Monday, May 20, 2013

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Moondust, Dirty Martini, Mercury and Galaxy - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Gosh. Where do I start when talking about Makeup GeekMarlena is the creator and owner of this blog/community/educational/cosmetics reseller/cosmetics creator website.  Yes. You read that correctly. is a Makeup Blog with reviews. It's also a place to interact with other makeup geeks in the Makeup Community Forums, Chats and other social interaction venues.  It's a place to watch Tutorials on different makeup looks. It's also a place to SHOP for cosmetics from MAC. LA Splash, Sugarpill and the Makeup Geek Brand itself.  There truly is so much to explore on Makeup Geek site, that it would take an entire post just to talk about all that is there.  So let me talk about the four eyeshadows I purchased from Makeup Geek Cosmetics, and you all can explore the website later. OK?  Good.
I house my Makeup Geek eyeshadows in a MAC 4 pan palette

What are Makeup Geek Eyeshadows?  Well they are highly pigmented shadows that are about 1/2 the price of MAC shadows, but the same if not better quality.  The shadows are offered in pans or in little individual compacts.  The pans can fit in MAC Pro-Palettes or in Z-Palettes (Which she also sells). The eyeshadow weight is 1.8g or 0.064 oz.  When compared to other brands with similar quality and/or ability to customize palettes the Makeup Geek eyeshadows are a real bargain!

Makeup Geek $7.99(compact)/$5.99(Pan) 0.06 oz
MAC $15(compact)/$12(pan) 0.05 oz
Too Faced $18  Size 0.06 oz
Stila $18 Size: 0.09 oz
Urban Decay $18  Size 0.05 oz
LORAC $19  Size 0.06 oz
Make Up For Ever $20  Size 0.08 oz
Makeup Geey Eyeshadows in Dirty Martini, Moondust, Mercury, abd Galaxy

Anyway. Let's get to the eyeshadows I picked.  I was on an Olive Green kick, and I purchased some shadows that might complement the colors.  I didn't realize it at the time, but I ended up buying a pretty close dupe to the BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed that I already owned.  I guess nothing goes better with Olive Green than Taupe, and here I was buying almost the same colors all over again.  However. If I had to part with one, I would gladly give up the BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed and keep the Makeup Geek, based on pigmentation and the depth of color alone.

A closer look at the shadows:


Dirty Martini
An olive green matte shadow. It's soft and pigmented, but I'm not really a fan of Matte Shadows, but this was fairly easy to blend.However when blending a lot of the olive color blended away and a greyish green color remained.


Described as a Metallic Silver Taupe in the Makeup Geek shop, I find this more of a Brown Grey taupe. Not as silvery, but still a stunning taupe that I love to wear all on its own.


A cool based metallic silver but described as "medium silver" in the shop. This metallic shadow is highly pigmented and genuinely perfect for a sliver eye. It's not so great as a highlight, which I had purchased it for, only because it is so pigmented and too cool to go with the Dirty Martini and Moondust. It's also cooler than the photo in the Makeup Geek store, but true to the swatch photo in the store.


A deep metallic grey. Also described as metallic gunmetal, it does have a bit of a steel look to it with slight blue undertones. It goes perfectly with Mercury as a crease or liner color, however I could see this shadow working for a sultry grey charcoal smokey eye too.

And Of course... Swatches!!

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini, Moondust, Galaxy and Mercury Swatches
L to R: Dirty Martini, Moondust, Galaxy, Mercury

And if I have swatches I have to have EOTD pictures

Makeup Geek Moondust and Dirty Martini
Makeup Geek eyeshadows Moondust all over and Dirty Martini in crease. LMdB eyeshadow in Sugar to Highlight. Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner in Olive (Affiliate link)
Makeup Geek Mercury and Galaxy
Makeup Geek eyeshadows Mercury all over and Galaxy in crease. White Shadow from Dior Sky Glow Quint to Highlight. Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Revolver (Affiliate Link)

So do you NEED these shadows?  YES!!! Inexpensive, high quality, 69 unique shades. YES!  Duh!  Oh did I mention they offer world wide shipping at an affordable price too?  Yeah. It's a no brainer. Makeup Geek eyeshadows are the way to go.  I plan to pick up some more soon!  What shades do you think you might like?  Have you ever tried this brand before?

Makeup Geek products are cruelty-free, they do not test their products on animals. The eyeshadows are Talc and Paraben-Free.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Ingredients:
All Makeup Geek eyeshadows are cruelty-free. All Makeup Geek eyeshadows are Talc & Paraben-Free except Manderine and Fuji
Ingredients: Mica, Isoeicosane, Polyisobutene
May Contain:  Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oron Nitride, Kaolin, Polyethylene, Ptfe, Nylon-12, Magnesium, Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methicone, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742dc Black No. 2 Ci 77266, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-C14 Isoparaffin, C13-C15 Alkane, Carmine Ci 75470, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 6 Lake Ci 15850, Tin Oxide


  1. Dude, you need Homecoming, Pretentious, Taupe Notch... ALL TEH TAUPES!
    And Corrupt is the most pigmented blackest black you have ever seen!

  2. I bought about 16 of these when they first came out. I'm really liking some of her new shades! And I'm dying over her new pigments!

  3. These look amazing!! Marlena is the best so I'd happily hand my $$ over to her than anyone else

  4. I love Dirty Martini and Moondust!

  5. Great swatches and review - always see/read rave reviews on these shadows, I must order some! Also, love your title typo - Moodust - lol!

  6. Ohhh, these are gorgeous. I've been wanting to try this brand.


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