Makeup Geek Review & Swatches— Updated!

If you’ve seen my instagram posts or read any of my posts on here about makeup, you probably know my undying love for Makeup Geek eyeshadows. They are truly some of the best eyeshadows I have ever used. The quality is comparable to Urban Decay or Mac (though personally I think MUG is better than MAC). The best part? Makeup Geek retails for $6/single eyeshadow whereas other high end brands retail for about $12 – $18/single eyeshadow. 


I store all my eyeshadows in Z-Palettes which are magnetic palettes with see through lids. I LOVE these palettes because they are so sturdy and good quality. You see those three messed up looking eyeshadows in the picture? Well I dropped my palette from counter height a while back and only those three broke. #Winning. Yes, I had a mini heart attack. (By the way, this is how you fix broken eyeshadows. Obviously mine don’t look as pretty as the picture but hey, they still do the job.)


You may remember me saying something about how Makeup Geek sent me a bunch of eyeshadows a little while back (which I am still over the moon excited about). They did not ask me to write this post or pay me anything. I found out about Makeup Geek LONG before they even knew I existed. :)


Can we take a moment to talk about how beautiful that packaging is though? Especially the duochrome eyeshadow packaging. I have not once gotten a broken eyeshadow from MUG. I manage to do that all on my own. They come wrapped in bubble wrap with packing peanuts and I’ve always been impressed with how carefully packaged the box is. 

Ready for some swatches? :)


*heart eyes emoji*


These swatches are one row of eyeshadows each.

From left to right: White Lies, Ice Queen, Shimma Shimma, Bling*, Rapunzel, Mirage, Vanilla Bean

*I cannot for the life of me find Bling anywhere on Makeup Geek’s store. I’m thinking they’re discontinuing it or there’s a temporary bug in the website.


Left to Right: Baby Face (This is actually a very pigmented shadow but since it’s nearly exactly the same color as my arm it doesn’t look like it), Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie, Purely Naked, Creme Brulee, Cinderella, Sorbet


Left to Right: Petal Pusher, Bedrock, Barcelona Beach, Latte, Frappe, Desert Sands, Preppy


Left to Right: Vintage, Concrete Jungle, Taupe Notch, Homecoming, Brown Sugar, Hipster, High Tea


Left to Right: Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Bitten, Cherry Cola, Americano, Bada Bing, Corrupt


I’m going to swatch all the foiled shadows together, then duochromes, then shimmers, then mattes, as opposed to how I did the other ones (row by row).


From left to right: Flame Thrower, GrandstandStarry Eyed, In the Spotlight, Charmed, Houdini


From left to right (two different pictures of the same colors so you can see the duochrome-ness better): I’m Peachless, Blacklight, Havoc, Ritzy, Typhoon


Left to Right: Peacock, Shark Bait, Dirty Martini, Unexpected, Chickadee, Poppy


Left to Right: Roulette, Sin City*, Casino*, Mercury, Moondust, Glass Slipper, Last Dance

*These two are from the limited edition Vegas Lights palette and Makeup Geek does not sell them individually anymore. :( However, MUG has two eyeshadow that are similar: Glamorous is similar to Sin City, and Gold Digger is similar to Casino.

I hope this post helped y’all out if you’re trying to decide which eyeshadows to buy or you wanted to see how they look swatched on someone with (very) pale skin! :)
xoxo Mrs. Herd

The motherload of Makeup Geek swatches!

2 Comments on Makeup Geek Review & Swatches— Updated!

  1. Roxie says:

    This was awesome! I am totally going to copy your MUG collection! I’ve been debating where to start and based on colors in more likely to wear, your collection is right up my alley.

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