A few months ago I purchased 5 Makeup Geek eyeshadows from Beauty Bay, and for some reason it has taken me way too long to review them. I’m finally getting it done, and I’m excited to tell you what I think and what I’ve discovered about these eyeshadows! You’ve probably seen them around a lot on other beauty blogs or YouTube. They are by no means new, but they are very popular. There’s also a mini review about Z Palettes that I’ve written too so I hope you find the information helpful!
The 5 shades I purchased are (in order from left to right):
- Dragonfly – Bright medium teal with a matte finish.
- Shark Bait – Blue based green with a matte finish.
- Mermaid – Cool teal with a frost finish.
- Chit Chat – Medium periwinkle with a shimmery finish.
- Wisteria – Pale purple with a matte finish.
As you can see, they’re all pretty much in the same part of the colour spectrum. When I purchased these I felt like I was really lacking in greens and blues. These colours are suitable all year round, but greens especially will be a great choice for Spring when life becomes a little bit greener again, and blues will be an excellent choice for Summer when it’s all blue skies and blue seas – though blue is a excellent colour choice for cold Winter days too!
All the shades I bought from Makeup Geek are very pigmented, though Mermaid takes the prize for the most striking pigment. The way that I swatch shades is by a quick swirl in the pan on my finger, and one stripe down my arm. Funnily enough, I find that the shades are even brighter when put on a brush and applied to the eyes. You don’t always get the most true result with swatches, but I think with just a single swipe down my arm, these eyeshadows are very persuasive with their pigment.
The eyeshadows are soft to the touch (especially the frost and shimmer shades), and extremely blendable. They’re so easy to use even a makeup novice could make them look fantastic! You get 1.8g of product per pan which is standard in terms of single eyeshadows. They will last you a very long time, even if you use them everyday! Especially as bright as they are, you don’t need to pick up tons of product to get results.
Because they are single shadows they don’t come in a palette when you purchase them, and instead come in little cardboard pockets. Of course, you can’t keep them like this forever, so I would recommend that you buy a Z Palette to keep the eyeshadows in! A Z Palette has a magnetic base that is perfect for storing Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and also comes with extra magnets in case you would like to de-pot any of the palettes you may have at home to free up extra space, or use them for already magnetic eyeshadows that may not be magnetic enough to stay securely in the palette. You can easily buy Z Palettes from Beauty Bay, here is a breakdown of sizes and prices:
- Mini Palette – £5.50 – Fits 3 standard pans.
- Small Palette – £9.50 – Fits 9 standard pans.
- Medium Palette – £16.25 – Fits 15 standard pans.
- Large Palette – £17.50 – Fits 27 standard pans (this is the size I own in white!).
- Extra Large Palette – £22.50 – Fits 35 standard pans.
- Double Sided Palette – £37.95 – Fits 54 standard pans.
The first single eyeshadows that I bought before going cruelty free and vegan were the MAC eyeshadows, and so I bought their palette to keep my eyeshadows in. I must warn you that Makeup Geek eyeshadows do NOT fit in MAC Pro Palettes. The eyeshadows do not stick at all. For this reason, I bought the Z Palette, which I recommend anyway because 1. The Z Palette fits more eyeshadows in, 2. Any MAC eyeshadows you may have will stick in a Z Palette too (though it is slightly weaker), and 3. You won’t be funding a company that tests on animals! If you have a MAC Pro Palette with an insert, you should be okay to keep your Makeup Geek eyeshadows in that palette without a problem.
There’s only one thing I’ve been finding quite shady about the Makeup Geek eyeshadows. When I bought them on Beauty Bay, they were £5.50, which shocked me because I’d noticed before that they used to be £4.95. Though just now when I’ve gone to double check the price they have gone up again to £6 each! While doing my extra research into the eyeshadows, I’ve noticed that on their website they pride themselves on being a cheaper and cruelty free alternative to MAC single eyeshadows which are £10 per shadow. I can’t really understand why it would be necessary for Makeup Geek to increase the prices of their eyeshadows, especially when they are so popular and people do tend to buy more if they’re cheaper! £6 is still a bit cheaper than £10, but if they keep going at this rate, people who don’t care for cruelty free products may be more inclined to buy from tested brands because there won’t be much of a price difference. Especially with MAC which is much more readily available to people in the UK. It could be a problem!
However, the best thing of all about these eyeshadows, despite the climbing prices of them, is that they are both cruelty free and suitable for vegans! They are also talc and paraben free!
So, that’s my opinion on the Makeup Geek single eyeshadows! Do you have any of their eyeshadows, and what do you think about those increasing prices!? I sincerely hope they don’t go up much more because cheap eyeshadows are a godsend for poor students like myself! Thanks for reading this post, and I hope to see you again in the next one! ❤
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