers. This is basically a step deeper than Beaches and Cream, so if you maybe want to darken up your crease a bit, this is a wonderful transition shade for that, and a great skin tone shade for my medium to medium-deep girls!

The next shade is In the Spotlight* ($9.99)

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Okay, real talk. SO pretty! In the Spotlight is a great everyday shade when you want to feel a little glam. It’s got peachy-pink undertones, but the overall effect is pretty much what a spotlight would give off, very bright, shimmery, and GORGEOUS!

Next up is Starry Eyed* ($9.99)

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I think it might be possible to love this shade more than In the Spotlight because, as much as I love it, the peachiness in it doesn’t exactly go with every eye look I may want to create. But Starry Eyed is basically the same “spotlight” effect, but with a mauvey-tan shade. It truly goes with everything!

The next shadow is Mesmerized* ($9.99)

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Oooh, how I love this shade. This is perfect to darken up the outer V for a standard smokey eye. It’s a deep, greyish-brown with a slight tinge of plum in it. So good!

The next shade is Homecoming ($5.99)

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Homecoming is a very pretty, shimmery taupe with a hint of gold. Not much to say about this one, besides it’s really pretty!

Following that up is Grandstand* ($9.99)

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Grandstand is a LOVELY step deeper than In the Spotlight. A lovely peachy-pink with a warm-toned brown base. I loooooooove this shade!

This next one is Cocoa Bear ($5.99)

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Another one of these spot-on mattes. Cocoa Bear is a warm-toned, mid-range brown shade that would be perfect for darkening up the lower lash line for everyday, lighter smokey eyes. Great shade.

Up next is Cosmopolitan ($5.99)

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Everyone raves about this eyeshadow because it is said to be a dupe for MAC’s Expensive Pink, except half the price! It’s a rich, dark pink with a gold sheen to it. It is GOOOORGEOUS, and super creamy! Definitely recommend this one!

The next shadow is Latte ($5.99)

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UGH! Can I sing enough praises about this shade? Latte is the cool-toned version of Cocoa Bear, and is absolutely perfect for deepening up the crease with a fluffy brush if you want a look with a little more va-voom. 🙂 ABSOLUTELY essential shade!

The next eyeshadow is Cinderella

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This was the only shade I was less than impressed with. It’s supposed to be a light pink, shimmery shade, but this one just didn’t show up on me. This might work as a really natural highlight, but I won’t be using a lot of this unfortunately. I hope this was just a dud! Let me know if you’ve tried this shade!

Up next is the shade Bitten ($5.99)

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In the pan, Bitten comes off as a rich Burgundy, but if you didn’t see the pan on the side, it’s honestly more of a rusty, deep brown, but it’s AMAZING! Jaclyn Hill uses this all the time as her lower lash line deepener (that’s not a word, haha). Another amazing matte!

The next shadow is Burlesque ($5.99)

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Ooooohhhhhh my goodness. these shades are my WEAKNESS. On the eyes, on the lips, muted on the cheeks, really anywhere! I just think this color works wonderfully well with my skin tone and hair color, and this shadow is NO exception. I love this for deepening up the outer V. It’s basically the shimmery version of Bitten, and SOOOOO wonderful!

Next up is Showtime* ($9.99)

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I like to think of this as the foiled version of Burlesque, and it’s just as gorgeous! I will say that this burgundy shade has a little sparkle, and I’m usually turned off to sparkle, but because this is my favorite color in the rainbow, I’ll make an exception. GOOOOORGEOUS color!

The next eyeshadow is Caitlin Rose* ($9.99)

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Caitlin Rose is a very special shade. It’s a cool-toned, bright purple shade with a hint of blue in it. It’s a very “out there” sort of shade, and you may be wondering, the neutral-lover that I am, why I’d buy it. This shade is named after a very special girl by the name of Caitlin Rose who was a very good friend of Marlena’s. Her and two of her siblings suffered from Batten Disease, which is a degenerative disorder that causes its victims to start to deteriorate with all sorts of motor skill problems, and they are eventually set in a vegetative state and suffer a premature death. It’s a horrible disease, but Caitlin Rose was a beautiful person, and her favorite color was purple. So, all proceeds from this shadow go to a charity that is designed for Batten Disease research, awareness, and payment to the families affected by it. And it certainly is a beautiful shade. Wonderful job, Marlena. 🙂

Up next is High Wire* ($9.99)

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I have never had anything like High Wire! It’s just a straight up, cool-toned silver with PIGMENT! And may I remind you again that ALL of these shadows are creamy as can be with pigment to follow! I’m loving experimenting with this shade!

Last, but not least, we have Prom Night ($5.99)

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Prom Night is a taupey-beige shade with some shimmer in it. It doesn’t swatch the best, but it’s a very pretty add-in color to any look. You may have a shadow similar to this already, but it’s got that Makeup Geek quality, so I’d recommend!

Wow, still with me? 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my review and swatch post on Makeup Geek eyeshadows! If you’ve got any questions or recommendations for a future tutorial using these shadows, please leave a comment down below! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful day! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

xo, Katie



3 thoughts on “Review and Swatches: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows!

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