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New Makeup Geek Signature Eyeshadows for Fall 2016 – comparison swatches


Last week I presented the new Makeup Geek eyeshadow releases in this overview post here, and showing you all the foiled shadows swatches and comparisons here. Now it’s time to look at the new Makeup Geek Signature eyeshadows for Fall 2016. There are a total of 9 new eyeshadows of which 7 are matte and 2 are shimmery. All nine new eyeshadows are neutral colors ranging from cool, to warm tones, to orange. I swatched the new shades next to other similar shadows in my collection both from Makeup Geek and other brands. I apologize for the goosebumps in the photos, Fall is here, and I hadn’t turned on the heating yet, brr.

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New Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadows for Fall 2016 – comparison swatches

I recently gave you a first look into the new Makeup Geek eyeshadows that launched for Fall 2016 in this post here. Since there are a total of 18 new shades, I decided to show you the comparisons in two separate posts. Let’s start with the new Makeup Geek foiled eyeshadows.


Rather than a specific Fall-themed collection, this is an expansion of the current foiled eyeshadow line. All the new Makeup Geek foiled eyeshadow shades are unique and different from anything existent from the brand. Nevertheless, I think a comparison of each shade with similar ones in my collection could help you get an idea whether you need them or not. A small sad note is that my collection is quite a bit smaller after moving overseas, but I hope you get a good idea of the shades.

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New Makeup Geek Eyeshadows for Fall 2016 – swatches

new-makeup geek eyeshadows fall 2016

After a few hiccups in course of production, the new Makeup Geek eyeshadows for Fall 2016 are here! If you’ve been following me for a while, you must know I’m a Makeup Geek addict, so I was absolutely over the moon when they contacted me to try out their new signature and foiled eyeshadows releasing for Fall 2016. With 9 banging foiled shadows and 9 smooth neutral shades, this collection has something for everyone. 

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Updating the stash #2: new Makeup Geek eyeshadow swatches

It is no secret that Makeup Geek is my favorite eyeshadow brand, si it will come as now shock that there is another update post. Beauty Bay had a big sale some time ago and I picked up some more shadows on the way. I was initially quite weary of the foiled eyeshadows because of the rumors that they creased, but I finally was won over by the incredible pigmentation and color payoff so I have quite a few of them here. As usual I will give the official description and a mini review for every shade. If you want to see all my other Makeup geek eyeshadows, check out the previous posts here and here.

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Updating the stash: new Makeup Geek eyeshadow swatches

It is no secret that Makeup Geek eyeshadows are my favorite to use and since they have been available on BeautyBay with free shipping and no risk of customs to pay, my collection keeps growing. I thought it would be a good idea to show you the 10 new eyeshadows that have joined the family and how they compare to those I own already. You can find the swatches and review of the shadows I owned up to December 2015 in this post here.
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Makeup Geek x Manny MUA eyeshadow palette: my dupes and alternatives

makeup geek x manny mua palette dupes alternatives
The latest Makeup Geek release of the collaboration palette with MannyMUA broke the internet at the end of February and pre-orders for the restock are expected to take 4 to 6 weeks to ship (link here). Crazy stuff. I am a huge fan of the brand and have a big collection of their single eyeshadows (here) so I was immediately ready to jump at the first pre-order newsletter. Then I looked at what it would cost me in terms of value (45$) and custom costs (??€), as well as the price to pay if I got it from BeautyBay (63€) made me take a second look at my stash. The palette also contains 3 shades from the permanent line that I already own. So after longing for the palette I put together my own version of it with the shadows I already own which are the exact ones from Makeup Geek’s permanent line or what I believe are close enough dupes for the exclusive shades. Let’s take a look at what I came up with.
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Makeup Stash: Makeup Geek eyeshadows

This story of love and addiction starts together with this blog and my discovery of beauty gurus on Youtube and ends with a collection of 32 eyeshadows and counting. In this post I want to share my love for Makeup Geek eyeshadows and my collection so far. The idea is for this to be the first post in my Makeup Stash series, where I share what is in my makeup collection with swatches and reviews. These will be posts in progress that will be updated with new entries as I receive them.
Makeup Geek started in 2008 with Marlena’s youtube channel and blog, which became a platform to share looks, techniques and passion for all things beauty. In 2012 Marlena launched the Makeup Geek line of eyeshadows and has expanded since then thanks to the incredible quality of the products and the affordable prices. Marlena explains: “Sephora mark up products by 30 to 40 percent — a savings I pass on to customers.”(source) The makeup line now includes eyeshadows in multiple finishes, including duochrome and foiled, pigments, blushes and is rumored to expand to highlight and contour products and liquid lipsticks in early 2016.

The company is based in California, USA but ships worldwide at reasonable prices, therefore I started with small orders for 5-6 shadows and built up my collection, until November 2015 when Makeup Geek became available in the European online retailer Beauty Bay. Finally there is no more risk for customs costs (which are 40% of the value and a pain to pay) and fast delivery in the old continent. Since then my collection has grown some more, thanks to the low retail price of the shadows at 6.90€ on

The quality of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows is overall amazing, with the mattes being my favorites and including a few fails which you’ll see down below. In general though, the blendability and pigmentation are amazing. In showing you my collection, I will include the official description found on the Makeup Geek website and my comments on each single shadow. The swatches are made on my arm without primer and swiped a few times with my finger, to be able to show the color properly.

When writing this post I own only Makeup Geek eyeshadows in pan form from the basic collection, so no foiled eyeshadows or duochromes, but this may change in the near future. Let’s get started.

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First Row: these are the Makeup Geek eyeshadows I use on a daily basis to prep, blend, transition and shade.

  • Vanilla bean: light shimmer with peachy beige undertone. This is the only shadow I have hit pan on, ever, and I have a back up already. I use it everyday to set my eyeshadow primer and highlight the brow bone. I haven’t ever noticed the shimmer though..
  • Shimma Shimma: shimmery highlight. This is my go-to inner corner highlight and the shadow that with one swipe illuminates the eyes incredibly.
  • Beaches & Cream: a good transition shade, close to my skin tone but slightly darker to be a good shade to blend out any look
  • Creme Brulee: medium sand color with a soft matte finish. Another amazing transition shade, slightly darker.
  • Latte: matte medium brown. This is my go-to first crease shade that I use for both complex and the simplest look, using it to correct my eye shape with a very natural shadow.
  • Mocha: matte warm medium brown. I use this both in the outer v to give depth and on my brows.
  • Americano: dark brown with subtle purple undertones and a matte finish. This is one of the new mattes with the new formulation and an incredible deep outer v and liner shade.

Second Row: my beloved warm tone Makeup Geek eyeshadows
  • Peach Smoothie: soft matte light peach beige. Ok this one is so similar to Beaches & Cream that I would suggest to get one or the other, not both. Anyhow, a great transition shade with a wonderful soft texture.
  • Frappe: medium maple brown matte. Beautiful crease shade, adds warmth to any look.
  • Cocoa Bear: matte golden brown. One of the most popular shades in the range, called after Marlena’s husband. This is also one of my most used shades.
  • Morocco: rich burnt orange with a matte finish. Incredible shade, it was the first of the new mattes that I really longed for. Great blending shade for all my favorite warm smokey eyes.
  • Goddess: metallic pale copper. Amazing! 
  • Roulette: a rosy, burnt sienna with a silky shimmery finish. Even more amazing! 
  • Country Girl: shimmery pink brown. From the pan you expect a silver shimmer on a medium brown base but the pigmentation is poor and the texture is hard. Unfortunately not one of my favorites.
Third Row: more warm and burgundy shades
  • Cosmopolitan: rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish. A beautiful color, perfect all over the lid.
  • Mango Tango: peachy pink with flecks of gold. Another unfortunate formula similar to Country Gold, with not enough pigmentation.
  • Poppy: matte orange with subtle pink undertones. I didn’t use this much until I watched a tutorial by Jaclyn Hill and now it goes in the crease when I do dark smokey eyes to give some color and it looks amazing.
  • Razzleberry (discontinued): raspberry pink with gold glitter. Another disappointingly dry formula with unfortunate glitter. I tried to use it wet for a stronger effect but rather ended up ruining the top layer of the shadow. Sigh.
  • Bitten: matte deep maroon red. One of my first MUG shadows, I had high expectations but was a bit disappointed by how light this translates on the eyes, not the deep outer v color I thought it was. Still love it though.
  • Cherry Cola: matte deep brown with strong red undertones. This is everything that I was missing from Bitten: the depth and darker shade doesn’t translate well in the swatch, but you can see the difference in the pan. It has become one of my favorites.
  • Burlesque: metallic muted burgundy with warm undertones. A shade that makes most people squeal when they swatch it, it doesn’t show up as well on camera. A beautiful shade.

Fourth Row: my small collection of cooler shades
  • Unexpected: light and subtle pink matte purple blend. This looks like a sad mousy grey on my skin tone and is absolutely invisible on my eyes. 
  • Cupcake: matte medium pink. Very underrated but incredibly useful crease color. I use it for pink and purple looks but can be used really anytime.
  • Simply Marlena: rosey pink with purple undertone and gold flecks. I totally missed the gold flecks in this one as well and thought it was a matte shade until I went to add the description from the MUG site. A shade I don’t use much, also due to it’s slightly drier formula.
  • Curfew: matte medium plum purple. New addition to my collection, I thought it was darker from the swatches but still a gorgeous plum.
  • Motown: matte deep eggplant purple. Another one that I expected would be darker. I recently purchased it but didn’t have the chance to use it in a look yet.
  • Peacock: matte deep teal blue. It is more of a medium shade for me, since it is too light to give enough depth in the outer corner.
  • Corrupt: intense matte black with a small bit of sparkle. The best black shadow ever that is matte for every intent and purpose!

Fifth Row: taupes, greens and empty spots (to be filled soon)
  • Hipster: dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimme.r. A shade I do not understand completely and therefore use very rarely.
  • Pretentious: metallic bronze. Has a wonderful texture and is not an obvious shade.
  • Taupe Notch: is just described as a taupe shade and isn’t properly a matte but has a slight sheen to it. 
  • Dirty Martini: matte olive green. A must-have for green lovers, great to blend in the crease.

The Makeup Geek eyeshadows come in pan form and are intended to be stored in a magnetic palette like these I showed here or the Zpalette (in the pictures). Each eyeshadow contains 1.8 grams of product and is approximately 2.65 cm in diameter, the same size as MAC and Morphe Brushes eyeshadow pans. All Makeup Geek eyeshadows are cruelty-free, talc and paraben-free, and you can find the full ingredients list here.

If I had to choose which ones are my favorite Makeup Geek eyeshadows I’d say Shimma Shimma, Cocoa Bear, Créme Brulee, Cherry Cola and Morocco. But to be honest it’s like picking which one is my favorite child.

I hope this swatch and review post on my Makeup Geek collection is useful in helping you pick your next Makeup Geek eyeshadow or have an idea of some colors in the range. These are only some of the 50+ shades available, there is something for everyone!

Do you own any of these? Which are your favorites?
May 2016 update post with 10 new swatches here.
August 2016 update post with 18 new swatches and comparisons here.
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    Makeup Geek eyeshadows: review and swatches

    Makeup Geek eyeshadows in the Z-Palette

    Ever since I started playing with makeup, all I would hear is how good the MAC eyeshadows are and how  they are a must in every makeup bag. Since I had no intention (or possibility actually) on spending 13€ on an eyeshadow pan, I did my research and found the Makeup Geek shop. This line has been developed by Youtuber Marlena from makeupgeekTV and comprises a wide range of products of which I find the eyshadows the stars.

    The formulation is spot on: smooth, buttery, blends well, there is no fall out and the range of 60 colors satisfies all the necessities of neutral makeup looks, brightly colored one with a great selection of transition shades as well. They come in very convenient magnetic pans that you can sort and keep in your Z-Palette and organize any time you want. For those who prefer having single eyeshadows in their own packaging, you can purchase any shade in that way as well.

    Makeup Geek eyeshadows
    Top row: Beaches & Creams, Peach Smoothie, Cosmopolitan, Vanilla Bean, Cupcake, Cocoa Bear
    Bottom row: Shimma Shimma, Bitten, Burlesque, Mocha, Taupe Notch, Unexpected, Mango Tango

    The shades I own are (swatches by me):

    • Beaches & Cream, a natural matte beige with a hint of peach. Good base color and to blend out any harsh lines, it matches my skin tone quite well (and doesn’t really show up in the swatch);
    • Peach Smoothie, a light peach beige (more than the above). Beautiful all over the lid for a matte natural look, again this matches my skin tone;
    • Cosmopolitan, a gorgeous rose gold shimmer with gold flecks;
    • Vanilla Bean, a matte cream color, my browbone highlight of choice;
    • Cupcake, a matte medium warm pink, great both as transition color and as base;
    • Cocoa Bear, a matte medium-reddish brown, perfect warm crease color;
    • Shimma Shimma, a metallic champagne color, perfect to highlight the inner corner of the eye;
    • Bitten, a matte deep burgundy red, perfect to pair with the next shadow for a burgundy smokey eye;
    • Burlesque, a deep metallic burgundy, in love! see above;
    • Mocha, a deep matte brown, the color of coffee, I use it on the outer V usually;
    • Taupe Notch, a shimmery taupe, sounds boring, but looks gorgeous and is very versatile;
    • Unexpected, a matte pink-brown, good crease color.
    • Mango Tango, beautiful coral with golden shimmer.
    My Makeup Geek wishlist

    The shades I still want (swatches from the Makeup Geek website):

    • Creme Brulee or Purely Naked, similar tan colors, the first matte, the second shimmery ;
    • Pretentious, metallic bronze;
    • Hipster, shimmery taupe/tan;
    • Latte or Frappe, two matte medium browns of which Frappe is a bit warmer;
    • Neptune, true vivid matte blue;
    • Poolside, bright shimmery teal with specks of gold;
    • Peacock, matte deep teal blue;
    • Appletini, shimmery apple green with gold flecks
    • Simply Marlena, named after the owner of the line, a true fuchsia with gold flecks.

    These shadows retail for $5.99 on the website and they ship internationally for only $6-$8, making the whole deal quite cheap. The only thing I would suggest to keep in mind is to check the custom taxes in your country when ordering from the US.

    On the website you can find a whole bunch of other very interesting products such as their own brushes and pigments. I haven’t tried any of those but I hear they are amazing! Will definitely pick up one or two in my next order from them!

    Have you tried any of shadows or other products from the Makeup Geek line? Which one is your favorite?


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