Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Haul: Makeup Geek!

Happy Wednesday!

Let's talk Makeup Geek, shall we?

As I showed you yesterday, I received two Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my March Boxycharm. This is a brand that I've heard so many good things about and have been wanting to try. So, I decided to complete a 9 pan eyeshadow palette so that I could really see what all the fuss was about. You know. For blogging purposes. 

My story and I'm sticking to it. Besides. Both of my Z-palettes were already full and Makeup Geek has a really pretty one that fits 9 shadow pans. Yeah. Digging myself in deeper, aren't I? Well, we all know I have this weakness.

Anyway, because the shadows are quite affordable, I didn't spend a fortune on them. Just $6 per pan regardless of type - matte, duo chrome and shimmer all cost the same. They are also worth well over that $6, in my opinion. In fact, I would say they are better than some of the higher priced brands that I do have.

Shipping was quick, too. Took about a week, which is pretty normal. And the way they were packed, really showed how mindful they are about how things can get tossed around when in transit.

The shadows were snug and safe, nestled amongst a good pile of packing peanuts as well as protected by a bubble wrap envelope.

The palette was snugged into the bottom of the box. It's got that lovely mirrored top that collects fingerprints so well. And it has the Makeup Geek logo embossed on the top. It does have a decent sized mirror on the inside, as well, and it would hold more than the 9 pans I plan to keep inside it.

And the shadows.

Two duo chromes - Havoc and Blacklight. Two Mattes - Latte and Dirty Martini. Three shimmers - Homecoming, Sensuous and the very famous, Shimma Shimma.

Adding these 7 plus the other 2, a portrait of 9 simply gorgeous shadows.

I'm seeing some eye looks already. But how do they swatch? Like a dream.

This is without flash. Vertically, starting from the left - the duo chromes: Mai Tai, Blacklight and Havoc; the shimmers: Shimma Shimma, Sensuous and Homecoming; the mattes: Cocoa Bear, Latte and Dirty Martini - the olive green that I've searched high and low for.

And with flash, believe it or not. Why it came out darker, I couldn't say but you can see the alter ego of the duo chromes much more easily. Well, maybe not Blacklight - it's a blue to purple shifter that's a little more subtle than the other two. And Sensuous, the middle one, could be a bit of a duo chrome as well. The glitter color shows through a lot more under flash. The description says it's silver but I swear I see gold in there.

I mentioned a lemming yesterday, didn't I? That would be Havoc - that reddish brown to green shifter bottom left. The dupe? Nars Pasiphae. At least from the pictures I've seen. Still can't justify spending $29 on a single eyeshadow. Havoc cost me $6. It does pretty much the same thing as Pasiphae. I'm happy.

These shadows are extremely pigmented. They also kick up a bit of powder but that's a small price to pay for such an amazing color payoff. I'm really looking forward to the eye looks I can create with just these 9 shadows. 

But then, is 9 really enough when there are so many more available? 

Yeah. I'm weak. But we all know this. Right?

Besides shadows, Makeup Geek offers other makeup products like eyeliners, lipstick, blushes and contour powders as well as brushes, Z-Palettes of every size and empty metal pans so you can de-pot and save space in your makeup storage. 

You know I'll be back for more. I want to try some blushes and contour powders. And more shadows. What?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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